By Stephanie Guler - Senior Content & Social Media Developer | June 24th, 2011
This year’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Pride Month may be coming to an conclusion, but that doesn’t mean the fight to end to discrimination and gain equal rights for all is going to stop.
Some recent political milestones have put same-sex couples into the spotlight, and it seems that a lot of progress is being made both socially and politically.
This month, lawmakers in New York will vote on a bill that could legalize gay marriage in the state. Currently Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire allow gay marriage. New York is just one vote away from being the sixth state to legalize same sex marriage, which would be a major accomplishment for the LGBT community.
Last week, the UN Human Rights Council passed their very first gay rights resolution, supporting equal human rights for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.
They stated, “It really is a key part in setting a new norm that gay rights are human rights, and that has to be accepted globally.”
The support of the UN Human Rights Council was followed up this week with the 2010 US Census report. For the very first time, same-sex couples and their children were counted in the survey, and the results show the real truth about gay American families; they are just like the rest of us.
According to this groundbreaking US Census data, about 25 percent of same sex households in the United States are raising children.
States from all corners of the nation reported similar results: Hawaii, 27 percent; Alabama, 23 percent; Wyoming, 28 percent; California, 21 percent; Delaware, 19 percent; Pennsylvania, 20 percent; and Kansas, 26 percent.
These results are significant evidence that the LGBT community is here to stay, which helps the government and gay activist groups to really see the authenticity of the issue at hand.
Most same-sex couples, like other “average” Americans, are parents in families with two children.
While adoption is currently a very popular option for having children, many same-sex couples are turning to modern medicine to build their families.
Infertility treatments, typically used to help infertile men and women conceive, are also in demand amongst gay couples that want a chance to have biological children.
Naomi Goldberg is a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute, an organization that advances sexual orientation law and public policy. She told ABC News, “We are hearing a lot of stories about what is being called the ‘gayby boom,’ same-sex couples having children. They are shattering the stereotypes that gay [couples] don’t want kids. They want the same thing straight couples want.”
While these recent steps forward have made a big difference in the lives of same-sex households all over the United States, as a global society, we still have a long way to go when it comes to acknowledging equal human rights for every person.
The latest Census data is just one small step for Americans in this fight towards equality.
Stuart Gaffney, a spokesman for the gay rights group Marriage Equality USA told ABC News, “I think this is critical new information and really goes back to the beginning of the gay rights movement and Harvey Milk saying, ‘Come out, come out, wherever you are’. It’s the single most important thing you can do. Let the world know we are here.”
This article was written by the medical research team at WhereismyDoctor.com
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