Fisher-Price Teams Up With Proud Parenting For LGBT Family Photo Gallery

(via ProudParenting.com)

Fisher-Price® and Proud Parenting today announced the launch of the Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery, presented by Fisher-Price®. The goal of the program is to increase the visibility of LGBT parents and to encourage interaction and support between LGBT parents, their friends and their allies.

The Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery is a curated photo collection of LGBT parents with their families. It provides an authentic look into the proud lives of these modern families. New families will be featured throughout the summer across the Proud Parenting digital media outlets and will be promoted by Gay Ad Network on LGBT websites, social media and mobile apps.

“We are thrilled to partner with Proud Parenting for its first-ever program to increase the visibility of LBGT families,” said Hailey Sullivan, Director of Marketing, Fisher-Price. “Fisher-Price is proud to help all parents give their children the best possible start in life.”

You can view at photos at the Proud Parenting website, and also view the galleries on Facebook and Instagram.

(via press release)

Russian lawmaker introduces bill to void gays and lesbians of parental rights

A Russian lawmaker has introduced legislation that would nullify the parental rights of gay parents.

From PinkNews:

Lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov has proposed a bill that will would deny gay parents custody over their own children. If passed it would make “non traditional sexual orientation” a basis for the deprivation of parental rights. It places same-sex sexual orientation in the same category as alcohol and drug abuse.

If passed, the law would follow on from a piece of legislation signed into law by President Putin in July that banned gay and lesbian couples from foreign countries from adopting children.

Study: Children of gays and lesbians turn out “no different” from children of straight parents

The world’s largest study to date researching the impact gay and lesbian parents have on their children finds that kids with gay parents are actually happier and healthier than their peers who have straight parents, reports U.K. LGBT site PinkNews.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families in Australia studied the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of 500 children from around the nation up to the age of 17. The study also interviewed 315 gay, lesbian, and bisexual parents, asking them to complete the Child Health Questionnaire, which is recognized around the world.

Preliminary results indicated that children of gay and lesbian parents were no different from their peers raised by straight parents in terms of physical and mental health, and in their interactions with others and their parents.

The study did discover, however, that children raised by same-sex parents scored significantly higher in terms of family cohesion and general health than did kids raised by opposite-sex parents, according to PinkNews.

So much for the “gays make bad parents” argument.  Of course, the haters will just dismiss the study as flawed and continue flogging their own opinions as fact.

American Psychological Association says gay parents just as good as heterosexual parents

A recent study called into question the ability of gay parents to raise well-rounded children, but the report has been widely blasted as biased, manipulative, and agenda-based. Now, the American Psychological Association has stepped in to reiterate their feelings that gay parents are just as good as straight parents.

“On the basis of a remarkably consistent body of research on lesbian and gay parents and their children, the American Psychological Association and other health, professional, and scientific organizations have concluded that there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation,” the APA announced on their website earlier this week. “That is, lesbian and gay parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide supportive and healthy environments for their children. This body of research has shown that the adjustment, development, and psychological well-being of children are unrelated to parental sexual orientation and that the children of lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those of heterosexual parents to flourish.”

According to a joint press release from the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Family Equality Council, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the paper was “written by rightwing author Mark Regnerus (of the Department of Sociology and Population Center at the University of Texas at Austin) and funded in large part by the antigay Witherspoon Institute.”

Many of the study’s children considered to be raised in gay households were not being raised by parents in a committed same-sex relationship, whereas many of the children in heterosexual households had two married parents.

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