Compendium of Social Science Research on Gay Headed Families

Human Rights Campaign
Social Science Research


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 research studies, including a 2001 meta-analysis of two decades of studies on the topic, show that the sexual orientation of a parent is irrelevant to the development of a child’s mental health and social development and to the quality of a parent-child relationship. [Link]