A glossary of common terms used within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities
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Children raised in same-sex parented families progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the same rate as other children.
A review and synthesis of the Australian and international literature on same-sex parented families.
This facts sheet examines the extent and nature of change in household and family forms.
The book provides snapshot of the diversity of family types, the changes and transitions a family may experience, and issues affecting families
The Lesbian and Gay Families Project is a new study of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and intersex families. This article focuses on aspects of the data collected from 136 women participants living in Victoria. The issues explored included family formation and methods of conception; reasons for choosing such methods; family structure including roles and responsibilities of the biological and non biological mothers and the biological father; levels of social and professional support; and an exploration of the self perceived strengths of and challenges for lesbian led families.
Families in Australia take many and varied forms, including blended families, sole parent families, families headed by same sex couples, and with children conceived from donor sperm. In this article the author asks how the law is responding to accommodate diversity in relationships and family structure. She provides an overview of social trends and an historical background in relationship diversity, and examines the current status of family law with regard to marriage, children residence and contact, financial support of children, adoption, and property redistribution.
Research suggests that the children of gay and lesbian parents have similar psychological adjustments to those children growing up in more traditional family structures. Nevertheless, these children may face some particular challenges. In this article the authors explore the school experiences of a small sample of children of gay and lesbian parents. They identify some common difficulties that these children confront, and suggest some possible aproaches to overcoming them.
This article suggests that lesbian and gay claims to relationship recognition are transforming both what we think of as family, and the domain of family law. While some have claimed that legal recognition of same sex couples forms a 'slippery slope' into immorality or social disintegration, reform in this area is increasingly being accepted as an equal and just treatment of all citizens by the law, argues the author of this article.
In this brief article, the author explains that the Ontario Court of Justice has expanded the meaning of 'spouses' for the purposes of adoption applications to include same sex couples in a conjugal relationship.