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Help Stop LGBTQ-Discrimination Bill in Indiana


The Indiana legislature on Monday voted in favor of a “religious freedom” bill that is a thinly disguised attempt to allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Here’s how you can help stop it, wherever you live.


Families and LGBT Equality: Past, Present, and Future

Janson Wu

Janson Wu, executive director of GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), is leading one of the several LGBT legal organizations bringing marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring. I asked him recently about the interplay among marriage equality, parental rights, and other issues that impact LGBT parents and our children, and about the past, present, and future of our movement.


LGBTQ Rights and Visibility: Good for One, Good for All

Transgender teen Jazz Jennings is not only getting a show about her life on TLC, but will also be featured in an ad campaign for a major beauty brand. Here’s why this matters to all of us, trans- and cisgender alike.


Lesbian Mom to Head Largest Rabbinic Group in N. America


Rabbi Denise Eger today becomes head of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. She’s also a lesbian mom.


LGBT Women More Likely to Live in Poverty


A new report from a wide range of research and advocacy organizations shows that because of discriminatory laws, LGBT women are among the most at risk of poverty in the U.S.–and that this can impact their starting and raising a family.


8 Things to Know about the “Voices of Children” Brief

Voices of Children

Last Friday, the voices of children with same-sex parents were sent to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Family Equality Council, COLAGE, and Kentucky teen Kinsey Morrison filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of marriage equality and highlighting the impact of inequality on children and young adults raised by same-sex couples.


Purim Children’s Book Features Gay Dads


It’s Purim, a Jewish holiday of storytelling and costumes that commemorates the deliverance of the Jews in the Persian Empire from a plot to destroy them. It’s also the only Jewish holiday to have a picture book featuring a child with gay dads.


Of Travel and Trailer: Part II — The Chevy Traverse


I finally got on board with my spouse’s desire to buy a camper. Next question: What do we get to pull it? Here’s my review of one option, the Chevy Traverse.


Disabled Lesbian Mom War Vet Denied Benefits for Spouse and Daughter

Melissa Perkins-Fercha

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has told a disabled Iraq war veteran that she much pay back federal veterans benefits for her legal wife and daughter because the state of Texas does not recognize her marriage.


Mombian Monthly Recap — February


February always seems to fly by for me. In case it does for you, too, and you’ve missed some Mombian posts, I thought I’d recap some of my favorites.


Same-Sex Spouses Can Now Take FMLA Leave in All States


The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that married same-sex spouses who are otherwise eligible will be able to take time off to care for each other under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if they don’t live in states that recognize their marriage. But same-sex parents should know one more thing about FMLA.


Doctor Refuses to Care for Lesbian Moms’ Baby


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.


Nation’s First Bisexual Governor Also a Stepmom

Kate Brown

Kate Brown made history yesterday as she became governor of Oregon and the country’s first openly bisexual governor. She’s also a stepmom.


Three Tips for Easing Administrivia after a Parent’s Passing

My mom died recently of cancer. While the death of a parent is first and foremost deeply emotional, it also brings with it a host of administrative tasks, especially if the parent has no surviving spouse. Here are three things my mom, brother, and I did to ensure the administrative side of things didn’t intrude overmuch.


Watch: New Freedom to Marry Ads Feature Same-Sex Parents

Alabama - Freedom to Marry

Two new ads from Freedom to Marry—one in Alabama and one national—prominently feature same-sex parents.


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.


Gay Dads to be Special Guests at State of the Union

U.S. Capitol

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.


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.


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.


Nikon Campaign Features Gay Dads

Nikon - Kordale and Kaleb

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.


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.


Parents in the Lead as Florida Same-Sex Couples Marry


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.


LGBTQ Parents and Our Children in 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.


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.


Norman Rockwell Painting Redone with Jewish Two-Mom Family

Tylenol - Norman Rockwell

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.