In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Sexual Minority Parenting

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Psychology Sexual Minority Parenting
Samantha Tornello, Rachel Riskind, Rachel Farr
  • LAST REVIEWED: 29 November 2011
  • LAST MODIFIED: 29 November 2011
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0028


The study of sexual minority parenting is a relatively new area. Throughout this article, we will refer to individuals who are parents and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (conventionally abbreviated LGBTQ) or those who are parenting with a same-sex partner as “sexual minority parents.” Much of the literature in this area comes from psychology, often focusing on the development of children and parent experiences in these family systems. We will specify the samples examined in each commentary. First, we describe journals where this research often appears. Then we describe policy statements of US organizations regarding sexual minority parenting and relevant books in this area of research. Finally, we review primary areas of interest, such as pathways to parenthood and child development within sexual minority family systems. Overwhelmingly, the research on children reared by sexual minority parents shows no negative consequences of parents’ sexual orientation for their children’s development. Because this research area is only a few decades old, we specify many areas needing further research. The material we present can inform general knowledge and is also appropriate for use in undergraduate and graduate classrooms.


Empirical and conceptual peer-reviewed publications regarding sexual minority parenting appear in a variety of journals.

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