Lots of good stuff this week, including some great personal stories as well as much-needed research on LGBT families of color. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
- Lesbian mom Cheryl Dumesnil tells us about the book she chose to read to her son’s elementary school class.
- Laura S. of the U.K. lesbian site When Sally Met Sally writes of ”Coming Out at Yoga Class (!) and ‘False Labour,’” as part of an ongoing series about her pregnancy.
- David Shneer writes at Kveller, the Jewish parenting site, about “My Big Fat Queer Jewish Family,” and co-parenting with his husband and their child’s mother.
- The Family Equality Council has launched a national youth advocacy initiative titled The Outspoken Generation, involving the young adult children of LGBT parents. Zach Wahls, who won fame when a video of his speech before the Iowa House went viral twice on YouTube, and Ella Robinson, daughter of openly gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, will be the program’s co-chairs. Other interested participants should contact Andra Oshinsky at 617-502-8706 or email@example.com or visit www.familyequality.org/outspoken.
- LGBT families were among those at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year.
Politics and Law
- Crosby Burns of the Center for American Progress explains why he believes Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget, passed by the House last week, “is a disaster for gay and transgender families.”
- His colleagues Aisha C. Moodie-Mills and Melissa Dunn examine “The State of Gay and Transgender Communities of Color in 2012.”
- CNN looks at people working to break the barriers to foster parenting for same-sex couples so that more children can find homes.
- A gay couple’s appeal to Israel’s High Court of Justice has resulted in a public committee on fertility and childbirth recommending a legislative change to allow same-sex couples to become parents via surrogacy.
- Not LGBT specific, but Princeton University sociology major Lauren Brachman’s research for her senior thesis on IVF included both lesbian and straight couples, and may be of some interest.