In recent decades, LGBTQ+ rights movements have grown in importance and recognition around the world. This has led to significant changes in many areas, including the legal recognition of same-sex marriage and adoption of children by homosexual couples.
However, despite these advances, homoparenting is still widely stigmatized in many societies, and gay couples face many challenges when deciding to raise children.
Gay couples raising children may face unique and complex challenges. First, they may encounter prejudices and stigmatization from society, which can be difficult for children to manage. Children may be victims of bullying and harassment at school, while gay couples may face prejudices and discrimination when seeking to adopt children. Additionally, homosexual couples raising children often face financial challenges. The costs of in vitro fertilization and adoption can be high, and gay couples may have more difficulty obtaining mortgages or student loans due to discrimination. Finally, gay couples raising children often face legal and administrative challenges. In some countries, laws related to same-sex parenting can be complex and changing, making long-term planning for the family difficult.
Some numbers: According to data from the French National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), in 2020, 23,000 homosexual couples had adopted a child in France since the legalization of marriage for all in 2013. In the United States, according to a study by the Williams Institute, about 2 million children are raised by LGBTQ+ parents. In addition, it is estimated that about 20% of adopted children in France are raised by homosexual couples.
Same-sex parenting is an increasingly common reality in our society. Same-sex couples seeking to start a family may face unique challenges, ranging from social stigmatization to administrative and financial obstacles. However, with the support of family, community, and competent professionals, homosexual couples can overcome these obstacles and provide their children with a loving and secure home.