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Looking Back on Two Decades of Helping Gay Men Have Kids

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

It's been a long road to marriage equality, and it seems we're still only halfway there. For the last two decades I've been on another fulfilling journey with our community. It's made fewer headlines than our fight for marriage rights, but it's been so important for so many families just now finding that legal recognition.

LOOK: This Is What A Queer Family Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Even though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with ...

The Journey Home

Anthony Romeo | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

My husband and I are ready to be dads. I've done some writing in the past that talked about our aching "brovaries," as one fellow Gays With Kids writer called them. And in the nine months of gestation that my brain has done since releasing that piece, we have decided to take the plunge.

A New Toolkit to Support LGBT Inclusive Curriculum--Inspired by Bill O'Reilly

Debra Chasnoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Debra Chasnoff

We've seen that when talking about sexual orientation or gender identity, emotions can run high, misconceptions can spread, and divisive politics can get in the way of doing what is best for students and families.

Finding Common Ground

Wayne Maines | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

It is hard to stay calm when we read about transgender violence, and we continue to experience discrimination in our community's. It hard to be patient when our children's self-esteem is being eroded in ways most parents cannot fathom.

Dad, Can You Explain to My Friend Where My Mom Is?

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Thangaraj

However we respond to these types of questions, from children or adults, whether innocent or malicious, the one thing we need to keep in mind is this: our children are within earshot and this is how they learn to answer the same questions when they are posed to them.

'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks.

Reflections on Marriage (Part 1): What Marriage Means

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

What does marriage mean to me and my wife? How is it different from what we imagined? How is it the same as what society presents about marriage? Can we live queerly in marriage? How? Why? Is marriage good for our sexuality? For our sex lives? Is marriage good for our sense of happiness? Or does it bring new layers of misery?

LGBT Parenting and the Flaming Hoops of Second-Parent Adoption

Allison Auldridge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Auldridge

The hoops that LGBT parents and families jump through to protect and assert our rights are consistent reminders that we remain on unequal footing with our straight peers.

Religious Discrimination 101

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The First Amendment protects your right as an American to the free exercise of your religion. It does not protect your right to use your religion as an excuse to discriminate against other Americans.

"I Love My Transgender Brother"

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years.

The Day I Took a Knife to School, and How It Changed Me

Mary J. Moss | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

"I might as well be invisible," I thought. I was sitting in my wheelchair in the locker room while the other kids played a sport in gym class. I could hear them and wondered how long it would take for anyone to find me. I felt so alone. I thought I was a burden to my family, and I felt hopeless.

Time to Finish the Job on LGBT Immigration: U.S. v. Windsor, One Year On

Bob Bragar | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Bob Bragar

Sadly, for many couples the celebration was short lived. Despite the court's ruling, many binational couples still cannot legally stay together in America. Why? Because the discriminatory legal treatment we faced in the decades before U.S. v. Windsor haunts us still.

Modern Families: Rethinking the Ties that Bind

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Let's face it: Even as we battle the myths surrounding race, gender, gender roles, sexuality, class, domesticity and the nuclear family, we haven't adequately addressed the myths or stigma around non-biological family structures.

From Caskets to Cradles: Miracles for Gay Men That Would Have Been Insane a Few Years Ago

Stuart Bell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Bell

If you had told me in 1991, when funerals were as much a part of my social life as fraternity parties had been a year earlier, that someday I would be helping men with HIV have babies of their own, I would have laughed in your face. But that's exactly what I am doing today.

HuffPost Gay Voices Receives Big Honor From LGBT Family Organization

Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

On May 18, RaiseAChild.US held its second annual HONORS gala at the W Hollywood Hotel and paid tribute to individuals and families for their advocacy ...

Celebrating Pride and Family on 'Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day'

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I'd like to invite all bloggers, LGBTQ and allies, to participate in the ninth annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2. Just post at your own blog in support of LGBTQ families (however you define them) and submit the link to mombian.com, where I'll compile and showcase the master list for all to see.

Gay Father Whose Beautiful Photo Of His Family Inspired Outrage Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices

In January of this year, two gay fathers made waves across the Internet with a simple photo of the pair helping two of their three children get ready ...

Remembering Watching With My Two Moms as Ellen Came Out (VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

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Carly Schwartz

Groundbreaking Law Would Make It Easier For LGBT Couples To Start A Family

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

When Judy Appel and her partner of 22 years, Alison Bernstein, wanted to have children, the state of California didn’t make it easy. Bernstein ga...

Journey With Two Moms

Lester Alemán | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lester Alemán

I don't take my liberties for granted because I know how dehumanizing my mothers' communities were to them. I take my liberties to fight for equality. I take my liberties to honor my mothers. Because I love them both to death -- equally.

Waffles and Roller Coasters: Mother's Day Reflections by a Lesbian Mom

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Being a parent can sometimes seem like trying to juggle on a roller coaster. Being an LGBT parent can sometimes seem like trying to do so without the safety belt everyone else is wearing. But the experience is really not so different for any of us. It takes balance, flexibility, and nerves of steel.

WATCH: Kids Of Gay Parents Teach Us A Lesson About Love And What Is 'Normal'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Is there such a thing as a normal family? Between sibling rivalry, embarrassing parents, bickering and quirky family traditions or habits, it's ha...

LGBT Parenting: Does Every Moment Have to Be a Teaching Moment?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

As LGBT youth, adults and families know all too well, bullying isn't confined to just the playground, classroom, or cafeteria -- it can happen to anyone, anywhere. And as my wife and I prepare for the birth of our first child, we have to learn when negative actions become a teaching moment.

HuffPost Gay Voices Nabs Huge Honor

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Gay Voices had the honor of receiving an award from Our Family Coalition, an organization that advocates for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi...