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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.

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Moses Has Two Mommies

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Tonight is the first night of Passover, when Jews around the world gather to celebrate freedom from slavery in Egypt, under the leadership of a man who had two mommies.

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Audre Lorde on Family

Audre Lorde, self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” would have turned 80 this week had cancer not taken her in 1992. Here’s what she said about family in 1975.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Credits Gay Dads for Her Path to Parenthood Via Surrogacy

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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had her second child on Valentine’s Day last week — surprising many viewers of her show because she wasn’t “visibly pregnant.” She gave birth to her first child in 2002, but had her uterus removed in 2008 after suffering from uterine fibroids. She credits “a dear friend and his husband,” who had their child by surrogacy, for suggesting that she do the same.

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Second-Parent Adoptions Ruled Legal in Idaho

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Great news from Idaho this morning: The state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a person can petition to do a second-parent adoption of another’s child, even if the two adults are not married.

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Vancouver Baby First in Province to Have Three Legal Parents

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A baby born in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first to have three legal parents on her birth certificate under the province’s new law.

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1978 Comic Shows Lesbian Trying to Get Pregnant

I’m always fond of showing just how far back the history of LGBT parents goes. Here’s a fun historical find, then: a comic from 1978 (that’s 36 years ago!) telling the story of a lesbian trying to get pregnant.

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How to Contact Your Sperm Donor

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If you created your family like I did, using an unknown sperm donor, what do you do if your child one day says she or he wants to contact him? The authors of a new book for donor-conceived people and their families offer some helpful hints.

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Israeli Proposal Could Equalize Surrogacy for Same-Sex Parents

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Continuing the international theme from yesterday: Israeli Health Minister Yael German has accepted a committee’s recommendations to equalize surrogacy laws for same-sex and different-sex couples as well as single people.

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Post of the Week: “It’s National Adoption Week: Be kind to yourselves!”

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The Post of the Week for National Adoption Week comes from Jemma of Two Mums. Two Kids?, who reminds us of a very important part of the adoption process.

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TV Alert: 7:30 p.m. ET Tonight — Al Jazeera America on LGBT Families and Adoption

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A breaking TV alert: Al Jazeera America will be doing a segment tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on LGBT families and adoption. One of their three guests is affiliated with the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage. The Family Equality Council, the national organization supporting LGBT families, is asking people to offer their perspectives through the online video comments and Twitter conversation about the show.

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“Growing Up Gayby” Premiering Next Week in Australia

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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.”

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Adoptive Lesbian Moms: “We know what it’s like to be different”

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Adoptive lesbian moms Bianca Monreal and Tonie Alfonso, profiled at HuffPo, said that they believe gay people are particularly suited to be adoptive parents.

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Be an Ally for Adoption!

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November is National Adoption Month, and the Family Equality Council has launched the “Allies for Adoption” campaign to raise awareness of a very simple thing we could do to help more children in foster care find forever homes: remove the barriers that prevent qualified LGBT people from adopting children.

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“The Call” Video About Adoption Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

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This touching new video from the Family Equality Council’s “Allies for Adoption” campaign is the most poignant thing I’ve seen online in quite some time. Anyone who has ever waited for that call from an adoption agency should be able to relate.

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Needles, New Jersey, and New Families

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There’s a recent AP news story going around about a “new twist” on baby making for two-mom couples. Thing is, it’s not so new — it’s the method my spouse and I used 11 years ago to start our family, with her carrying an embryo made from my egg and donor sperm. It seemed doubly appropriate to mention it again today because we started our family in New Jersey — and as of yesterday, same-sex couples in New Jersey can legally wed. We’re happy to be celebrating as former New Jerseyans.

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Two Don’t-Miss Videos About Three Dads

These two delightful videos will start your Friday right. Both show fathers who are awesome in different ways, and both have fun twists at the end.

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A Two-Fer of Good News from California

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Despite that whole Prop 8 thing, California continues to be a leader in legal protections for LGBT families.

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Take a Survey About Impact of Internet on Adoption

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A new study by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute aims to look at how the Internet and social media are impacting people touched by adoption, from adopted persons to adoptive parents, birth/first parents, and adoption professionals. If you fit one of those categories, they want your input!

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More Evidence: Having Same-Sex Parents Is Unrelated to Child Adjustment

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Yet another study has confirmed what many of us already know: having same-sex parents doesn’t predict how well-adjusted a child will be. This new study is notable, however, for looking at adopted children who were placed in their adoptive homes at a very young age.

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New Campaign Targets Prospective Lesbian and Gay Foster and Adoptive Parents

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The New York City Administration for Children’s Services has launched a new, citywide campaign for adoptive and foster parents, including LGBT parents and those affirming of LGBT youth.

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Adoptive Parent? Take Part in New Study on Diversity in Adoptive Family Life

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The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a leading (and LGBT inclusive) national non-profit devoted to improving adoption policy and practice, is conducting a new study on diversity adoptive family life—and they want LGBT families to be a part.

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Children of Lesbian Moms Happy with Relationships to Male Donors

Dr. Abbie Goldberg

Young adults with lesbian moms and male donors are generally happy with their relationships with the donors, a new study has found. Most do not view their donors as dads, but some still have a growing interest in seeing them more often than when they were younger.

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Second Book Giveaway: “What Makes a Baby”

Congratulations to Stacy, who won a copy of What Makes a Baby earlier this week. Here’s a second chance to win Cory Silverberg’s picture book that explains human reproduction in a way that works for all families.

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Book Giveaway: “What Makes a Baby?” — a Book for All Families

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One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is “Do you know of any children’s books about reproduction that work for my family?” Now, no matter how you created your family, and no matter what your gender identity, I’m happy to say the answer is “Yes.” And I’m giving away signed copies. What […]

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