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Differentiate families led by LGBTQ parents, and identify the parents’ sexual orientation or gender identity, only when relevant. Do not use gay families or similar because it implies all members of the family are LGBTQ. Mention genetic relationships or conception techniques only when relevant, such as in stories about adoption or in-vitro fertilization. Mother and father are generally the proper terms for LGBTQ parents, but because of the blended nature of many families led by such parents, ask story subjects how they wish to be identified.

See marriage and relationships.

Updated December 2021