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25 Reasons Having Gay Dads Is Awesome!

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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 my list with lots of statistics showing how more and more Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage and adoption. Or how same-sex couples will be counted as families by the U.S. Census for the first time. Or that gay dads have turned up in all manner of commercials and top-ranked TV shows. Or how I belong to a Facebook group of over 3,000 gay fathers.*

But instead let's just celebrate what makes gay dads unique, as well as what makes them as equally awesome as all the other active, engaged and loving fathers out there.

  • 1
    You're Raised To Be Caring & Compassionate
    Photo courtesy of Andy Miller
    And you learn how to put your compassion into action... and be all cute and matchy-matchy while doing it. (Photo courtesy of Andy Miller)
  • 2
    You Get To Meet All Their Cool Friends
    Photo courtesy of Jerry Mahoney
    They never mind sharing their friends (or cookies) with you. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Mahoney)
  • 3
    You Learn The Colors Of The Rainbow Before All The Other Kids
    Photo courtesy of Henry Amador-Batten
    Also, PARADES!!! (Photo courtesy of Henry Amador-Batten)
  • 4
    You Can Step On All The Cracks You Want
    Photo courtesy of Brent Almond
    And grow up just as loving and respectful towards women as any kid with a mom. (Photo courtesy of Brent Almond)
  • 5
    You Get The Best Cuddles
    Photo courtesy of Jere & Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
    Complete with tickly beard kisses. (Photo courtesy of Jere & Andrew Lorenzen-Strait)
  • 6
    They Went Through A LOT To Become Your Parents
    Photo courtesy of Brian Copeland
    Regardless of how you became a family, you can rest assured you were wanted and planned for — sometimes long before you were even born. (Photo courtesy of Brian Copeland)
  • 7
    You May Not Be Biologically Related, But The Resemblance Is Uncanny
    Photo courtesy of Scott Thomas
    Even if it’s not, there’s never any question whose kid you are. (Photo courtesy of Scott Thomas)
  • 8
    You Travel In Style… And With Options
    Photo courtesy of Silvio & Jeff Weisner
    It’s not extra clothing. It’s a wardrobe change. (Photo courtesy of Silvio & Jeff Weisner)
  • 9
    They Teach You About Patriotism…
    Kate Adamick / Photo courtesy of the DeOliveira Scappaticci family
    Families with gay dads are as grateful for their freedom as any other Americans. And I mentioned how much we love parades, right? (Copyright Kate Adamick /Photo courtesy of the DeOliveira Scappaticci family)
  • 10
    …And Equal Rights For Everybody .
    Kate Adamick / Photo courtesy of the DeOliveira Scappaticci
    Someday soon, families with gay dads will be equally American in every sense. Until then, the march continues. Please hold hands. (Copyright Kate Adamick /Photo courtesy of the DeOliveira Scappaticci family)
  • 11
    Every Day (Month, Year, Etc.) Is A Celebration
    Photo courtesy of 2Dads+4
    They never grow tired of showing how much they love you. Or throwing a party. (Photo courtesy of 2Dads+4)
  • 12
    You Learn Important Life Skills At An Early Age
    Photo courtesy of Jon Kinyon & Rick VanDerSnick
    What?!? It’s a SMOOTHIE. (Photo courtesy of Jon Kinyon & Rick VanDerSnick)
  • 13
    You May Not All Be The Same Color, But You Always Match
    Photo courtesy of Monroe Moore
    And you may all have different personalities, but there’s no doubt you’re family. (Photo courtesy of Monroe Moore)
  • 14
    Luckiest Daddy’s Girl EVER
    Photo courtesy of Jere & Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
    Double the daddies, double the doting. (Photo courtesy of Jere & Andrew Lorenzen-Strait)
  • 15
    Never A Lack Of Sparkle
    Photo courtesy of Earl Fenwick Jr
    And never a lack of reasons to accessorize. (Photo courtesy of Earl Fenwick Jr)
  • 16
    You Learn About Giving Back To The Community
    Photo courtesy of Rich Madaleno
    And which is your best side. (Photo courtesy of Rich Madaleno)
  • 17
    They Stick With You, Even Through The Zombie Apocalypse
    Photo courtesy of Jose & JT Mendez-Trevino
    And no one ever complains about the smell. (Photo courtesy of Jose & JT Mendez-Trevino)
  • 18
    You Get To See The World From New Heights
    Photo courtesy of Seth Taylor
    Multi-purpose shoulders: to cry on, to lean on, to rise above it all. (Photo courtesy of Seth Taylor)
  • 19
    THEY ROCK
    Photo courtesy of Tom McMillen-Oakley
    Plus you get a strong foundation of love, acceptance and self-confidence. (Photo courtesy of Tom McMillen-Oakley)
  • 20
    They Teach You All About Superheroes…
    Photo courtesy of Brent Almond & Nick Pirulli
    They’re always down for dressing up. (Photo courtesy of Brent Almond & Nick Pirulli)
  • 21
    …And Introduce You To Real Ones
    Photo courtesy of Brent Almond
    Including powerful, wonderful women. (Get it? Because she’s Wonder Woman!) (Photo courtesy of Brent Almond)
  • 22
    You Get To Be In Your Parents’ Wedding…
    Photo courtesy of Brad Letson & Brad Benton
    Experience the joy of seeing the two people that love you most promise to be your family forever. (Photo courtesy of Brad Letson & Brad Benton)
  • 23
    …Which Is Always FABULOUS
    (Photo courtesy of Brad & Nick Schlaikowski)
    Sorry, I tried to get through the list without using the word “fabulous.” But seriously, how could I resist here? (Photo courtesy of Brad & Nick Schlaikowski)
  • 24
    You Always Feel Safe
    Photo courtesy of Silvio & Jeff Weisner
    And when you don’t, see number 5. (Photo courtesy of Silvio & Jeff Weisner)
  • 25
    If You’re Really Lucky, You’ll Grow Up To Be A Thoughtful, Appreciative (And Witty) Adult -- Just Like Your Dads
    Photo courtesy of David E. Hales
    24 years of reminding him to write thank you notes really paid off. (Photo courtesy of David E. Hales)

I really could have gone on and on (and may yet). In the mean time, be sure and tell your dads -- gay or otherwise -- how AWESOME they are. Happy Fathers' Day!

*All of these photos are from real dads, all of whom are part of the Gay Fathers Facebook group. Head here to join!

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