The publication is provided for the use of clinicians, researchers, students, lawyers and parents involved in legal and policy issues related to lesbian and gay parenting. Lesbian and gay parenting is the successor to lesbian and gay parenting a resource for psychologists (1995). Lgbt parenting refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people raising one or more children as parents or foster care parents. This includes children raised by same-sex couples (same-sex parenting), children raised by single lgbt parents, and children raised by an opposite-sex couple where at least one partner is lgbt. Should i worry how this will affect my children? Millions of children have one or more gay andor lesbian parents. For some children, having a gay or lesbian parent is not a big deal. Others may find it hard to have a family that is different from most families. Being different in any way can be confusing, frustrating, and even scary. The issues that arise in lesbian- and gay-parented families are a function of two things one is the rich variety of family constellations they comprise, and the other is the fact that they are living in a society which does not yet value rich variety. The tension created by this situation generates unique needs for the approximately 5 million gay and lesbian parents in this country whenever. The issue of gay and lesbian parenting is a complex and intensely controversial one in american society. Although the proportions of american children who are raised as members of so-called alternative familiesincluding gay and lesbian families as well as single-parent households,. A closer examination of the american psychological associations brief on lesbian and gay parenting, social science research, vol. Abbie goldberg, a psychologist at clark university in massachusetts, spoke about the benefits of gay parenting mentioning gay parents tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average because they chose to be parents gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals. loren marks, same-sex parenting and childrens outcomes a closer examination of the american psychological associations brief on lesbian and gay parenting. Apa resolutions and information regarding lgbt issues such as sexual orientation and marriage, child custody or placement, transgender issues, gender identity and gender expression nondiscrimination, amicus briefs and lesbian and gay parenting.