Lesbian and Gay Youths’ Aspirations for Marriage and Raising Children

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Rockway Institute

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers have found that many lesbian and gay youth expect to spend their adult lives in a long-term same-sex relationship raising children. The researchers interviewed 133 young people ages 16 to 22 from the New York City area. More than 90 percent of the females and 80 percent of the males surveyed said they expect to be partnered in a monogamous relationship after age 30. Sixty-seven percent of males and 55 percent of females expressed some degree of likelihood that they will raise children. Of those, 58 percent of males and 54 percent of females expect to be raising their own biological children. Forty-two percent of males and 32 percent of females expect to adopt.

The study was commissioned by the Rockway Institute, a national research and public policy center at Alliant International University, and was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. It appears in the most recent Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. Free, 21 pages. (814) 863-2212, www.haworthpress.com/store/SampleText/J462.pdf (pages 77-98).