Yesterday, LGBT rights groups picketed Dolce & Gabbana's flagship store on Old Bond Street in London, in protest of an interview Stefano Gabbana gave, during which he insinuated that homosexuals should not be able to adopt children.
Stefano Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama that children should be raised by heterosexual parents and that children conceived by IVF treatment are "chemical children, synthetic babies".
LGBT protestors are trying to effect change via Dolce & Gabbana's wallet. Elton John encouraged his Instagram followers to boycott the label's product, while LGBT protestors, many of whom were from the group Out & Proud Diamond, blocked entry to Dolce & Gabbana's Old Bond Street store. According to the Daily Mail and TMZ, Elton John has since declared his love for Dolce & Gabbana, on stage at his concert at the Colosseum.
There is no scientific evidence to indicate children are worse off when raised by homosexual parents over heterosexual parents.
In 2013, Benjamin Siegel, a school of medicine professor in pediatrics at Boston University, co-authored a report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, arguing that all research so far indicates that children are no worse off when raised by homosexual parents. "Many studies have demonstrated that children's well-being is affected much more by their relationships with their parents, their parents' sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support for the family than by the gender or the sexual orientation of their parents," Siegel told BU today.
Siegel points to the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study as evidence of this. The study, which started in 1986, has followed 154 lesbian mothers and 78 adolescent children, comparing their progress to national standards. It has found that "The self-reported quality of life of the adolescents in this sample was similar to that reported by a comparable sample of adolescents with heterosexual parents".
Interestingly, Dolce & Gabbana's recent winter 2015-16 presentation at Milan Fashion Week was a euphoric celebration of motherhood.
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