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Parenting is THE most difficult job I have ever done. Unlike
some parents who planned their children and made
deliberate and considered sacrifices in order to have them, I
walked into a relationship with a woman and a child.
Three months later, days before I moved into the family
home, we (the parents) asked Brenna (the child) whether she
wanted two mummies. "Yeah!" she exclaimed. Not too
surprising for a five-year-old who thought having two mums
would be "twice the fun".
Three years later, after lots of fun and games, I now
recognise how exhausting parenting is! Constantly juggling
what I want to do, other people's expectations -- family, work,
friends -- with what is in Brenna's best interests. Creating a
lesbian family is an exhilarating and challenging experience.
There are few role models and a great deal of opposition.
Despite the available research (Meet the Parents, Gay &
Lesbian Rights Lobby 2002) suggesting that children in
lesbian families do just as well as other children, if not better,
conser vative politicians and commentators continue to argue
that lesbian parenting is simply not in a child's best interests.
Just whose interests are they really talking about?
You might have seen Brenna recently on the TV news and
in the papers -- she's the Playschool kid with two mums. We
agreed to do the 'Through the Window' segment in Brenna's
JACKIE BRAW CONTEMPLATES LESBIAN
PARENTING ANEW AFTER WEATHERING
THE PLAYSCHOOL STORM.
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