Growing in the Midwest

What’s been happening in the U.S. over the last ten years? A large increase in the number of gay and lesbian households in the middle of the country.

The Economist takes a closer look, “The increase was most pronounced in the Midwest, with Wisconsin showing an 81% jump in the number of same-sex couples and Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana also among the ten fastest-growing states in this respect. What this means, perhaps, is that gay America is becoming more like Middle America. Gays who have children—and a quarter of gay couples do—gravitate towards there for the same reasons that straight parents do.”

So many of us want quieter surroundings, more grass, and good schools. The Midwest can offer all three.

2 thoughts on “Growing in the Midwest

  • August 14, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Um… okay… here’s my question….

    Is it that gay families are “moving in”? Or is it that they are just more “out”? You notice the statistics are from “out” households. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the reason we’re hearing about the mid-west having more gay families is because they are feeling safer about being “out.”

    When I was growing up in the mid-west, there were lots of gay parents around. They just didn’t let anyone outside the gay community KNOW about it, because they feared they’d lose their jobs or be chased out of town. Now, it’s becoming more accepted, so parents choose to be out.

    So, OF COURSE, to the straight world it may look like there are more families moving into the mid-west. The number of “out” gay households throughout the country has increased drastically over the last 10 years. And yes, there are probably some gay families moving to the midwest for the space, good schools etc… So, there may be some increase in the amount of gay families here. I give you that.

    Although, I have to say, there are many more accepting areas to live in the US, than my little neck of the mid-west woods.

    Create a great day!

    Kristen Beireis

  • November 7, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    I agree with you about what children “get” and was encouraged by your post about growing up. I am encountering a HUGE dilemma with my 13 year old daughter. I am divorced from her dad and have been in an on-off again relationship with a girl for a year. My daughter knows my “friend” is gay, but does not know the extent of our relationship. She expressed to our counselor that she does NOT want a gay mom and cannot accept my friend due to the fact that she is gay. We are in love and want a life together…do you have any suggestions on how to talk to my daughter given her age and perceptions?

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