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Two Moms

I'd Like You To Meet My Son... And His Two Amazing Moms

Dave Meslin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Dave Meslin

Most commitments in life come with an escape clause. You can join a group and later decide to leave. You can accept a job and then quit. Deep friendships can slowly fade -- even marriages. But to be asked by someone to participate in the act of creating a child... this was truly sacred.

The Great Mystery of Straight People

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Of course, straight people were everywhere, but when they were on TV, they weren't real to me, and when they were my friends' parents, they weren't sexy to me. Young English teachers and comedy actors in movies, however, seemed both real and sexy to me.

An Open Letter to Guido Barilla

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

The time has come for the hate to end. The world is ready for those in power to step forward for equality. If you aren't ready to join them, then please, just quietly step back.

Power of Two

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

"If it's possible, Jeannie and I would like to talk to you and Sean about something tonight. Nothing bad. Happy news."

How Did I Get Here?

Kelly Hirt | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

Some answers used to be accepted without further questions -- We prayed for the perfect little boy for our family and that was you! But now, we get more specific questions and some are... complicated.

What My Daughter Needs To Know About Our Family

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

How do you tell a 4-year-old that people think our family is wrong? How do you teach a child to find a teacher or a police officer or another parent to help her if someone says something to her about her family?

Celebrating Marriage Equality

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 08.26.2013 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

If you had told me when I first got married in 2004 that I would be sitting here now, with our sleeping 4-year-old in the other room, awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on marriage equality, I wouldn't have possibly believed you.

What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Am A Lesbian Mom

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

Even with the questions and the additional pressure, we realize our daughter was born in an amazing time.

This Blended Family's Story Is A Bit... Unusual

Posted 05.10.2013 | Divorce

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we're spotlighting a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two fami...

Being a 'Mama': My Most Important Job in Life

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jane Aronson

The first time I heard Ben say "Mama," all of my dreams came true. I had arrived. All the years of second-guessing and thinking that I would not be a good parent were over.

To All the Colleges That May Never Get a Chance to Reject Me: From the Poor Black Kid With Two Moms

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

If I had been an upper middle-class, able-bodied, U.S. born white girl with heterosexual parents, perhaps I would not dread going to my classes that are filled with bullies and racial microaggressions, and I would be able to fully concentrate on my studies.

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.

'Did You Ever Think You Might Be A Lesbian?'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Now that I'm blogging about growing up with two mommies, a friend of mine recently asked me, "Did you ever think you might be a lesbian, since that's the lifestyle you knew from home?" Obviously I have to answer this one with a story.

How Did You Decide Your Family's Size?

Aly Windsor | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Aly Windsor

Whether or not to have kids is surely a dealbreaker question between couples, but what about how many kids to have?

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?

The Question You Should Never Ask A Lesbian Mom

Judy Gold | Posted 04.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Gold

"Who's the real mother?" I have been asked that question many times -- too many times. But this time was different. I was at a doctor's office, and my son was standing next to me and knew exactly what the nurse was asking.

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.

'Evan's Two Moms' Revisited 20 Years Later

Evan Casper-Futterman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Evan Casper-Futterman

As the 20th anniversary of what my family calls "Adoption Day" came and went this spring, I have been thinking about the promising changes in society's attitudes toward families like ours and relationships like my moms'. The promise of the future, however, is not without some peril.

The New Family Network: More Than Ever, It Takes a Village

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Melanie's husband died suddenly at 35, leaving her to care for their three sons, ages 8, 4, and 10 months. She had no family nearby. Turns out, she had something just as valuable: A network of friends.

My Sister Married This Wonderful Girl's Mom (VIDEO)

Maria Burnham | Posted 03.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Maria Burnham

My parents, once so concerned about Sophie's welfare, long ago realized that she is one blessed little girl. She has more family in her life, more people to love her and love on her, and more people to turn to than most girls her age.

Marriage Equality: The 'Tri' In Our Kids' Trifecta

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Our children know that for a few months in 2008, the law said "yes" to their family. Their moms are legally married (in California, at least). This legal recognition echoes and enforces what their moms and their community keep telling them: that we should be treated equally.