It is impossible to say how long lesbian, gay, transgendered and queer people have been parenting children. With the recent legalization of gay marriage in Canada, there is increased attention and tolerance towards these families. This shift also means that more LGBTQ people are raising children than ever before.
Some of the first kids who grew up in openly LGBTQ families are approaching the age of 30, which means we have more access to information about growing up in these non-traditional homes. Numerous studies have shown that children of LGBTQ parents are just as happy and healthy as children from more conventional families.
Nevertheless, there are certainly unique challenges that LGBTQ parents and their children face. Prejudice and discrimination are still commonplace, and children may encounter teasing and bullying from friends and peers. Also, kids may feel isolated, confused or ashamed when their families do not resemble the ones portrayed in media such as movies, television shows, and storybooks.
While it can be easy to get caught up in some of the difficulties of raising kids in a non-traditional family, there are numerous positives. Children from these homes are well-adjusted, healthy, and happy, and may also be more tolerant of diversity throughout their lives. If you or your children are suffering from the effects of discrimination, call 1 866 833-7690 to talk to an EFAP counsellor or visit workhealthlife.com for more information.