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Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

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

By: Amber Leventry

Donovan's Big Day, Cover

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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WATCH: Two Moms Come Out On Their Honeymoon

By Brandy Black

Coming out doesn’t just happen once, it is sometimes a daily occurrence for gay parents in particular.  In this video we talk about our vow to be honest about who we are to everyone.  It all began with our honeymoon.

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A Gay Dad Inches His Way Towards Fatherhood

By Henry Amador

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I recently shared with you how my husband and I were hoping our adoption search for our second child was nearing its end

I wrote that article in December based on a child that I found on our agency’s list of children needing homes and who were already cleared for adoption.
His photo, story and video had moved me to the point of reaching out and asking for more information.

That...

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Straight Parents Answer Questions That Gay Parents Get Asked

By Alex Temblador
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“How did you have your children?” is a pretty awkward question for any parent to answer, though it’s a question most often directed to gay parents, along with many other invasive ones.

Brandy Black, editor-in-chief of The Next Family, and her wife Susan Howard have been on the receiving end of many awkward and uncomfortable questions or statements related to their family. The...

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The Perks Of Being An Older Gay DAd

By Henry Amador-Batten

gay dad and son

I am a 52-year-old stay at home father to an extremely active and energetic four-year old.
There are times throughout the course of a typical day where I just don’t know how I’ll make it to his bedtime.
Sadly I have to admit that my bedtime is never too far behind and yet I just can’t imagine doing or being anything other than his dad right now.

We are also hoping to bring...

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New TEDx Talk Discusses the Myths of Gay Adoption

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If you haven’t heard about TED talks, you are missing out! Especially one of the latest, TEDx Talks given by Lynne Elvins who discussed the myths about gay adoption. She discusses how she and her partner received looks, negative comments, and many questions about their interest in gay adoption. She was even pulled aside by a colleague who told her not to discuss her interest in having a family....

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Could this Gay Dad’s Adoption Search Be Nearing It’s End?

By Henry Amador-Batten
Fingers-Crossed

I was browsing through the list of children waiting for families on our local agencies adoption site when I happened across his profile.
He was five nearly turning six and there was something in his eyes that spoke to me.
I can’t tell you what the connection was but it was there and undeniable.
I even went so far as to contact my agency worker to get more information about...

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A Gay Dad’s Grown Up Christmas List

By Henry Amador-Batten

A grown-up holiday wish

We just took my son to see Santa yesterday.
It was his fifth time sitting on Old Saint Nick’s lap and we were once again surprised by what he asked Santa for.
Regardless of ALL the things he asks for leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah, his MO has become to ask for some random item at that very crucial moment, you know, while he’s got the old guys attention.
So Ben, what...

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20 White Elephant Gifts Any Parent Would Love

By: Shannon Ralph

1. Awkward Family Photos 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar

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What better way to combat the torment of spending the holidays with your family than to giggle at the expense of other poor souls subjected to painfully awkward family encounters?

2. The Official BS Button

BS Button

Call bullshit on your teen when he starts to think he is smarter than you!

3. WTF Nifty Notes

WTF Notes

We all think (say?) it at...

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Division of Household Duties In a 2 Mom Family

By: Shannon Ralph

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I recently came across a quote that made me chuckle.

“Not completely unsurprisingly, 56% of fathers say they share household chores and responsibilities equally with their partners, while only 46% of mothers agree.”

For years, I’ve heard friends and relatives lament the lack of help their husbands provide when it comes to household duties. Occasionally, it is the husband...

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If We Could Say 3 Things To The Birth Parent

By Brad and Justin

Two dads adopt

Fourteen months ago my husband and I embarked on what could be one of the most scary, yet rewarding, journeys we would embark upon as a couple – growing our family through open adoption.  It’s no secret that no matter how bad we wanted a child, the two of us alone couldn’t make that happen.  Choosing open adoption to grow our family opened up an entire new set of thoughts and...

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