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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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Lesbian Moms: What Do Your Kids Call You?

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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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A Young Teen is Seeking LGBT Parents to Adopt Him

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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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Giving Back: LGBT Mentoring of LGBT Youth

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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

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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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A Day In The Life of The Next Family

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

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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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