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Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

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Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

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Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016

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By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

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Lesbian Moms: What Do Your Kids Call You?

by The Next Family March 24, 2016

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In their latest YouTube video, Brandy and Susan of The Next Family discussed an important aspect of same-sex parenting: what kids call their parents.

They begin by sharing their own personal story of trying to name themselves as “Mama B” and “Mama S” and then quickly realized how difficult that would be for kids. It then turned to “Mama” and “Mom,” only to once again be changed to “Mama” and...

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Broken Justice System Targets and Harms LGBT People, Study Finds

by The Next Family March 23, 2016

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Originally publish on The Seattle Lesbian

From Senate Republicans to Hillary Clinton, there is a rare and growing consensus across the political spectrum that, with the highest incarceration rate in the world, the United States’ criminal justice system in need of reform. However, one population has been largely absent from the discussion: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

A m...

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In Honor of Women’s History Month: Successful Queer Women of The Past

by The Next Family March 23, 2016

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March is Women’s History Month and it is a vital and important month to recognize women from the past for their contribution and success that has inherently helped women be able to have opportunities today.

It’s also a month to remember the queer women who made giant leaps for women in their own respective careers, for without them, today’s queer women leaders like Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie...

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I Was Half Lucky: What It’s Like To Give Birth To Twins When Only 1 Is Alive

by The Next Family March 22, 2016

Photo by Helene Samson via Flickr

Photo by Helene Samson via Flickr

By Halina Newberry Grant

My husband followed the sound of my screams. That’s how he found me — by picking up the bread crumbs of profanities I was throwing at doctors and nurses. While he parked the car, I had been put into a scratchy gown and then onto a hospital bed lying on my back while a nurse tried to get my baby’s heart rate with a ridiculous belt...

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Here’s Why LGBT Foster Care Youth Need Loving Adoptive Parents

by The Next Family March 22, 2016

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Times are changing in the United States. Sometimes the policies in the U.S. can feel slow or backwards at times, but for the most part, things are changing for the LGBT community in great and positive ways. One of those changes: the LGBT community and the foster care system.

Yes, 10 years ago, it was very difficult for same-sex couples to be foster parents and adopt. However, with research and a...

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Why It’s Important to Raise Children in a Family That Doesn’t Adhere to Gender Norms

by The Next Family March 21, 2016

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By Alex Temblador

I recently watched a commercial by the Indian detergent company, Ariel, which highlighted family and gender roles; watching it inadvertently made me reflect on my childhood.

A quick summary of the video: It features a father who writes a letter to his daughter which is narrated over scenes of the father watching his daughter in her home environment with her family. The father...

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How Cancer Unleashed a Dog Book for Children That Features a Same-Sex Couple

by The Next Family March 21, 2016

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By Geri Gale/ The Seattle Lesbian

I am a poet and have been told that people take my work out like they would a snifter of Grand Marnier and sip it because it’s so rich. But everything changed on December 6, 2012, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer – the same day Seattle issued its first same-sex marriage licenses.

I’ve been with my partner, Patty Kunitsugu (a.k.a. PK), for 36 years. When...

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Campus Pride Hosts National Online Fair for LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges

by The Next Family March 18, 2016

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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

Campus Pride hosts national online college fair on Thursday, March 17 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST featuring live chats with over 50 college reps, G+ hangout and Twitter Q&A at #LGBTQCollege411. The fair is free to youth and families highlighting LGBTQ-friendly colleges, scholarships and college prep resources. Fair attendees may win up to $5000 in prizes....

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Watch: A Parent’s Nightmare at 5AM

by The Next Family March 18, 2016

By Brandy Black

Have you ever had an issue with a toy that just wouldn’t stop talking or hearing a sound in your house that you can’t quite place? Here’s what happened to us at 5AM when we thought animals were being attacked outside of our house.

The post Watch: A Parent’s Nightmare at 5AM appeared first on The Next Family.

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Parenting with a Vulnerable Heart

by Amber Leventry March 17, 2016

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“Tell them there is no such thing as an ordinary girl,” said Bloom.

This is the high point of the crescendo, the sucker punch that killed insecurity and doubt, the line that is delivered from one girl to another in my favorite new children’s book. Trust me on this one: buy Bloom, written by Doreen Cronin, for your daughters, your sons and yourself. It empowers girls to believe...

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A Young Teen is Seeking LGBT Parents to Adopt Him

by The Next Family March 17, 2016

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Meet Jaylon: the most adorable teen ever.

He’s 14 and looking for LGBT parents to adopt him. His adoption profile is posted on Heart Gallery LA and reads:

“Jaylon needs to be part of a permanent family whose members are there for one another through the ups and the downs. Jaylon would like to be adopted by a same-sex couple or other LGBT-headed family or at least a family sensitive the needs and...

