The Next CTO of the U.S. Could Be Megan Smith, a Lesbian Mom

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Megan Smith, a vice president at the secretive Google X lab, is a leading candidate for becoming the U.S.’s Chief Technology Officer. She’s also a lesbian mom.

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Watch: Trailer for Series about Transgender Parent

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Last January, I wrote about the pilot for Transparent, a half-hour drama that centers around a transgender parent who is just beginning to transition. Amazon Studios had promised to use viewer feedback to determine whether to produce the full series — and I’m happy to say the results were favorable. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Facebook Adds Gender-Neutral Terms for Family Members

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When Facebook earlier this year added many nonbinary options for indicating gender, I complained that the range of choices to indicate family members who are also on Facebook remained traditionally gendered. No more. They’ve just added gender-neutral options for many family members.

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Help Foster Change for LGBTQ Foster Youth

LGBTQ Foster Youth

A new study has found that one in five foster youth in Los Angeles are LGBTQ — which means they are over-represented compared to LGBTQ youth in the general population. They’re also twice as likely to report being treated poorly and twice as likely to live in a group facility compared to non-LGBTQ youth. But a bold project is working on a new model of caring for LGBTQ foster youth, in L.A. and across the country — and it needs your help.

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Judge Is Scathing to Marriage Equality Opponents on Matter of Children

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As a general rule of life, I try not to gloat. But yesterday’s arguments in the federal marriage equality case in Indiana and Wisconsin were so overwhelmingly on the side of same-sex couples and our children that I can’t help but feel a little smug. One judge was particularly scathing in his questions to marriage equality opponents.

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Back-to-School ABCs for LGBTQs

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My son is about to start middle school. I’m excited to shop for school supplies with him and thrilled that he’s growing and learning — but like many parents, I also wonder what the school year will have in store for him.

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Back-to-School Resources for LGBTQ Parents

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This is the time of year when I look at the calendar and put a pillow over my head. The start of school can’t be just around the corner. Any parent of school-age children may feel similarly, but we LGBTQ parents may feel extra pressure not knowing if our children’s teachers and classmates will be welcoming to our families. Here are some resources that may help you work constructively with schools and teachers in the year ahead.

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Mombian Cooks: Pita Bread on the Grill

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Imagine a soft and chewy pita bread that will put store-bought versions to shame and is darn simple to make. I’ve been having a great deal of fun baking these on a pizza stone on our grill this summer. The only downside is that the boughten kind will never taste as good again.

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Virginia Aunts Still Waiting to Become Moms

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Two Virginia women who want to be moms are practicing by being awesome aunts. Why aren’t they taking steps to become parents? They’re waiting until both can be legal mothers to their child in their state. The U.S. Supreme Court is (so far) not helping.

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Help Girl with Two Moms Win Scholarship

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Olivia Kelly is a 14-year-old student in Massachusetts who’s in the running to win a $50,000 college scholarship for sharing the story of how her moms met — but she needs your help!

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Let This Lesbian Mom Help You Win at Scrabble

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Like many writers, I love word games, and am eager to get a copy of the just-published fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which includes more than 5000 new words. One of the new entries is the Yiddish word “schmutz” — and for those of you unclear on its meaning (hint: it’s not the same as schmuck), Judy Gold, a “comedian, actress, writer, and Jewish mother” (also a lesbian mom) is here to help you out.

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