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DÜSSELDORF, 10 February 2021: The rainbow families service provider “LAG Regenbogenfamilien NRW” has created a new website for LGBTIQ* parents and their children with comprehensive information, a range of videos and other materials. It is an amazing source for professionals and families concerned. Read more. (graphic: LAG Regenbogenfamilien)

VIENNA, 04 February 2021: Austrian researcher Magdalena Siegel and her colleagues revealed in a new comparative study of 55 old and new scientific papers that rainbow families suffer from the lack of legislation. The missing framework (i.e. for the full recognition) touches parents and children deeply. Read more. The study was awarded by Pride Biz Austria. (graphic:

KOBLENZ, 14 January 2021: German historian Kirsten Plötz has published a new study about lesbian mothers in Rhineland Palatinate who lost their custody rights after their divorce. The Green Minister for Family Affairs, Anne Spiegel, apologised for the discrimination in 40 years. Read the more about the study and another article (in German). (graphic: Dr. Kirsten Plötz)

BRUSSELS, 17 December 2020: COFACE Families Europe announced a new webinar series, entitled “Breakfast Bytes”. The monthly online meetings spread knowledge and put the spotlights on different family supports. The target group is especially professionals working with families and children. Read more and register here. (graphic: COFACE)

BRUSSELS, 12 November 2020: The EU Commission launched the first-ever LGBTIQ Equality strategy. It contains a range of proposals concerning rainbow families in cross-border situations, for example the review of the freedom of movement guidelines and a “horizontal legislative initiative” in 2022 for the mutual recognition of family relations within the EU. Read here press releases of ILGA-Europe and NELFA. (photo: EU Commission)

MADRID, 06 November: Best practice! The Spanish media platform “freeda” published a nice interview with Gabriel who is a young man raised by two gay dads. One of his fathers is NELFA’s Board member Jesús Santos Homobono (Galehi). Gabriel was already several times a real ambassador for rainbow families. Read and – in particular – see more. (photo: freeda_es)

OXFORD, 28 September 2020: Children raised by same-sex parents from birth perform better at school than those raised by different-sex partners, new research has indicated. According to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Oxford (Deni Mazrekaj, in the photo) and Maastricht University, children with same-sex parents perform better at both primary and secondary education. Read a corresponding article. (photo: via Twitter)

DUBLIN, 03 September 2020: A creative agency in Ireland teamed up with Belong To, the national organisation supporting LGBTIQ* young people, to deliver a new campaign. The main aim is to help children to learn the colours of the rainbow with an inclusive message around diversity and equality. Read more. (graphic: RtR)

KIEV, 10 September 2020: The organisation Insight has made extraordinary research on trans* families available. It’s a comprehensive overview, summarised by Inna Iryskina. The Ukrainian version is for free. The English version is available via donation. The aim is to collect around 2,000 € to print copies. (graphic: Insight)

TURIN, 08 September 2020: NELFA volunteer Micaela Ghisleni (Famiglie Arcobaleno), her wife Chiara and their son Niccoló share their story – of being a rainbow family in Italy. The book – memoir and pamphlet at the same time – gives a voice to anyone who is waiting for a domestic law that allows two people of the same gender to be both parents of their child. (photo: M. Ghisleni)

AMSTERDAM, 21 August 2020Emmi Smid is a Dutch author, illustrator and translator of picture books. Most recently, she published “Rainbow Village – A Story to Help Children”. A kind stranger helps a whole village celebrate its inhabitants’ differences, encouraging children (3+) to embrace themselves for who they are. Read more on this website. (photo: Emmi Smid)

BRUSSELS, 17 August 2020: ILGA-Europe has produced a new webpage that provides guidance on submitting complaints to the European Commission (EC).  The information was inspired by the webinar “Bringing cases before the European Commission” organised on 30 April 2020. It is presented in a Q&A format addressing questions raised during the webinar, but also those that were submitted to us. If you have more, please contact ILGA-Europe.

GENEVA, 24 July 2020: ILGA World released its latest Annual Treaty Bodies Report 2019. It shows that nine UN Treaty Bodies made 137 references to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in 66 observations and recommendations to 56 member States. They have become more impactful, more detailed and increasingly aware of cultural diversities. Read the full report here.

