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Classic Film About Lesbian Mothers Now on DVD

Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner in the editing room in the early 1980s. Photo credit: Ellen Shub

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.


Cosmos Shows How to Do Equity

M94. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.


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


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.


Young Adult Dystopian Film May Feature Gay Dads


“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.


The Fosters Ends 1st Season with Love and Surprises


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.


We’ve All Had Days Like Stef and Lena


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.


Out and Expecting: Two More Two Mom Families


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


Trans Parent, Trans Kid Come to Our Screens


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.


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


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?


Watch: Laverne Cox, Annise Parker at Creating Change


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.


Ellen’s Lesbian Mom Comedy Gets the OK; Sean Hayes’ Gay Dad Comedy to End


It was a good news-bad news week for LGBT parent visibility on television. Ellen DeGeneres got the greenlight to produce a pilot for an NBC comedy about a lesbian mom, while on the same network, Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves the World, about a single gay dad, was told to halt production.


Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” Includes Two-Mom Family


Last night’s episode of the Disney Channel’s children’s series Good Luck Charlie featured a family with two moms—a first for the channel, and a small but significant step forward.


New Kids’ Web Series Explores Gender Identity and Expression with a “Charmin” Host


Sez Me is a new Web video series for kids that aims to “[celebrate] differences and diversity with a focus on the GLBTQ community” and ” the involvement of adults who represent non-traditional gender expressions (self-identified drag queens, masculine women, feminine men, gender queers, and trans people).” Sounds like a great idea — but is it any good?


“The Fosters” Season Begins with Two-Mom Snuggle


The winter season of The Fosters premiered last night, and for me, the first few minutes were the best. I’ll take two moms snuggling in bed anytime. Apparently, so will many others — but creator and producer Bradley Bredeweg is trying to keep a dose of reality in his two-mom romance.


The Morning After the Fosters’ Wedding


I’m so excited. The Fosters, ABC Family’s drama about two moms and their five kids, returns in its winter premiere Monday at 9 p.m. ET. I’m a big fan of the show, which I think gives us a wonderful, textured look at a lesbian family and means a lot for our community. Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come, starting with what happens the day after Stef and Lena’s wedding.


Sofia Coppola to Bring Memoir About Gay Dad to Big Screen


Some good news to start the new year: Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, Alyssia Abbott’s memoir of growing up in 1970s and 80s San Francisco with her single gay dad, is becoming a feature film directed by Sofia Coppola.


More Kids for “The Fosters” Family


Congratulations to Sherri Saum, who plays lesbian mom Lena Foster on ABC Family’s The Fosters. She and her husband, actor Kamar de los Reyes, are expecting twins! That means there’s one burning question bothering us fans: Will the Fosters’ family grow as Saum’s does?


Actor Maria Bello Comes Out to Her Son — and the World

Photo credit: Thomas Attila Lewis

If you read just one piece today, make it “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” by actor and activist Maria Bello (ER, Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Prisoners, and the unfortunately short-lived U.S. version of Prime Suspect, among others). Bello writes in the New York Times about her relationship with another woman, coming out to her son, and why she refuses to put a label on her love.


A Little Fosters Family for the Holiday


My only regret heading into the joyous week of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is that The Fosters doesn’t get a Thanksgiving special this year. The show is on hiatus until mid-January. To tide you over until then, however, here’s an extended trailer for next season. I love the bit with Stef and Lena snuggling at about […]


“Growing Up Gayby” Premiering Next Week in Australia


Next Wednesday (Nov. 20), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will premiere the documentary “Growing Up Gayby,” which follows a filmmaker with lesbian moms as she herself interviews “a slew of ‘gaybies’” and right-wing pundits “in an attempt to make sense of what ‘family’ is in the 21st century.”


Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman Producing New Sitcom About Lesbian Mom


Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman are producing a new sitcom for NBC about “a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life,” reports Deadline Hollywood. Will it be any good?


“White Collar” Gives Us New Lesbian Mom on TV

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Diana Berrigan, an FBI agent on USA Network’s White Collar, is the latest lesbian mom to grace our television screens.


A Tasty Slice of Lesbian Mom History


Lesbian moms have been a vital part of the LGBT rights movement since there was an LGBT rights movement. The documentary Mom’s Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers’ Custody Movement gives us a look at several early custody cases involving lesbian moms—and shows how the activism they spawned has had a direct impact on LGBT people and organizations today.


New Feature Film About Lesbian Mom in 1950s


Question: What 1952 — 1952! — book was about a married mother who leaves her husband for another woman, only to battle him in court for custody of their daughter? Read on for the answer, as well as more about the story coming to the big screen.


Milestones in LGBT Parenting History

I originally wrote this for my Mombian newspaper column last year, but as it’s LGBT History Month once again, I thought I’d rerun it—a look at some of the historical milestones—of laws, visibility, and community—related to LGBT parents.