Without a formal adoption, non-biological parents are essentially strangers to their children in the eyes of the law. Even now with marriage equality and names being added on birth certificates, non-biological parents are not granted any automatic rights should the couple split up and the biological parent decides to withhold visitation or access.
Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.