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The Right Mom

by The Next Family March 16, 2016

By Ann Brown/Parenting Consultant

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My mom hasn’t been well lately.

She’s getting better, but it’s been scary so I went to LA to be with her. I did a lot of cooking (nutrition for her, therapy for me) and a lot of asking her if she needed anything (mostly, she didn’t). At moments, I felt like I was home with my babies again – fashioning my day around her needs, tiptoeing around when she was...

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Giving Back: LGBT Mentoring of LGBT Youth

by The Next Family March 16, 2016

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center released a video that shares information about their Lifeworks program, a program which matches LGBT adults with LGBT youth in a mentor program.

The video features Lawrence and Damien, mentor and mentee, who both share the benefits of having a mentor and of being a mentor. Damien wanted someone to talk to and ask questions of. He noted that it was nice talking to his...

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Lloyds Bank Features Same-Sex Proposal in New Ad

by The Next Family March 15, 2016

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Lloyds Bank has released a commercial featuring the different stages of life such as new motherhood, death and funerals, dropping children off at school for the first time, and even love.

Within the commercial, Lloyds Bank features many different characters, including a gay couple’s proposal. We witness the proposal and then the two men’s embrace later in the commercial after one of the men says,...

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Making The Kids Work For A Dreamy Vacation

by The Next Family March 15, 2016

By Brandy Black

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Our family recently enjoyed a dreamy Hawaiian family vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa…but we made our kids “work” for it first! 

You see, I started realizing that our children were becoming spoiled. But, rather than give up on the experiences and vacations that I adore and look so forward to, I thought the kids could make achievements toward the reward of a vacation, much...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Donald Trump and Mark Rubio’s War of Penises

by Rob Watson March 14, 2016

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Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate male physique and anatomy. That would define the “gay” part of being a “gay dad.”

I have a healthy appreciation. I don’t particularly like when male genitals are referred to as “junk”. I consider them anything but, and quite frankly, I find that label homophobic.

As I was growing up, I was told that penises were no big deal — that “every guy has one” and “they...

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Parenting & Kids: The Work is The Goal

by Tanya Ward Goodman March 14, 2016

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It’s Friday night and I’m in a dance studio in Atwater with a bunch of pre-teen girls. My friend, Wesley and I have been leading this group for just over a year and although we bill it as an “empowerment and learning group,” it’s more like a think tank with brains of all ages. We get together, eat a snack and ponder the big and small questions.

“Okay,” I say. “Your goal is...

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A Day In The Life of The Next Family

by The Next Family March 11, 2016

Early mornings, taking the kids to school, running errands, work, and too much coffee? Sound a bit like your family?

The Next Family decided to document a day in the life of their family (don’t worry it’s only 10 minutes long) to show you just how crazy (and fun!) the life of two moms and three kids can be everyday.

We’re sure that most families can relate — whether you have one or five kids — a...

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Social Security Grants Spousal Benefits to Lesbian Widow in Lambda Legal Case

by The Next Family March 11, 2016

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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

Lambda Legal has announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee).

“The Social Security Administration has finally...

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Donovan’s Big Day: Not Just Another LGBTQ Themed Children’s Book by Lesléa Newman

by Amber Leventry March 10, 2016

By: Amber Leventry

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Lesléa Newman has written the book on how to celebrate same-sex parents. Literally. And several times. The award-winning author of Heather Has Two Mommieshas seen a lot of change since her groundbreaking and controversial book was published 26 years ago. The children’s book that paved the way for all other children’s books with two moms or two dads has been both banned and...

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A Gay Dad’s Adoption Journey: And Then There Were Four

by Henry Amador March 09, 2016

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As I write on this beautiful crisp and sunny March morning, there are two things that I am immediately grateful for, first is the Sun beating on my face though the sitting room window, it’s long overdue and oh so needed and secondly are the sounds of my husband working in the yard as my two sons yell and laugh chasing imaginary butterflies in big green nets.

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Adopting a Child During the Haitian Earthquake

by The Next Family March 09, 2016

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Mark and Kristen Howerton are part of a family of six. They had two biological children and one adopted child before they tried to adopt Kembert, a child from Haiti.

They met Kembert when he was still an infant in a crib, however, they would not be able to adopt him for another three years. During the process of their adoption, while Kristen was visiting Haiti and taking care of paperwork, the...

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18 Easy Ways To Raise Feminist Boys

by The Next Family March 08, 2016

By Joanna Shroeder

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Do parents intend to raise sons who will grow up to be sexists or harm women? Of course not! Most parents hold their little baby boy in their arms and dream of all the good he might do for the world.

But we can’t rely only upon our own dreams to help our boys grow into good men. After all, everywhere they look in society will be examples of how not to be a good man. They’ll see...

