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WATCH: The Gay Dads In This Cheerios Commercial Have The Most Beautiful Love Story

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.05.2014 | Gay Voices

As a gay man, André never expected to be able to be a dad, but when he and Jonathan met by chance on a blind date they had what they describe as an "...

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

If I Have Gay Children: 4 Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent

John Pavlovitz | Posted 11.27.2014 | Gay Voices
John Pavlovitz

I won't love them despite their sexuality, and I won't love them because of it. I will love them; simply because they're sweet, and funny, and caring, and smart, and kind, and stubborn, and flawed, and original, and beautiful... and mine.

That's Just Not Fair

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

etween both our sons' adoptions, I can't count the number of times we uttered, "Well, that's just not fair." Such as when a birth mom chooses the heterosexual couple that just finished their application after your two-year wait.

Focus on the Family

Roberta Kaplan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Roberta Kaplan

I'd like to present a thought experiment with two different questions posed by two different judges during oral arguments on the legal right of gay couples to marry. Their inquiries relate to whether it is constitutionally permissible to deny gay couples the right to marry because of purported concerns relating to the welfare of children.

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...

Looking Back on Two Decades of Helping Gay Men Have Kids

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

It's been a long road to marriage equality, and it seems we're still only halfway there. For the last two decades I've been on another fulfilling journey with our community. It's made fewer headlines than our fight for marriage rights, but it's been so important for so many families just now finding that legal recognition.

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...

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.

The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

Mark Baer | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'

How My Second-Grader Explains His Two-Mom Family, A Play in One Act

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Setting: Interior, my Subaru Outback, en route to a school field trip. Characters: Kid One, whom I have just met. Kid Two, who has been my son's clas...

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...

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

The Questions I Want My Son To Keep Asking

Brent Almond | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

As two gay men adopting a child -- as "different" parents raising a "different" family -- this was, in fact, what we'd signed up for. Yet no amount of preparation or groundwork or open-mindedness kept me from being surprised by these not-really-out-of-the-blue questions.

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...

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...

'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks.

What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and a...

Why I Wish My Dad Had Come Out As Gay Sooner

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Author Jill Di Donato found out that her father was gay when she was 22 -- and now, in retrospect, wishes he'd come to terms with his sexuality earlie...

A Major Breakthrough For LGBT Parents In Colombia

AP | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed ...

Writer Michelle Theall Talks Memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with writer Michelle Theall about her memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit, which recounts her experience growing up gay and Catholic in ...

Why I Write as a 'Gay Dad' Rather Than Simply as a 'Dad'

Rob Watson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

A fellow blogger and supporter of equal rights sent me a text that read, "Where does the battle end? Isn't the ultimate victory call to call yourself a dad -- without a qualifier?" Here is my response, to him and to the world.

Marriage Equality and the Factually Challenged

James Peron | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

How does preventing gay parents -- who are raising a family -- from marrying, "support families?" Do the means -- banning marriage -- lead to the goal of protecting families?

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

The so-called Inclusion Act does nothing to protect children. To the contrary, it could continue depriving children of potentially loving, stable homes. And it does nothing to protect religious liberty.

'Do You Think The Child Loves The Parents Any Less Because They Are Same-Sex Parents?'

Reuters | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices

(Repeats story issued earlier with no changes to text) By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) - With legal battl...