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For Hanukkah, Here’s a Funny Jewish Lesbian Mom Talking About Her Family

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A very Happy Hanukkah to all of you starting your celebrations tonight! In honor of the occasion, here’s a very funny video of Jewish comedian and lesbian mom Judy Gold talking about her family.

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Does Your State Ban Talk of LGBTQ Issues in Classrooms?

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I wrote yesterday about anti-LGBT discrimination in schools — and was happy to learn later about a new campaign to address “no promo homo” laws that forbid discussion of LGBT issues in classrooms.

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Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Education, from Preschool On

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A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) highlights anti-LGBT discrimination in education, from preschool through college.

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Boy in Viral Ferguson Photo Has Two Moms

You’ve probably seen the photo: a young Black boy exchanging a tearful hug with a White police officer at a protest about the shooting of a Black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. It was a small moment of hope at an otherwise bleak time. But did you know that the boy, 12-year-old Devonte Hart, has two moms?

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Stories of Parents with HIV/AIDS

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Today is World AIDS Day, and it’s worth checking out these sites and writers who are sharing stories of parents with HIV/AIDS, from their own perspectives and those of their children.

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AIDS and Children: Progress, but Far Still to Go

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For World AIDS Day today, since so many other LGBT sites are ably covering how HIV/AIDS continues to impact the LGBTQ community, I want instead to highlight once again some statistics about HIV/AIDS and children. There has been a drop in new infections over the last few years, but even so, the numbers are still sobering.

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Rainbow Letters Wants Stories of Having LGBTQ Parents

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The Rainbow Letters is a great new project that aims to collect and share the stories of those who have LGBTQ parents.

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Stories of LGBTQ Adoptive Families

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For National Adoption Month, here are a few great sources of stories about LGBTQ adoptive families, to go along with the more practical resources I posted earlier.

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LGBTQ Parenting Roundup

LGBTQ Parenting Roundup

It’s time for another roundup of LGBTQ parenting news! Here are a few of the stories I haven’t covered already.

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Seeking LGBTQ Parents in History

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Opponents of LGBTQ equality often try to make LGBTQ parents seem like a new and untested phenomenon, and therefore something to be avoided. The history of LGBTQ parents and our children, however, goes back further than one might think.

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Join Us Tuesday for a National Adoption Month Twitter Chat!

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It’s National Adoption Month, and this Tuesday, HRC Foundation will host a Twitter chat focusing on the opportunities for the LGBT community to adopt children in the U.S. foster care system. I’m co-facilitating, and hope you’ll join us!

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2 Stories Show Pain of Homophobia Across Generations

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Two recent stories by adults with lesbian moms show the pain of homophobia and the secrets it engenders.

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New Site for Kids of Military Families Welcomes ALL Families

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I’m very excited to share a new site for kids of military families that welcomes all families — and has a connection to my own.

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NPR Misleads in Article on Pregnant Transgender Men

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NPR reported a few days ago on a new study of transgender men who have been pregnant. The author tries to be sympathetic to the challenges they face, but risks confusing people about the difference between being transgender and being a butch lesbian.

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Watch: Two Moms and Daughter on “Who We Are As Southerners”

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Jessica and Chi are two moms living in Alabama with their seven-year-old daughter. They married in Connecticut last year, but their marriage is not recognized by the state where they live, work, and go to church. Watch them tell their story.

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New Picture Book for Donor-Conceived Kids of Two Moms

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If you’re part of a two-mom family, like mine, that had kids through donor insemination, you may have had trouble finding books that explain to your young children how they came to be. A new Kickstarter project hopes to add to that small list.

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No Surprise: Kids of Transgender Parents Doing Well

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Shortly after a transgender woman was named “Working Mother of the Year” by Working Mother magazine, a new report finds — not surprisingly — that the children of transgender parents are doing well.

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8 Adoption Resources for LGBT Parents

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, so I thought I’d kick things off with a few resources for those just beginning their parenting journey.

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Pregnant Woman with Dying Partner Pleads to Marry

Liz Molina and Joan Rodriguez

Liz Molina is dying of cervical cancer. Her partner Joan Rodriguez is pregnant with their son, but it is unclear if Liz will live to see his birth in November. Even if she does, her name will not appear on his birth certificate, and he will not be entitled to any legal benefits — they live in Florida, and the two women cannot marry.

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Most Lesbian Moms Satisfied with Type of Sperm Donor

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The majority of lesbian moms who conceived through donor insemination are satisfied with their choice of a known, unknown, or open-identity (child may contact when 18) donor, according to new research based on the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the longest-running and largest study of U.S. lesbian families.

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Post of the Week: “If the shoe fits…” — On Kids and Gender Expression

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Halloween often brings up the topic of kids and gender expression, so I thought I’d highlight a recent post from Pajamamamas about navigating her almost-six-year-old son’s shoe choices.

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“Family Circle” Magazine Features Its 1st Same-Sex Parents

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The long-running women’s magazine Family Circle featured its first same-sex parents in the latest issue. Some readers, however, are objecting to the sweet family profile.

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For LGBT Students, School Is Often Still Hostile, but Getting Better

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LGBT students in the United States report high levels of victimization and discrimination, although things are slowly getting better, according to a new report.

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12-Year-Old with Two Moms Makes Film About Bullying

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Gerry Orz is a 12-year-old living with his two moms and older brother. He’s just made a short film about a boy with two moms who is bullied by a classmate — a reflection of his own experience. This is the second such film he’s made — the first was when he was only nine! Watch a trailer and learn more about his ongoing activism.

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Recollecting the Stories of Those Who Lost Parents to AIDS

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October marks LGBT History Month, and a new project by two daughters of gay dads aims to reveal a part of history that has rarely been told before: the stories of people like themselves who lost parents to AIDS.

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