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LGBTQ Parents: Resistance, Persistence, and Pride

Rainbow Flag

This wasn’t the Pride Month I was looking forward to. I hoped we would be celebrating gains built on marriage equality, not battling to stop religious-exemption laws that could exclude us from parenting and limit homes for children who need them. I hoped we would be celebrating a growing understanding of transgender people, not trying to stop the same kind of bathroom bills for which North Carolina has been widely criticized. I hoped we wouldn’t still have to fight for the right of both same-sex parents to be on our children’s birth certificates.

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Of Hate and Hope: Explaining the Pulse Massacre to My Son

I wrote this last year for my newspaper column, shortly after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 mostly LatinX, LGBTQ young people. One year later, to #HonorThemWithAction, I thought I should post it here.

When I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, my own son was in elementary school, and I was shaken to the core. He is in middle school now, and the Orlando massacre has shaken me again. The victims this time were not young children—but they were all someone’s children.

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Court Gives Parental Rights to Anonymous Sperm Donor Over Nonbio Mom

Mississippi

A court in Mississippi has not only said a nonbiological mother has no parental rights over the child she helped to plan for, support, and raise with her ex-spouse, but that their anonymous sperm donor does. The mom, however, is fighting back.

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Every Child Deserves a Family Act Reintroduced to Ensure Children Find Homes

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For the fifth Congress in a row, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act has been introduced in an attempt to ensure that no child in need of a home is denied one because of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Manchester

Manchester Arena

The terrorist bombing Monday night in Manchester, England—an act that killed an eight-year-old and a 15-year-old, among others—has been much on my mind. How can we raise our children in an era of such tragedies? How can we—and they—not be scared?

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