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Dad Comes Out to Kids With Hilarious -- and Inspiring -- Results

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.29.2017 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

In 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out as a "Gay American." It made a lot of news, but it also started a conversation in many homes about what "gay" meant. One such example is Brian Hartigan, a gay father of two young children.

Gay 'Big Brother' Adopts 'Little Brother'

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Surrounded by death during the AIDS crisis, Larry Bennett wanted to focus on something happier and more positive, namely his desire to be a Big Brother and care for children.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the School Censoring a Mural of a Kiss

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Kaela Wilton is a 16-year-old student at Onoway Jr./Sr. High School in Alberta, Canada. For an art project, approved by her art teacher and the school principal, she depicted two young men in an affectionate kiss. After its unveiling and subsequent complaints, the school covered the mural and would not allow it to be seen.

A Gay Dad Vs. The Conservative Christian Anti-Gay 'Teen Plot' Grandmother

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background (according to her bio). She has wo...

A Gay Dad's Restroom Tips For Lesbian Or Single Moms

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family I am a fan of blog writer Shannon Ralph. She recently wrote a piece that hit me right in my dad-spot called "11 Thi...

What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and a...

Nobody's Perfect

Andy Miller | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Andy Miller

My son is not perfect and he needs me to see it, not ignore it. As much as I want to say, "He's just being a boy" or "He'll grow out of it," I know that's "perfection" raising its damn dirty head again.

A Gay Dad Takes on the Frozen-Hating Mormon Grandmother

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

For me, I found her reaction disturbing and worthy of discussion. She is a grandmother. I am a dad. She took her kids to see Frozen. I took mine. Let's rumble.

My Open Letter to My 11-Year Olds: The Truth About Santa

Rob Watson | Posted 12.13.2016 | Parents
Rob Watson

My kids are older and they have a bombardment of friends who "know," and are eager to tell them the truth about Santa. My dilemma has been brewing for two years -- do I tell them, or do I let the natural information from their peers take over?

A Dad Sounds Off on Why the BatKid Was Important

Rob Watson | Posted 02.04.2014 | San Francisco
Rob Watson

For Miles, it was a great day. For those of us in its midst it was a necessity. We needed to know it could happen. We needed to know that the possibility of making it and other impossible dreams happen is within our grasp. It was a journey that rescued us from cynicism and took us into a community of hope.

A Gay Dad Pulls His Kids Out of Private School and Into Public to Celebrate California's New Transgender Respect Law

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Tim Donnelly is pulling one of his sons out of the system over fear of his coming in contact with a transgender student. I am going to put two sons into the system in celebration of the dignity it affords them and a friend they care about.

My First Day as a Father

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

One day, in late July 2002, we got the call. A baby had been born. He was premature, six weeks early, born after his birth mother had ingested heroin. He weighed 4 pounds and had heroin in his system. We would be his foster parents for now, and, potentially, his permanent adoptive parents.

A Gay Dad Challenges Mike Huckabee To A Basketball Skirmish

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Your team has ignored and trampled "standards" for years. It was only after discovering that our team wanted to play on your turf that you suddenly started claiming that somehow, because of our anatomy, the game could no longer be called "basketball."

How 'The Gay Dad Project' Came Into Existence

Amie Shea | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amie Shea

I invited my dad to Sweden for his 60th birthday. I figured 60 was as good a time as any to start living a fabulously gay life. I wanted to show him the world that existed beyond his everyday Montana and I wanted to make peace with my past.

My Gay Dad Is A Registered Sex Offender, And I Still Love Him

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Though I can't make excuses for some of the things my father did, I can find compassion in my heart to help me understand his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality.

When A Son Tells His Gay Dad, 'You Are Not My Mom'

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

I always figured there were certain hateful statements that my sons would make, especially ones that say I am inadequate. One of the statements I feared was finally delivered, though it did not come as part of a calculated gotcha exchange. It came at the worst possible moment.

The 10 Things I Wish The Pope Could Have Observed On My Family's Trip To Disneyland

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

The pope is wrong to denigrate gay families and is on the wrong side of history. In Disney stories there are great transformations and awakenings. It is my sincere prayer that the pope gets one of these as a gift for himself this year.

A Gay Dad's Dilemma: How Do I Out Santa Claus To My Kids?

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Why is it, now that we are getting to the age when "the truth comes out," that I am feeling like I am in strangely familiar territory... and territory that I never wanted to be in again? Because this is another coming out.

Foster Care Adoption: The 5 Reasons Why You Don't Want To Do It, And The 5 Greater Reasons Why You Do

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Both my sons came into my family from foster care. For that alone I owe the system a debt that I will never, ever be able to repay. But I do not wish to imply that the road through foster care is a cakewalk. It is daunting at times, but doable.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Tweeny-Vision and the Bully Playground

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Tweeny television contributes significantly to these values that allow bullying, and to the actions around them.

Pink Dad, Blue Son

Udi Urman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Parents
Udi Urman

I could already hear his teachers gossiping about how his gay dads are imposing their lifestyle on the poor boy.

Dad Is Gay -- And It Affects How I See All Other Men

Jill Di Donato | Posted 08.17.2012 | Women
Jill Di Donato

A byproduct of growing up with a closeted gay dad was that men became puzzles to me. What was going on in there? Did I know anything about how they worked? I started to look at all of them as mysteries to be solved, which meant that I often dated withholding men.

The Best Fairy Godmother A Daughter Could Have

William Lucas Walker | Posted 05.09.2012 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

Every young girl should have a fairy godmother. Mine does. Her name is Miss Coco Peru.