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Gay Parent Magazine (GPM) is the longest running, nationally distributed publication dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer parenting (LGBTQ). Featuring family stories and resources for building and nurturing your family.

Gay Parent Magazine (GPM) is the longest running, nationally distributed publication dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer parenting (LGBTQ). Featuring family stories and resources for building and nurturing your family.

Mission: Gay Parent Magazine's focus is to support and empower LGBTQ parents and LGBTQs wishing to become first time parents.

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Share from PFLAG NationalWe are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our founder, Jeanne Manford’s, birthday today. In 1...
12/05/2020

Share from PFLAG National
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our founder, Jeanne Manford’s, birthday today. In 1972 she marched by her son’s side. 9 months later, @pflag was born.
We are grateful to the mother of this movement of parents, families, and #LGBTQ allies! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧🙂

We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our founder, Jeanne Manford’s, birthday today. In 1972 she marched by her son’s side. 9 months later, @pflag was born.

We are grateful to the mother of this movement of parents, families, and #LGBTQ allies!

A Letter to My Boys -  in the Gay Parent Magazine - New York Annual 2020-2021 edition, Cara Cilento, a White mom, pens a...
12/04/2020

A Letter to My Boys - in the Gay Parent Magazine - New York Annual 2020-2021 edition, Cara Cilento, a White mom, pens a heartfelt letter to her two Black teenage sons.

I researched transracial adoption. I did it all just so I could be prepared to share with you tried and true data driven strategies and advice for African American boys being raised by a white mom. I felt successful. I knew how to braid hair, twist hair, and make corn rows. I knew Jamaican Castor Oil from coconut oil and Shea butter from Cocoa Butter. I had African American books, dolls and wrapping paper. I had a Kinara and whatever else you could think of. I was ready for you. But you know, that one social worker that came to the house looked past all that stuff and asked, “How are you going to raise them in Black Culture?” I held my tongue.

In the Gay Parent Magazine - New York Annual 2020-2021 edition, Cara Cilento, a White mom, pens a heartfelt letter to her two Black teenage sons. Get your free copy here https://bit.ly/31vcJSP

Gay Parent Magazine - New York (GPM-NY) is an annual supplement to our bi-monthly Gay Parent Magazine, GPM-NY focuses on LGBTQ family life in the tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The original case involved Ashlee and Ruby Henderson, a gay married couple from Lafayette who filed a federal lawsuit in...
12/04/2020
Have A Gay Day

The original case involved Ashlee and Ruby Henderson, a gay married couple from Lafayette who filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 challenging Indiana’s birth records law. They sued the state health commissioner and Tippecanoe County officials because county officials would not list both of them as parents on the birth certificate of their son, who Ruby conceived through artificial insemination.

The case is among the first dealing with same-sex marriage for the Supreme Court since the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Journal & Courier and The Indianapolis Star reported. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s attorney general submitted a brief to the Supreme Court arguing it should reverse a federal appeals court’s ruling that allowed both members of same-sex couples to be listed as parents on the birth certificates of their children.

What I love most about Christmas in our family is that it’s only gotten crazier – in a good way – as the years have gone...
12/03/2020

What I love most about Christmas in our family is that it’s only gotten crazier – in a good way – as the years have gone by. We like to joke some people decorate their homes for Christmas; with Kelly in charge, at our place, Christmas explodes.

More than a dozen trees forest our living room (most of which were saved from the dumpster when he worked at Goodwill), while more than one hundred nutcrackers keep guard. When they were younger, the boys reveled in the holiday chaos, dragging their friends over to soak it all in.

Love Christmas? Then you’ll want to read the article ‘Christmas Magic’ by Christopher Katis. Katis gleefully reflects about celebrating Christmas in full force–thanks to help from husband Kelly.

Read a digital copy FREE of our 22nd Anniversary November-December 2020 issue here: https://bit.ly/3oSZ1SM

...Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign formally launched a virtual Homework Helpers Program following a seven week-...
12/03/2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

...Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign formally launched a virtual Homework Helpers Program following a seven week-long pilot program that involved around 100 students from Throggs Neck, New York. The latest iteration of the program involves educators and volunteers from around the country who will provide students living in New York's 14th congressional district with one hour of free virtual homework help per week. 😊

Sign up to be a homework helper for kids & working families who could really use a helping hand during the challenges of remote learning 📚

All it takes is 1 hour a week for 4 weeks. Never tutored before? We’ll train you!

