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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.

Baby Steps

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.13.2013 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

Seeing those who seek marriage as entitled to it not only as a general matter of civil rights, or as a marker of full citizenship, but rather as a form of protection for children, may bring us to marriage equality, even if we get there by taking very small baby steps.

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?

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.

Great News For Brazil's LGBT Community

AP | Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil is guaranteeing homosexual couples' right to access assisted fertilization. The wording of the an earlier decree governing...

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.

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.

'Where Do Babies Come From?'

Doug Rigg | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Doug Rigg

As a man approaching 40, it seemed a bit odd when I asked myself that question. But as a gay man considering starting a family with a partner, but without a uterus or the ability to produce eggs, I needed some answers. And having sex with a woman wasn't one I wanted to hear.

The Education Department's Hat Tip To Gay Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2013 | College

Students applying for federal student aid in 2014 will fill out a slightly different form than previous applicants. Rather than being able to report o...

WATCH: Elton John Reveals Famous Godmother Of His Second Son

Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Elton John and his husband David Furnish shed some light on their parenting methods in a new interview with Extra TV. The Rocket Man, 66, said tha...

I Got Gay Married In First Grade

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The wedding went off without a hitch and, over the years, dissolved into a silly and cherished family memory. At that very time, unbeknownst to me, my moms were forking over time, energy and legal fees to make their union and joint custody of me as legal in the eyes of the court as a married couple's.

The Well-Charted Waters Of Same-Sex Parenting

Paul M. Smith | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul M. Smith

During the Supreme Court arguments in the Proposition 8 case last week, there seemed to be some confusion about the social science evidence concerning same-sex parents and their ability to raise children, but there is no "disagreement" among the experts about what the research says.

Katy Hall

The Worst States For Kids Of Gay Parents | Katy Hall | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Justice Anthony Kennedy invoked the children of gay parents this week during the Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban...

Catching Up With the Times

Shelley Whelpton | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Shelley Whelpton

I am a Canadian woman who has been married to an American woman for sixteen years. My two sons have been raised in a world where having two moms is totally normal -- and wonderful.

Gay Dads Talk About Raising Their Son And Why Marriage Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

Yesterday and today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments that address a common question: Should all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love? The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question, and they are speaking out.

A Letter to My Baby Girl

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

We didn't marry for "rights" or "benefits." We married for the same reasons that most people do -- both gay and straight. Because we loved each other, we wanted to stand up in front of our friends and family and make a lifelong commitment to one another and we aspired to build a family together.

What SCOTUS Can Learn From Our Sleepless Nights

Jon Summers | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jon Summers

People didn't ask us if we, as two men, were prepared to raise a child, and they didn't warn us about the importance of making sure our son has female influences (he does). They simply congratulated us and warned us to "kiss sleep goodbye." It's time for our laws to catch up with our culture.

Adult Daughter Of Gay Dads Speaks Out On Why Marriage Equality Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

On March 26 and 27 the Supreme Court will address a common question: Should all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love? The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question -- and they are speaking out.

A Day in a Queer Life in Spain: 'Dad, Kids at School Are Saying You're Gay'

Antonio Vila-Coro | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Antonio Vila-Coro

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgIt happened one day in the car, when I was driving home with my eldest daughter. The word "gay" had come up in a conversation, and it must have made some sort of connection in her head. She's 8 years old, and I have tried to explain the concept of homophobia to her -- with little success.

Voices Of Children

Steve Majors | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

In connection with the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, Family Equality Council and our coalition partners have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that reflects the voices of children with LGBT parents, because these children are in a unique position to speak to two questions.

An Unexpected Benefit For Gay Parents?

YourTango | Michelle Toglia | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Same-sex couples can get nearly $13K for second-parent adoption, but are still denied other benefits. While legally wed same-sex couples are still ...

WATCH: Waymon Hudson Takes On The 'Gays Are A Threat To Children' Argument

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

The latest episode of Critical Thinking Hosted by Waymon Hudson focuses on the anti-gay myth that has been blocking LGBT equality progress for decades: the vicious and debunked "Save Our Children" argument that gays are somehow dangerous to children.

In Supreme Court Brief, American Sociological Association Obliterates Claim That Same-Sex Couples Are Inferior Parents

John Becker | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

The brief authoritatively dismantles claims that same-sex marriage harms children and that kids "do better with a mother and a father," and it specifically repudiates the junk-science "study" of gay parenting published last year by researcher Mark Regnerus, an ASA member.

Questioning The Idea Of 'Gay' Families And 'Straight' Families

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

In his recent State of the Union address, our commander-in-chief promised, "We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families, gay and straight." I chafe at "families, gay and straight." What is a gay family? For that matter, what is a straight family?