Report: 2 Million Children Living In LGBT Households Face Legal Obstacles, Inequality

Our guest blogger is Crosby Burns, special assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress.

Today, a coalition of LGBT organizations in partnership with social welfare and child advocacy groups released the most comprehensive report to date analyzing how public policies impact children with LGBT parents. “All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families” profiles the experience of the 2 million children living with LGBT parents, documents the ways in which state and federal policy hurt those children, and offers common-sense policy recommendations to strengthen those families.

Roughly 2 million children are being raised by LGBT parents today in 96 percent of all U.S. counties. Same-sex couples in the South are more likely to be raising children than those in other regions of the country, and LGBT families as whole are more racially and ethnically diverse than married opposite-sex couples raising children, the report finds. “All Children Matter” explores the numerous ways in which government policy fails to adequate support children raised by same-sex couples. According to the report, current laws can:

What results are socioeconomic inequalities that hurt children with LGBT parents. For example, contrary to common stereotypes, children raised by same-sex couples are twice as likely to live in poverty as children being raised by married heterosexual households.

Lastly, the report identifies legal, policy and cultural solutions to address the numerous disparities facing these families. Recommendations include legally recognizing LGBT families; providing equal access to government-based economic protections; providing equal access to health care; protecting LGBT families with anti-discrimination laws, anti-bullying laws and outreach; and providing education and services support to help LGBT families.

“All Children Matter” was released by the Center for American Progress, the Family Equality Council, and the Movement Advancement Project, in partnership with COLAGE, The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and the National Association of Social Workers (with a foreword by the Child Welfare League of America).