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Same-Sex Adoption Wins Big At The Supreme Court

by The Next Family March 08, 2016

By The Seattle Lesbian

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Monday, the United States Supreme Court reversed an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize a lesbian mother’s prior adoption of her three children in Georgia. Monday’s summary reversal restores V.L. full rights as an adoptive parent.

“I am overjoyed that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Alabama court decision,” said the adoptive mother, V.L. “I have been my...

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Foster Child: Rebuilding Trust

by The Next Family March 07, 2016

By Glenn Bresciani

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There is a wooden box in our house filled with costumes and props. Our youngest foster daughter, seven- year-old Mandy, is always into that box. Forget the fairy wings. Never mind the blue clown wig or princess things. It’s the Halloween stuff that ignites sparkles in Mandy’s smile. She drapes a Dracula cape over her shoulders, slides on a wig of long red hair and horns, and...

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McDonald’s Taiwan ‘Coming Out’ Commercial Shows a Beautiful Family Moment

by The Next Family March 07, 2016

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McCafe, the coffee-related section of McDonald’s, recently released a commercial in Taiwan that has gone viral for the love and acceptance it shows.

In the commercial, a son and father are sitting at a table. The son writes on his coffee cup, “I like boys.” The father seems to be upset and gets up to leave. When he returns with his own coffee, his son is trying to hide his tears. The father takes...

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What Not To Say To Prospective Adoptive Parents. And What To Say Back

by The Next Family March 04, 2016

By Jillian Lauren

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Would you walk up to a pregnant woman and tell her about your friend’s cousin’s daughter whose infant died of a rare disease, offer her the unsolicited tale of your hairdresser’s daughter’s home birth gone wrong, tell her about every mother you know visiting her teenager in rehab, etc.? Would you walk up to a woman expecting a baby and volunteer every horrific possibility...

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Lesbian Comedian Judy Gold Gets Real About Motherhood

by The Next Family March 04, 2016

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Scary Mommy is doing a new web series on YouTube which will feature mothers sharing the best and worst parts about being a mom. One of the first mothers they featured was lesbian comedian, Judy Gold.

Gold is absolutely open and hilariously honest about raising her sons with their mother and her current partner. She hates that they play with Nerf balls and incidentally broke a family heirloom and...

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Blog: Keep Pushing & Stay Focused On This Election

by The Next Family March 03, 2016

By Tom Butts

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The Next Family has worked hard to show that a family is a family.  The HRC has fought for marriage equality and have won, thanks to the Supreme Courts’ narrow decision.

I think now is the time to keep pushing ahead for our brothers, sisters and questioning friends. 

As a gay man, I am now married to my husband of 15 years Scott, that’s awesome.

What’s missing…hmmm…

Equal pay for my...

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Watch: How Parenting Changes Your Relationship

by The Next Family March 03, 2016

By Brandy Black

Preparing your relationship for kids is not easy and getting through the first 2 years after having children even more challenging.  Here are some tips from two moms on how parenting has changed their relationship and what we would have done differently.  

The post Watch: How Parenting Changes Your Relationship appeared first on The Next Family.

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A Review Of When Green Becomes Tomatoes

by The Next Family March 02, 2016

By Jillian Lauren

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First of all, go order Julie Fogliano’s When Green Becomes Tomatoes right this minute. Go ahead, I’ll wait.  Run-don’t-walk next Tuesday and get it at your local independent bookstore.

Okay, well done. You’ll thank me! Now I’ll tell you a little story about this gem of a book…

Bright Eyes has a language delay and my big genius therapeutic plan is to talk to him pretty much...

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Mean Tweets: LGBT Edition

by The Next Family March 02, 2016

If you’re familiar with or a fan of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you may be aware of the segment called “Mean Tweets” which features celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves on screen.

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The purpose of the segment is to provide a humorous commentary on how ridiculous and mean people on social media can be.

ProjectHOPEafph.org decided to do their own version of “Mean Tweets” called, “Mean Tweets:...

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Lesbians Aim to Set World Record with Mass Wedding in Provincetown During Women’s Week

by The Next Family March 01, 2016

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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

On October 15, 2016, women from all over the planet will converge on Provincetown with a singular intention – to marry at Bride Pride, a group wedding scheduled during Provincetown’s legendary Women’s Week, now in its 32nd year.

According to Allison Baldwin and Ilene Mitnick, Bride Pride organizers and owners of the award-winning Roux Bed and Breakfast...

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Dad Makes Awesome Stormtrooper Costume For His Star Wars Loving Daughter

by The Next Family March 01, 2016

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Father Jim Brock saw an online post last year that showed people how to make a Stormtrooper costume out of a children’s toy sold at Walmart. As a guy who’d made his own pretty awesome costumes in the past, he decided to try out the article and make this Stormtrooper costume for his daughter who just so happens to love Kylo Ren.

