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Gay Fathers

Mothers and Sons and a Father and Me

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Dan Bucatinsky

Last week I went to see Terrence McNally's beautifully realized portrait of the "new normal" American family in his touching play Mothers and Sons. By the way, I went with my mother. And as I sat in my seat before the lights dimmed, my thoughts took me back over 30 years, to 1983.

A Gay Dad's Letter To 4-Year-Old Boy Killed By His Mother Allegedly For Acting Gay

Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family When my sons were very little, about three years old, there were times when I would sit back and just marvel at th...

Gay Dads Raise A Baby In Paradise, Inspire Parents Everywhere (PHOTOS)

Clarke Reilly | Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Doug Rigg's Instagram feed has us wondering why we don't all raise our children in paradise. Rigg and his partner, Bill Markevitch, live in Honolu...

She's 2: Why I Love Being a Dad More Each Day

Jason Guberman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

The reality has sunk in more, and as a single father there have been many more days in this second year where I felt like I'm holding on by a thread. I'm figuring it out -- doing things right sometimes, other times making mistakes -- but I never pretended to be perfect.

Not the Same or Different: A Better Way to Look at LGBT-headed Families

Melinda Blau | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Melinda Blau

LGBT parents aren't necessarily "better," but the fact that so many of their children seem to be resilient enough to deal with whatever life throws at them is a testament to both the individuals and their relationships.

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

Gay Dad, Straight Daughter

Richard Alther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Julie was 7 or 8 when I was acknowledging my true orientation. My wife and I, soon to be amicably divorced, were fortunate enough to be living in a large, rambling country home. We decided that we could pursue our respective next chapters while staying under one roof.

Our Families Are Making History

Steve Majors | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

It's taken more than three decades for families like mine to be recognized. Thirty years ago, I was at an age where I was pretty certain that I was gay, but at the time, I never could have predicted that I would one day be among 3 million parents in our country who are LGBT.

Gay Dad Talks Producing TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro With His Partner and Their Surrogate (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

The film documents Curtis Shaw's 12-year journey with his husband, legendary songwriter Desmond Child, and the extraordinary story of how they connected with Angela Whittaker, who would carry their twin sons Roman and Nyro into the world.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day With Our Families (PHOTOS)

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Typically, part of the experience of being "in the closet" for any length of time is a fear of losing or becoming estranged from family. But it can also involve a fear of not having a family of one's own in the future too. This was one of my biggest concerns growing up gay.

Modern Family Love

Brent Almond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

My partner and I have been compared to TV's quintessential gay dads quite a few times over the years. (My trainer at the gym once told me, "You're like the big guy, because you're so, um, funny!") And their milestones have mirrored ours on many occasions.

Who Is In a Gay Family?

Amelia | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

"Are you a gay parent?" asked the stranger. Without a second's thought, I responded, "Yes! My 8-year-old son is gay." It wasn't until later that I realized that that wasn't what he was asking. He was asking whether I am a gay person who has kids. But that experience made me think about another.

He's Having a Baby! Men Having Babies Conference in NYC Offers Practical Assistance to Gay Men Dreaming of Parenting

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

The Men Having Babies conference returns to New York City on Oct. 6 to offer workshops and panels for gay men thinking about becoming parents. In addition to advice from experts, parents and surrogates, the conference will hold a new panel specifically for men with HIV.

'Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?!' NOM Continues to Peddle Hysteria

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continue to claim that children with gay parents suffer severe emotional and mental abuse, even going so far as to argue that they are more likely to become child molesters than children raised by heterosexual parents.

At the Center of the Rainbow Family Explosion

Brandon J. Bankowski, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Brandon J. Bankowski, M.D.

We are humbled to do our part in helping the LGBTQ community start or grow their families. Helping same-sex couples, men and women who probably wouldn't have dared to dream a dream this big just a few years ago, is life-changing work as physicians.

Gay Man Comes Out to Wife and Children, Strengthens Family Unit (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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A Gay Dad's Family Teaches the Ex-Gay Movement How to Throw a Real Party

Rob Watson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

After the poor ex-gays were mind-numbingly humiliated beyond all possible belief in a very public epic fail with their "Ex-Gay Lobby Day," my sons and I decided to sit down and write them a letter with some helpful suggestions.

Why Neil Patrick Harris Is Just the Worst

Mark Vigorito | Posted 10.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Vigorito

I have taken my children to playdates only to witness the palpable, growing disappointment of the other parents when they realize that we are not, in fact, the Harris-Burtka family. (How sweetly their names hyphenate. Now try hyphenating Vigorito-Horowitz with a straight face.)

Changes

Jason Guberman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

I'm not the first or only guy to be a dad. Or a single dad. Or even a single gay dad. I don't think there's that many of us, but I'm not one of a kind. Nevertheless, I am different from almost everyone I'm close with, including the gay couples I know with children.

A Gay Dad's Advice On Successful Parenting

Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons For YourTango.com It's been a few weeks since the defeat of DOMA and since Prop 8 became history. The day those rulings came down,...

An All-American Dad... Almost

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Dan Bucatinsky

The kids want to fish. Damn. I'm going to have to dig for worms. I hate worms. They're icky. But the dad I'm aspiring to be doesn't say words like "icky." Why can't I be more like those other kinds of dads? Wait. Is this just internalized homophobia? Probably. So what am I saying?

When 'Mama' Is Her First Word

Doug Rigg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Doug Rigg

After the "M" bomb went off, a barrage of questions entered my already crowded brain, questions I'm sure many gay dads have pondered: How are we going to explain our unique family to our daughter? How do we explain the concept of having a biological mother who is not actually her parent?

Unlikely Hero

Mark Hoelterhoff | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Hoelterhoff

As a parent, every part of you, every fiber of your being, is designed to protect your children, keep them from pain, shield them from hurt, and never, ever inflict suffering on their precious hearts. It is that protective spirit that kept me in the closet for so long.

The Arsenal Is Empty

Jason Howe | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

Any Supreme Court victory for backers of Prop 8 and DOMA will be a Pyrrhic one. One by one, their arguments have been exposed as falsehoods and have no power as American society moves toward full acceptance of LGBT rights. Their arsenal is empty.

My Two Dads: How 8 Gay Families Are Celebrating Father's Day

Freedom To Marry | Adam Polaski | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

This Sunday, June 16, families across the country will pull out the barbecues, take in the summer sun, and come together to celebrate their fathers, t...