exclamationA new study from the U.K. found that gay and lesbian adoptive families are as successful as straight ones—another piece of “we could have told you that” research, perhaps, but nevertheless invaluable for convincing those who need further convincing about these things.

Professor Susan Golombok, director of the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, who led the study, said, “Overall we found markedly more similarities than differences in experiences between family types.” She noted that people’s fears about “potentially negative effects for children of being placed with gay fathers” in particular were “unfounded.” (Via Gay Star News; more at The Independent.)

The report was published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), which is also set to publish Proud Parents: Lesbian and gay fostering and adoption experiences, a collection of stories by single and partnered lesbians and gay men about their experiences adopting children. It will be available starting March 8 from BAAF, but it looks like you can pre-order now. (It’s listed on the U.S. Amazon site, but with a “Sign up to be notified when available” notice. If you live in the U.S. and want it soon, probably best to pay the shipping and get it directly from BAAF.)