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Back To School 2013: A Guide For Parents Of LGBT Kids

Back To School 2013: A Guide For Parents Of LGBT Kids

Hard to believe it's mid-August and in some areas of the country and world, kids have already taken up residence back in the classrooms. I hear ya: big sighs of relief that summer boredom has passed. But as we're celebrating, let's keep in mind how difficult it can be for kids to navigate peer pressure, bullying and judgment after a carefree summer. These kids are our responsibility, so let's buck up and make their transition to the school year as safe and smooth as possible. Which leads me to the gist of this article: how to make the school year safe for your LGBT kid. Read more »

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Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents

A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.

The preliminary findings from the Australian study from the University of Melbourne, further dispelled the idea that children do better with opposite sex parents, rather than being raised by a gay couple.

Dr Simon Crouch, the lead researcher, said there were a lot of strongly-held beliefs on what made up a family.

“Our research does not support this. There are a lot of same sex families where there isn’t a mother figure or there isn’t a father figure and we find that the children are doing really well,” he said. Read more »

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Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint

Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint

A prominent transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl.

Last December, school officials at Fountain-Fort Carson School District told Coy Mathis' parents that their child could no longer use the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary.

That shocked her parents, said her mother, Kathryn Mathis.

Coy was born with male sex organs but has, since she could express herself, identified as female. The child had gotten through kindergarten with no problems and no complaints from anyone at the school, Mathis said. Read more »

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Making Parents Part of the Gay Wedding Day

Q. My partner and I, both in our 30s, are planning to get married next year in a fairly traditional church ceremony. We have two logistical concerns. First, would it be awkward to have my mother and father walk me down the aisle if his are not doing the same for him? I’m very close to my parents, while his mother and father have only begrudgingly accepted our relationship — but we don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. Our second question, do sons ask fathers to dance the first dance with them? I’m just not sure how that would sit with our family guests, most of whom are the older generation. Your thoughts? Read more »

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Children Speak for Same-Sex Marriage

LAST month, advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage packed the New Jersey State House in Trenton, supporters in blue, opponents in red. Near the end of the day, Kasey Nicholson-McFadden took the microphone. “It doesn’t bother me to tell kids my parents are gay,” he said in a clear voice. “It does bother me to say they aren’t married. It makes me feel that our family is less than their family.” Read more here.
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