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Gay Dads

Where Do Gay Dads Fit Into 'Amazon Mom'?

Brent Almond | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

Being a two-dad family, it was a little annoying to see yet one more thing that made us feel invisible. However, we were still jumping through hoops to complete our adoption, and advocating in our home state to legalize same-sex marriage. We had more important battles to wage.

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

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

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.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To The Texas School That Rejected Out Teen

Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12-year-olds, I see it as a world where c...

Love Glue

Andy Miller | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Miller

Clark, putting down his pickle, replied so casually I could hardly believe it, "Some people have two dads. Some people have two moms. Some people have a mom and a dad... All families are different, but all families are held together with a special kind of glue called 'love.'"

LOOK: Gay Black Dads At Center Of Internet Controversy Now Starring In New Nikon Campaign

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

One short year ago, Kordale and Kaleb were a pair of gay black fathers quietly raising their three beautiful children and going about their lives like...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To Two Fathers Who Gave Up Their Christmas For Homeless LGBT Youth

Posted 12.26.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Years ago when my partner and I were deciding whether or not to have kids, we made two lists. The first was a “co...

A Holiday Letter to the Supreme Court

Thomas McMillen-Oakley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas McMillen-Oakley

The schmaltzy songs of the season speak about love, family, and warm memories of holidays past. We'd love to remember this holiday season as the year we were finally a family under Michigan law.

I Was Banned From a Gay Dads' Group for Raising Michael Brown

Doug Kerr | Posted 02.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Doug Kerr

The night Darren Wilson walked away from an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, I was banned from one of my favorite social-media groups, a group for gay dads. It seems that this group was not the place to talk about race, policing and what happened in Ferguson.

What I Really Want for Christmas: How to Tell Your Family You're Having Kids!

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

There are many treatment options today for gay and lesbian family building, and sharing your plans with loved ones during the holidays can help muster their support and engage them in the process. Whatever your situation, here are some suggestions for those first conversations.

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

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Parenting is not biology or blood work, just as it's not process of acquisition or paperwork; parenting is practice, the love you give, and the life you make.

Joining the NYC Dads Group

Jim Joseph | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Jim Joseph

I had the great pleasure of joining a "meetup" with the New York City Dads Group last week, a "support group" of dads from across the city, all of whom are actively involved in their children's lives.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to Rose McGowan on Lessons Learned

Rob Watson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am sorry that you have not felt that the outcry against misogyny from gay men has been loud enough. Given your comments about Speedos and Molly, I can only assume that your comments are in part the result of seeing the "gay community" as the buff young men on the party circuit.

Why I Love Halloween -- Now More Than Ever

Andy Miller | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Miller

That's when it hit me. All those future Halloweens. I never considered I might not be around for those. Was this the first and last time I would take Clark trick-or-treating? Was this the only costume I would ever see him in?

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

Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay 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...

LOOK: This Is What A Queer Family Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Even though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with ...

The Journey Home

Anthony Romeo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

My husband and I are ready to be dads. I've done some writing in the past that talked about our aching "brovaries," as one fellow Gays With Kids writer called them. And in the nine months of gestation that my brain has done since releasing that piece, we have decided to take the plunge.

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

8 Tips to Dating a Single Gay Dad

Jon Raj | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Raj

After I divorced my husband, I was not very interested in going out and meeting guys. My priority was to take stock of my situation and figure out how I was going to proceed with my life -- adjusting to being a single dad.

Spilled Milk: Back to (Catholic) School

William Lucas Walker | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
William Lucas Walker

We figured that as Episcopalians, while we may not be Catholic, we were close enough: same pomp, no pope, less guilt. It surprises some to learn that Kelly and I actually met at church. We still attend regularly. Not regularly enough, as we were soon to find out.

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

Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay 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...

Why I Write as a 'Gay Dad' Rather Than Simply as a 'Dad'

Rob Watson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

A fellow blogger and supporter of equal rights sent me a text that read, "Where does the battle end? Isn't the ultimate victory call to call yourself a dad -- without a qualifier?" Here is my response, to him and to the world.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To Newly Out Ian Thorpe

Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Last weekend, Ian Thorpe, who Australian politician Penny Wong called her country’s “greatest Olympian,” came...

'He Doesn't Have a Mom... Because She's Dead'

Brent Almond | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

My instinct was to defend and protect my cub, to nip the lies in the bud and reinforce them with truth. However, I realized that I'd been granted a rare glimpse into my child's daily life -- and that 99% of these situations will take place when I'm not around.

From a Child of a Gay Dad: Who Cares If Gays and Lesbians Make Better Parents?

Travis Knoll | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Travis Knoll

Last week a new study reported that children raised by same-sex couples fare even better than those raised in normal biological families. Despite these positive conclusions, the study hurts the gay community by shifting the debate from one of inalienable rights to one of rights based on equal or superior performance.

Did I Forget to Mention My Dad Is Gay?

Xesenia Maurice | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Xesenia Maurice

I don't think of him as a "gay dad." I see him as the man who was strong enough to overcome many obstacles, including addiction, so that he could take care of his brothers and sisters, a man loving enough to raise me as his own even though he is only my guardian by law.