For Parents

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer parents have many of the same parenting challenges and joys as heterosexual parents.

However, there are some challenges unique to parenting children for LGBTIQ parents. Use the menu above for information and ideas about parenting children of different ages, communicating with your children about your sexuality and/or gender identity and coming out in the community. Our online forum is also a great place to meet and talk with other parents about their experiences.

There are many myths in our society about LGBTIQ parenting. These include ‘children need parents of both genders as role models’, ‘gay people molest children’, ‘children of gay or trans parents will be ostracised by their peers’, ‘lesbian/gay/transgender parents will raise lesbian/gay/transgender children’. You might be concerned about some of these yourself or be faced with other people in your family or community with these fears.

Over more than 15 years, researchers have explored these ideas and found that our children do just as well as children in heterosexual households. Many leading child welfare, psychological and child health organisations have issued statements declaring that a parent’s sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a child. The Australian Psychological Society has compiled a review of the main bodies of research about parenting by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  They report that children’s outcomes in families parented by lesbian and gay parents are likely to be at least as favourable as those in families of heterosexual parents.