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The Most Controversial Part Of The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage: Who Should Raise Kids?

USA Today | Richard Wolf | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON — It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? The judge w...

State Senator Introduces Bill To Require Changing Diaper Tables In Men's Restrooms

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) wants to bring the call for potty parity into the political sphere. On April 17, Hoylman is introducing...

Acceptance Over a Chain Link Fence

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

For whatever reason, while I was swinging by the office with the kids to do something I'd forgotten, she asked about my wife. I told her I'm gay and have a husband. She asked "Is your wife gay too?"

How the Fight for Same-Sex Marriage Affects Children

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

For children like mine, politics have never been anything but deeply personal and compelling, something you throw yourself into, body and soul.

Adults of Gay Parents: A Case of Misattribution

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

I will assume these stories are true, and with that assumption made, they indeed are tragic situations. But, to attribute these social maladies to having gay parents is rather mistaken.

A Dad Explains Indiana's New Law So Simply A Kid Could Understand

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Without proving any burden or hardship or even demonstrable faith, people now get to turn away people like us and families like mine, just as they've wanted to all along.

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...

What Wondrous Love Is This? A Reflection On The Birth Of My Son Walter

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I'm frequently asked the loaded question of how much I am madly in love with Walter. I mostly give the questioner what they want with a nod of assent. But the truth of my emotion is more complicated. I think maybe the problem is with how I have, up to this point, understood the word "love."

Where Do Gay Dads Fit Into 'Amazon Mom'?

Brent Almond | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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.

Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years

Ian Colvin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Ian Colvin

It's a strange feeling, saying goodbye to the baby phase. We've been in this phase since returning from our honeymoon. We didn't come back from Hawaii pregnant like most couples; we returned knowing it was the right time to pursue our dreams of becoming dads.

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...

Love Glue

Andy Miller | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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.'"

Barilla and Gay Families: 18 Months Later, Does the Pasta Company Really Care? (VIDEO)

Jordan Bayne | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bayne

In summer 2014 Barilla launched a contest calling for content creators to submit work under 60 seconds that reflected their new diversity campaign. I felt strongly compelled to create a commercial testing their commitment to a more inclusive ad campaign. In fact, my submission was the only one that confronted them face-to-face with a gay family.

Anti-Gay Tennessee School Denies Admission to Child of Gay Parents

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Married couple Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard have been searching for the perfect school to send their young son. Much to the couple's surprise, following a telephone call to the school, they received a letter stating unequivocally that they were not welcome to even meet with the headmaster.

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Lesbian Mom Died Terrified of Going to Hell

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Mártir

I was orphaned when my mother Millie died nine years ago. My biological mother went back to being a Jehovah's Witness and now says she regrets being with Millie for 20-some-odd years. "Les di un mal ejemplo," she says. That's B.S. See, Millie is the one who loved me -- tender, unconditional, I-believe-in-you love.

I Am a Gay Navy SEAL Pushing for Equality in Red States

Brett Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

I live in Alabama, and as most people know the south can be a very conservative place. Aside from God's love, my family is the principal source of my happiness. Like many of the SEALs I have worked with, I am willing to fight and die to protect that. Unfortunately, this state does not recognize my family, a fact that is beyond disheartening.

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.

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?