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Researchers Discover Reason Why Parents Shouldn’t Hate Their Gay Kids: It Makes Them Not Hate Themselves

Tell us, Science, about your remarkable discovery: “For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between accepting family attitudes and behaviors towards their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and significantly decreased risk and better overall health in adulthood. The study shows that specific parental and caregiver behaviors — such as advocating for their children when they are mistreated because of their LGBT identity or supporting their gender expression — protect against depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood. In addition, LGBT youth with highly accepting families have significantly higher levels of self-esteem and social support in young adulthood.” Dammit. Now I’m going to have to throw out my copy of The Tony Perkins Guide to Raising Disgusting Children.

By:           JD
On:           Dec 6, 2010
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  • 10 Comments
    • Jim Hlavac
      Jim Hlavac

      They needed to study this? What a way to make a living. My mother could have told them that 35 years ago. I think by the seventh or eighth time some lifeguard brought my 8 year old self back to the family beach blanket with tales of my, shall we say, um, TSA procedure training, the family concluded, “yep, one of those.” And then they dealt with it. Self esteem well placed, by the time I was 15 I was organizing the extended family in a letter writing campaign against the Florida OJ folks and Anita Bryant. This is not science, it’s common sense.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      I’d like to ask this maroon why he has such a low opinion of himself that he needs to make others feel less than he already is. Perkins, you’re a bully!

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Justin
      Justin

      @Jim Hlavac: While it may be common sense, it is good scientific process, and just generally good intellectual process to confirm “common sense” with findings from properly collected data.

      I for one, am happy to see to this data. Now, when we debate in court or with Congress, we can point to the data to support inclusive policies, while the opposition will continue to have nothing.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lawrence
      Lawrence

      Unfortunately it doesnt seem to be that common – I welcome the research! It only does more to help our cause!

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lawrence
      Lawrence

      @Justin:

      Very well said Justin!

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      @Mark: You can bet the farm that one of these days a Larry Craig wide stance instance is in this vile scumbag Perkins future.

      Someone who obsesses over all things Gay clearly has some severe personal demons he is battling with………Any day his closet will burst open and plenty of small skeletons will come tumbling out……….

      Dec 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron in Honolulu
      Aaron in Honolulu

      Anyone with a brain could have figured that out.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PatrickB
      PatrickB

      @Aaron in Honolulu: The there must be a lot of brainless Republicans.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 12:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Studies like this that use proper methodology helped Olsen & Boies in the case against Prop 8, so don’t be so quick to rally against them. The NOM/ FRC studies were worthless and worked against the supporters.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 3:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tallskin
      Tallskin

      No one has mentioned religion in this

      Have the figures been broken down to show the difference between religious parents and non religious parents, and the acceptance of gay kids?

      I bet you’ll find a vast difference

      Dec 7, 2010 at 3:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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