A Brief History of The Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents

1957, 50 years ago The Wolfenden Report Published recommending that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence

1969 40 years ago Following the Stonewall Riots in New York City and the formation of The Committee for Homosexual Equality in Britain the modern Gay rights movement born

1979 30 years ago First babies being born using ART to Lesbian parents resulting in an increased public awareness of lesbians and first lesbian custody battles being fought and won

1989 20 years ago Stonewall group setup to oppose Section 28 which prevented the ‘promotion of homosexuality by local authorities’

1999 10 years ago Law society proposes that unmarried partners, including same sex couples should be legally recognised, it is also stated by the Family Law Division that Gays and Lesbians should be able to foster and adopt and the Children’s society lifted their five year ban on lesbian and gay fostering and adoption

2009 Legislation allowing same sex partners equal access for Lesbians and their partners to “parentage presumptions” from IVF or assisted/self insemination to have the words “parent” on the child’s birth certificate

2009 November Senior parenting officials state “Lesbians make better parents” than conventional couples…


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