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Estimates indicate that about 1% of all households are headed by gay and lesbian parents and that about 19.4% of these households report having children under the age of 18 years at home. There are a number of social, legal, and health care issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families and their children. The purpose of this article is to provide information to health care professionals that can help them to better address the health care needs of LGBT families. Included are resources that nurses can use to understand the complex issues facing LGBT families.

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