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Gay Parents and Children

Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Gay Parents and Children Millions of families have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents. On today's show, we will talk about unique challenges -- perhaps dealing with prejudice and discrimination or the stress that can cause -- and how these families cope and thrive. And what about the issues families confront when straight parents learn their child is gay or questioning their gender? We'll explore all this and more.


Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Gay Rights, Health, Parenting/Child Care


Brynna Fish
Frank Groh-Wargo
Phyllis Harris, executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Vanessa Jensen, Psy.D, Cleveland Clinic
Charlotte Patterson, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program, University of Virginia

Additional Information

Event information for Patterson’s lecture on “Sexual Orientation and Parenting” at Case Western’s Schubert Center for Child Studies
PFLAG Cleveland
Human Rights Campaign Parenting Resources
Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study (NBC News)
Same-sex Parents and Their Children (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
Ten Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Child (Advocates for Youth)
It Gets Better Project

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