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Waffles and Roller Coasters: Mother's Day Reflections by a Lesbian Mom

Dana Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Rudolph

Being a parent can sometimes seem like trying to juggle on a roller coaster. Being an LGBT parent can sometimes seem like trying to do so without the safety belt everyone else is wearing. But the experience is really not so different for any of us. It takes balance, flexibility, and nerves of steel.

Do Gay Dads Celebrate Mother's Day?

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

In honor of the mothers and motherly types in our lives and in the lives of our children, here are some of the ways real gay dads have made this maternal holiday their own.

A Gay Dad Offers Incredible Tribute To Lesbian Moms Who Lost Their Son

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family As a gay dad, I have heard the words a thousand times. “A child is better off with both a mother and a father....

Dear Unborn Son or Daughter

Paul Florez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Florez

You're going to be my child and I'm going to love you forever. Everything I am working for in my life right now is so you could be proud of me.

Spilled Milk: Scouting for My Son's America

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William Lucas Walker

Sometimes it's tricky explaining America to an 8-year-old. When our daughter was that age, the trick was explaining marriage. Now it's our son James who's turned 8. This time the America I find myself having to explain is the Boy Scouts of America.

WATCH: Kids Of Gay Parents Teach Us A Lesson About Love And What Is 'Normal'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Is there such a thing as a normal family? Between sibling rivalry, embarrassing parents, bickering and quirky family traditions or habits, it's ha...

The Question of Kissing Your Children

The Next Family | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

Apparently, it feels "awkward" and "weird" and "uncomfortable" to kiss one's children on the mouth.

The Moment This Gay Dad Realized, 'That Was My Family'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family I have always looked forward to Super Bowl Sundays. I did so for other reasons than most people do, however. It wa...

What This Single Gay Dad With 5 Kids With Special Needs Can Teach Us All

RaiseAChild.US | Corinne Lightweaver | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” series features the perspective of a single gay dad with five chi...

Mothers and Sons and a Father and Me

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Meet The Lesbian Moms Who Made Gay Marriage History In Tennessee

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Repeats FEATURE with no changes to headline or text) By Joan Biskupic KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 9 (Reuters) - Last month ...

My Invisible Honeymoon

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

She wouldn't hold hands with me, my newlywed wife, unless we hid our interlaced fingers under an airline blanket.

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

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

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

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Birth Mom On Her Incredible Journey With Gay Dads Who Adopted Her Daughter

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Mercy Verner | The Next Family I made one of the hardest decisions of my life. It started a little over a year ago. I found out I was pregnant....

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

Jason Guberman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

A Gay Dad: Putin Is Guilty Of Child Abuse

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Vladimir Putin is used to winning. He is undisputedly a winner from the recent LGBT confrontation-free Olympic Game...

If You Let Them Color, They Will Come: The FLAG Art Foundation Baby Art History Program

Hilary Harkness | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

As they settled in, enthusiastic toddlers colored with crayons on large swaths of white paper covering the gallery floors with a show of Roy Lichtenstein's nudes and interiors as their backdrop while their parents looked on -- in some cases, coloring along with their children.

Underlying Assumptions of Regnerus's Claims

Brandon Andrew Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Andrew Robinson

Why is a rise in heterosexual people practicing anal sex negative? Regnerus offered no empirical data to support this claim (and no evidence exists that I know of), but nonetheless, somehow this claim is supposed to make the rise of gay marriage be bad.

Straight Talk From a Lesbian Mom

Judy Appel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Appel

The battle for acceptance is not solely taking place in the courts, but also at playgrounds, little league games, chess tournaments and in churches, synagogues, mosques, everywhere LGBT families are quietly going about the business of raising children and living their lives.

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

Melinda Blau | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Frozen: Please, I Would Love to See the 'Gay Agenda'

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Sarah Gilbert

If there is a gay agenda in Frozen, please help me see it. I'd love to chat about it with my kids. And right now, I feel like a bad gay, because I can't even see the obvious gay agendas in movies anymore.

Study Says Kids Of Lesbian Parents Are Doing Great, Thank You Very Much

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Same-sex parents might still have an uphill battle to forge, but a new study seems to provide a helpful push in the right direction. In a study bi...

The Gay Dad Project

Sarah Fader | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Fader

Throughout my time living online I've met some truly inspirational people. One of those people is Erin Best Margolin. Erin has a business partner name...