GENEVA, 17 July 2020: ILGA World launched its new toolbox to combat so-called “conversion therapies”. The Publication offers a clear summary of legal tools, public policy tools and key allies available o ban or restrict these harmful practices that cause so much damage, pain and loss across the world. This can serve as inspiration to replicate good practices and even generate new tools that may not have been included on this list.

BERLIN, 15 July 2020: Gay dads from Germany (The Rainbow Daddies) have published their own book, entitled “Regenbogenväterbuch”. It is a colourful collection of experience reports on becoming and being (biological) parents. You can find more information about the guidebook on this webpage. (photo: Rainbow Daddies)

OAKLAND, 26 May 2020: Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues just published their recent Global Resources Report. It is the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for LGBTIQ* issues. This report documents data on 19.764 grants awarded by 800 foundations, intermediary NGOs, and corporations and by 15 donor government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017–2018.

GENEVA, 19 May 2020: ILGA-World‘s strategic litigation toolkit is the first publication of its kind to specifically address SOGIESC issues and remains a powerful resource in the hands of human rights defenders who wish to use international strategic litigation to bring about change for their communities. The toolkit is available in English, Spanish  and – this is new – in French and Russian. (graphic: ILGA-World)

TORONTO, 19 May 2020: The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program (MA and PhD), hosts academic and community events, and promotes research in sexuality studies. The LGBTIQ* data base “QueerBio” just highlighted a top story about adoption, parenting and family activists for the community. Read more. (graphic: QueerBio)

BRUSSELS, 15 May 2020: The EU Commission’s summary of its list-of-action activities revealed an interesting mapping of studies on the difficulties for LGBTIQ* people in cross-border situations. It was already published in November 2019. The report maps existing studies and research conducted so far by researchers and scholars working in this field in the EU. It states also NELFA activities. (graphic: EU Commission)

BRUSSELS, 15 May 2020: The EU Commission just issued the evaluation of its “List of actions to advance LGBTI equality,” the first ever Commission policy framework. The report reflects on the achievements and lessons learned over the past five years. In her remarks, Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, states that her aim is to build on the success of the List of Actions by presenting an EU LGBTI+ strategy. Read ILGA-Europe‘s key proposals. (graphic: EU Commission)

VIENNA, 14 May 2020: The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, FRA, published its long expected second LGBTI survey report. With 140,000 respondents, it is the largest ever survey on hate crime and discrimination against LGBTI people. Unfortunately, many results for rainbow families are based on a small number of responses. Read FRA’s press release and watch a corresponding video. (graphic: FRA)

BRUSSELS, 14 May 2020: In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map 2020 shows we have come to a pivotal moment for LGBTI people’s human rights. There has been no positive change in 49% of countries. Some states are still moving backwards. And: There were only a few positive changes for families. Read the press release, the Rainbow Map and the Index. (graphic: ILGA-Europe)

BERLIN, 13 May 2020: TGEU published its yearly overview. The Trans Rights Europe & Central Asia Index provides detailed information on the legal situation of all 47 Council of Europe member States and five Central Asian countries. It covers a total of 30 indicators in six categories: legal gender recognition, asylum, bias-motivated speech and violence, non-discrimination, health, and family. (graphic: TGEU)

CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 2020: The Child & Family blog reported on new findings from Susan Gomobok et al. (UK). According to the study, adopted children of gay fathers showed higher levels of “secure autonomous attachment” than did adopted children of heterosexual parents. Read more. And here is another link to recent Cambridge (Susan Golombok) studies. (graphic: Attachment & Human Development Journal)

GENEVA, 19 February 2020: The United Nations Treaty Bodies are an authoritative source of international law, and have steadily contributed to protecting the human rights of LGBTIQ* persons. A review of their activities in 2017 and 2018 shows that references to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) made by the committees have hit an all-time high. (graphic: ILGA World)

MINNEAPOLIS, 14 February 2020: The online magazine pinknews just reported on a study (June 2019) that examines the association of marital strain – as reported by each spouse – with psychological distress and considers whether the associations vary for men and women in gay, lesbian, and heterosexual marriages. And the result is interesting: same-sex spouses generally feel more satisfied in their marriages than heterosexual spouses do. Read more. (photo: Envato Elements)

