Attraction, Identity and Sexual Experiences of Adult Offspring of Lesbian Parents

By Nanette Gartrell, Henny Bos and Audrey Koh

Analysis of the ongoing U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) finds that the 25-year-old children of lesbian parents are more likely than their peers to report same-sex attraction, sexual minority identity and same-sex experiences.

The study compared 76 offspring of lesbian parents and 76 demographically matched participants from a population-based survey. Results show that the majority of female (70%) and male (90%) offspring identify as heterosexual or straight, though this is significantly less than their peers (88% for females, and 98% for males). The percentage identifying as sexual minorities decreased for both females and males between the ages of 17 and 25, while the percentage reporting same-sex sexual experiences increased during the same period.

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