As two gay men adopting a child -- as "different" parents raising a "different" family -- this was, in fact, what we'd signed up for. Yet no amount of preparation or groundwork or open-mindedness kept me from being surprised by these not-really-out-of-the-blue questions.
My instinct was to defend and protect my cub, to nip the lies in the bud and reinforce them with truth. However, I realized that I'd been granted a rare glimpse into my child's daily life -- and that 99% of these situations will take place when I'm not around.
Why bother with a Father's Day column when I can actually share my real dad with you? Live on tape. Friday we appeared together on a Father's Day segment for HuffPost Live, shot via webcam from my parents home in Clinton, SC.
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.