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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Two-Mom Military Families Showcased by American Military Partner Association


The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization for partners, spouses, families, and allies of LGBT military and veterans, has showcased two two-mom families this week. I’m proud to say I know one of them.


Grandmothers (also an Olympic Medalist and Fashion Entrepreneur) Reflect on Marriage Equality


Olympic medalist and financial executive Gail Marquis and her spouse, entrepreneur and fashion commentator Audrey Smaltz, spoke recently with MSNBC about marriage equality, their own relationship, and their granddaughter.


LGBT Parenting Roundup


Let’s set aside the obvious political stories for a moment to take a look at some other LGBT parenting news, including a few family profiles, entertainment news, and penguins. Seriously, with all these stories, the penguin should be adopted as the mascot for LGB parents.


Watch: Utah Moms Share Their Love Story


Here’s your daily dose of adorable. Candice and Megan are a couple living in Utah with their baby daughter, who just radiates cuteness. In the video below, they share their feelings for each other, how they got married during the brief window for same-sex couples in Utah, and what marriage means to them as moms.


A Lesbian Mom Shares Her Transracial Adoption Story


Kera Bolonik, a White lesbian mom, has written a must-read piece about adopting a Black son, in which she reflects on race, difference, assimilation, community, and more.


Watch: “Kids Of Gay Parents Speak Out” from the U.K.


This short film of kids with gay parents will guarantee a cheery start to your Monday morning.


Watch: Dads and Son from Honey Maid Commercial Talk About Their Family


The two dads and their son featured in a recent commercial for Honey Maid graham crackers tell us about their family — while making s’mores, of course.


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


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.


Lesbian Moms, Queer Daughter: One Story


It’s a myth that LGBTQ parents will necessarily have LGBTQ kids. Some will, however, simply because some percentage of parents, LGBTQ and not, always will. At COLAGE’s KidSafe blog, Sonya, who identifies as queer and has lesbian moms, writes about being a “second-gen” LGBTQ person — but also about how she and her moms have “Two Separate Identities.”


Parents in the Mix as Marriage Equality Fight Moves South


Florida on Tuesday became the latest state where same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit for marriage equality. Meet some of the same-sex parent couples helping to make that happen.


Oregon Men Marry After 60 Years Together


I try to stick with parenting stuff around here because I can’t write about everything, and others have general LGBT happenings covered better than I can. Sometimes something comes along, however, that is just so touching, I have to post about it. This time, it’s the marriage of Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth, who “have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953.”


Watch: Homecoming for a Military Mom with Her Partner and their Daughter


Cynthia is a U.S. Air Force officer who was stationed in Afghanistan for seven months. Watch this great video of her homecoming with her partner Karissa and their infant daughter. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.


Unilever’s “Why Bring a Child Into the World?” Series Features Lesbian Moms-to-Be


Jessica and Maria are having a baby — and have made a video talking about why they want to bring a child into the world despite food shortages, overpopulation, war, and other large-scale challenges. The video is part of Unilever’s Project Sunlight, “a new initiative to inspire sustainable living.” It “invites consumers to get involved in doing small things which help their own families, others around the world and the planet.”


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.


Watch: Teen Presents on “Growing Up with Two Moms” at National Association of the Deaf Conference


Jehanne McCullough is 17, a senior at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and has two moms. She recently gave a presentation at the 2013 Jr. NAD (National Association of the Deaf) Conference, in which she discusses her moms and what schools can do to be more inclusive of children with same-sex parents. Watch the video below.


Grown Children of Lesbian Moms Talk About Their Moms


Two pieces caught my eye this week that take a nuanced and unflinching look at the challenges and joys of having lesbian moms. Personally, I love reading pieces by grown children of LGBT parents. It’s useful to read things by other LGBT parents, of course — but the perspectives of those who have LGBT parents help me better understand how my son might view certain things in his world as he grows up. (Not that everyone who has LGBT parents will think the same — but they help me realize some of the possibilities.)