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Raising Children Queerly: Four Books For Summer Reading

Janet Mason | Posted 07.19.2016 | Books
Janet Mason

Society has changed, in large part, to accommodate us. But have LGBT people, in particular by parenting, changed society? Almost magically, recently published books started arriving in my mailbox to help my understanding.

These Two Dads Share What Adopting Two Sons Has Taught Them About Love And Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices

We’ve found a couple in Boston who are sharing their story to help change the way people perceive families with two mommies or two daddies. In this ...

Two Moms Share The Powerful And Heartbreaking Story Of Losing Their Son

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices

Just one year ago, RaiseAChild contributing writer Eric Criswell celebrated a newly formed family and their amazing adoption story. Today, with deep e...

These Two Men Gave Up A Big City Dream For Their Dream Of A Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices

After trying parenthood Brian Blythe and John Kristiansen thought they didn’t get the part; however, they got called in for a second audition. In th...

How Faith And Love Paved The Way To A Family For These Dads

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices

One of them always wanted children, the other not so much. In this week’s installment of the Huffington Post Queer Voices RaiseAChild.US "‎Let Lov...

Here's The Beautiful Story Of How These Dads Created Their Family Over 3 Decades

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices

In this week’s installment of the Huffington Post Queer Voices RaiseAChild.US "‎Let Love Define Family®" series, and in honor of Father’s Day, ...

Emmy-Nominated Television Producer Opens Up About Being A Single Gay Dad

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.10.2016 | Queer Voices

Bryant Huddleston has all he wants in life: a prominent career and the love of his son. In this week’s RaiseAChild “Let Love Define Family®” se...

These Dads Reveal How They Created Their Beautiful 'Forever Family' On A Farm

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.31.2016 | Queer Voices

In this week’s RaiseAChild “Let Love Define Family®” series installment for Huffington Post Queer Voices, contributing writer Eric Criswell spo...

This Church Is Helping To Create Beautiful Families Like This One

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.20.2016 | Queer Voices

Few churches throughout the United States have as long or as solid of a reputation for respecting, accepting and supporting its LGBT parishioners as A...

A Gesture of Tenderness. On the Public Display of Affection

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Frank Ligtvoet

He was the first, and I was very much in love with him. Carlo was out, dressed flamboyantly, had black suede glam-rock boots, gave ultimate care to his black reddish colored hair and used make up.

Modern Adoption. How to successfully shop for kids

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

This is how you do it, according to two men in the New York Post. First you decide whether you want kids through surrogacy or through adoption. Whe...

This Is The Beautiful Story Of The Day These Moms Adopted Their Baby Girl

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.13.2016 | Queer Voices

Lola Shahdadi and Lynne Witmer got to celebrate their first Mother’s Day last weekend. That’s because on April 11, 2016, they finalized the adopti...

Jillian Michaels And Heidi Rhoades Open Up About Building Their Beautiful Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.29.2016 | Queer Voices

You might expect celebrity wellness expert, Jillian Michaels and wife Heidi Rhoades to be a little guarded when asking personal questions about their ...

Top Concerns for Gay Men Considering International Surrogacy

Eric Rosswood | Posted 04.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Rosswood

While it's important to seek the advice of agencies, lawyers, and professionals, it's also important to hear real stories from other people who already went through the experience.

6 Things I Learned About Open Adoption From a Same Sex Couple

Meredith Masony | Posted 04.25.2016 | Parents
Meredith Masony

No matter how you become a parent, it is a long and often tiresome journey. Anyone who would subject themselves to the rigorous demands of the adoption process really wants to be a parent.

Meet Two Gay Dads Whose Life Plans Totally Changed Because Of Love

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.08.2016 | Queer Voices

“Some of the most heartfelt, and life-changing thoughts are often expressed without words,” wrote RaiseAChild contributing writer David Humiston w...

It's Time to Step Up the Game for Foster Children

Rhea Perlman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

After eight years of helping to find homes for children in foster care, I feel like it's time to step up the game, and find homes for all the children we meet. Maybe since I've had a Twitter account forever, I'll actually start using it. Ahhh, social media, I will embrace you.

Loving, Same-Sex Parents > No Parents

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 04.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Jay Ledesma

Since I was a young boy, I knew I had one important mission in life  --  to be a father. Parenthood did not seem possible, or easy, for gay people ... until yesterday.

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 s...

Marriage Equality Is the Law, but Assaults on LGBT Parenting (and Much More) Continue

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Adam Pertman

As the election year progresses, many candidates in both parties and at every level will say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to make it a reality. Our country's laws and policies are intended to promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family.

These Incredible Lesbian Moms Want To Revolutionize How TV Shows Foster Parents

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.25.2016 | Queer Voices

Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama agree that positive changes to foster care system are possible one person and one action at a time. In this week’s in...

This Amazing Gay Dad Is Single-Handedly Raising 8 Kids

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.18.2016 | Queer Voices

In this week’s installment of the Huffington Post Queer Voices RaiseAChild.US "‎Let Love Define Family®" series, contributing writer David Humist...

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark at the GOP Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We had two Democratic debates and one Republican debate last week. The GOP one was shocking -- because nobody said anything shocking! Yes, that's truly how far the Republicans have sunk -- to the Sherlockian level of the dog not snarling in the night being the big news.

How These Gay Men Went From Ex-Gay Therapy To Building Their Beautiful Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.11.2016 | Queer Voices

Robby and Jeff Busch-Drewery knew that nothing could have prepared them for what they endured in the process of building their family. They did know t...

One Man's Beautiful Journey To Fatherhood As A Single Gay Man

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.26.2016 | Queer Voices

Terry Snider describes himself as "relentless and focused" during his mission to build a family. In this installment of the Huffington Post Queer Voic...