American families and the nostalgia trap. Victoria shared how having a gay dad could help her step-child who has a lesbian mom:. She was really not ready yet to identify herself as a lesbian. Differences have not been found in parenting ability between lesbian mothers and heterosexual mothers. Rachel shared her experience:
If supported through additional empirical study, these findings could influence public policy and custody decisions.
Family Relations49— Therefore, all of the participants met the selection criteria, as they reported having one gay or lesbian parent as well as one heterosexual parent. Interestingly, the majority of participants reported that their relationship with their gay or lesbian parent improved after the disclosure.
We examined the meanings to see if something new was suggested which was absent from the transcripts, examined the emerging themes, and explored any discrepancies.