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Non Traditional Families

TV Recognizes Modern Families, So Why Won't Governments?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.

Family Fridays Spotlight: Meet Veronica, Cosmetica And Trixie's Family

The Huffington Post | Lucette Jefferson | Posted 12.07.2012 | Gay Voices

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

The American Family Is Queer

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As AMC's Mad Men effectively dramatizes (in its subversion of 1950s norms), the conservative ideal of "the American Family" is, and has been, an oppressive, non-functional fantasy. Is this cause for alarm, as Republicans and the religious right suggest?

My 'Non-Traditional' Family: Blogging for LGBT Families 2010

Waymon Hudson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waymon Hudson

There's an old saying that "you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your family." Thankfully, our community is leading the way in breaking that stereotype.

Jessica Berger Gross's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

My father's rages returned every few weeks. He threw shoes, kitchenware, whatever was nearby. His words hurt more.

After Mom, Dad: Lily Diamond's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

I was in a haze, where everything--a stubbed toe, a restaurant running out of the soup I wanted for lunch, my chronic despair over being single--morphed into the sad, dense fog of my mother's absence.

Richard Goodman's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

I've asked various writers I admire to discuss their wild, messy, loving, non-traditional families as well. Below, Richard Goodman talks about his happy family.

Marriage-Saving Research For The Holidays

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

The recession has taken a toll on American families, but research suggests that there may be a silver lining: Understanding the link between money and marriage might help us make better choices.

Mom, the Holidays Are a Time to Chill

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Children know family when they see it. The idea that "traditional" families are the only source of healthy children and a happy holiday and that Mom bears ultimate responsibility for both is as much a fantasy as Santa Claus.

NBC and Teleflora Say Adoptive Mothers are "Non-Moms"

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Bamberger

It's bad enough we have to deal with people asking my daughter where her "real mom" is. I don't need the mainstream media feeding the insinuation that non-biological families are second best.