Four-year-old Autumn was pretty excited about the idea, but she had...

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10 Gay Parenting Memes. Finally.

by Amber Leventry February 29, 2016

By: Amber Leventry

There are many examples, usually told through modern day story telling written as a meme, of the trials and triumphs of being a parent. Parenting rigidity decreases while sleep deprivation increases with each child; chaos is the new normal; our kids would rather throw their food than eat it, and we are fine with the new meaning of cleanliness. Gay and straight parents can laugh...

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HowStuffWorks Debunks 5 Gay Parenting Myths

by The Next Family February 29, 2016

HowStuffWorks is an education website that answers questions about the world around you and last week, they took on gay parenting myths.

Though many people, researchers and gay parents themselves, have written articles, blogs, or reports about gay parenting and the myths associated with it, there are still people who believe that gay parents are not as good as heterosexual parents, making this...

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Strikes A Pose For Pride Toronto

by The Next Family February 26, 2016

By The Seattle Lesbian 

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Pride Toronto, the city’s most vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural festival and North America’s largest Pride celebration, has unveiled its 2016 Pride Month theme, announcing to the world that this June, “You Can Sit with Us.” The campaign for Canada’s first-ever Pride Month features Canada’s top political leaders: noted “sexiest man alive” and “politician dreamboat”...

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Meet Georgia’s 24-Year-Old Queer Legislator Taking on Anti-LGBT Bills

by The Next Family February 26, 2016

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Park Cannon may be only 24, but she has her sights set on changing the world, starting with her own state, Georgia.

Cannon was elected to the Georgian House of Representatives this week as a representative of District 58 in Atlanta. She replaces Representative Simone Bell who was the first African American lesbian in Georgia’s state legislature.

Cannon’s new appointment brings a fresh face and...

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Spending The Day At CHLA

by The Next Family February 25, 2016

By Brandy Black

I got the opportunity to work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in putting together online Valentine’s Day cards for the sick kids at CHLA. Thank you to those that participated after our post on social media. The children’s faces lit up when they received the heartfelt cards. I sat down with my wife to share about my amazing experience that day and about what I learned about...

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LGBT YouTubers React to Major LGBT Moments of 2015

by The Next Family February 25, 2016

YouTubers TrentAndLuke brought together huge LGBT YouTube stars to look over major moments that occurred within the LGBT community in 2015 and their reactions are priceless.

Big names like Steve Grand, Philip Green, Jack Merridew, Brendan Jordan, Mike Rizzi, Miles Jai, Dion Yorkie, and BriaAndChrissy were a part of this collaboration, and if you don’t know who they are, no worries, as this is a...

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Adoption Baby Book: More Room On The Couch

by The Next Family February 24, 2016

By Jillian Lauren

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I’ve been working on Bright Eyes’ life-book lately. I used My Family, My Journeyfor Tariku, and I liked it so much I bought another one. A lifebook is the adoption equivalent of a baby book, but has a more expansive focus, documenting not just milestones but also history. I appreciate this particular template because it holds a space for many different kinds of experiences. I...

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Adoption Agencies Seek Volunteer ‘Cuddlers’ For Newborns

by The Next Family February 24, 2016

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A volunteer cuddler? Yes, it is a real thing! And it could probably be one of the most rewarding and sweet volunteer opportunities that you could ever have.

Adoption agencies all over the U.S. are seeking volunteers to provide temporary care to newborns placed for adoption or in foster care as they await adoption. The main job of the temporary caregiver? To cuddle, love,...

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India Launches Queer Taxis

by The Next Family February 23, 2016

By The Seattle Lesbian 

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Driven to Empower India’s Queer Community, Start-Up LGBT Cab Companies Emerge

You know it could be a great plot for a Bollywood movie: a story about India’s first-ever queer-owned and operated taxi companies, Gender Taxi and Rainbow Wings.

However, it’s a true story. Last month two start-up taxi cab companies were launched. Rainbow Wings, the Mumbai-based cab company...

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Watch: Two Moms & Girl Scout Cookie Arrival

by The Next Family February 23, 2016

By Brandy Black

The addiction to Girl Scout Cookies is real.  We couldn’t resist trying the gluten free cookies out on our kids.

 

The post Watch: Two Moms & Girl Scout Cookie Arrival appeared first on The Next Family.

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A Thank You To Kid-Free Friends

by Amber Leventry February 22, 2016

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When everyone of my five member family is home, it’s loud, messy, and usually chaotic. It’s great to have such animated, strong-willed, confident kids, but it’s also exhausting. Our three kids, ages five and two and a half, love each other, show each other kindness, and have (short) stretches of time when they play nicely and calmly as a triad. But they are more likely to be...

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