Thematic Perceptions of Lesbian Parenting After 25 Years

By Nanette Gartrell, Esther D. Rothblum, Audrey S. Koh, Gabriel van Beusekom, and Henny Bos

The sixth wave of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) asked 131 lesbian parents to reflect on the most challenging and best experiences raising children in non-traditional families. The top challenge cited (33.3%) was distress over their children’s experiences of exclusion, heterosexism, or homophobic stigmatization. The most cited best parenting experience (23.4%) was being role models, leading to a greater acceptance of LGBTQ people.

The NLLFS has followed the same cohort of sexual minority parents and offspring since 1986 from conception to adulthood.

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