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Are Two Dads Better Than None?

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

Parents should be judged on their parenting, not on their sexuality. If I were a kid living in care, I'd much rather have two dads who want me, love me and work two and half years to prove to some strangers that they can care for me than a mother and a father whose lives I'm simply a part of.

LGBT Activists, Let's Take Back 'Pro-Family'

Padraig McCoid | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Padraig McCoid

When same-sex couples are given the opportunity to raise a family, we see it as a privilege. We are fighting to make the formation of families with all legal protections a right, not a privilege. It's time we reclaim the label "pro-family," because we have the protection of all families in mind.

Get Up, Stand Up: Overcoming Election-Induced 'PTSD'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

In the four years since Prop 8, I have shown all the signs of a sort of election-induced "PTSD." I don't want to hear the rhetoric. I don't want to see the debates. I don't want to follow the polls. I don't even want to watch The Daily Show. It's that bad.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Photographing LGBT Families But Were Afraid To Ask

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Accompanying a recent Huffington Post article I wrote was a photo of my family, taken by Sara + Ryan Photography. That photo resulted in so many queries about the duo's work, which is focused on LGBT families, that I thought it would be fun to learn more about Sara and Ryan.

Friendly Fire Hurts The Worst

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

In June my partner Todd and I, along with our two children, were featured in the Father's Day catalog for JCPenney. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, but there was one thing that really got under my skin: the negative comments we read and heard from other gay people.

Gay Parents Are 'Sexual Predators' Who 'Exploit' Women's Bodies, Says Right-Wing Blogger

Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices

A conservative pundit has fired off an explosive blog slamming would-be gay parents as "sexual predators." The National Organization for Marriage'...

Spilled Milk: Strangers on a Train

William Lucas Walker | Posted 10.04.2012 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

In the playground of that bond shared only with a grandparent, the kids we imagine we know find ways of revealing aspects of themselves they can't with us, in the safety of a gaze we're not yet wise enough to cast.

Gay Parents In Australia Now Eligible For Same Rights As Heterosexual Couples

Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices

Thanks to a new scheme enacted by the government, gay parents in Australia have been granted the same rights as heterosexual couples and will be fully...

Adoptive Mother Wins Full Custody Over Birth Mom In Landmark Same-Sex Ruling

Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices

In what is believed to be the state's first such ruling for a same-sex couple, a New York judge has awarded full custody of a child to her adopted mot...

The 10 Best Animated Movies For Gay Dads And Their Kids

Rob Watson | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Gay dads don't get many advantages in the parenting landscape these days, but for whatever reason, due to a patriarchal Hollywood complex or just mere coincidence, there is a full treasure trove of great, father-affirming family material available.

All Celebrities Say Stupid Things, and Other Overgeneralizations

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

What is the result of all of broad, sweeping generalities about homosexuality in our public discourse? I believe that all people will be damaged by this kind of talk. The human race, far and wide, will not be able to think in complex ways.

Open Letter To Rupert Everett: Come Meet Our Kids

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 11.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It seems that you, Elton John, and George Michael can't skip a day without such pithy nonsense running from your mouths. However, in this particular case, you were talking about me, my parter, our kids, and all the other LGBT families out there.

What's Wrong With 'The New Normal'

Frank Bua | Posted 11.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Frankly, I wanted less kitsch and more class. During a time when same-sex marriage is being subjected to popular referenda in Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, and Minnesota, The New Normal presents a new danger.

Family Fridays Spotlight: Meet Marquita and Christa's Family

Posted 09.07.2012 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every Friday, we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them fr...

Being a Single Gay Dad

Derek Nicoletto | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Nicoletto

My marriage -- much like those of countless heterosexuals -- didn't last. That divorce rendered me single, gay and father to a hilarious, precocious little boy. So, what makes me different from all other divorcées?

Family Fridays Spotlight: Meet Anne's Family

Posted 08.31.2012 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every Friday, we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them fr...

Brazil Grants Gay Man Paid 'Maternity' Leave

AP | Posted 08.31.2012 | Gay Voices

SAO PAULO -- Brazil's social security agency has for the first time granted a four-month "maternity" leave for a man in a civil union with another man...

On (Not) Keeping Up With The Dads

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 10.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I hobbled to my computer and spent an hour reading articles with titles like "Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Dad," to see what I might be missing. Turns out these articles were not so much about being a good dad as they were about being a good parent. Huh.

Family Fridays Spotlight: Meet the Lowes

Posted 08.30.2012 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every Friday, we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them fr...

A Gay Dad’s Perspective On The Hate-Note-Writing Father, And A Letter To My Own Sons

Rob Watson | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I'm a gay, divorced, single parent, the nightmare of the religious right. And yet here I am, about to step up and share my perspective on these fathers' letters to their sons. I would like to address the two fathers and their notes, and then address my sons with a note of my own.

Father's Will Dictates That Gay Son Marry Woman For Inheritance

Posted 08.21.2012 | New York

The late Frank Mandelbaum stipulated in his will that none of his son Robert's children would receive any inheritance if Robert "not be married to the...

My Body Wants A Baby

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

The ticking of the biological clock is no joke, y'all. About eight months ago I wrote a scathing piece about the pressure to have children and my general distaste for all things gestational. My, my, how the world does change.

Meet The Amazing Gay Dads Who Are Raising 12 Kids

Posted 08.14.2012 | Gay Voices

Though they reside in a state where same-sex couples can't wed or adopt, two Arizona-based gay fathers are making national headlines after successfull...

The New Campaign Against Gay Parenting

Walter Olson | Posted 10.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Walter Olson

I concluded a few years ago that the Miller-Jenkins custody-kidnapping case's greatest significance as a social turning point was in revealing the new willingness of many in organized religious conservatism, "even the lawyers among them, to applaud and defend the defiance of court orders."

Child-Free And Happy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I was both intrigued and annoyed by a New York Times piece this morning about the supposed pressure gay men are feeling to have children. The premise starts off well, but the piece seems to assume that having children is the be all and end all for everyone, gay and straight.