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Rob Watson
Rob Watson is a well read blog columnist and Director of Partners and Alliances Communication for Hitachi Data Systems. He blogs on evoL = . He has served as the president of the board of directors for Santa Cruz AIDS project and is a dedicated activist for the LGBT community. He was a foster care parent and became the adoptive parent of his two sons. They reside in Northern California.

Entries by Rob Watson

A Gay Dad's Reading List: Rich LGBT History and the Steps Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 2:15 PM

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that "the gay agenda" was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s. It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America...

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A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the School Censoring a Mural of a Kiss

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:59 PM


The kiss. For some reason it, and the experience of giving and getting one, is a completely integrated aspect of the high school experience. While puckers may have been planted in earlier years, it is the high school ones that create the milestones...

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A Gay Dad's Open Letter to Rose McGowan on Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 9:18 PM

Rose McGowan's opinions have been all over social media the past few weeks. She started in an interview with a now-infamous diss alleging that gay men are "as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so." She then "apologized," writing on The Huffington Post, "Where does it say...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:12 PM

I was thrilled when a friend of mine, Henry Amador, blogger and founder of Dadsquared, addressed the topic of being a gay dad in a blog post. He captures the essence of the extra effort that most of us who are gay dads have put in to become...

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A Gay Dad Offers Gov. Rick Perry a 12-Step Recovery Program for His Homophobia Problem

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:16 PM

If you are gay and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. This past week that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people.

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Gay Dad Sounds Off On Legislature Worried About Standardized Tests Making Kids Gay

(48) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 10:06 AM

I believe in the coming years scientists will find that homophobia, when it hits the brain, becomes a degenerative disorder that destroys all logic centers and renders its victim common-senseless.

The most recent recipient of my theoretical malady, is representative Charles Van Zant of Florida. A video of Mr. Van...

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A Gay Dad Says Goodbye to Fred Phelps: Your Life Was an Epic Fail

(14) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

I have been fighting for LGBT rights for a long, long time. Fred Phelps was not always in that fight, but it feels like he was. It feels like he has always been and...

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A Gay Dad Takes on the Frozen-Hating Mormon Grandmother

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:52 PM


Last week, a self-defined Mormon grandmother named Kathryn Skaggs wrote a blog in an effort to alert the world that the movie Frozen was targeting children with a "gay agenda." In a sense, she was not alone in seeing "something gay."...

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As a Gay Dad, I Thank Coke for its Super Bowl Commercial, But Is It the Real Thing?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:26 PM


I have to confess that I have always looked forward to Super Bowl Sundays. I did so for other reasons than most people do, however. It was not to watch "the game," but rather, to go out and enjoy venues that...

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A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the Man on Hunger Strike Against Same-Sex Marriage

(12) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:52 PM


These past few years may end up being known as the years of "Conservatives Behaving Badly." At the end of last year the Republicans in Congress conducted a massive foot stomping, pout-out and shut down the government because they did not get their...

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My Open Letter to My 11-Year Olds: The Truth About Santa

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 10:17 AM

My sons, who I have had since they were babies, adopted from foster care, are both 11-years-old. They both still believe in Santa Claus.

I take full responsibility for this. One skill, that those of us who have spent any time in a closet learn (I am a gay dad),...

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My Letter to the Bishop Who Judged the Methodist Minister Who Officiated His Gay Son's Wedding -- and Her Amazing Response

(99) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:05 PM

In 1990 I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together. We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about...

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A Dad Sounds Off on Why the BatKid Was Important

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:04 PM


The day did not start off well. My schedule in the morning must work like clockwork. Two boys, 10 and 11 years old, but be showered, dressed, breakfasted, lunches packed, and out the door. At the same time, I need to...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off On the LGBT Film Festival Theater that Betrayed Its Customers and Bank-Rolled Anti-Gay Causes

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:46 PM

Trust and respect. These are two intangible qualities that most of us would like to think we get from the people with whom we live. We believe everyone around us holds the spirit of the Bostonians who, when bombs went off at the marathon, ran toward the sound to help,...

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A Gay Dad Thanks Universal Studios' CEO for Ending Bill and Ted's Homophobic Adventure

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 8:04 PM

Universal Studios Hollywood has pulled the plug on the Bill and Ted Halloween 2013 hijinks. Those shenanigans centered around a cliché-ridden, scantily clad "gay" Superman in numerous homophobia-inspiring situations. The show portrayed gay men as sexual predators and vapid hedonists and included maligning the married and revered out...

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Hey, Toys 'R' Us, Stop Thrusting Gender Roles on My Kids!

(36) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 9:55 PM


Since day one of the gay marriage debate, the "traditional marriage" advocates have leveraged cries of indignation and hyperbolic circular arguments to make their points. Most of these arguments list the many things that same-sex couples supposedly cannot do, ignoring the fact that these...

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A Gay Dad Pulls His Kids Out of Private School and Into Public to Celebrate California's New Transgender Respect Law

(73) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I got the news at the beginning of summer. The school my sons had gone to for the past five years was closing. With sadness, I needed to find them a new private school. I checked out the local public elementary school, and found to my pleasant surprise that it...

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A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee: Move the Damned Games Already!

(25) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 11:23 PM

Two masters of the art come face to face and have a battle of wits, brawn, and skill to win their meet and emerge victorious. While that could be a description of an instance at the Olympic Games, it is really an observation of the game of chicken being played...

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A Gay Dad's Family Teaches the Ex-Gay Movement How to Throw a Real Party

(20) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 8:15 PM

This is a tale of two parties. One personified the best of times, and one... well, one was a disaster without historic precedent. No, it was not the French Revolution; it was the big "Ex-Gay Lobby Day," which was being held 3,000 miles away from the other big...

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The Day I Took My 10-Year-Old Sons and 80-Year-Old Parents to See a Show About Drag Queens

(10) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The mix of cultural experiences, generational viewpoints, and age perspectives within a family can be fascinating, intriguing, and sometimes, yes, a little disconcerting. A friend of mine told me that she was a little concerned when her young daughter bounced around the house lip-syncing to Madonna's "Like a...

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