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How Two Dads Handle Mother's Day

Patrick Roth | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick Roth

Mother's Day has largely been a non-event in our house. It isn't particularly happy or sad. It just is. Our children may not have their mothers in their lives the way many of their friends do or the way they would wish, but they do have two loving, involved and committed parents.

Gay Dads Win Surrogacy Battle Over 'Homophobic' Birth Mom

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, May 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A baby girl conceived through surrogacy will be removed from her biolo...

April is the Cruellest Month: The Approach of Mother's Day

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

We have grandmas, aunts, older female cousins and baby sitters. But there's no mother to receive the treasure trove of attention.

WATCH: This Adorable 7-Year-Old Explains How Her Two Moms Had A Baby

Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices

By The Next Family Learn the facts of life for two moms by this 7-year-old girl. More on The Next Family: 6 Tips To Help Children Learn Abou...

Something To Talk About

Heather Risinger | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Heather Risinger

My teenage son came to me and said, "Mom, can we go out to dinner, just the two of us? I have something I need to talk to you about." I agreed, and didn't think much of it. With four kids, when one asks for my undivided attention, I hear it, and really try to honor it.

4 Must-See YouTube Channels For Gay Parents

Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

By Alexandra Temblador | The Next Family Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to this site by more than one billion users: YouTube. YouTu...

Tomboys, Sissies and the Gay Dad

Jason Howe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

For as long as he could remember, his parents, especially his father, had rejected him because he was a boy so effeminate that he was often mistaken for a girl.

Moms Take State To Court Over Son's Birth Certificate

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices

By Kevin Murphy Feb 13 (Reuters) - A married same-sex couple on Friday asked a federal court to force Indiana state and county officia...

A Dad's Message to His Cyber-Baby and The World

Fabian Blue | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
Fabian Blue

If we all teach our children from an early age a simple message of tolerance and acceptance, we could undoubtedly transform this world into a more fantastic place.

Rediscovering Kindness

Jason Guberman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

As a dad, there are moments I'm filled with doubt because my hope is that I'm doing everything I can to give my daughter the best life possible. To me at least, part of giving her the best life means giving her space to grow and be independent, even as a toddler.

Your Kids Are So Lucky to Have Such Wonderful Parents!

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

First, my children (or anyone's children) should never hear they're lucky someone loves them and cares for them. That should be a given for every child. The fact that it's not a reasonable expectation isn't a matter of luck. It's the failure of adults, pure and simple.

An Open Letter To The Gay Dads Who Save The Life Of Their Son Each Day

Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family A little boy named Grayson is one of the most special children in the world. It all started with a haircut. Cha...

The Challenges of Being a Gay Stay-at-Home Dad

Alex Davidson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Davidson

You might think a gay stay-at-home Dad in San Francisco would be surrounded by others in similar situations - I did. But more often that not I was reminded of how rare a species I was - oftentimes I was the only gay dad anywhere.

The Importance of Being Present

Ian Colvin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Ian Colvin

Whether it's being busted by my son for being on my BlackBerry, or having to run out of the house early in the morning to get to the office, missing my good-morning hugs from the kids, there are always going to be times I feel guilty for not being present.

Friday Night Lights

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Thangaraj

My husband I may have fought our own little culture war to get here, but as I contemplate my family under the bright stadium lights on a warm Friday night, I believe my boys will be just fine.

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi's 8 Promises

Avi Orlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Avi Orlow

If I have gay children, I'll love them. I don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm's length. It will be an extravagant, open-hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.

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...

5 Things You Should Never Ask A Lesbian Mom

Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

By Shannon Ralph | The Next Family Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a rather uncomfortable situation. We had stopped into a hair salon...

You Don't Tell Your Friends You Have Two Dads?

Ian Colvin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Colvin

'You don't tell your friends at daycare you have two dads?' 'No!' I had no idea how to respond. Ever since our kids were born, we've tried to help them understand and be proud of the fact that their family looks a bit different than others.

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.

Is The 'Gay Parent Trap' Killing Queer Culture?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Writer-performer Justin Sayre laments the demise of queer culture and the rise of what he describes as "the gay parent trap" in his latest clip for Hu...

LOOK: An Incredible Letter To An 'Overly-Anxious' Gay Dad From His Teenage Daughter

Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

By Bianca Y. Dalangin | The Next Family “I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.” – Confucius So here...

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.

Dad, Can You Explain to My Friend Where My Mom Is?

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Thangaraj

However we respond to these types of questions, from children or adults, whether innocent or malicious, the one thing we need to keep in mind is this: our children are within earshot and this is how they learn to answer the same questions when they are posed to them.

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...