Same Sex Couples Counselling Sydney, Central Coast and Online

same sex couples relationship counselling Sydney

All intimate relationships have challenges and same-sex couples are no different. Some challenges such as outside prejudice may be more prevalent and yet others such as effective communication, infidelity, betrayal, hurt feelings, emotional wounds are common to all relationships which share an emotional connection.

Parenting in same-sex relationship

"About 11% of gay men and 33% of gay women in Australia have children. Most report that the biggest problem they face is discrimination, either against them or their children."

"Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing same-sex couples is prejudice, both on a personal level and an institutional level – for example, the lack of support groups, services or legislation.

In addition, the non-biological parent might not get enough recognition for being the ‘other parent’.

Children might be singled out by their peers, or teachers might be insensitive to their situation. Their prejudice might be expressed by blaming the children’s same-sex parents for any trouble."

Source and more information: raisingchildren.net.au

Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships

The legal recognition of same-sex relationships in NSW and elsewhere in Australia has increased dramatically in the last 20 years to a point where most jurisdictions generally provide same-sex couples with the same rights and obligations as heterosexual de facto couples. However, the extent to which same-sex relationships are or should be recognized continues to elicit much debate.

The Netherlands was the first country to introduce same-sex marriage in 2001. As of 26 June 2015, same-sex marriage is available in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Canada,, Portugal, South Africa, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Uraguay. There are also some sub-jurisdictions of Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States that allow same-sex couples to marry.

The Australian Marriage Equality website provides a list of countries where same-sex couples are allowed to marry. Also shown is the date on which the first same-sex marriage was performed.

Stages of healthy same-sex relationship

Source: Stages of Healthy Gay Relationship

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