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Gay Fathers

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

Rob Watson | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To Newly Out Ian Thorpe

Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family Last weekend, Ian Thorpe, who Australian politician Penny Wong called her country’s “greatest Olympian,” came...

From a Child of a Gay Dad: Who Cares If Gays and Lesbians Make Better Parents?

Travis Knoll | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Travis Knoll

Last week a new study reported that children raised by same-sex couples fare even better than those raised in normal biological families. Despite these positive conclusions, the study hurts the gay community by shifting the debate from one of inalienable rights to one of rights based on equal or superior performance.

Did I Forget to Mention My Dad Is Gay?

Xesenia Maurice | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Xesenia Maurice

I don't think of him as a "gay dad." I see him as the man who was strong enough to overcome many obstacles, including addiction, so that he could take care of his brothers and sisters, a man loving enough to raise me as his own even though he is only my guardian by law.

5 Ways To Be A Great Gay Dad

Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Light up the charcoals, be respectfully quiet at the tee box, and don't forget to chill the six-packs. It's time...

From Caskets to Cradles: Miracles for Gay Men That Would Have Been Insane a Few Years Ago

Stuart Bell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Bell

If you had told me in 1991, when funerals were as much a part of my social life as fraternity parties had been a year earlier, that someday I would be helping men with HIV have babies of their own, I would have laughed in your face. But that's exactly what I am doing today.

LOOK: Hallmark's Groundbreaking Move For Gay Dads On Father's Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Just in time for Father's Day, Hallmark is honoring children with two dads with a special eCard. Created by transgender artist Kylie Summer Wu, "I...

LOOK: All-New Website Aims To Diversify Parenting Discussions In Time For Father's Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Two gay dads are hoping to diversify parenting media with an all-new web project, just in time for Father's Day. According to press materials, Ga...

Celebrating Pride and Family on 'Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day'

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I'd like to invite all bloggers, LGBTQ and allies, to participate in the ninth annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2. Just post at your own blog in support of LGBTQ families (however you define them) and submit the link to mombian.com, where I'll compile and showcase the master list for all to see.

Robert De Niro On His Dad Being Gay: 'I Wish We Had Spoken About It Much More'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Actor Robert De Niro opens up about his gay father in a new HBO documentary, "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.," which airs June 9. "We...

Do Gay Dads Celebrate Mother's Day?

Brent Almond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay 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.

Mothers and Sons and a Father and Me

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay 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.

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

Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay 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...

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

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay 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...

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

Jason Guberman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay 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.

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

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay 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.

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

Gay Dad, Straight Daughter

Richard Alther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Julie was 7 or 8 when I was acknowledging my true orientation. My wife and I, soon to be amicably divorced, were fortunate enough to be living in a large, rambling country home. We decided that we could pursue our respective next chapters while staying under one roof.

Our Families Are Making History

Steve Majors | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

It's taken more than three decades for families like mine to be recognized. Thirty years ago, I was at an age where I was pretty certain that I was gay, but at the time, I never could have predicted that I would one day be among 3 million parents in our country who are LGBT.

Gay Dad Talks Producing TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro With His Partner and Their Surrogate (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

The film documents Curtis Shaw's 12-year journey with his husband, legendary songwriter Desmond Child, and the extraordinary story of how they connected with Angela Whittaker, who would carry their twin sons Roman and Nyro into the world.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day With Our Families (PHOTOS)

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Typically, part of the experience of being "in the closet" for any length of time is a fear of losing or becoming estranged from family. But it can also involve a fear of not having a family of one's own in the future too. This was one of my biggest concerns growing up gay.

Modern Family Love

Brent Almond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

My partner and I have been compared to TV's quintessential gay dads quite a few times over the years. (My trainer at the gym once told me, "You're like the big guy, because you're so, um, funny!") And their milestones have mirrored ours on many occasions.

Who Is In a Gay Family?

Amelia | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

"Are you a gay parent?" asked the stranger. Without a second's thought, I responded, "Yes! My 8-year-old son is gay." It wasn't until later that I realized that that wasn't what he was asking. He was asking whether I am a gay person who has kids. But that experience made me think about another.

He's Having a Baby! Men Having Babies Conference in NYC Offers Practical Assistance to Gay Men Dreaming of Parenting

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

The Men Having Babies conference returns to New York City on Oct. 6 to offer workshops and panels for gay men thinking about becoming parents. In addition to advice from experts, parents and surrogates, the conference will hold a new panel specifically for men with HIV.

'Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?!' NOM Continues to Peddle Hysteria

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continue to claim that children with gay parents suffer severe emotional and mental abuse, even going so far as to argue that they are more likely to become child molesters than children raised by heterosexual parents.