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Can “One Million Kids for Equality” Make a Difference?

One Million Kids

A new campaign launched yesterday with the goal of engaging one million kids–whether LGBTQ, children of LGBTQ parents, or allies–in advance of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

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Gay Dads to be Special Guests at State of the Union

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Gay dads Jeff and Todd Delmay, plaintiffs in the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Florida marriage equality case, will attend tonight’s State of the Union address as special guests of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They might not be the only gay dads there, however.

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Parents Taking Marriage Equality to U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court plaintiffs Pam and Nicole Yorksmith and child. Photo courtesy of Lambda Legal.

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears four cases this spring challenging state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, most of the plaintiffs will be parents. Let’s meet them.

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Resources for Talking with Kids About Racism

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seems weighted with extra meaning in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere that have brought increased attention on our country’s racial inequalities. The problem is daunting, with no single or simple solution. One thing we parents can do, however, is to talk with our children about racism and Dr. King’s legacy—not just today, but all year long.

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Nikon Campaign Features Gay Dads

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Nikon USA has featured gay dads Kordale and Kaleb–whose photo about doing their daughters’ hair went viral last year–as part of a new marketing campaign.

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Helping Religious Parents Understand their LGBTQ Children

Caitlin Ryan

Much has been written in the past few weeks about the suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn and her plea that we “fix society” to stop transgender people from dying by suicide. That’s not an easy request, although it is a necessary one. One social worker and researcher has some ideas for addressing at least one part of the problem.

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Parents in the Lead as Florida Same-Sex Couples Marry

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Marriage equality brought a little more sunshine to Florida this week. Among the six plaintiff couples in the case that won it are four couples raising children, and another with an adult child and two grandchildren.

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LGBTQ Parents and Our Children in 2014

2014

Did 2014 bring LGBTQ parents and our children closer to equality? Most visibly, it was the year that marriage equality spread to most of the U.S.—a great thing for many families, but certainly not all that happened.

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Texas Teen with Two Moms Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

Mason Marriott-Voss

Texas is not the most progressive of states, as most of us know. All the more reason, then, to admire 16-year-old Mason Marriott-Voss, who spoke recently about his two moms to a Freedom to Marry town hall at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.

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Norman Rockwell Painting Redone with Jewish Two-Mom Family

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Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” is a classic painting of an American family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Tylenol has given the painting a new twist, however, by using its setting to profile several diverse families, including one with two moms.

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Top 10 Quotes About Children from Marriage Equality Judges

Scales of Justice

Here are some of the best statements about children and same-sex parents from the judges ruling on marriage equality this year. They made me cheer — and sometimes laugh with delight.

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Does Your State Ban Talk of LGBTQ Issues in Classrooms?

Don't Erase Us

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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Reading on Racism

Black Lives Matter

I’ve been continuing to read many articles written lately about the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Jr. and others, and about racism in our country generally. Here are a few I’ve found particularly insightful.

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Facing Injustice for Eric Garner

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I’m furious today and thinking about race. Barely a week after a grand jury in Missouri refused to indict a White police officer in the shooting death of a Black teen, a grand jury in New York refused to indict a White police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a Black man and father of six.

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Nearly 14,000 More Kids Now in States Where Parents Can Marry

Mississippi

Marriage equality is continuing to sweep through the South, and the latest spate of federal rulings mean that nearly 14,000 more children of same-sex parents now live in states where their parents can marry.

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Wishing Peace for Ferguson and Racial Justice Everywhere

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I am angry, and sad, and frustrated today. My thoughts are with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, especially the family of Michael Brown, as a grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer charged in the shooting death of the teen. Let us not forget that we must all continue to work together for racial justice.

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A Veterans Day for All

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Not only is today Veterans Day, but this month is Military Family Month. I’m celebrating my favorite veteran, my spouse (who shared her story last Veterans Day), but also thinking about the currently serving military families among my extended family and friends.

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

Alabama moms - Freedom to Marry

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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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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For Same-Sex Parents in Military, Challenges Remain

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Marriage equality is sweeping the nation (32 states and counting!), and LGB people have been able to serve openly in the U.S. military since 2011. Same-sex military parents and their children still face challenges, however.

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How Many Children Could Be Affected by New Marriage Equality Laws This Week?

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With same-sex couples tying the knot this week in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming, it’s time to look at the numbers once again. How many children in these states could be impacted?

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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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Marriage Equality Rulings Lead to Expansion of Adoption Rights

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The glorious spate of rulings in favor of marriage equality last week is also leading to an expansion of adoption and second-parent adoption rights.

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How to Respond When Meeting Lesbian Moms

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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.

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