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New Kids’ Album from Grammy Winners Celebrates Diverse Families

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The lyric, “I belong to a family. It may not look like your family,” epitomizes the joyous new children’s album Dancin’ in the Kitchen, by two-time Grammy Award-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Families with same-sex parents are only one of the many types of families celebrated in this warm and funny collection.

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Lesbian Moms Are Funny — At Least This One

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Judy Gold has been a stand-up comedian for 20 years and won two Emmys for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She’s also a “Jewish lesbian mother of two,” and spoke recently with Forbes about where she gets her sense of humor, how she got started in standup, her one-woman shows, and what she thinks about labels.

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Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Are Expecting

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Actor Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’ The Talk, announced on yesterday’s show that she and her spouse, musician Linda Perry, are expecting their first child together.

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How The Fosters Season 2 Impressed Me

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What do you get when you take two moms and five kids of assorted race and ethnicity, place in a home, sprinkle the neighborhood with other parental figures, and stir well? The answer is ABC Family’s The Fosters, which finished its second season in August. It remains not just a show about a lesbian-headed family, but one of the most thoughtful family shows on television. Here are some of the things I liked best about this season.

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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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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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The Fosters Season Finale Tonight: What Have You Thought of the Season?

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The Fosters, ABC Family’s lesbian mom drama, airs its second season finale tonight. I hope you’ll join me (and many others) tonight at 9 p.m. ET to watch the show and tweet along using #TheFosters and #gaydybunch. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan — how are the rest of you enjoying it? Any wishes or predictions for the finale and/or Season Three? (After the jump, catch a sneak peek of the Adams Fosters sitting down for family dinner in tonight’s episode.)

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The Children’s Film with Same-Sex Parents That Robin Williams Helped Launch

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Among the little-known deeds of comedian Robin Williams, mourned by many of us this week, is that he helped launch a groundbreaking children’s film that included same-sex parents.

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Watch: Short Films Celebrating Black Queer Motherhood

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While visiting the San Francisco Bay Area this past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful screening of four short films about Black queer motherhood. The even was hosted by Sistah Sinema, a multi-city network for Queer Women of Color cinema. Learn more and watch one of the films (from 1983!) after the jump.

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Gay Dads Save Daughter, Human Race in New Sci-Fi Film

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Two gay dads will be the focus of a new science fiction film — not because they’re gay, but because they’re human.

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“The Fosters” 2nd Season Starts Tonight: Here’s Why I’m Excited

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The Fosters, ABC Family’s two-mom, many kid drama, begins its second season tonight, and I can hardly wait. Here are some of the thoughts I had on the first season and what it means for us real LGBTQ families — as well as a sneak peek of tonight’s scene in which Jude gets his birth certificate.

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“Papa’s Prince”: A Children’s Tale with a Question Mark

A short new children’s video gives us the story of a seven-year-old girl who tells her friend a fairy tale about how her two dads met. There’s much to love about this creative video blending live and stop action — not least that it adds to the very small number of children’s videos featuring LGBTQ families. One aspect of it, however, gives me pause. Have a look and leave a comment about what you think.

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Batwoman Has “Gay Custodial Issues”

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Last fall, I reported that the latest incarnation of Batwoman might become a lesbian stepmom. This week’s Batwoman comic advanced that storyline. But will it last?

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Video: Daughter Remembers Watching with Her Two Moms as Ellen Came Out

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I felt old today as I realized that Ellen, Ms. DeGeneres’ first television show, premiered in 1994 — 20 years ago. Of course, most of us remember best the 1997 episode in which she came out as a lesbian. Writer Emma Tattenbaum-Fine recently recalled watching the show with her two moms. “The night Ellen came out, I felt my family got an invitation to the party,” she says in the video after the jump.

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Watch: The Fosters Summer Premiere Trailer

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It’s in the 40s here in the Boston area and barely feels like spring, much less summer. Here’s the trailer for The Fosters summer premiere, though, to put a little warmth in your day.

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Classic Film About Lesbian Mothers Now on DVD

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The Fosters, ABC Family’s drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season at the end of March. But The Fosters — and many real-life two-mom families — owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents after coming out.

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Cosmos Shows How to Do Equity

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I admit it. I’m an unabashed fan of Cosmos. The original version of the science show won my heart during my teen years, and was in large part responsible for my becoming an astronomy major in college (and then going on to study medieval cosmology in grad school). I was skeptical of the recent reboot, just because reboots are always iffy — but it has won my heart, not only for its science, but for its seamless effort towards equity.

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Help Shape Family Equality — and See Some Films About Our Families

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The Family Equality Council wants your help in shaping what the organization will do in the future. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and take their 2014 survey to share your experiences and priorities with them. Then read on to hear about some of the films about lesbian and gay families that they’re involved in developing and promoting.

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Young Adult Dystopian Film May Feature Gay Dads

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“Why don’t we see LGBT parents portrayed in children’s films?” asks Guardian writer Joanna Benecke. Good question — an extension of the question I’ve been asking about children’s television for some time now. Benecke offers us a glimpse of hope, though, and the news that an upcoming feature film for young adults will likely feature a boy with gay dads.

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The Fosters Ends 1st Season with Love and Surprises

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The Fosters, ABC Family’s acclaimed drama about lesbian moms Stef and Lena and their growing multi-ethnic family, ended its first season last night with a joyous adoption and some unexpected plot twists (which I won’t mention in case any of you haven’t seen it yet). The episode was full of both the teen and lesbian mom drama we’ve come to expect — my only criticism is that we have to wait till June 16 for more. The show’s marketing team, however, let a little bit slip about what to expect in 84 days when Season Two begins.

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We’ve All Had Days Like Stef and Lena

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I can’t help posting this photo of Stef and Lena from ABC Family’s The Fosters. They look like they’re having one of those days we’ve all had as parents. Please join me tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Twitter to live tweet with the hashtags #TheFosters and #gaydybunch, and rejoice in the fact that we have these two as role models, through the ups and the downs of parenting.

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Out and Expecting: Two More Two Mom Families

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Two more stars of the entertainment industry can now (or soon) be counted among those of us women parenting with another woman.

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Trans Parent, Trans Kid Come to Our Screens

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Transparent, a new half-hour drama from Jill Soloway (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under), centers around a transgender parent who is just beginning to transition and come out to family members. But an even more impressive portrayal of a trans character right now may be that of trans teen Cole on The Fosters.

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Sneak Peek: The Fosters’ Lena and Stef Share a Difficult Moment

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Being in a marriage means dealing with the hard times as well as the good. Watch Stef and Lena of The Fosters (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) prepare for Stef’s father’s funeral and discuss what to do about foster daughter Callie’s relationship with their son Brandon. Leaving aside the specifics of their problems, can you relate to their overall struggles with family and parenting?

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Watch: Laverne Cox, Annise Parker at Creating Change

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Never underestimate the importance of role models. I had the pleasure yesterday of hearing Mayor (and lesbian mom) Annise Parker of Houston, Texas, and Laverne Cox, one of the stars of Orange is the New Black, speak at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference. It’s Friday, so put your feet up and watch. You’ll be glad you did.

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