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I Was Banned From a Gay Dads' Group for Raising Michael Brown

Doug Kerr | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Doug Kerr

The night Darren Wilson walked away from an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, I was banned from one of my favorite social-media groups, a group for gay dads. It seems that this group was not the place to talk about race, policing and what happened in Ferguson.

What I Really Want for Christmas: How to Tell Your Family You're Having Kids!

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

There are many treatment options today for gay and lesbian family building, and sharing your plans with loved ones during the holidays can help muster their support and engage them in the process. Whatever your situation, here are some suggestions for those first conversations.

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

Rob Watson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am sorry that you have not felt that the outcry against misogyny from gay men has been loud enough. Given your comments about Speedos and Molly, I can only assume that your comments are in part the result of seeing the "gay community" as the buff young men on the party circuit.

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.

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...

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 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.

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 09.13.2014 | 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.