Mombian Monthly Recap — February

February

February always seems to fly by for me. In case it does for you, too, and you’ve missed some Mombian posts, I thought I’d recap some of my favorites.

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Genetic Ties for Both Same-Sex Parents? Not for Moms

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It’s been all over the news for the past few days: a discovery that within two years, could allow “same-sex parents” to both be genetically connected to their child. Most news outlets have neglected to mention one small fact, however: It will likely only work for two dads, not two moms.

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Breakthrough Filmmaker on Representation in Pop Culture

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Filmmaker Justin Simien, who won for “Best First Screenplay” at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday night, offered encouragement to anyone who doesn’t feel represented in popular culture.

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Same-Sex Spouses Can Now Take FMLA Leave in All States

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that married same-sex spouses who are otherwise eligible will be able to take time off to care for each other under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if they don’t live in states that recognize their marriage. But same-sex parents should know one more thing about FMLA.

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Watch: Story of One of First Gay Men to Adopt in U.S.

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NPR’s excellent StoryCorps program last week ran a segment on Bill Jones, one of the first single men–and gay men–to adopt a child in the U.S. There’s even more to know about this pioneering gay dad, however.

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Help Create Guide for Kids Born Through Assisted Reproductive Technologies

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Help COLAGE, the national organization for those with LGBTQ parents, create a guide for youth and young adults born through assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

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Doctor Refuses to Care for Lesbian Moms’ Baby

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File this under “despicable.” A two-mom couple in Michigan says the pediatrician they had selected to care for their newborn daughter has refused because they are lesbians.

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Nation’s First Bisexual Governor Also a Stepmom

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Kate Brown made history yesterday as she became governor of Oregon and the country’s first openly bisexual governor. She’s also a stepmom.

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Three Tips for Easing Administrivia after a Parent’s Passing

My mom died recently of cancer. While the death of a parent is first and foremost deeply emotional, it also brings with it a host of administrative tasks, especially if the parent has no surviving spouse. Here are three things my mom, brother, and I did to ensure the administrative side of things didn’t intrude overmuch.

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An HRC Sticker and a Mistaken Identity

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Here’s a funny story about an HRC sticker and a case of mistaken identity.

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Denying LGBTQ Identities in Death

Photo credit: Jessie Eastland, under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

My mother recently died from cancer, and so end-of-life issues are much on my mind. As a straight, cisgender woman, she will be buried next to my father under a common gravestone, with the name she prefers. Our family will honor both her individual identity and the life she and my father created together. Not all LGBTQ people can expect the same, however, as several recent incidents have reminded us.

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