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Brent is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and writer who travelled the world as a military brat before settling in the ‘burbs of D.C. with his husband, toddler and pre-Obama Portuguese Water Dog. His writing can be found on The Good Men Project, Mamapedia and The Aquaman Shrine. Designer Daddy is his blog, and @DesignerDaddy is his handle.

Entries by Brent Almond

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

(36) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:29 AM

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I always imagined myself as a father, but I never imagined being asked questions quite like these.

Perhaps you're wondering why I went with queerest questions -- other than the obvious alliteration and overall cleverness, that is. Because while some of the questions...

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The Questions I Want My Son to Keep Asking

(9) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:51 PM

It had been just under a week since we returned from a cross-country trip to visit our son's birth parents. It had been just two days since our 4-and-a-half-year-old started in his new preschool class. Papa was out of town, so my son and I were chatting over dinner about...

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'He Doesn't Have a Mom... Because She's Dead'

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

How It Happened
So here I was, my not-small frame perched on the teeniest of tiny wooden chairs, clad in a retina-searing-orange t-shirt emblazoned with my son's preschool logo, waiting for the class to be corralled before we headed to the petting zoo for a field trip. All of...

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Boys Kissing Boys

(21) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:35 PM

We were winding down from a particularly drama-filled play date. There had been sharing-related skirmishes; LEGO lay strewn about the playroom like carcasses on a battlefield; there had been tears. And after much cajoling and promises of future bounty, there had been a meager "I'm sorry" from my little force...

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25 Reasons Having Gay Dads Is Awesome!

(62) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 8:27 AM

As we approached Father's Day, there were some pretty cool lists about dads floating around the Internet. So, of course, I had to make a list of my own, ensuring families with double daddies (or one great gay dad) are represented.

I originally intended to intro...

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Do Gay Dads Celebrate Mother's Day?

(8) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Gay men have always had complicated relationships with women. Whether it's the first girl's heart we break, the best friend's boyfriend we steal, or the mothers we disappoint -- even without the complexities of a physical relationship (although those do happen from time-to-time), our interaction with the opposite sex can...

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Fred Phelps Is Gone... And What Is Left Behind? (PHOTO)

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

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My original idea for this illustration included a rough line drawing of an oft-seen photo of Fred Phelps. The intent was to depict the sheer evil of the man in pen and ink, superimposed over a collage of the disparate groups...

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Hide-and-Seek with Mr. Moon, or How I Broke My Son's Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:12 PM

During the two weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, Papa and I had both been away at conferences, overlapping by only a few hours at home, tagging in to take the next multi-day shift of solo parenting. A few days later, Papa had to leave again for a business trip,...

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An Open Letter to Photo Card Companies: LGBT Families Celebrate Christmas, Too

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:37 PM

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I want to preface by saying that I find articles titled "An open letter to..." a bit pompous and self-important. So with that, please enjoy this pompous, self-important open letter to the makers of holiday photo cards -- in particular the four companies...

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Chasing After Batman: An Introverted Parent Raising an Extroverted Child

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Recently I found myself, yet again, frantically trailing after my son as he ran on ahead of me, weaving in and out and through the crowd like a pint-sized quarterback. This time we were at his preschool, attending a Halloween-themed fair, where each classroom offered a different adventure in which...

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Modern Family Love

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 7:51 PM

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WARNING: Spoiler alerts ahead!

My partner and I have been watching Modern Family since its debut in 2009, because a) it's pretty darn funny, and b) Mitch and Cam.

We've been compared to TV's quintessential gay dads quite a few times over the years....

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A Gay Man's Moment of Patriotism

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 9:00 AM

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I jumped out of a cab and into the sweltering D.C. heat. I jogged across the street and joined the other 100 or so men in red polo shirts standing across the sidewalk from the U.S. Supreme Court building....

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'My Two Daddies (Can Beat Up Your One)'

(23) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:57 AM

It was my first time being away from my young son for an extended period of time. I was attending a conference in Texas, and since my attorney husband often works late, we took my parents up on their offer and sent JJ off to the "country" for some Grandma...

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