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Nontraditional Families

My Gay Brother Was The Best Parent I Could Have

The Establishment | Posted 02.23.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Conservatives say that a child needs a traditional upbringing -- a mother and a father -- in order to be "raised right." I had neither, and I'm thankful for that every day.

College-Bound With Kids

Felicia Watts | Posted 05.22.2016 | Good News
Felicia Watts

I applied for application waivers, whatever it took to find the right fit for me and my 3-year-old daughter at the time. One thing was for sure: Leaving her behind with family was not an option. We were going to do this together.

In the 'New Normal,' Children Still Have the Same 4 Basic Needs

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

No matter what family structure children grow up with, all children have the same opportunities for successful, happy lives as long as their caregivers meet the following four critical needs.

'I Wish You Were Dead So I Could Have a Daddy'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I was 6 years old, I told my mother that I wished that she would die so that I could have a daddy. We were in a yellow NYC taxicab on the way to my sixth birthday party. I had found my non-biological mother's Achilles' heel and swung a golf club into it. And it felt like shit for both of us.

Why I Prefer to Have Thanksgiving in a Restaurant

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

One year, I said, "Enough! Enough, I said. I have Thanksgiving traditions in my heart that I want to experience with my partner, who is my family." So we decided that we would go out for dinner after spending the noontime meal with someone else's family.

Defining 'Traditional Marriage,' Not Redefining It

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

How terms like "traditional marriage" and "redefining marriage" are so consistently misused is outrageous and an outrage, so it's time for a history lesson. What I'm going to say has been said before by others, but not nearly enough.

Queer Family Liberation: What's Next?

Terry Boggis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Terry Boggis

What is urgently needed for LGBT families and all those other messy, complicated, variegated families out there are social and legal protections that support all kinds of families, not only those headed by two cohabiting married people -- gay or straight.

I Get to Define My Own Family

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Many of those people are LGBT, but they aren't our chosen family because they are LGBT or in spite of it; they are our chosen family because they are good people, the kind of men and women who set good examples for our kids, the kind of people we want them to grow up to be.

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

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

TV Recognizes Modern Families, So Why Won't Governments?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marianne Mollmann

I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.

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

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 The 'New Family' Is Affecting Retirement Savings

Debra Caruso | Posted 03.27.2013 | Fifty
Debra Caruso

While many worry about the future of Social Security and Medicare, they are largely uninformed about retirement finances. Just about half have calculated how much monthly income they will need in retirement. Only 28 percent believe they are on track to achieve their goals.

What Obama Should Be Doing For Families | Posted 12.17.2012 | Weddings

The election night victory photograph tweeted by President Obama’s campaign captured it all: The Obamas wrapped in one another’s arms, an island o...

What I Learned From My Mother: Registering Voters in the Swing State of Pennsylvania

Janet Mason | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Janet Mason

"Ask and you shall receive" was one of her favorite sayings. If I had had a different mother, there's a good chance that I would have turned out to be one of the people on the street telling me that they don't care (enough) to register to vote.

Becoming a Natural Mom, Eagle Style

Sherri Edwards | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Sherri Edwards

Have you noticed lately that some celebrity moms are taking mothering to a new level?

WATCH: California Woman Has A Message For Her Gay Dad, Mom And Their Significant Others

Patrick Wallace | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Patrick Wallace


A Holiday Story with Real Family Values

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Whenever any of the parents is asked how many children they have, each gives the same answer: seven. Jane only gave birth to five of them. Only one is Robert's biological child. Kay isn't genetically connected to a single one. But they all know they have seven children.

Girl Behind the Wheel: A Family Journey

Pamela Kripke | Posted 11.02.2011 | Divorce
Pamela Kripke

From the back seat, I learned as much about the separate personalities that comprise my family as I did about the battle at Lexington or the notion of worldly intrusion in the Amish Country. We were marvelously perfect, I thought, a conscientious pair of parents at the helm, two abiding kids in tow.

Areva Martin's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

I can personally attest to the fact that it's very possible to love, nurture and care for a child with autism while running a gratifying career.

Mindy Lewis's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

With Passover rolling around, I find myself once again aware of my relationship to this traditional family gathering, gauging the particular breadth of my remove.