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A Look Back At The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories of the past week. Check back every Fri...

It's Never Too Late to Reconnect a Blended Family

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

"Other Mothers," keep your hearts open. Your job is a tough one and filled with pain. But continuing to open your heart to your children -- no matter how you define "your" -- is well worth the risk.

Lesbian Parenting and a Child Trapped Between Mothers

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

As an adult, I have come to appreciate the circumstances that made my own adoption necessary. I know now that the greatest gift and sacrifice my mother ever made was the day she signed the papers and "gave me up" for adoption. But what about a child's perspective?

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."

5 Things This Lesbian, Divorced, Remarried "Other Mother" Is Thankful for

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

In keeping with the holiday, I've thought about some things that I am thankful for - in my personal parenting circumstance and also in our community. What are your experiences this holiday season?

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.

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?

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?

My Big Gay Prom

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I asked Walter to prom a bit late. None of the straight boys in my very tiny high school had come through, so I faced the music and asked my gay friend. "I have to think this over" was his underwhelmed response.

'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.

'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?

The Night Ellen Came Out on TV

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The night Ellen came out, I felt like my family got an invitation to the party. It hadn't occurred to me that we'd been excluded thus far, but now I saw it. The price of inclusion was noticing that all along we hadn't been included.

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.

Happy Mother's Day! How My 9-Year Old Daughter Is More Butch Than I Am

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

On this Mother's day, I thought it appropriate to share a story about me and my daughter. Here goes!

WATCH: Texas Woman Has Jaw Wired Shut After Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Posted 03.01.2013 | Gay Voices

A Texas-based lesbian claims she was beaten unconscious after coming to the defense of bullied child at a playground. WFAA reports that 27-year-ol...

My Two Moms: The Prospect Of Parenting

Robyn Harper | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

While matters of gender and biology may be relevant to making a child, it is parenting that makes a parent. The ability and the desire to love a child unconditionally has nothing to do with one's gender.

Great News For Lesbian Parents

Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Good news for lesbian parents: a new study has revealed that teens living in homes with two mothers are proving to be more successful at school and ge...

An Overdue Apology To Moms, From A Fitness Guru

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

More than one new mother will feel vindicated by her admission to People that she hadn't been to the gym for two weeks, and she'd started drinking coffee again after two years of abstaining from caffeine. And that's not all...

'Put Me In, Coach!' A Mom Steps Up As A Little League Volunteer

Veronica Rhodes | Posted 05.01.2012 | Women

“Thumb to thumb!” the old man shouted, holding up his hands in front of his chest. “Thumb to thumb – what does that mean???” His crooked f...

A Giant Leap For Lesbians

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

Little did Queen Margaret of Scotland know in 1288, when she anointed every fourth year as a leap year to encourage women to be more assertive in the dating game, that 2012 would see gay women, more than any other group, successfully upturning long-held female traditions.

Teens Raised By Lesbian Parents Just As Happy As Those Raised By Heterosexual Couples, Study Finds

Posted 01.12.2012 | Gay Voices

A new Dutch study has confirmed what Zach Wahls has been trying to tell us all along: that the quality of life among teens raised by lesbian parents d...

Veronica Rhodes: Coming Out At School

Red Room | Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents
Red Room

My younger daughter started first grade this month and it wasn't pretty. Shrieking, crying, clinging and begging to go home. If that wasn't enough, she outed me to her teacher on day 2.

Open Letter to My Unborn Daughter (or Son)

Staceyann Chin | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Staceyann Chin

Every time I see a photo of some pregnant woman, hands resting gently on her swollen middle, get the urge to wrestle her to the ground and demand why she is perpetuating the lie that pregnancy is this stress-free.

Children Of Lesbians May Do Better Than Their Peers

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The first study to track children of lesbians from birth to adolescence finds that these kids do better than children in straight families on certain ...