BRUSSELS, 07 Feburary 2020: NELFA’s individual member, Professor Alina Tryfonidou, just published a research report. It is entitled “The cross-border recognition of rainbow families under EU law” and reveals that Member States have already the obligation to recognise families that were established in another EU country. The first copy was published during a meeting with the EP’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights and Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli. Read the press release. (photo: Alina Tryfonidou)

BRUSSELS, 04 Feburary 2020: ILGA-Europe just published it’s Annual Review – documenting legal, political and social developments in 54 countries and 4 European institutions over the past calendar year. It is a unique report tracking key positive and negative trends in relation to LGBTIQ* equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia. Read more. (graphic: ILGA-Europe)

DUISBURG, 07 December 2019: Madita Haustein is a lesbian mother and shares her personal rainbow family experiences in a podcast. It’s about her marriage, stepchild adoption in Germany or religion – and much more. Madita offers additional information on her Instagram account. (photo: Madita Haustein)

GENEVA, 06 December 2019: The IFED Network just published the current Annual Report 2019 with facts fugures, stories and more. The International Family Equality Day was celebrated last May in 117 cities in 50 countries around the globe. More than 650 volunteers made the full rainbow of families shine brightly. NELFA was i.e. involved with its rainbow families meeting in Zagreb. More info about the IFED Annual Report in French, German and Italian. (photo: IFED Network)

VIENNA, 20 November 2019: The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) just published a new document concerning children’s rights within the European Union. It is entitled: “Child rights in the EU. Supporting you, supporting them”. Background is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Here you find further info. (photo: FRA)

STOCKHOLM, 14 November 2019: The numbers of lesbians and gay men dying by suicide in Sweden and Denmark has reduced by almost half since the legalisation of same-sex marriage. This is the result of a joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm University – who used data from national population registers in both countries. Read more. (photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty)

LOS ANGELES, 22 October 2019: The Williams Institute in California just published a new, comparative report on social acceptance of LGBTIQ* people in 174 countries. Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, and Spain are the top five most accepting countries, and all have increased in LGBTIQ* acceptance over time (data from 1981 to 2017). Read here the press release. (map: Williams Institute)

BUDAPEST, 21 October 2019: Russia’s fight against LGBTIQ* rights is an inherent part of their strategy to undermine the EU’s liberal democracy – states Rémy Bonny, a political scientist from Belgium. Through homophobic networks, Russian intelligence made i.e. contacts with Hungarian government representatives. Since then, LGBTIQ* rights in Hungary are going backwards. Read a corresponding article and the full research. Bonny presented already some of his findings during a NELFA Board meeting in Brussels in September 2019. (photo:

GENEVA, 3 October 2019: ILGA World has launched the first toolkit focusing on strategic litigation with the UN Treaty Bodies and on individual communications to this human rights mechanism.It was prepared for and with LGBTIQ* defenders from across the world: they contributed to it, shared their experiences and lessons learnt, and explained what international advocacy and litigation can mean for local defenders. (graphic: ILGA World)

COPENHAGEN, 29 September 2019: On the occasion of the 30 years anniversary of the registered partnership law in Denmark, the LGBT committee published an interactive dashboard for exploring the development of legal recognition of same-sex relations around the world. 1.3 billion people now live in jurisdictions recognising same-sex relations! See the corresponding public tableau, created by NELFA ally Søren Laursen. (logo: LGBT Komiteen)

BRUSSELS, 23 September 2019: The European Commission revealed some first findings of the new Eurobarometer 2019 during the LGBTI equality conference with high-level stakeholders. It shows increasing support for LGBTIQ* people in general, but also for same-sex marriage and LGBTIQ* inclusive education. Unfortunately, the survey doesn’t show how people in the EU actually think about LGBTIQ* parenting. (graphic: EU Commission)

LONDON, 21 August 2019: The Journal of GLBT Family Studies (UK) includes a new article, written by Tanja Vuckovic Juros. The title is: “Transformative power of same-sex marriage and non-heterosexual reproductivity. How parents of GLB offspring adjust to their marriage and children”. It is the outcome of the recent TransNorm project. The findings were presented at an event in Brussels, co-organised by NELFA. (photo:

