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On Being Proud

Jason Guberman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

There's something about Pride that never fully resonated with me, but now that I'm in a certain place in my life and a father, my pride is much subtler, but much more powerful than I ever could have expected.

Feeling Proud, Showing Love

Steve Majors | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

Being a parent who is LGBT has pushed all my identities out of the closet. If I want my kids to be proud of their family -- two dads, one Catholic, one Jewish, both gay -- then I realized I had to rid myself of any shame or embarrassment I felt about my own family.

'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?

What It's Like to Be Gay Parents in France

Edwin & Robert | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Edwin & Robert

2013-03-25-EN_blog_international_spotlight_02.pngWhile we have welcomed the law on marriage for same-sex couples, we were chastened by the huge turnout in France against marriage equality, and puzzled and saddened at how extending equal rights could motivate people to take to the streets against families like ours.

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.

Blogging for LGBT Families Day: A Celebration of the Season

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Blogging for LGBT Families Day sits almost exactly between Mother's Day and Father's Day, honoring both parenting titles but recognizing that not all families fit neatly into those two observances. There's a big spectrum out there.

Our American 'Modern Family' Is Now Old Hat

Walter Olson | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Walter Olson

2013-03-25-EN_blog_international_spotlight_02.pngAs gay parents, if we were expecting to run into some sort of epic struggle against discrimination and prejudice, we found nothing of the sort. For the most part, other parents are too busy trying to cope with the same basic problems that you are to argue about differences of family structure.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Fundamentalists Who Target My Kids

Rob Watson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

That is exactly what author Amber Lee Parker and illustrator Hannah Segura have done with the release of their children's book God Made Dad and Mom. The colorful picture book seems pleasant, but the point of the story clearly is to deride LGBT families.

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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

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 papers. The clause...

Child Abduction and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Mark Baer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Let's say that a child is born to a same-sex married couple (or registered domestic partnership or civil union). What do you think happens if that same couple later moved to a jurisdiction that fails to recognize their relationship?

What I Couldn't Tell Another Mom About Our Family

Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents

When her two children were young, Jennifer Finney Boylan came out as transgender. As she transitioned from a man to a woman and from a father to a mot...

Sh*t My Kids Say (Part 2)

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

As two white gay dads raising two amazing African-American boys, our house is always hopping. Here are quotations from our 13-year-old, Mason, and our 10-year-old, Marcus.

Mayor, Committed Partner and Mother

Annise Parker | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Annise Parker

Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

A Family Anywhere: What More Gay Marriage Means to My Daughter

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

When I told my daughter that Delaware passed gay marriage this week, she was puzzled. "Why don't they already have it?"

Two Dads and the Mom Who Changed Everything

Jon Summers | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jon Summers

On Mother's Day, what do you get the 17 year-old mother of your child who you are just beginning to know?

Moms 2, Dad 0

Nadine C. Warner | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadine C. Warner

When our oldest son yelled these words across the family room to his younger brother, my partner Lori and I stopped in our tracks. Gabe had asked our youngest Olivia if she wanted "her daddy" and Nick had taken it upon himself to set him straight, so to speak.

Trans, Masculine-Of-Center And Gender-Nonconforming People Are Mothers Too (PHOTOS)

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

With Mothers Day 2013 approaching, the California-based nonprofit Forward Together has created a series of ecards that reflect the diversity of motherhood and parenting, a gesture that traditional Mother's Day cards have woefully ignored. Check out a slideshow of the beautiful cards.

Here's to Mom

Rachel Hollis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Hollis

Whatever kind of mom you are or mother you had, chances are, you've been affected by the love and encouragement of a special "mom" in your life.

There's No Place Like Home

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

Limiting the ability of up to 2 million additional prospective parents to provide homes to waiting children does nothing to help kids in foster care. And if we actively recruited LGBT people nationwide to serve as foster and adoptive parents, we could possibly solve the foster care crisis.

My Mother's Day Card To Gay Dads (And All LGBT Parents)

Rob Watson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

My concern is for my kids and others like them in gay-dad-led or lesbian-mom-led families. They are left out in the hoopla surrounding either Mother's Day or Father's Day. They get the message that their family lacks something, but that is not true.

Spilled Milk: I'm a Horrible, Awful Parent

William Lucas Walker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

Serendipity is defined as the unexpected phenomenon of finding something delightful or valuable when you least expect it.

Who's Your Daddy?

Jon Summers | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jon Summers

In the workplace, today's families navigate a process historically referred to as "maternity leave," a term that really doesn't apply to (a) adoptive families or (b) same-sex families where the couple happens to be male. Kyle and I brought both circumstances to the table.

Give An Awesome Mother's Day Gift: Get Your Mom Or Mom Figure Featured On HuffPost Gay Voices!

Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're anything like us, you're probably still trying to find the perfect gift. But, fear not, gentle...