The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s (GLRL) groundbreaking research into parenting has been acknowledged with a $13,000 grant from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. The grant will allow the Lobby to fund the third phase in their gay and lesbian parenting campaign, which began in 2000.

Alex Sosnov, GLRL co-convenor, said the money would be used to produce a much needed document on lesbian and gay parenting issues in NSW.

It means we can now research and write the third paper in our campaign. We will be doing consultations around NSW and looking at actual law reform, Sosnov told Sydney Star Observer.

Findings from the previous two reports showed that the gay and lesbian family environments are as good as, if not better than, any heterosexual model for raising children. Despite this, the reports also demonstrated the significant level of discrimination experienced by families throughout the community.

Sosnov hopes that the grant will assist future lobbying efforts in making the government aware of options for law reform in this area.

Since we launched the first report, certainly the issues have been highlighted that the government’s actually talking about it. But in terms of any progress for law reform, we’re still a long way off that, Sosnov said.

The important part of this grant, first of all, is the recognition that the work we’ve done so far is good. But then it will also allow us to develop a strategy, so that we can say to the government, This is the way to go, this is how the law reform should look, and we can be confident that that’s the right thing for the community.

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