ZURICH, 17 August 2019: The Swiss NELFA member “Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien” just published a new collection of material about LGBTIQ* parenting. It is an offer for employees of day carers and schools – to inform young children about rainbow families. The complete box costs 200 Swiss francs and is available here. There is also a free download possibility for some general suggestions to work with children on rainbow families (photo: Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien)

BRUSSELS, 14 August 2019: The European Commission’s Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) published a new report, which analyses the extent to which non-traditional families (including those with same-sex parents) are taken into account by EU Member States in developing family leave policies. There are some interesting case studies. Read more here. (graphic: EPIC)

BRUSSELS, 20 June 2019: Salvatore d’Amore’s recent study (et al.) is entitled “Attitudes towards rainbow couples and families across seven European countries”. The sample involved more than 13.000 participants (students who identify themselves as heterosexual; from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain) and their opinions about lesbians and gays (LG), same-sex marriage and parenting. One result is that greater religiosity and more traditional ideas about gender roles were associated with less supportive attitudes. Read more here. (photo: Björn Sieverding at a NELFA research event in Brussels)

BRUSSELS, 20 June 2019: Tanja Vuckovic Juros’ TransNorm project focuses on LGB migrants living across two worlds, one in which they can have legally protected families (Belgium and The Netherlands) and one in which that protection is absent (Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Her qualitive interviews with LGB migrants, their parents and siblings give exciting insights. The findings were presented at an event in Brussels, co-organised by NELFA. (photo: Tanja Vuckovic Juros on Twitter)

NEW YORK, 13 June 2019: UNICEF just published very interesting findings: Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal rank highest for family-friendly policies in OECD and EU countries. Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, UK and Ireland are among lowest ranking countries. The report is part of UNICEF’s early childhood development policy and programmatic work. Read more in the press release. (photo: UNICEF)

MELBOURNE, 05 June 2019: The rainbow families organisation in Australia and the author Jacqui Tomlins just published a comprehensive guide for non-cisgender parents. It details the personal stories of trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners and children and provides practical advice and answers. The guide offers the opportunity for identification and a strength that comes from knowing that someone else has walked this sometimes difficult path before. (photo: Jacqui Tomlins)

ABINGDON, 07 June 2019: NELFA just discovered interesting findings which were already published on 24 October 2018 in the Journal for “Culture, Health and Sexuality“. The study “Prospective parenting: sexual identity and intercultural trajectories” explored the impact of sexual identity on attitudes towards parenthood among childless individuals from Portugal and the United Kingdom (UK). (graphic: Taylor & Francis)

GÖTTINGEN, 06 June 2019: Sexual and gender diversity in children’s books – an interesting brochure for the work in nurseries and other daycare facilities is now available again (in German). It was published by a project of the Waldschlösschen Academy in 2018, entitled: “Akzeptanz für Vielfalt – gegen Homo-, Trans*- und Inter*feindlichkeit”. The editors are Ines Pohlkamp and Kevin Rosenberger. (photo: Edition Waldschlösschen)

VIENNA, 06 June 2019: The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) just published its new Annual Report 2019. It states that many people across the EU risk being left behind, as growing intolerance and attacks on people’s fundamental rights continue to erode the considerable progress achieved to date. The Report talks about LGBTIQ* (family) rights from page 67 onwards. FRA encourages Member States to follow the recommendations of the EU Commission’s actions list to advance the rights. (photo: FRA)

MADRID, 29 Mai 2019: The National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals in Spain, FELGBT  just published a new brochure for school education concerning family diversity, entitled “Las Familias en las Aulas”. In the document, there are more than 100 tools to deal with this topic for pupils of every age. In addition, there is a broad bibliography for further insights. (graphic: FELGBT)

LEIDEN, 23 May 2019: Dutch Professor Kees Waaldijk (University of Leiden) co-authored a study with economists Lee Badgett and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers: “The relationship between LGBT inclusion and economic development: Macro-level evidence”. It finds that countries with more rights for LGB people enjoy higher GDP per capita. The study is online since April 2019, published in the journal World Development. Read the corresponding press release. (photo:

