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. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families this article reviews new scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families. The past decade witnessed rapid expansion of data and strong research designs. The most notable advance was in studies on variation among mostly planned lesbian comother families. It is considered psychologically healthy for lesbians and gay men to come out and live outside of the closet. However, parents tend to react with shock, disappointment, and shame when they learn of a sons or daughters gay sexual orientation. Francisco perales, laura simpson reeves, stefanie plage, janeen baxter, the family lives of australian lesbian, gay and bisexual people a review of the literature and a research agenda, sexuality research and social policy, 10. Exploring couple and family therapy faculty members training experiences in lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative therapy, journal of feminist family therapy, 10. The modern gay rights movement began dramatically in june 1969 in new york citys greenwich village. During a typical raid, police tried to arrest people for their mere presence at a gay bar, but the patrons of the stonewall inn fought back - and the gay rights movement was launched. Lgbt or glbt, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism lgb, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader lgbt community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. The initialism, as well as some of its common variants, functions as an umbrella term for sexuality and gender identity. Promoting the well-being of children whose parents are gay or lesbian the american academy of pediatrics policy statement in support of same-sex marriage says that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children.