More than 10 million people in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or other (LGBTQIA+) and between 2 million and 3.7 million kids in the U.S. have a queer parent (as of 2017). Some children have same-sex parents, are raised by single parents or have one bisexual and one straight parent.

About half of all same-sex couples in the United States are legally married; these couples are more likely to raise children than unmarried same-sex couples. They're also seven times more likely to adopt or foster children, but same-sex couples can have children in a number of ways. Some couples choose to use a surrogate or sperm donor to have children, and some may have children from a prior relationship.

Possible hardships

Parenthood can compound the challenges presented by being queer. LGBTQIA+ families may face judgment or discrimination from other parents, school systems,