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Monday, April 30, 2007

Bashing Gay Parenting

I read a disturbing post at the Insight Scoop today - What's good for kids?. As well as speaking of what they think is good for kids, they also mention what they believe is bad for them ... gay parenting ... and they give a bit of an interview with Dawn Stefanowicz, who has written a book, Out From Under: Getting Clear of the Wreckage of a Sexually Disordered Home, about being raised by a homosexual father.

What's disturbing is that the book offers a personal opinion as if it were The Truth. While everyone is allowed an opinion and it's hard to disavow a book written from personal experience, the opinions of the writer fly in the face of much research on the subject.

Here's a little of what the writer says in the interview ...

MercatorNet: Do you know other people who have lived with homosexual parents?

Stefanowicz: I am in touch with many families in which about 40 children have been impacted. Many of the children have dealt with fear, anger, and depression. Without a doubt, we deal with sexuality confusion. Suicide has come up quite a bit with adolescent boys who have gay fathers. They appear to be very angry with their dad. There are insurmountable odds that these children have to face. Some of us have been exposed to pathogens. This would be expected as we are in high-risk situations that haven't even been researched yet. Our parents often die early. We have a hard time coping with the burdens we carry, while some of us don't make it and commit suicide .....

MercatorNet: How can society wake up to these problems?

Stefanowicz: It will take parents who have their own children, making appropriate sacrifices, saying we will not go down this path. It will take people not accepting government legislative permissions ....


Below are three links in which is expressed the view that children who grow up with one or two gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual .....

* New Position Statement Adopted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Adoption and Co-Parenting of Children by Same-Sex Couples - link

* American Academy of Pediatrics - Technical Report: Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents - link

* Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Fine - CBS News

Miserable childhoods are equal opportunity situations - you can have one with heterosexual parents as well as homosexual ones. What's more important than the sexual orientation of a parent is whether they are good at parenting.


4 Comments:

Blogger Liam said...

I agree with youl, Crystal.

6:11 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Liam :-)

6:51 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

"Some of us have been exposed to pathogens. "

As opposed to the rest of us, who live in a sanitary bubble and have never been opposed to pathogens.

Sigh.

8:16 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Matthew,

yeah. I guess people tend to compare their situation to what they consider perfect, instead of the average reality.

10:05 AM  

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