LGBT Parenting Roundup

Politics and Law

  • Equality Florida gave this year’s Voice For Equality Award to Martin Gill, the gay father whose case brought down the state’s anti-gay adoption law. Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith also announced that she and her spouse are expecting a child next May. Congratulations to all!
  • The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a ruling from Virginia requiring enforcement of Vermont court orders in the child custody battle between Janet Jenkins and her ex-partner, Lisa Miller. Vermont has ruled that full custody should be transferred to Jenkins, after Miller flaunted court orders and refused to share custody. Miller is, however, in hiding with their daughter.
  • A lesbian couple in the U.K. are in a custody battle with their child’s known donor, who claims he “played a full parental role.”
  • Lesbian mom Donna Blackburn became the first out lesbian to sit on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Research

  • new survey in the U.K. has found that one in ten people still believe that gay people cannot adopt children. (About a third thought obese people could not adopt, and more than a third thought the same about smokers.)

Entertainment

  • Helena Andrews’ memoir Bitch Is the New Black, which describes life with her lesbian mother, becoming a journalist, and “trying to find a good black man” is headed for the big screen, After Ellen reports.
  • Edward McClelland at Salon writes about his mom’s coming out and the upside of having two mothers.
  • Lesbian mom (of four) and über-chef Cat Cora talks with Babble about balancing work and family, having her kids help in the kitchen, and preventing them from becoming picky eaters. She also said she would have a show on Oprah’s new network, OWN, in which she “will travel the country helping families in need of a lifestyle overhaul create quick and healthy meals.” So that’s how we lesbians spread our “lifestyle.”

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