BERLIN, 17 May 2019: The 2019 Trans Rights Europe & Central Asia Map highlights the forced sterilisation of transgender persons (16 countries) and the requirement for a mental health diagnosis in gender recognition procedures (36 countries). The index provides detailed information in 29 legal categories. An example: only four countries recognise the gender identity of a trans parent on their child’s birth certificate. (graphic: TGEU)

OXFORD, 16 May 2019: NELFA’s individual member Alina Tryfonidou just published a new article in the Yearbook of European Law (YEL). It is entitled “EU Free Movement Law and the Children of Rainbow Families: Children of a Lesser God?“. The article shows that the refusal of a host Member State to legally recognise the relationship between a child and one or both of his same-sex parents amounts to a breach of several rights that the child enjoys under EU law. (graphic: Oxford University Press)

OSLO, 13 May 2019: During the IDAHOT + Forum in Norway, ILGA-Europe published its Rainbow Europe 2019. It is the most comprehensive overview concerning the human rights situation of LGBTIQ* people in Europe. It reveals not only a standstill in a significant number of countries but also a visible backslide on laws and policies safeguarding equality. Read ILGA’s press release. (graphic: ILGA)

BRUSSELS, 14 April 2019: The campaign Opening Doors for Europe’s Childen just published a fact sheet about the urgent need of family-based care for children. Croatia, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Greece still have an insufficient number of foster parents, and only Greece opened this possibility for same-sex couples… (graphic: ODFEC)

MUNICH, 11 April 2019: The Rainbow Family Centre just published a new brochure for rainbow families and day care personnel. Some topics: children’s rights, prejudice-conscious education, interviews with LGBTIQ* parents and children. You can get up to three copies for free (in German) at: (photo: RFC Munich)

SAN FRANCISCO, 22 March 2019: The US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) followed the same group of children of lesbian parents since they were conceived (from 1986) to adulthood. The new study (Nanette Gartrell) suggests that these children may be more likely to demonstrate diversity in sexual attraction, identity, and expression. Read an article here. (photo: Nanette Gartrell, NLLFS)

BRUSSELS, 26 February 2019: ILGA-Europe just published its Annual Review 2019. It illustrates the human rights situation of LGBTIQ* people in Europe and Central Asia, achievements gained and challenges ahead for the movement. The review includes a lot of rainbow family issues, for example the successful Coman case before the ECJ in Luxembourg. NELFA has contributed to this document. (graphic: ILGA-Europe)

BRUSSELS, 06 February 2019: LGBTIQ* movements have led the progress and are fighting against the rollback of rights in Europe and Central Asia but without enough resources. A new report reveals the funding challenges that the LGBTIQ* movement is facing. It was launched by ILGA-Europe and the Global Philantrophy Project. Read more about the findings here. (graphic: Ilga-Europe)

LEUVEN, 06 February 2019: A new scientific research from several European Economists shows that children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad. The study by Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof de Witte and Sofie Cabus of Belgian university KU Leuven used government data tracking all children born in the Netherlands since 1995. Read more in an article of the newspaper “Washington Post”. (graphic: iStock)

NEW YORK, 06 February 2019: The US Family Equality Council just published a very interesting so-called “LGBTQ Family Building Survey“. It provides new insight into how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are interested in becoming parents, and how they are planning to do so. Most significantly, the data reveals dramatic differences in expectations between Millennials and older generations. Read another article here. (graphic: Family Equality Council)

QUÈBEC/CANADA, 01 February 2019: A first scientific research has just been published about gay fathers through adoption in the region. The study (Éric Alain Feugé) addresses their level of parental engagement and their children’s level of emotional attachment. Main conclusion: they make excellent parents! Read a corresponding article and the study abstract. (photo: getty images).

