- A new study by uSamp and Oxygen Media found that 87 percent of Americans believe the definition of a traditional family has evolved, reports the Advocate. Seventy-nine percent believe same-sex couples can be great parents. (Whereupon I ask: Does that mean the remaining 21 percent believe all parents screw up their kids?) Oxygen commissioned the study to coincide with their upcoming film, Untold Stories of Motherhood, “director Marilyn Agrelo’s look at the new modern family.” It premieres June 12, with a Web series featuring five of the birth mothers premiering May 12.
- Brazil has confirmed that same-sex couples should have the same access to assisted reproduction as different-sex couples.
- Johanna Sigurdardottir, the Prime Minister of Iceland since 2009 and also a lesbian mom, stepped down and retired from politics.
- Devon Corneal, a straight mom, writes at HuffPo about “The Talk My Preschooler Wasn’t too Young to Have“—that same-sex couples can marry. Great ally work!
- The Advocate profiles Sarah Bettens, lead singer of the Belgian rock band K’s Choice, who is now living in Tennessee with her partner and two kids (and has just released two new albums).
Two pieces of news about ABC’s The Fosters, the upcoming drama about two moms and their family:
- Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez told Entertainment Tonight that “the show is ‘an homage’ to her late aunt who was gay.”
- After Ellen reports that the show has added fifteen-year-old Noah St. John to its cast—St. John, you may recall, won NPR’s Snap Judgment show’s “Performance of the Year” award in January for his story about his two moms.
Transgender parents have been in the media several times lately:
- Annie Chagnot writes in the New York Times about her relationship with her father, a transgender woman.
- Alexis Martinez tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez, via NPR’s StoryCorps, about her transition to living as a woman.
- A man in Chile has become the country’s (but not the world’s) first transgender man to give birth.
- Denise Brogan-Kator is the Senior Legislative Counsel for the Family Equality Council, but also the transgender parent of three daughters and a soon-to-be grandmother. She writes at Bilerico about “Finding Myself in the Mother’s Day Card Aisle.”