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The Perils of Heterosexual Rights

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Since fighting to be included in the heteronormative model of marriage and then being steamrolled by the heteronormative model of divorce, I've been fighting these systems from the perspective of the "other" mother.

In Adoption and Same-Sex Parenting, Who Is the 'Primary' Mother?

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Answering this for myself required taking an honest look at my own experience of two mothers, one adoptive, one biological. What makes a mother "primary"? What makes a mother real?

Three Moms, One Child and a New School Year

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

This a story of a mother with two mothers who is raising children with another mother and an ex-partner mother. That's a heck of a lot of mothers! Combine these admittedly confusing family dynamics with the start of the school year and you've got a situation that's complicated at best.

Lesbian Mom On The Most Important Parenting Lessons She's Learned

Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com No girl starts life thinking, "I'm going to be a lesbian mom when I grow up!" As a child, if you're thinking about...

Be You, Be Different, Improve the World

Kimberly Dark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

Many of us are "different" in one way or another, yet we often tell the stories and put forth the selves that will receive social privilege. I wish we did less of that. Be brave. Be bold. Be yourself. That's how we each come to remember that human diversity is really pretty wonderful.

Parents Of Gay Kids Face These Common Fears

Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com I'm a parent. A damn good one if I do say so myself. Sure, I came out of the closet late in life. Went through a...

State's Ban On Gay Adoption, Foster Parenting Faces Huge Challenge

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | Gay Voices

By Brendan O'Brien Aug 27 (Reuters) - Gay and lesbian couples in Nebraska should be allowed to serve as foster or adoptive parents to ...

A Back-To-School Guide For Parents Of Gay Kids

Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Hard to believe it's mid-August and in some areas of the country and world, kids have already taken up residence...

'What Do You Call Your Moms?'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

This question is difficult, because it is both personal and political. This feels to me like the sophisticated version of the needling question "but which one is your real mom?" except of course this question, about who gets to be called "Mommy," is more legitimate.

Why Neil Patrick Harris Is Just the Worst

Mark Vigorito | Posted 10.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Vigorito

I have taken my children to playdates only to witness the palpable, growing disappointment of the other parents when they realize that we are not, in fact, the Harris-Burtka family. (How sweetly their names hyphenate. Now try hyphenating Vigorito-Horowitz with a straight face.)

Changes

Jason Guberman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

I'm not the first or only guy to be a dad. Or a single dad. Or even a single gay dad. I don't think there's that many of us, but I'm not one of a kind. Nevertheless, I am different from almost everyone I'm close with, including the gay couples I know with children.

Why Are Gay Parents Still Struggling For Acceptance, Post-DOMA?

Posted 07.27.2013 | Gay Voices

By Samantha Escobar for YourTango.com Last month, we reached two big milestones in the gay rights movement: the overturning of DOMA and Prop 8. Wh...

So You Went Ahead and Got Knocked Up...

Staceyann Chin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Staceyann Chin

I tip my wilted hat to the women who keep a spotless house in the face of a full day of work at the office and more than one small child in the home. I would like to sit at their feet and beg them to teach me the secret of their super human abilities.

A Gay Dad's Advice On Successful Parenting

Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons For YourTango.com It's been a few weeks since the defeat of DOMA and since Prop 8 became history. The day those rulings came down,...

When 'Mama' Is Her First Word

Doug Rigg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Doug Rigg

After the "M" bomb went off, a barrage of questions entered my already crowded brain, questions I'm sure many gay dads have pondered: How are we going to explain our unique family to our daughter? How do we explain the concept of having a biological mother who is not actually her parent?

Russia To Ban Gay Couples From Adopting

AP | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW — Russia is on its way to sharply limiting the adoption of children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. Under a measu...

My Two Dads: How 8 Gay Families Are Celebrating Father's Day

Freedom To Marry | Adam Polaski | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

This Sunday, June 16, families across the country will pull out the barbecues, take in the summer sun, and come together to celebrate their fathers, t...

What Should Parents Teach Their Kids About Gay Pride?

Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

By Jamie (Simkins) Rogers for YourTango.com The other day, my husband and I had a frank discussion with my 8-year-old stepdaughter about equal righ...

'Show The Love' Series Documents Children Of Same-Sex Parents

Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices

This beautiful photo series comes to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of the Family Equality Council (FEC) and COLAGE in honor of Pride Month 2013. Steve ...

New Study Reveals Surprising Facts About Gay Parents

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Results from the world's largest study on gay parents was recently released. The study found that children brought up by same-sex couples are healthie...

'Mom, What's Gay?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I cannot tell you how many times in any given week I end up stuck between a grownup concept and a kid who wants an explanation that he can understand. How do you explain the difference between family love and romantic love to a kindergartener?

Gay Parents in Red States: Not an Oxymoron

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbie E. Goldberg

Many of the states with the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children are those with the most anti-gay laws. Thus, lesbian and gay parents living in these areas encounter legal obstacles in building and protecting their families, which contributes to a sense of legal vulnerability.

An Invitation to Queer Parenting

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

My mother may continue to cringe at the word "queer," but I invite you to consider the idea that queerness can be a pretty good thing. In the broad sense of the word, every person who has ever gone against social norms and values in order to improve them is queer.

The City With The Most Same-Sex Couples Raising Kids Is...

Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

A new Williams Institute poll has revealed some startling facts about the demographics of gay and lesbian parents. Metro areas with the highest pe...

Texas Judge: Lesbian Couple Can't Cohabitate

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

MCKINNEY, Texas -- A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can't live together because of a morality clause in one of the women's divorce ...