The positive aspects of being the parent of an LGBTQ child

Kirsten A. Gonzalez, Sharon S. Rostosky, Robert D. Odom, Ellen D.B. Riggle

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Parenting an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer) identified child presents unique opportunities for growth and development. This study focused on self-reported perceptions of the positive aspects of being the parent of an LGBTQ child. Participants (N = 142) were mothers (83.8%) and fathers (16.2%) of LGBTQ identified individuals who responded to an open-ended online survey. Thematic analysis revealed five primary themes: Personal Growth (open mindedness, new perspectives, awareness of discrimination, and compassion), Positive Emotions (pride and unconditional love), Activism, Social Connection, and Closer Relationships (closer to child and family closeness). The practice implications of these findings for supporting parents in envisioning positive relationship outcomes for themselves and their children are highlighted in the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-337
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Process
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Gay
  • LGBT
  • Lesbian
  • Parent Growth
  • Positive Narratives
  • Sexual Minority Identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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