Discrimination, not same-sex parents, harms children: report

Children raised in same-sex families develop as their peers in families with heterosexual parents do, a group of senior pediatricians and adolescent health experts says.

And the group has called on the medical community to debunk “damaging misrepresentations” of the evidence being used by the “no” campaign in the postal vote on same-sex marriage, saying the real public health risk comes from discrimination.

Three public health reasons why marriage equality is a great idea

Croakey, April 20, 2017

In the post below, republished with permission from his blog, Sydney epidemiologist Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz shows that, on health grounds alone, the government is obliged to act urgently:

Here are three reasons why marriage equality is a win for public health and society in general.

1. For the kids

The first go-to argument that any traditional marriage campaigner will rush to is that they aren’t really denying gay people the chance to marry for themselves; they’re doing it for the children.

 

Social Science Research into same-sex parenting – a list of studies

Human Rights Campaign, 2015

The prevailing professional opinion is that a parent’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with his or her ability to be a good parent. All major studies on the matter show that the sexual orientation of a parent is not related to a child’s mental health and social development.

See list of studies here

Health-care system challenging for LGBQ women giving birth

Herald News (Canada), October 13, 2015 – 6:45am

When Lisa Goldberg walks into a room to find a new mother, babe in her arms and surrounded by family, the nurse’s first question will always be the same: Who is everybody?

It may seem like an obvious thing to ask, but often clinicians — and society — jump to assumptions about what a new family looks like. The “mommy, daddy, baby” image, as Goldberg calls it.

Instead of assuming that the man standing on one side of the bed is the father, it’s critical to ask, says the Dalhousie University nursing professor. The health-care system is a creaky, old institution that was first built on what are known as heteronormative beliefs — or, more simply, the idea that everyone who comes through the hospital door is straight.

Read more here

2012 Sydney Women and Sexual Health survey report just released

The 2012 Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) survey report is a critical piece of health research for Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women in Australia. Over its lifetime, SWASH has become a comprehensive survey of sexual health and wellbeing, violence, mental health and levels of psychological distress, and a number of other important health issues relevant to LBQ women in Sydney, such as tobacco use, illicit drug use, alcohol consumption, and cancer screening behaviours.

Download report here