Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gay Families Find the Bronx Is a Place to Call Home

It is a statistic surprising even to those it describes: Same-sex couples in the Bronx are more likely to have children than those in any other New York City borough, according to a study released last month, and perhaps more than any county in the country.
Indeed, a new church geared toward gays and lesbians, In the Life Ministry, recently opened at Tremont and Westchester Avenues, and there is a growing, if small, number of gay-oriented bars and businesses.
Gary J. Gates, a demographer and a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute, said the Bronx stood out nationally as one of few places “where the percent of same-sex couples raising children is virtually the same as different-sex couples raising children.”
In the Bronx, 55 percent of married couples are raising children under 18.