Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents: Building Families and Navigating Stigma

[Speaker] Horne, Sharon:1
[Co-author] Reeves, Teresa:1, Simons, Peter:1, Wadler, Brianna:1, Guerrero, Aj:1, Maroney, Meredith:1
1:University of Massachusetts Boston (United States of America)

In many countries there is a patchwork of legal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents depending on the region, state, province, or municipal setting where they live. This study examined the relationship between the presence of legal parenting rights and the perception of parenting stress and sexual minority stress experienced by same-sex parrents. This study included 418 participants from the U.S. and Canada. Lack of legal status was found to predict concerns about family legal issues as well as discrimination, but not other forms of sexual minority stress and parenting stress. Higher levels of social support were found to predict lower general sexual minority stress and parenting stress but did not mediate the relationship between legal status and sexual minority or parenting stressors. Results suggest that same-sex parents, regardless of legal status, cope with the stressors they experience but those parents without legal rights experience more worry.
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