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Cooper Smith Koch is the founder of Cooper Smith Agency, a public relations and social media firm, and the lifestyle e-zine He Said Magazine. He was the daddy on the right in the controversial JCPenney gay Father's Day ad in June 2012. Cooper lives in Dallas with his husband, Todd, and their children, Claire and Mason.

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Acceptance Over a Chain Link Fence

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Yesterday, I blew the mind of the 85-year-old Mexican great-grandmother who lives next door to my office here in Dallas...and reinforced to me the importance of being out.

Since I moved my PR firm into a cottage in the gentrifying Bishop Arts District, I've talked to her over a chain...

Read Post Awards Nearly $71,000 To Hopeful GLBT Parents

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:23 AM

A few days ago, I got an excited call from Becky Fawcett, the executive director and founder of, telling me that her organization has awarded a record amount of adoption-assistance grants to LGBT families in the past year. Out of $250,000 in grants given, nearly $71,000 went to gay...

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Bette Warbles 'Waterfalls'

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:59 PM

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When I heard that Bette Midler was remaking TLC's "Waterfalls," one of my favorite songs from high school preschool, I really wanted to like it -- like, really, really. But then I heard it. The Huffington Post may say it...

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Gay List Daily's Favorite YouTube Moments of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:17 PM

It's been a good year for us gays, girls. YouTube tells us so!

Gay marriage swept the land, and with it came videotaped proposals that rival Broadway productions. Celebs turned to YouTube, instead of Oprah, in droves to come out. Not to mention the plethora of shirtless hunks, twinks with...

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What Is Media? It's Everything, That's What.

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 7:30 AM

As little as 10 years ago, when you talked about "media" there were really only three possible things being discussed: television, print (newspapers and magazines) and radio. Nowadays, we use that "media" definition in a much broader, looser context, and things that would have never been considered "media" in the...

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To Russia With #VirtualPride

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:30 PM


Last year, a law was passed in Russia that made it illegal to hold LGBT pride parades for 100 years. Yes, you read that correctly: one hundred years. But that's not stopping our LGBT Russian comrades, or any of us outside Russia,...

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5 Tips for a Low(er)-Stress Disney World Family Trip

(31) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 7:47 AM

Last week, my family made the all-American pilgrimage to see The Mouse in Florida...and I have to say, it wasn't as exhausting as others told me it would be. With two four-year-olds in tow, as well as grandparents, cousins, aunts and an uncle -- 11 people in all -- we...

Read Post Seeks LGBT Applicants for Adoption-Assistance Grants

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Recently my friend Johnnie introduced me to a woman whom I think every family considering adoption should know, especially gays and lesbians who want to be parents. I certainly wish Todd and I had known her four years ago when we adopted our two kids.

New Yorker Becky Fawcett is...

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Pin It to Win It: 5 Tips for Doing Pinterest Right

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:48 PM

It seems like Pinterest, the social media darling with about 23 million unique users, came out of nowhere to become one of the most influential social media platforms of the day.

Recent reports rank it the third most popular social media site, behind only Facebook and...

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Friendly Fire Hurts the Worst

(60) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 1:35 PM

In June our family had the unique experience of being at the center of a media firestorm. Specifically, my partner Todd and I, along with our two children, were featured in the Father's Day catalog for JCPenney.


From the...

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The Ultimate Father's Day Gift

(23) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 10:53 AM

This Father's Day Todd and I received one of the best gifts any person, father or not, can receive: the gift of overwhelming love and support.

Let me rewind a little: Earlier this year, we were approached by representatives from JCPenney about our family being part of their Father's Day...

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