Things You Didn't Know Were Different for LGBT Families

As our LGBT community continuously works hard to obtain rights, support, and acceptance, many people don't realize that there are still many differences in lifestyle between traditional and LGBT families. Whether you consider yourself a part of the LBGTQ community or not, these nuances can be critical when discussing systemic oppression or attempting to make all familial dynamics successful.

With the passing of marriage equality, it's hard to imagine that life isn't now just like it is for any other family. But what many don't know is that there are numerous aspects of LGBT families that have to be navigated differently - from taxes, legal matters, and even parenting roles.

Here we look at five key areas where being part of an LGBT family makes life noticeably different than other families with traditional parents. Five areas where LGBT families often experience further treatment than their counterparts, from validating legal statutes to understanding health care implications, read on to understand how being part of an LGBT family carries its unique issues and considerations.

Adoption & Foster Care for LGBT Families

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The LGBT community still faces discrimination when wanting to adopt or foster children in many places worldwide. Despite progress in various countries allowing adoption and fostering from LGBTQ couples, it is still challenging for them to pursue parenthood through these means.

LGBT families often experience a biased and unfair assessment process, resulting in frustration and heartache.

Human rights organizations have called for more stringent state regulations regarding family planning or dealing with issues such as adoption to prevent prejudice from getting in the way of families of any kind being able to grow.

LGBTQ+ families wanting to adopt or foster children should be welcomed with open arms! It is becoming increasingly commonplace for LGBT families to become parents, and studies show that these children thrive and are better equipped for decision-making when they grow up with LGBT parents. Organizations exist that are devoted to helping same-sex, trans, and non-binary couples adopt.

In 2022, it is estimated that there will be over 437,000 children in the United States in need of caring and supportive homes without prejudice towards race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other kind of discrimination.

This number includes both foster care and adoption systems within the country. We should all remember that these kids deserve loving homes like everyone else.

Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Policies for LGBT Families

Workplace harassment and discrimination create a hostile environment where individuals feel unsafe or unsupported to bring their best selves to work.

With ever-changing cultural norms, workplaces must implement appropriate policies to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families. Research has shown that implementing policies that support LGBT families can benefit businesses financially by increasing productivity and creativity within the workplace.
Companies need not only comply with current laws but also strive to show understanding of the different lifestyle perspectives of all employees. When starting an Employee Resource Group and initiating explicit policies that include fair and equal treatment for all team members regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. By creating a culture of respect, companies have a real chance at making more inclusive workplace environments that foster growth, teamwork, unity, and goodwill.

Lack of Appropriate Healthcare Access & Insurance Baffles LGBT Families

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It is outrageous that in 2022, many LGBT families still face discrimination and exclusion regarding healthcare access and insurance. Every parent should expect the same care and respect for their children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; however, LGBT families often encounter roadblocks that limit their options for healthcare coverage.

This issue is perplexing because no one should be denied access to proper medical care due to their sexual identity. It is embarrassing that this kind of inequality still happens in our society today, and if left unaddressed, it will only continue to deepen disparities amongst the LGBT community. It's high time we treat all members of society equally when it comes to healthcare; the whole family's well-being depends on it.


Though the LGBT community has fought for and achieved many significant milestones, there are still five key areas where being part of an LGBT family can make life noticeably different. From taxes to legal matters and parenting roles, it's essential to be aware of these nuances to create successful familial dynamics - whether you consider yourself a part of the LGBTQ community or not. 

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