Since June is Pride Month, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at some data to decide what we should be telling young people about homosexuality. Although people on the secular left are very easily offended by any sort of disapproval these days, the safest approach is still to present the scientific facts — maybe from behind an alias just for safety. From the left-leaning Atlantic Monthly. Data on the rates of same-sex partner abuse have only become available in recent years. Even today, many of the statistics and materials on domestic violence put out by organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Justice still focus exclusively on heterosexual relationships, and specifically heterosexual women.
Correlates of gay and lesbian couples' relationship satisfaction and relationship dissolution
Gender roles in the relationships of lesbians and gay men
Louis What is lesbian partner violence? Partner violence in lesbian and gay relationships recently has been identified as an important social problem. Partner or domestic violence among lesbians has been defined as including physical, sexual and psychological abuse, although researchers have most often studied physical violence. How common is lesbian partner violence? The research usually has been done with mostly white, middle-class lesbians who are sufficiently open about their sexual orientation to have met researchers seeking participants in the lesbian community. Subsequently, these findings may not apply to women who are less open, less educated, or of other ethnic backgrounds. Why would a lesbian batter another woman?
Sleeping with other people: how gay men are making open relationships work
Are you in a same-sex marriage and considering a divorce? Do you plan on seeking child custody of a child or children that resulted from a same-sex marriage? As you are probably already aware, same-sex couples have had the right to marry in North Carolina since , but if you are in a same-sex marriage and are considering divorce, you are still likely to encounter issues when it comes to child custody disputes in court. Although same-sex marriage is now legal, the law is still largely geared towards heterosexual couples and same-sex parents may find the law more difficult to navigate, as there are several scenarios that generally do not come up in heterosexual custody matters. In North Carolina, the biological mother is the only individual that has automatic legal parental rights over a child.
Domestic violence within lesbian relationships is the pattern of violent and coercive behavior in a female same-sex relationship wherein a lesbian or other non-heterosexual woman seeks to control the thoughts, beliefs, or conduct of her female intimate partner. The issue of domestic violence among lesbians has become a serious social concern,  but the topic has often been ignored, both in academic analyses and in the establishment of social services for battered women. Studies on abuse between gay male or lesbian partners usually rely on small convenience samples such as lesbian or gay male members of an association. The issue of domestic violence among lesbian couples may be underreported due to the gender roles that women are expected to play in society; violence perpetrated by women may be ignored due to beliefs that the male social construction itself is a primary source of violence.