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First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

May 16, 2016

LGBTQ-affirming religious books for kids are available for the first time ever with the launch of the Good News Children’s Book Series this spring. Books such as “Faithful Families” remind children that God loves them, no matter what their family looks like — even if they have two mommies or two daddies. “Mr. Grumpy Christian” is for LGBTQ families to...

In Defense of Marriage

In Defense of Marriage

Jun 28, 2013

I spent much of the day celebrating with my family when the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act was announced. The court’s ruling paves the way for a more equal America for us. Our family is now closer to accessing the same legal rights and privileges that other families already have. Our son will soon have the benefit of a stable...

A Gay Dad Sounds Off About Fundamentalists Who Target Kids

A Gay Dad Sounds Off About Fundamentalists Who Target Kids

May 28, 2013

As a parent, my Job #1 is the protection and care of my children. It is my job to be vigilant over their self-worth, to keep them physically safe, to show them how to be moral and productive citizens, and to empower their spiritual growth. It is a duty that I take very seriously. It is distressing when total strangers launch an attack against all those things...

A Gay Dad Thanks Justice Kennedy for Hearing His Kids’ Voices

A Gay Dad Thanks Justice Kennedy for Hearing His Kids’ Voices

Mar 30, 2013

A few months ago, I wrote a blog piece in anticipation of the Supreme Court review of marriage equality and the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.  In that piece, an open letter to Justice Anthony Kennedy, I invited the jurist to dinner so that he could meet my family.  While thousands of people read the article, I have no information to indicate that he did. He apparently...

“Traditional Family Values”? Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

“Traditional Family Values”? Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

Mar 18, 2013

Traditional family values is a packed cliché. The (ab)use of the term “family values” began in 1976 when it was introduced into the Republican Platform. It became a rally cry at the 1992 GOP Convention when Vice President Dan Quayle bemoaned the collapse of the family because the then-popular show, “Murphy Brown,” portrayed the main character as a strong,...

The Ten Best Gay Dad-Friendly Movies for Kids

The Ten Best Gay Dad-Friendly Movies for Kids

Mar 16, 2013

One of a child’s first challenges is to understand his or her own world.  For gay dads, this presents its own set of issues since much of the material we use with our kids basically ignores our very existence.  Kids’ programming, books and toy sets all reflect the Mommy/Daddy paradigm.  That is not likely to change,  that standard representing the majority, and...

Gay Dad Refutes Priest Over Study Showing Gay Men as Good Parents

Gay Dad Refutes Priest Over Study Showing Gay Men as Good Parents

Mar 11, 2013

This week, Cambridge University released a study.  It was published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering.  Their conclusion on the basis of the report was “Gay fathers, in particular, are extremely committed to parenting.” “Professor Susan Golombok is Director of the Center  for Family Research in Free School Lane and co-authored the report. ...

In Our Gay Family, Two Little Best Friends Became Brothers

In Our Gay Family, Two Little Best Friends Became Brothers

Feb 14, 2013

Some of those fighting marriage equality these days, want you to believe that there is only a single possible right way to create a “real” family.  The  way they suggest is by means of unprotected, unplanned, procreative sex.  Or, as Nan Hunter observes,  “accidental procreation” which then warrants 1500 protections and benefits by means of a “bribe (for)...

A Son Tells His Gay Dad, “You Are Not My Mom”

A Son Tells His Gay Dad, “You Are Not My Mom”

Jan 22, 2013

Ialways figured there were certain hateful statements my sons would make, especially ones that say I am inadequate. Such statements would come out in the future during some teen age angst scrapple where I was laying down the law and they were going for my vulnerable jugular. My sister told me once, “If your kids don’t shout out that they hate you at least a few...

10 Things the Pope Could Learn from My Family’s Trip to Disneyland

10 Things the Pope Could Learn from My Family’s Trip to Disneyland

Jan 6, 2013

During the last few weeks of winter holidays, Pope Benedict VXI and several of his delegates, including Illinois Cardinal Francis George and the United Kingdom’s Archbishop Vincent Nichols, delivered a lump of coal to the world’s LGBTQ communities.  It was gift-giving Mr. Grinch or unrepentant Ebenezer Scrooge style. Like the “We Three Anti-gay Kings”,...