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Doctor Refuses to Care for Lesbian Moms’ Baby

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File this under “despicable.” A two-mom couple in Michigan says the pediatrician they had selected to care for their newborn daughter has refused because they are lesbians.

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A Mother’s Journey as “Reluctant Outlier”

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Here’s a great read to start your week. Alysia Abbott writes about how raising her son, who is autistic, relates to her experience growing up with her gay dad and being part of “an outlier community” in both cases.

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Everything Changes: My Mother’s Cancer

In a moment, everything can change. On December 23, my 72-year-old mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her bones and brain.

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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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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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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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Helping Mormon Parents Accept their LGBT Children

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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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Another School Shooting: When Will We Have Had Enough?

My thoughts go out today to the community of Troutdale, Oregon, where a student and a suspected shooter are both dead after the later opened fire at Reynolds High School. When 27 people died after a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago, ABC News reported that there had been 31 school shootings since the one in Columbine, Colorado in 1999. Now, we learn that there have been 74 school shootings since Newtown. How many is too many?

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A Day of Silence Loud and Clear

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Today is the Day of Silence, when students from middle school to college take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. Once again, the day reminds me both of the challenges that still remain for LGBTQ youth and those with LGBTQ parents and of the amazing strides they’ve made since I was that age.

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Last Chance: Get Covered by Monday

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This Monday, March 31, is the deadline for enrolling in health insurance through the marketplaces at Healthcare.gov. Did you know that insurance providers in the marketplace are prohibited from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity? And that coverage for same-sex partners is available in many states (and where it is not, families are eligible for tax credits to cover the costs of a plan)?

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11-Year-Old Boy Who Loves “My Little Pony” in Critical Condition After Attempting Suicide

Michael Morones is an 11-year-old boy living in North Carolina. He loves My Little Pony, in part because he has ACHD and relates to the character Pinkie Pie, an excitable pony. Schoolmates bullied him and called “gay” for liking a “girls'” program, however. He is now in critical condition in the hospital after a suicide attempt.

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Happy 10th Anniversary, No Name-Calling Week!

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In addition to celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, it’s also a time to observe No Name-Calling Week, “one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the country.”

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School Shooting in New Mexico: Questions Still Unanswered

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Another school shooting. Another school shooting, this time in New Mexico, where an 12-year-old boy on Tuesday sawed off a shotgun and shot two classmates, ages 12 and 13, before being restrained by a teacher. The classmates are alive, but one is in critical condition. Right after the Sandy Hook shootings, I wrote about some of […]

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Sandy Hook, One Year Later

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I hugged my son today, thinking of those who have lost theirs. It’s been one year since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. One year — and yesterday, there was another, as a high school student in Colorado opened fire with a shotgun and incendiary devices and critically injured a fellow student.

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Breastfeeding: One Lesbian Mom’s Experience

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Whether you’ve breast fed, bottle fed, or adopted kids after they were weaned, you should go read “Failing at Feeding” over at Brain, Child. In it, writer Paige Schilt offers some excellent thoughts on maternal stereotypes and expectations, being the lone lesbian in a mothers’ support group, and the physical and emotional toll of having difficulties with breastfeeding.

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World AIDS Day: Remembering the Children

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Today is World AIDS Day. Since so many other LGBT sites are ably covering how HIV/AIDS impacts the LGBT community, I want instead to highlight once again some recent 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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Stand Against Bullying on Spirit Day and Every Day

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Today is Spirit Day, a time to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Not all LGBT youth are bullied, of course, and not all victims of bullies are LGBT — but anti-LGBT harassment is still pervasive, even if things are slowly getting better. GLAAD, which is organizing the event, is urging […]

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Study: Parents’ Relationship More Important to Kids’ Development than Sexual Orientation

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A second study published within the past week has concluded that how adoptive parents relate to each other is more important to their children’s development than their sexual orientation is.

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World’s Largest Study of Children with Same-Sex Parents Finds They’re Doing Just Fine

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The world’s largest study of children with same-sex parents, from the University of Melbourne in Australia, has released initial findings that show the children are doing just as well as any others—and better on some indicators. Before you dismiss this with an “I could have told them that,” read on for why this is important, and why we must use it with caution.

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To End the Silence

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Today marks the 16th annual Day of Silence, an event sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), where students from middle school to college take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. But a federal bill reintroduced yesterday that would prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination, harassment, bullying, and violence in public schools faces a tough road ahead.

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Dr. Susan Love: Lesbian Mom, Cancer Researcher, Advocate, and Now Patient

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Dr. Susan Love is one of the world’s foremost breast cancer researchers and a tireless advocate for finding both causes and cures for the disease. Now, however, this lesbian mom is also a cancer patient.

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Why I’m Writing a Blog for Choice

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which also makes it the annual Blog for Choice day. The organizers have asked us to share our stories about why we are pro-choice. Here’s mine.

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Happy No Name-Calling Week!

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—but it also 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.”

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We Must Not Forget: A Guest Post from My Mom

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Yesterday, I posted my column about the December 14th school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Today, I’m honored to bring you a guest post from my own mother, who had her own thoughts and offered to share them here. Some of our thoughts (not surprisingly) overlap, but she adds her own perspective as a mental health professional.

Thanks, Mom!

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