Segments in this Video

Gay Parents: Clinic Insemination (05:09)


Lesbian couples opt for donor insemination. One couple has triplets and a single child by the same donor. Gay parents often worry about the social consequences for their children. Another couple gave birth to and raised a son who is not 18 years old.

Gay Parents: Co-Parenting Families (03:29)

A gay couple decides to co-parent with a single mother with one child. Two gay men and two lesbian women raise their families in adjoining homes.

Gay Families by Adoption (03:31)

A lesbian couple, together for 18 years, gains custody of two grand nieces, and ultimately they are able to adopt the girls. A gay couple tries many avenues to create a family. They finally adopt a baby through an agency.

Gay Parents: Challenges (03:21)

Gay parents are often ridiculed by their families and questioned by society. Their children often suffer in school because of their parents' lifestyles. Gay parents often adopt special needs children, children other people do not want.

Challenges Facing Children of Gay Parents (04:30)

Children discuss how having gay parents affects their friends. People often assume that children raised by gay parents are also gay.

Social Intolerance of Gay Parents (04:16)

Outsiders judge gay parents harshly, often insinuating that they will make their children gay, too. Intolerance comes from narrow-mindedness. Gay parents are concerned about their children's views of non-traditional families.

Child RIghts and Gay Parenting (02:50)

A gay mother makes the case for children's rights. People who want to take children away from gay parents are not thinking about the welfare of the children. When both parents adopt a child, the child is protected under the law.

What Gay Parents Want for Their Children (06:39)

Gay parents share their hopes for the children they are raising. These parents believe they have everything to offer their children, no different from heterosexual parents. Sexual orientation does not dictate particular parenting skills.

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Rocking the Cradle: Gay Parenting

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Prior to the 1960s, the idea of same-sex parenting had yet to reach the consciousness of most Americans. The majority of gays and lesbians did not even consider parenting, fearing the stigma their children might face. By 2000, however, the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that a full one-third of lesbian couples and roughly a quarter of gay male couples had opted to become parents. This program captures six gay/lesbian families in their day-to-day lives. Two of these families are families by adoption, two are co-parenting families, and two are lesbian families by insemination. Man-on-the-street interviews as well as emotional testimonials from the 15 adults and 11 children featured in this film provide a range of perspectives on gay parenting. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. (38 minutes)

Length: 38 minutes

Item#: BVL38758

ISBN: 978-1-60467-585-6

Copyright date: ©2007

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