UNIVERSITY PARK, 29 January 2019: The largest and most up-to-date study performed so far shows that the school progress of children with parents of the same sex does not differ from their peers in the United States today. Published in the journal Demography, the study also provides large-scale evidence that children adopted by same-sex parents do as well as children adopted by different-sex parents. Read more here. (photo: perinho_0)

THE HAGUE, 28 January 2019: New findings of Professor Kees Waaldijk (University of Leiden) will soon be published in the book “International LGBTI Law”, edited by Andreas R. Ziegler. The publication is entitled “The gender-neutrality of the international right to marry. Same-sex couples may still be excluded from marriage, but their exclusion – and their foreign marriages – must be recognised”. Read more here. (photo: University of Leiden)

STRASBOURG, 16 January 2019: The European Parliament just adopted the latest report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU from 2017. Watch out in particular for paragraphs 11 and 36 which are related to LGBTIQ* rights. The report was drafted by Josep-Maria Terricabras and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. See more details here. (graphic: EU Parliament)

CHICAGO, 15 January 2019: A new survey, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reveales that two third of gay dads in the United States report experiencing stigma. In states with more legal protection the situation for fathers concerned is better. The survey containes more than 700 responses in 47 US states. Read more about the findings here. (graphic: American Academy of Pediatrics)

BRUSSELS, 15 December 2018: Reseacher Roberta Messina (ULB) has been awarded at a conference in Canada for her recent study concerning same-sex adoptive families. NELFA’s member organisations Galehi, Homoparentalités and apgl contributed to the study. Read more of her findings here (in English) or here (in French). (photo: Roberta Messina).

BRUSSELS, 12 October 2018: ILGA-Europe, TGEU, and OII Europe have just published the second review report of the Council of Europe Recommendation on LGBT Rights. The Recommendation was established in 2010 and first reviewed in 2013. You can read both summary report and individual country reports here. NELFA contributed to the document and endorses the complete work. (picture: ILGA-Europe)

GENEVA, 09 October 2018: The IFED Network launched the new Annual Report of the International Family Equality Day 2018. The 7th IFED was held last may in 48 countries and 111 cities. The motto was “Children’s Rights Matter” and drew attention to the dire fact that in most parts of the world, children with LGBTIQ* parents do not enjoy the same rights as children in traditional families. (photo: IFED Network).

STRASBOURG, 19 September 2018: The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (Council of Europe, CoE) just approved a fantastic report and preliminary draft resolution for the Parliamentary Assembly (debate to be expected on 10th of October). It claims on full support for rainbow families in all CoE Member States!! Read more here.

VIENNA, 29 August 2018: EU citizens have the right to move freely from country to country, but in practice pitfalls exist when it comes to receiving residence permits or social assistance, finds the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The latest report presents a comparative overview of the application of the Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC) across the 28 Member States based on a review of select case law at national level.

COLOGNE, 02 August 2018: NELFA’s full member LSVD in Germany published a new training manual, entitled “Sind nicht alle Familien bunt?” (translation: “All families are colourful, aren’t they?”). The document is one result of a common project with the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs. It serves to support qualified personnel to deal with rainbow families adequately and to provide expert advice. You can download the manual here (in German).

LOS ANGELES, 19 July 2018: According to a new study (Nanette Gartrell, Williams Institute California), young adults raised by lesbian moms show the same mental well-being as those who grew up with heterosexual parents. The findings (New England Journal of Medicine), come from the largest, longest-running study to track development of kids in “planned lesbian families” (since the 1980s!).

NASHVILLE, 11 July 2018: Christopher Carpenter and his research team (Vanderbilt University, USA) have documented evidence that legalising same-sex marriage has improved access to health care for gay men in a study released as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. This is one of the first studies to examine the effect legal marriage has on the health of LGBT individuals. Read more here.

ROME, 28 June 2018: A new study (by Prof. Roberto Baiocco, PhD, and colleagues of Sapienza University of Rome) reveals that children raised by LGBTIQ* parents are just fine. And that gay fathers seem to be particularly good! Read more here.

LISBON, May 2018: Ana Macedo from Portugal is a mother of FIVE children and recently published her own rainbow families website, entitled “OurKidsAreAllright“. It is really a huge work! Ana is still searching for input, for example from gay dads! If you have any idea to contribute, please write an Email directly to:

LOS ANGELES, 18 April 2018: The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. This time, researchers analysed findings from several surveys to develop the LGBT Global Acceptance Index. The work is entitled “Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries”. Read more here.

