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David Valdes Greenwood is a nonfiction author and playwright.

Valdes Greenwood has written about same-sex marriage and parenting for the Boston Globe and AOL, and in his book Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage, the first memoir of legal same-sex marriage. His other nonfiction includes The Rhinestone Sisterhood and A Little Fruitcake. He is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow whose work has been produced throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom.

With an MFA from Emerson College, David has been teaching writing and film-related courses for 20 years; currently, he is a Lecturer in English at Tufts University. But his own education continues at home, where his daughter keeps her two dads on their toes.

To find out more about David’s work, visit him at .

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'Will It Be Safe There?' The Question I Can't Answer

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 11:01 AM

"Will it be safe there?"

That was my 11-year-old daughter's first reaction when I told her that we would be going to a vigil in the wake of the Orlando shootings. She was asking because the massacre happened in a public place where innocent people had gathered, as...

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What Divorce Does to a 'Family Man'

(8) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 11:52 AM

I sit the bowl of broccoli-and-sausage pasta on the table. It's a dish liked equally well by my husband of two decades, our 10-year-old daughter, and me. Our miniature schnauzer has settled in, resting half atop my feet. Dinner is ready. It is one more evening in the stream of...

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5 Reasons This Democrat Is Voting for Trump

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 11:37 AM

Because he must be a really SMART BUSINESSMAN if he can still get the huge loans and corporate tax breaks he needs to float his empire despite his record of failed businesses and bankrupted hotels which have lost so many other people their jobs.

Because his...

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A Dad's Reply to the "Guns Don't Kill People" Lie

(363) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 5:26 PM

When you look at your children, are you okay with the knowledge that they are growing up in an American with more than daily mass shootings?

Or that they are now more likely to die from gun violence than in a car crash -- and...

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미국이 아빠들의 사랑을 인정한 날, 내 딸에게 보내는 편지

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 6:06 PM

이 글은 허핑턴포스트US 블로거이자 '호모 도메스티쿠스: 동성결혼의 기록' 작가 데이비드 발데스 그린우드의 글을 번역, 편집한 것입니다.

네가 오늘 아침에 눈을 떴을 때, 너는 네 아빠들이 결혼했다는 걸 알고 있었지만, 우리가 가는 모든 곳에서 다 결혼한 상태인 건 아니라는 것도 알고 있었지. 너는 우리가 서로 사랑한다는 걸 알았고,...

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To My Daughter, on the Day America Said Yes to Her Dads' Love

(19) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:39 PM

When you woke up this morning, you knew your dads were married, but you also knew we weren't married everywhere we went. You knew that we loved each other and that this was not enough to make us married in the whole United States. You knew we were not equal.

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5 Things My Husband Teaches Our Daughter About Working Parents

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:04 PM

Dear Jason,

You've worked full-time since our daughter Lily was born 10 years ago; I had that first summer off to be with her, and then I too went back to work, in a complicated algorithm of multiple part-time gigs. As is true for most families with two working parents,...

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A Dad Explains Indiana's New Law So Simply a Kid Could Understand

(264) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 10:08 AM

My family -- which is composed of two dads and one daughter -- discussed the passage of Indiana's SB101 Religious Freedom Restoration Act at the supper table. A lot of folks (including these two dads) see this law as having been passed explicitly to allow people not to...

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What I Learned From My 9-Year-Old's Book Club

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:46 PM

When my daughter Lily came home saying she wanted to start a book club, I was excited -- I'm a writer after all, so this was music to my ears -- but also a bit skeptical. Right away, I started to fret about the mechanics of it. Who would be...

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How Critics Got the New 'Annie' Wrong

(19) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:09 PM

This weekend saw the opening of a type of film exceedingly rare in our nation's cinema history: a wide-release kid's movie with an African-American girl as the protagonist. (Akeelah and the Bee and Princess and the Frog are pretty much the film's only peers, though 2015 will add Home to...

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Do I Love My Adopted Child as Much as Birth Parents Love Their Kids?

(13) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:12 AM

I was sitting with an old friend at a party in her backyard, our children playing on the climbing structure, as the sun went down, and, as we often did, we talked about parenthood. We're pretty much on the same page in most areas, but that night she said a...

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What the Experts Didn't Tell Me About Formula: A Dad's Story

(42) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 2:19 PM

From 2005 to 2006, the first year of my daughter's life, I was warned repeatedly that being a formula-fed child would diminish my gal's entire future, making her fat, slothlike, dim, equipped with an immune system that practically summoned infection, and unattached emotionally to her parents. The American Academy of...

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Talking Back to the Test: A Third Grader Speaks Up

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Over family dinner one recent night, as we all talked about our days, my daughter, not yet 9, casually mentioned that she had told her entire class something about the MCAS -- our state's version of the standardized tests that public school students are required to take. This is what...

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Unbroken: What I Learned Doing My Daughter's Hair

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:18 PM

When I was a boy, I had glossy hair cut into straight-across bangs intended to mimic the look of Dorothy Hamill, a figure skater I adored. Though I'm mixed-ethnicity Cuban-American, my hair seemed genetically more Mayflower than raft-by-night. No matter what inglorious style I tried, from mullet and to nape-length...

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Is Frozen the Family Movie of the Year? One Dad Says Yes

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Over the course of this year, I've seen a half dozen movies with my daughter. From the bad -- yes, Free Birds, I mean you -- to the somewhat misbegotten (did anyone involved in Despicable Me II read it before it was assembled?), I've sat by...

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Why I Secretly Hoped a Dog Would Bite My Child

(26) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:58 AM

The two smallest beings in my household -- my daughter Lily, age 8, and our miniature Schnauzer, Otto von Mustache, age 2 -- were having a moment. Otto had been indulgently letting Lily rub his stomach, despite the awkward position she'd cornered him into, and then she decided to play...

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Teed Off: Father's Day Cards I'd Love to See But Won't

(8) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:10 PM

See dad play golf! See dad drink beer! See dad smoke!

See Papa roll his eyes.

The Father's Day offerings in most greeting card stores reveal a painful dearth of imagination and shockingly old-school views of men. It borders on being physically painful for me to cruise the racks...

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Epic: Little Lessons and a Big Body Count

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Epic would seem to have it all: high-speed chases for thrill-seekers and a love story for romantics, environmental themes for tree-huggers and enough battle scenes to make the NRA proud (even if the weapons are made of flora), plus an easy-to-follow plot for the kids, spiced up with occasionally risqué...

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A Family Anywhere: What More Gay Marriage Means to My Daughter

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:14 PM

My husband and I got legally married because we were knocked up. Ok, that's technically impossible, but in some ways, it was true: we had decided to start the adoption process and wanted to do all we could to safeguard our future family. Little did we know when we said...

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We're All Innocent Bystanders: Healing After the Marathon

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 10:42 AM

On Patriot's Day weekend 2006, I was one of those people the press calls "an innocent bystander." By random chance, I was swept up in a series of events that began with two murders and climaxed in a SWAT team operation ending in a suicide. I returned home many hours...

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