February was the international celebration of LGBT History month, with a number of popular events hosted in Leeds.
These included Leeds Beckett student union arranging various discussion workshops, ‘Over the Top’ event day at the Leeds museum including performances by the local gay choir Gay Abandon and a screening of Alphabet Club by Jamie Fletcher – and social group celebrations by Leeds Lesbian Social, Leeds Bi Group and The Yorkshire Bears.
Leeds City Council sponsors and works in partnership with New Family Social. NFS are a UK charity led by LGBT adopters and foster carers who also work with agencies to help with their service delivery, and to widen the pool of new parents for the children needing families.
Lesbian and gay people have been fostering and adopting for many years, as individuals and in same sex partnerships and now marriages.
Several studies have looked at what happens to children living with lesbian or gay carers, including how they behave socially, how well they did in school and what their mental health was like. The results showed that the outcomes for children were in every way as good as, and in some ways better than, any other child with carers……establishing that it is how people parent rather than who they are that matters.
This statement was provided by Leeds City Council:
Leeds has been an active regional participant in the LGBT Fostering & Adoption week; we held joint events in 2012, 2013, 2014. Unfortunately we will not be holding a specific event in 2015 but are already planning a 2016 event. Generally we hold an information evening that is widely advertised where those interested are given a belief presentation and then get to meet approved foster carers and adopters.
As a fostering department we have a small but growing number of single and coupled lesbian and gay foster carers approving 2-3 people/couples per year. We do not have any foster carers, to our knowledge, that identify as bisexual or transgender. As an inclusive council we would hope to increase the number of LGBT carers for Leeds recognising that many will be able to provide loving and warm homes and have excellent transferable skills.
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