LEIDEN, March 2018: Kees Waaldijk is professor of comparative sexual orientation and one editor of the comprehensive LawsAndFamilies Database. He produced the connected publication “Extending rights, responsibilities and status to same-sex families: trends across Europe” for an important conference in Copenhagen (Council of Europe), with the participation of two NELFA delegates – Jesús Santos and his 15 year-old son Gabriel.

VIENNA, 18 January 2018: The European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a new report, entitled “Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU”. It acknowledges that the issue of shrinking civil society space is widespread. The report gives a range of practical suggestions on how the Member States can better the situation.

LOS ANGELES, 27 November 2017: International experts released an important supplement to the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles (drafted in 2006), a universal guide to human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) which applies to all United Nations member states. Find the Yogyakarta Principles Plus 10 here.

WARSAW, 3 November 2017: NELFA’s full member Sateenkaariperheet (seated in Helsinki) recently elaborated a first comprehensive survey concerning the well-being of Finnish children and adolescents (7-18 years old) who live with LGBTIQ* parents. The findings are (expectedly) positive. An abstract was presented by Sateenkaariperheet’s Executive Director Juha Jämsä in Warsaw. Find the corresponding document on NELFA’s website.

NEW YORK, 27 October 2017: Vitit Muntarbhorn, the first Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, who recently resigned for illness and family reasons, presented his 2nd report at the UN General Assembly. He stated that LGBTIQ* “people around the world are suffering horrific violations of their human rights and immediate action is needed to stop it.” Read more.

MELBOURNE, 23 October 2017: The Medical Journal of Australia published a comprehensive study which dismantled a key argument of the anti-marriage campaign in Australia that children require both a mother and a father to succeed. The review found children raised in rainbow families did as well as their peers. Read more here. AND… find another (positive) US survey on the following website.

STRASBOURG, 12 October 2017: The Council of Europe (CoE) has adopted a resolution on the human rights of intersex people (the first one of its kind). It was based on a detailed report by rapporteur Piet de Bruyn. Read the press release here. (Fittingly, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled that there must be a third gender option for birth registration). Read more here. (Photo: CoE)

BRUSSELS, 9 October 2017: A new study found that LGBTIQ* people still experience inequality and discrimination in the healthcare sector. Researches, experts, and activists in LGBTIQ* health conducted a state-of-the-art review study and 12 focus groups in six Member States in the context of the EU funded pilot project Health4LGBTI. Read more about the findings here.

LEXINGTON, 16 August 2017: A new study of Rachel H. Farr (psychologist) found that there are “no significant” differences in adoptive families with heterosexual or LGBTIQ* parents. The university writes, “Informative to ongoing debates about same-sex parenting, our findings indicate that among children reared by lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents, gender-typing appears to be similar”. Read more here. (Photo: University of Kentucky)

BRUSSELS, 15 June 2017: Ten movement leaders and experts charted the use of family in recent years of progressive activism. The result of a survey, a conference and consultations with key organisations (NELFA was also involved) is a new guide for activists and funders under the motto: “Using family as a frame in social justice activism”.

LEIDEN, 19 April 2017: The trend of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples in Europe is broadening. More and more rights are becoming available to same-sex partners. These are the main findings of the research led by Kees Waaldijk, Leiden University’s professor of comparative sexual orientation law. Parenting rights remain more controversial. All this and much more has now been documented in the LawsAndFamilies Database.

GENEVA 19 April 2017: The first Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, has provided the advance edited version of his initial report to the Human Rights Council. Its resonant message is “diversity in humanity, humanity in diversity”. Read the current OHCHR document here.

MINNEAPOLIS, 7 December 2016: The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) published a new policy brief, entitled “Lesbian and Gay Parents and their children” (written by Charlotte J. Patterson and Abbie E. Goldberg). It provides an overview of findings from social science research, as well as recommendations for policies to help lesbian and gay (LG) parent families to thrive. Read it here.

CAMBRIDGE, 23 January 2017: Susan Golombok, Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge published (with others) a new study: “Parenting and the Adjustment of Children Born to Gay Fathers Through Surrogacy”. And one key result is: “Overall, the study found the children of both gay fathers and lesbian mothers to show high levels of psychological adjustment and to have positive relationships with their parents”.

