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Most Lesbian Moms Satisfied with Type of Sperm Donor

Egg and sperm

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.


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

Post of the Week - Mombian

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.


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


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.


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

LGBT Students Discrimination - GLSEN

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


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

Equation of Life

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.


Recollecting the Stories of Those Who Lost Parents to AIDS


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.


Spirit Day: Can a Color Stop a Bully?


Today is Spirit Day, a time to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTQ youth. Not all LGBTQ youth are bullied, of course, and not all victims of bullies are LGBTQ — but anti-LGBTQ harassment is still pervasive, even if things are slowly getting better.


7-Year-Old Magician Helps His Moms Marry


Last Friday, I posted about Fran and Anna Simon, one of the first same-sex couples to marry legally in Colorado. Their seven-year-old son Jeremy made headlines of his own last week, too, for his debut as a professional (semi-professional?) magician and for helping his moms to marry. Watch the cuteness.


How to Respond When Meeting Lesbian Moms


It’s National Coming Out Day, so I thought I’d post a slightly revised version of my “How to Respond When Meeting Lesbian Moms,” which I first posted on NCOD back in 2005.


Colorado Lesbian Moms Wed Each Other for 4th Time; Son Says, “Again?”

The Simons testifying in support of civil unions in 2012 (Courtesy of One Colorado)

Colorado lesbian moms Fran and Anna Simon have married/civil unioned/committed to each other four times. Their seven-year-old son is a little tired of all the fuss.


Lesbian Mom, Activist, and Artist Is LGBT History Month Icon

Ivy Bottini

Artist and activist Ivy Bottini was named an LGBT History Month Icon by Equality Forum for her contributions to women’s and LGBT equality — but they neglected to mention one of her other accomplishments: being a mother.


Mistaken Sperm, Harmful Racism


As a mother who used a sperm bank to start my family, and as someone who works in my day job for a program that addresses racial inequities, among others, I feel compelled to write about a disconcerting lawsuit that has been making headlines: That of a lesbian mother suing a sperm bank for sending her the wrong sperm — something she discovered only after she was pregnant. The added complication is that much of the lawsuit revolves around the fact that the donor is Black, while she and her partner are White, and had chosen a White donor.


Real Trans Parents Speak Out

Allyson Robinson

Amazon’s new online series Transparent features a transgender woman who comes out late in life to her spouse and grown children. Real transgender parents have been in the media lately, too. Here are some of their voices.


How Many Children Have an LGBT Parent?

LGBT Families

How many children in the U.S. have an LGBT parent? A new study gives us fresh answers — but we need to be careful how we quote them.


A Gay-Straight Alliance in Middle School? Yes!


This fall, my son started middle school, that land of greater independence, the beginnings of puberty, and a bigger and not necessarily all LGBT-friendly student population. I was therefore thrilled to see that LGBT legal advocacy group GLAD has launched a new campaign to encourage the creation of more gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in middle schools.


Texas Candidate Touts His Two Moms in Campaign Video


David Rosen is running for treasurer of the most populous county in Texas. In his latest campaign video, he explains how his two moms, retired public schoolteachers, inspired him to serve his community.


Help Foster Change for LGBTQ Foster Youth

LGBTQ Foster Youth

A new study has found that one in five foster youth in Los Angeles are LGBTQ — which means they are over-represented compared to LGBTQ youth in the general population. They’re also twice as likely to report being treated poorly and twice as likely to live in a group facility compared to non-LGBTQ youth. But a bold project is working on a new model of caring for LGBTQ foster youth, in L.A. and across the country — and it needs your help.


Back-to-School ABCs for LGBTQs


My son is about to start middle school. I’m excited to shop for school supplies with him and thrilled that he’s growing and learning — but like many parents, I also wonder what the school year will have in store for him.


Back-to-School Resources for LGBTQ Parents

Pride Flag School Bus

This is the time of year when I look at the calendar and put a pillow over my head. The start of school can’t be just around the corner. Any parent of school-age children may feel similarly, but we LGBTQ parents may feel extra pressure not knowing if our children’s teachers and classmates will be welcoming to our families. Here are some resources that may help you work constructively with schools and teachers in the year ahead.


Virginia Aunts Still Waiting to Become Moms


Two Virginia women who want to be moms are practicing by being awesome aunts. Why aren’t they taking steps to become parents? They’re waiting until both can be legal mothers to their child in their state. The U.S. Supreme Court is (so far) not helping.


Help Girl with Two Moms Win Scholarship

Girl with Two Moms - Matchmade

Olivia Kelly is a 14-year-old student in Massachusetts who’s in the running to win a $50,000 college scholarship for sharing the story of how her moms met — but she needs your help!


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

That's a Family - Lesbian Moms

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.


LGBT Parenting Roundup: “We’re Not Superhuman” Edition


A miscellany of LGBT parenting news, from the personal to the political, that I haven’t covered elsewhere.


LGB Families: What We Know and What We Don’t

LGBT Families

A recent report from UCLA’s Williams Institute on the state of research about LGB families not only reiterates that our children are doing as well as anyone else’s, but also offers some lesser-known insights about the composition and strengths of our families — and gives thoughtful suggestions for the direction of future research.


Teen Gives Award-Winning Speech About His Gay Dad


Fifteen-year-old Albie Williams recently won a U.K. speaking competition for a personal, funny, and touching speech about his gay dad.