|Commissioned by||Respect Victoria|
|Conducted by||Drummond Street’s Centre for Family Research and Evaluation|
You know that you're under an extra level of scrutiny and you know if you need additional services or supports, they're probably not going to be LGBTIQ aware and informed, and so that's just going to add an extra level of stress to your relationship and your life.
(Non-binary, queer parent)
The key findings of the report include:
- Cisnormativity, heteronormativity, gendered norms, and the prioritisation of biological relationships across society marginalise LGBTIQ+ parents and provide the context for discrimination and family violence
- Discrimination and a lack of inclusive service delivery are common experiences for LGBTIQ+ parents throughout their transition to parenthood
- Experiences of discrimination and marginalisation across community environments, perinatal services, workplaces, and public spaces contributes to unrealistic pressure for LGBTIQ+ parents, creating a barrier to help-seeking when faced with relationship and other wellbeing challenges during the transition to parenthood.
I can't actually change my gender on my birth certificate, otherwise I can't prove that I'm my child's parent. It's a really big issue.
(Trans man, queer parent)
Report and resources
For new LGBTIQ+ parents:
For family members, friends, colleagues or loved ones of LGBTIQ+ parents:
For those working in the Perinatal Sector: