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Pope Francis' Surprise Move For Gay Parents?

Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis warned against "administering a vaccine against faith" in a surprise plea for children of gay couples and divorced parents, the AFP is re...

Getting There

Jason Guberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

It's interesting, because even though everything I think and do is to give my little girl the best I can, it's how he and I feel about each other that helps to make that decision.

5 Tips for Managing the Logistics of Same-Sex Parenting of Blended Families

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Here are some ideas and examples from my dissolved and reconstituted same-sex-parents-headed family that can help parents in different households avoid feeling like one is "primary" and the other is, well, "other."

I'm Thankful for Getting the Crap Scared Out of Me

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Gilbert

There is an extra man in our relationship. I don't think about him too much, but every once in a while I have to or I want to or I forget something about him that I want to remember. So that's when I usually ask my wife to help me out.

How Children Can Benefit From Being Raised By Gay Parents

Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Gay parenting remains a hot-button issue throughout much of the U.S. and the world over. Relationship and dating experts and coaches Frankie Basha...

Why Are Gays and Lesbians Still Forced to Adopt Our Own Children?

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

The time is now to extend presumptive parenthood to both members of a lesbian relationship when it can be shown that the child was planned, conceived and welcomed into an intact (even if struggling) relationship.

Gay Dad Looks Like He's 'Lusting' Over Baby In Photo, Pundit Claims

Posted 11.14.2013 | Gay Voices

A former Navy chaplain who's made headlines in recent months for a series of bizarre anti-gay declarations is at it again. As Right Wing Watch rep...

I Can't Afford Myself, Much Less Kids

Greg White | Posted 12.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Greg White

My kid would have to go to a junior college, because my savings plan consists of me getting excited for the annual Fred Segal 50-percent-off sale. I wonder if I could use miles to upgrade them to an Ivy League school....

7 Important Rules For Helping Gay Kids Be Themselves

Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com I'm 50, I'm gay, and I was once a confused, mixed up, hormones-raging male teen, shamefully hiding my truth. Not...

Gay Parents Are Like '5-Year-Olds Who Think They Can Drive,' Pundit Claims

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

A Chicago-based Christian leader has sparked national controversy with some eyebrow-raising remarks about gay and lesbian parents. While participa...

5 Signs You're the 'Other' Mother

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

My romantic assumption was that as women and as lesbians, my ex-partner and I could navigate a breakup more cleanly than a heterosexual couple could, that we could split the kids equally and fairly. So how did I find myself in the role of the secondary, or "other," mother?

Great News For Gay Parents

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 10.17.2013 | Gay Voices

BOSTON -- BOSTON (AP) — Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share t...

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.