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Lesbian Mom in Colorado Could Be Among First to Receive Green Card When DOMA Is Struck Down by Supreme Court (VIDEO)

Lavi Soloway | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Lavi Soloway

For Cathy and Catriona and their three children, everything is at stake. If the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, Cathy could immediately receive approval of her green card application. If the law is upheld, she will be forced to move thousands of miles away from her spouse and children.

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.

'Mom, What's Gay?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I cannot tell you how many times in any given week I end up stuck between a grownup concept and a kid who wants an explanation that he can understand. How do you explain the difference between family love and romantic love to a kindergartener?

Gay Parents in Red States: Not an Oxymoron

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbie E. Goldberg

Many of the states with the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children are those with the most anti-gay laws. Thus, lesbian and gay parents living in these areas encounter legal obstacles in building and protecting their families, which contributes to a sense of legal vulnerability.

Blogging for LGBT Families Day: A Celebration of the Season

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Blogging for LGBT Families Day sits almost exactly between Mother's Day and Father's Day, honoring both parenting titles but recognizing that not all families fit neatly into those two observances. There's a big spectrum out there.

An Invitation to Queer Parenting

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

My mother may continue to cringe at the word "queer," but I invite you to consider the idea that queerness can be a pretty good thing. In the broad sense of the word, every person who has ever gone against social norms and values in order to improve them is queer.

Nobody Told Me Getting Pregnant Would Be This Hard

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

I'm not pregnant. If I were 17, this would be cause for celebration, but when you are ready for a baby and you can't just materialize one, an empty womb feels like an empty heart.

Trans, Masculine-Of-Center And Gender-Nonconforming People Are Mothers Too (PHOTOS)

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

With Mothers Day 2013 approaching, the California-based nonprofit Forward Together has created a series of ecards that reflect the diversity of motherhood and parenting, a gesture that traditional Mother's Day cards have woefully ignored. Check out a slideshow of the beautiful cards.

My Mother's Day Card To Gay Dads (And All LGBT Parents)

Rob Watson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

My concern is for my kids and others like them in gay-dad-led or lesbian-mom-led families. They are left out in the hoopla surrounding either Mother's Day or Father's Day. They get the message that their family lacks something, but that is not true.

Give An Awesome Mother's Day Gift: Get Your Mom Or Mom Figure Featured On HuffPost Gay Voices!

Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're anything like us, you're probably still trying to find the perfect gift. But, fear not, gentle...

I Got Gay Married In First Grade

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The wedding went off without a hitch and, over the years, dissolved into a silly and cherished family memory. At that very time, unbeknownst to me, my moms were forking over time, energy and legal fees to make their union and joint custody of me as legal in the eyes of the court as a married couple's.

The Well-Charted Waters Of Same-Sex Parenting

Paul M. Smith | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul M. Smith

During the Supreme Court arguments in the Proposition 8 case last week, there seemed to be some confusion about the social science evidence concerning same-sex parents and their ability to raise children, but there is no "disagreement" among the experts about what the research says.

Marriage Equality: The 'Tri' In Our Kids' Trifecta

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Our children know that for a few months in 2008, the law said "yes" to their family. Their moms are legally married (in California, at least). This legal recognition echoes and enforces what their moms and their community keep telling them: that we should be treated equally.

'Did You Ever Think You Might Be A Lesbian?'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Now that I'm blogging about growing up with two mommies, a friend of mine recently asked me, "Did you ever think you might be a lesbian, since that's the lifestyle you knew from home?" Obviously I have to answer this one with a story.

A Day In A Queer Life In Italy: Being A Lesbian Mom When Families Like Mine Still Aren't Recognized

Giuseppina La Delfa | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Giuseppina La Delfa

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgNext month Andrea has to have a minor operation. But to the government and the hospital's administration I'm nobody in relation to my son. That's how it is: We're family and yet not family, and we stagger back and forth from joy to anxiety.

A Letter to My Baby Girl

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

We didn't marry for "rights" or "benefits." We married for the same reasons that most people do -- both gay and straight. Because we loved each other, we wanted to stand up in front of our friends and family and make a lifelong commitment to one another and we aspired to build a family together.

Splish-Splash My DNA: Artificial Insemination

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

It is at the core of me and my generally sardonic outlook that the first moment of my creation happened by way of a stranger masturbating into a cup, and the second involved my mother and a glorified turkey baster.

Voices Of Children

Steve Majors | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

In connection with the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, Family Equality Council and our coalition partners have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that reflects the voices of children with LGBT parents, because these children are in a unique position to speak to two questions.

WATCH: Waymon Hudson Takes On The 'Gays Are A Threat To Children' Argument

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

The latest episode of Critical Thinking Hosted by Waymon Hudson focuses on the anti-gay myth that has been blocking LGBT equality progress for decades: the vicious and debunked "Save Our Children" argument that gays are somehow dangerous to children.

Questioning The Idea Of 'Gay' Families And 'Straight' Families

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

In his recent State of the Union address, our commander-in-chief promised, "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families, gay and straight." I chafe at "families, gay and straight." What is a gay family? For that matter, what is a straight family?

How A 59-Cent Electronic Tea Light Reminded Me What Really Matters

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

That candle's lever refused to click into the "off" position. Too cold and tired to fuss with it, I brought it into the house and set it at the center of the breakfast table, where it glowed all night. And then it glowed all day. And then it glowed all week. And then for two weeks.

The Question You Should Never Ask A Lesbian Mom

Judy Gold | Posted 04.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Gold

"Who's the real mother?" I have been asked that question many times -- too many times. But this time was different. I was at a doctor's office, and my son was standing next to me and knew exactly what the nurse was asking.

My Two Moms: The Prospect Of Parenting

Robyn Harper | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

While matters of gender and biology may be relevant to making a child, it is parenting that makes a parent. The ability and the desire to love a child unconditionally has nothing to do with one's gender.

'Parenthood Is A Path Of Emotional And Spiritual Growth'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
Cheryl Dumesnil

Each time a parenting challenge has levied what could have been a knock-out punch to my sanity, I have grabbed that phrase like an oxygen mask and strapped it over my face. And it has worked. It raises that all-important question, "What do I need to learn here?"

A Mom Of Two Boys Wrestles With Sandy Hook And Masculinity

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Cheryl Dumesnil

A little more than 24 hours after a young man in Newtown, Conn., gunned down 20 children, their caretakers and his own mother, hearing my kids equate death with "boy stuff" takes the breath out of my lungs.