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Bunk “Study” Defames Same-Sex Headed Households

Many times, when the anti-gay industry pops out with a new absurd lie, I simply sigh, remind myself of the arc of history, and move on. But the latest vicious volley landed, quite literally, too close to home. Earlier this week, a University of Texas sociologist named Mark Regnerus published a paper purporting to show that kids raised in same-sex households have poor outcomes as adults. His conclusion runs counter to 30-plus years of peer-reviewed research and contradicts the formal positions...

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Separating lesbian mothers from their children violates human rights

No child should ever be separated from her mother just because of her mother’s sexual orientation, but this continues to happen to families around the world. Decades of social science research have shown that a parent’s sexual orientation has absolutely no effect on their ability to be a good parent. But courts still rely on discredited notions that being raised by a lesbian mother is harmful for children. On May 31, 2004, a Chilean Court ordered Karen Atala to give up custody of her three...

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Groundbreaking Film Exploring the First Generation of LGBTQ Parents Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Showing and Reception Set for September 14 (San Francisco, CA, August 23, 2010)—Twenty-five years after its premier, the groundbreaking documentary Choosing Children—the first film to explore and chronicle the journey taken by lesbians and gay men to become parents after they came out—will return to the silver screen at the Herbst Theater on Sept. 14 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The landmark film, produced by two Bay Area filmmakers, Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner,...

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GLMA, NCLR Urge Investigation of Alleged Misuse of Prenatal Drug to Manipulate Sexual Orientation

(San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2010)—Today, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the National Center for Lesbian Rights respond to the recent article published by the Bioethics Forum of the Hastings Center , a nonpartisan bioethics institute, investigating the abuse of the steroid dexamethasone by administering the drug to pregnant women in the attempt to prevent female children from having atypical genitals or from growing up to be lesbian. A statement from The Gay and Lesbian Medical...

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NCLR Hails Landmark Inter-American Commission of Human Rights Decision

Decision finds Chile violated lesbian’s human rights (Santiago, Chile, April 8, 2010 — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) hails a landmark decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) rebuking a Chilean Supreme Court ruling in which a woman lost custody of her children for the sole reason that she is a lesbian. The IACHR found that “the Chilean state had violated Karen Atala Riffo’s right to live free from discrimination” when it revoked Atala’s custody of...

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NCLR Settles Same-Sex Parent Custody Dispute

(San Francisco, CA, March 5, 2010) — Today the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced the resolution of the custody dispute between Kim Smith and Maggie Quale in Santa Cruz, California. While in a committed relationship, Smith and Quale had twins together using donated sperm. The dispute arose when the couple separated and Quale, who had given birth to the twins, challenged Smith’s parental rights. Under the settlement, both women are recognized as legal parents of their twins....

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Decision Protecting Children Born to Same-Sex Couples

California Court of Appeal ruling stands; Lesbian mother’s parental rights upheld (San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2010) — Today, the United States Supreme Court denied review in a custody dispute involving a non-biological lesbian mother whose former partner, the child’s biological mother, was seeking to strip her of any parental rights. “I am so grateful that my relationship with my six-year-old daughter is legally protected,” said Charisma. “I love my daughter dearly, and I am relieved the...

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