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Watch: Short Films Celebrating Black Queer Motherhood


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.


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


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


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


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.


“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.


Batwoman Has “Gay Custodial Issues”


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?


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


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.


Watch: The Fosters Summer Premiere Trailer


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.


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.