A new report released by the Williams Institute estimates that 37% of LGBT Americans have had a child, meaning that as many as 6 million children and adults have an LGBT parent.
“These analyses highlight the diversity and prevalence of LGBT parents and their children in the U.S.,” said the study’s lead scholar Gary J. Gates. “The data show that LGBT families are clearly part of modern American life.”
Other findings from LGBT Parenting in the United States include:
* About 39% of individuals in same-sex couples raising children under age 18 are non-white, as are half of their children —compared to to 36% of those in different-sex couples who are non-white.
* Among children under 18 living with same-sex couples, 50% are non-white compared to 41% of children living with different-sex couples.
*Same-sex couples raising children are four times more likely than their different-sex counterparts to be raising an adopted child. An estimated 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children in the US.
* States with the highest proportions of same-sex couples raising biological, adopted or step-children include Mississippi (26%), Wyoming (25%), Alaska (23%), Idaho (22%), and Montana (22%).
* Single LGBT adults raising children are three times more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to report household incomes near the poverty threshold. Married or partnered LGBT individuals living in two-adult households with children are twice as likely.
*More than 111,000 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 170,000 biological, step, or adopted children
*Same-sex couples are six times more likely than their different-sex counterparts to be raising foster children. Approximately 2,600 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 3,400 foster children in the US.
*The median annual household income of same-sex couples with children under age 18 in the home is lower than comparable different-sex couples ($63,900 versus $74,000, respectively).
The full report can be found here.
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Community at odds over transgender transition at high school
By Michael Clark
Controversy is brewing in North Mississippi over a student’s decision to come out as a transgender.
Monday, South Panola High School students were buzzing about a transgender classmate who began what the ACLU called a ‘transition’.
“The first step in that is really to start dressing according to your gender and today was about going to school and being able to be the person that she is,” Mississippi ACLU Legal Director, Bear Atwood said.
Because the student is a minor, we’ve agreed to only identify her as Leah. On the first day of the transition, some classmates still referred to Leah as ‘HE.’
“He’s like any other student at South Panola, he minds his business, he’s not hurting anyone, he’s only wanting to be himself,” Joiner said.
Some parents had more concerns than the students.
“You a man you supposed to stay a man, you a woman, you supposed to stay a woman, and that’s my opinion that’s it,” Batesville resident Kenneth Smith said.
“It causes attention to yourself so you’ve got a bunch of students who have never been around this,” Batesville resident Alishia Smith added.
The ACLU is working with Leah’s family and the school district to ensure she has a safe and inclusive environment at school.
Monday, many of the students showed their support by wearing green and pink, a request Leah made on Facebook to friends.
“I know there was a lot going on, people had a lot to say in the classroom, but I just feel like it’s not my position to judge anyone,” Joiner said.
The interim superintendent was unavailable Monday, but it is district policy not to comment about specific students.
Action News 5 has been told that some parents plan to voice concerns at the next school board meeting in March.
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This week, CNN Money published an impressive series of profiles of transgender people struggling to find work in America. Some are unemployed, others homeless or in debt.
In the opening article, Blake Ellis writes:
It’s hard to pin down a precise jobless rate since there’s so little transgender-specific data available. The most recent comprehensive study of more than 6,000 transgender individuals wasreleased in 2011 by the National Center for Transgender Equality. This report found the transgender jobless rate to be 14% — double the national rate — and as high as 28% for black respondents. And a recent online Prudential survey of 49 transgender individuals had similar findings.
The six profiles that follow are written as first-person narratives, with each person telling their own version of a universally heartbreaking, fundamentally unfair story. Writes Keisha Allen, a trans woman from Chicago:
I’ve interviewed for over 100 jobs — entry-level jobs like a server, cook, dishwasher, cashier — no jobs that require a school background. I’m lucky to get to the interview, and once I get to the interview and my name doesn’t match my ID and my body doesn’t match what it says on my ID, I never hear back. And I believe it’s because I’m a woman of color and a transgender woman of color.
Read through the series. The stories are compelling, and it’s kind of a big deal that CNN took the initiative to cover this issue.
All states are within two percentage points of the overall national average of 3.5%
TW: anti-gay violence
President Obama announced today that he will posthumously honor Jeanne Manford, cofounder of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, with the Citizens Medal.
In 1972, Manford and her husband, Jules, formed a support group for parents of gay children, an organization that grew into PFLAG, after their gay son, Morty, was brutally beaten during a gay rights protest in New York City and police failed to intervene.
“In the years that followed, Manford continued to march and organize, even after losing Morty to AIDS in 1992,” notes a White House press release. Jeanne Manford died in January at age 92.
“Jeanne was one of the fiercest fighters in the battle for acceptance and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” PFLAG executive director Jody Huckaby said upon Manford’s death.
Manford is one of 18 people who will be honored with the Citizens Medal in a ceremony at the White House a week from today. President Obama selected them from among 6,000 names submitted by the public. Other honorees include activists for people with disabilities, veterans, Native Americans, and many other groups and causes, plus the six Sandy Hook Elementary School staff members who died in the mass shooting there December 14.
Find the full list here.
— Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in his “State of the State” address. Oh yes he did. (via Towleroad)
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