BRUSSELS, 2 February 2017: The European Parliament adopted a report (533+, 41-) demanding the automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition should happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ sexual orientation. You will find the full report here, and the statements of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights here.

STRASBOURG, 14 February 2017: The European Parliament adopted a report containing multiple recommendations relevant to the mental health and well-being of LGBTIQ* people. The “Becerra Report” expresses the need for an ambitious new gender-sensitive strategy on mental health, promoting a holistic psychosocial all-of-society approach. Read the full report here and corresponding statements of Transgender Europe (TGEU) and ILGA-Europe.

NEW YORK, 14 September 2016: The newspaper “New York Times” published very interesting data concerning same-sex couples. They call it “The most detailed map of Gay Marriage in America”. The study found, for example, that there is one group whose incomes are far above the rest: same-sex married men with children. Read more of these data here.

BRUSSELS, 19 September 2016: In a report on the implementation of the EU’s Employment Equality Directive, the European Parliament has called for further measures to improve the protection of LGBTIQ* people at work… to “ensure the mutual recognition of partnership status, matrimonial regimes and parenting rights”. Read more here.

STUTTGART, 30 September – 2 October: The German LGBTIQ* organisation LSVD/ILSE group Baden-Württemberg organised a Rainbow Family Seminar with about 145 participants (90 adults and 55 children). NELFA Board member Lisa Green also took part in this event. And it’s a great example for best practice. Have a look at their wonderful detailed documentation with nice pics.

STOCKHOLM, September-October 2016: The FamiliesAndSocieties research project ends in January 2017. The Final Conference was already held, in Brussels on October 18. The coordinator, Stockholm University, provides a website with recent studies or “working papers”. One of them is named: “Sexual orientation, family and kinship in France, Iceland, Italy and Spain”. Read more here.

LEXINGTON (USA), October 2016: University of Kentucky assistant professor of psychology Rachel H. Farr has studied different aspects of family life among heterosexual, gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children. Farr’s most recent research results provides further support that children adopted by lesbian and gay parents are well-adjusted. Read a detailed summary here.

GENEVA, 18 October 2016: ILGA shared the second round of results of the “ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People” in partnership with Logo. This is a survey to gather credible data (answers from 96,331 online individuals in 65 countries) on public attitudes to particular issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression worldwide. It is the largest investigation of attitudes towards LGBTI people ever conducted. Read the document here.

GENEVA, 24 November 2016: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published a new brochure, entitled “Living Free and Equal“. It provides an analysis of more than 200 examples of what States are doing to tackle violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Find more information here.

STRASBOURG, June 2016: The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe prepared a report and adopted a resolution to guarantee LGBTIQ* people’s rights. To translate the findings into practical information for use by policy makers, the Council of Europe produced a new compendium to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

STRASBOURG, 7 June 2016: The Human Rights body of the Council of Europe, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), published new country reports which show some hopeful trends, but also give reason for concern as regards  the situation of LGBTIQ* persons – in: AZERBAIJAN, CYPRUS, ITALY, LITHUANIA, FYR MACEDONIA. You will find an overview on the ECRI website. (Photo:

BERLIN, 22 July 2016: In the embassy of Canada to Germany, Julia Ehrt from TGEU (Transgender Europe) spotlighted the new Global LGBTI Resources Report (Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, June 2016) and called governments to invest more in LGBTIQ* communities. Check out the insightful data, illustrating the growing opportunities for rainbow families worldwide!

BRUSSELS, 5 August 2016: The EU Commissioner of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Jourová, presented a (controversial) list of measures to promote equality for LGBTIQ* and their families. She also launched a new social media campaign. The motto is “We all Share the Same Dreams“. For further information just use the two hashtags #ShareYourDream and #EU4LGBTI.

GENEVA, 17 May 2016: ILGA launched the 11th edition of its flagship publication, “State-Sponsored Homophobia“. NELFA thanks for this detailed overview!

PARIS, 17 May 2016: UNESCO published its new report “Out in the Open” at an international meeting of education ministers. The report shows that homophobic and transphobic violence in education is a global problem. NELFA took part in the meeting and shares this concern.


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