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Helping Mormon Parents Accept their LGBT Children

Caitlin Ryan

The Mormon Church has been among the institutions least accepting of LGBT equality. It played a big role in the 2008 success of California’s Proposition 8 that banned marriage for same-sex couples. One social worker and researcher, however, has been working with Mormon families who have LGBT children to show them that their acceptance can have a powerful positive impact.

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“Camperships” Available to Defray Costs of LGBTQ-Friendly Kids’ Camp

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Want an LGBTQ-friendly place for your kids to spend time this summer, but worried about the costs? I’m pleased to report that CampOUT, for kids of LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ kids, is offering almost full “camperships” for the fees of many campers.

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Ohio Lesbian Moms Lead Way in Opening Up Marriage Recognition for ALL

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A federal court in Ohio on Friday announced that it will soon rule that the state’s ban on recognizing the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is unconstitutional — bringing immediate relief to the four married plaintiff couples seeking to ensure their children’s legal security by having both parents on their children’s birth certificates.

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BlogHer Shoutouts

BlogHer ’11 has been over for more than a week now, but I went right from the conference to an extended vacation with my in-laws. They took all of us, plus my spouse’s siblings and their kids, on a cruise to Mexico (about which more later), but since I bled money every time I logged […]

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Same-Sex Parents: More than a Boom

Data from Census 2010 is slowly rolling in, state by state, and so far, it looks like about one quarter of same-sex couples are raising children, in states as diverse as Alabama, California, Hawaii, and Wyoming. The diligent demographers at the Williams Institute of UCLA are doing the analysis; they have yet to release breakdowns […]

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Lesbian Moms Sue School Over Alleged Bullying of Daughter

A lesbian couple in Albuquerque is filing a discrimination lawsuit against Rio Rancho Public Schools, claiming their daughter was harassed and bullied in fifth grade—including by the teacher—because she has two moms. According to KOB Eyewitness News 4, when the girl wrote an essay about her moms getting married in Iowa, the teacher “said that […]

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Rainbow Bibliography to Help LGBTQ Youth

With all the recent media attention about the need to support LGBTQ youth, it is notable that the American Library Association (ALA) is in its fourth year of giving librarians the tools to do just that.

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Harry Potter: Get a Clue

One of the joys of the holiday season around our house is new board games, because we’re geeky like that. We spent the entire first night of Hanukkah (after the candles and an obligatory dreidel round) playing Clue: Harry Potter Edition. Now, I’m usually a skeptic when it comes to movie-tie-in versions of games. Just […]

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Turkey Basters: Not Just for Lesbians Anymore

(Originally written for my Mombian newspaper column.) Sperm donors are in. The upcoming feature film The Kids Are All Right stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian moms whose children go in search of their donor. The new memoir Three Wishes is by three straight women who each almost—but not quite—used the same vial […]

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Penguins Lose Top Spot on Challenged Books List

Author Lauren Myracle’s young adult series ttyl has topped the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009. A “challenge” is a formal, written complaint to a library or school, “requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness.” Ttyl gives us a look at […]

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Constance McMillen and Her Lesbian Mom

By now, you would have to have been living on another planet not to know the story of Constance McMillen, whose Mississippi high school canceled its prom after she told officials she wanted to bring her girlfriend and wear a tux. What most news channels have missed, however, is that Constance’s mother is also a […]

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LGBT Parenting Roundup

Books and Media Since books form an important part of the parenting experience for many of us (and many of us were voracious readers before we became parents), go check out the Lambda Literary Foundation’s brand-new Web site, chock-full of goodness about books for adults and kids. Life & Style magazine’s latest cover headline asks, […]

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“Our Big Gayborhood” Opens Its Doors

Many of you know Lori Hahn from her blog Hahn at Home, where she writes about life as the single parent of teens. Because that clearly wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she has also joined with writer Margo Moon to launch Our Big Gayborhood, “an entertaining new site full of lively, powerful, snarky, reflective […]

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Who You Callin’ No-Name Calling Week?

Today kicks off No-Name Calling Week, “an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.” The event is organized by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), in partnership […]

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A Supreme Day

The Supremes seem supremely appropriate today: Sonia Sotomayor nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Come See About Me.” The question is, will the California Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8 have us playing, “Where Did Our Love Go” or “Back In My Arms Again”? For another hour or so, however, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

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Events to Support Lesbian Rape Victim

Two men and two teenagers have been arrested in the December 13 gang rape of a California lesbian. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime. According to several of the news sources reporting this, tips from local residents led to the arrests. Word from folks I know in the local area, too (h/t […]

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Happy Veterans Day

I’m married to a veteran. Several of my friends and relatives are veterans. Some have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and may yet be redeployed. Thank you to all the veterans for everything they have done to serve our country. Because this is a parenting blog, a special thank you to all the parents serving […]

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A Lesbian Mom Presidential Candidate?

Tired of the election already? Dissatisfied with rhetoric from both parties? Well, there’s a new candidate on the trail, and she appears to be a lesbian mom: Senator Julia Polonia Foley DeWiki (affectionately known as Mop), born February 29th 1964 is an independent candidate in the election for the US presidency which will be decided […]

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Coming Out as LGBT Grandparents

With increasing coverage of LGBT parents in the media today, it is surprising LGBT grandparents are still largely invisible. I suspect this has much to do with the frequent media focus on lesbian couples with cute little tots or funny stories about finding sperm, or, for occasional variety, gay men searching for surrogates. The idea […]

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Some/thing Blue

For my third contribution to Robin Reagler’s blog carnival, here’s Some/thing Blue: the Web site of Donor Home Delivery. A reader wrote to ask if I knew anything about this company. The Web site says it helps couples with distant known donors ship sperm safely from one place to another, ensconced in a “test yolk […]

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Some/thing New

For my second contribution to Robin Reagler’s blog carnival, here’s Some/thing New: Israel announced Sunday that same-sex couples will now have the same adoption rights as opposite-sex couples. Previously, they could only adopt if one partner was the child’s biological parent. Mazal tov!

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Final Days to Help Family Pride Bring Home the Bacon

I wrote earlier this month about a charitable challenge offered by actor Kevin Bacon. Bacon’s Six Degrees organization (in conjunction with Network for Good) will give a matching grant of $10,000 to the six non-profits with the highest number of unique donors before March 31st at 11:59pm ET. The Family Pride Coalition is battling for […]

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Season May Affect Risk of Preterm Birth

If you’re trying to conceive, here is some new research you may want to discuss with your doctor: A study at the University of Pittsburgh found that women who conceive in summer have the lowest rate of preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation), with the rates increasing steadily through fall, winter, and spring. Those […]

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Lesbian-Parent Weblog Award Nominees

Two lesbian-parent blogs have been nominated for the 2006 Weblog Awards: LesbianDad, in the Best New Blog category and Liza Was Here in Best of the Rest Blogs. Both are in contention to win their categories, but the competition is tough. Unfortunately, there are no LGBT-parenting blogs nominated in the Best Parenting Blog category. Gay […]

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Chocolate May Reduce Risk of Miscarriage

Yes, according to a new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, “Daily consumption of chocolate reduced the chances of miscarriage by a modest 20%.” The research was in fact more serious than that makes it sound, and shed light on the still-mysterious causes of lost pregnancies. The scientists found that women […]

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