Join or contribute here 👇
https://act.ocasiocortez.com/signup/homework-helpers/

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https://www.parents.com/news/new-homework-helper-program-could-offer-much-needed-relief-for-parents-students-and-teachers/

Talking to Your Child About AdoptionIf you’re like many adoptive parents, it can come as a surprise when your elementary...
12/02/2020

Talking to Your Child About Adoption
If you’re like many adoptive parents, it can come as a surprise when your elementary school-aged child, who has always “known” they were adopted, begins to ask questions you thought were answered years ago. You have probably told your child their story many times and answered their questions. But something transformative happens between the ages of six and eight that shakes everything up.
Read more at https://gayparentmag.com/spence-chapin/

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children #adoption #family

If you are thinking of placing your child in an independent school, check out our 22nd Annual Gay Parent Magazine LGBTQ ...
12/02/2020

If you are thinking of placing your child in an independent school, check out our 22nd Annual Gay Parent Magazine LGBTQ friendly Independent School Directory. Over 100 schools, ranging from nursery to college, from across the country and listed by state. Includes schools for students with learning differences, bilingual schools, all girls or all boys, boarding, and religious schools. Contact these schools to find out what they are doing to protect your children during the pandemic.

Read a free digital copy of our 22nd Anniversary November-December 2020 issue #133 here: https://bit.ly/3oSZ1SM

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12/01/2020

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"...I find it inspiring to see that increasingly, queer parents who want to ascend to positions of significant national ...
12/01/2020
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"...I find it inspiring to see that increasingly, queer parents who want to ascend to positions of significant national power can do so." 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧😊

Two—yes, two—lesbian moms of color have been named to Joe Biden’s all-women White House communications team.

Check out Silver Lake Summer Camp, welcoming LGBTQIA+ youth and celebrating community, love, inclusion, and justice!Silv...
12/01/2020

Check out Silver Lake Summer Camp, welcoming LGBTQIA+ youth and celebrating community, love, inclusion, and justice!

Silver Lake Conference Center #summercamp

12/01/2020
The Barker Adoption Foundation

Check out The Barker Adoption Foundation.

This year, we need community now more than ever. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back where communities come together to give and act locally. Join Barker and support a cause close to your heart in the community you call home. With your support today, we will continue to build forever families here at Barker. Visit www.givelocaltogether.org/team/barkeradoption to give today! #GivingTuesday Monika Walters Carolee Inskeep Lisa Ivany Rachel Firschein Jenifer Wicks JA Freeman Maxine B. Baker

#sneakpeek the first-ever 50 state virtual AIDS Quilt display! #powerful #inspiring #healing  Let the #beauty of the #AI...
12/01/2020
AIDS Quilt Virtual Exhibition

#sneakpeek the first-ever 50 state virtual AIDS Quilt display! #powerful #inspiring #healing Let the #beauty of the #AIDS #HIV Quilt help our nation heal during these difficult times! #WorldAIDSDay2020 www.aidsmemorial.org
& www.youtube.com/aidsmemorial
on Tuesday, December 1st from 10am to 1pm PST
https://youtu.be/tr0A9ssAzQM

The first-ever 50 state virtual AIDS Quilt display! #powerful #inspiring #healing Let the #beauty of the #AIDS #HIV Quilt help our nation heal during these d...

Join The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and the National AIDS Memorial at 1 p.m. ET on December 1...
12/01/2020

Join The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and the National AIDS Memorial at 1 p.m. ET on December 1, World AIDS Day, for a national conversation with powerful voices about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope and resilience. Learn more about World AIDS Day 2020–A National Conversation. Click here to get updates: https://bit.ly/35rSllV.

Join us and the National AIDS Memorial at 1 p.m. ET on December 1, World AIDS Day, for a national conversation with powerful voices about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope and resilience. Learn more about World AIDS Day 2020–A National Conversation. Click here to get updates: https://bit.ly/35rSllV.

The incoming Biden administration has promised swift action to protect LGBTQ+ rights upon taking office in January. Acco...
11/30/2020
Out Magazine

The incoming Biden administration has promised swift action to protect LGBTQ+ rights upon taking office in January. According to their transition team, Biden and Harris plan on employing a multifaceted approach to swiftly counter rising hate and discrimination, using executive orders to reverse discriminatory Trump-era policies while working with Congress to pass stalled legislation that would guarantee LGBTQ+ protections nationwide. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

Thankfully Joe Biden will start with reversing Trump's transgender military ban.

11/30/2020
Rainbow Families Virtual Holiday Bazaar

Support small businesses AND LGBTQ families, with Rainbow Families' Virtual Holiday Bazaar! Visit https://rainbowfamilies.org now through New Year's Day. Many items and services available nationwide! Holiday shopping you can FEEL GOOD ABOUT! Rainbow Families is a nonprofit organization educating, supporting and empowering all LGBTQ families and prospective parents for 30 years.

The École (formerly École Internationale de New York), an independent Nursery–8th Grade French-American school located...
11/30/2020

The École (formerly École Internationale de New York), an independent Nursery–8th Grade French-American school located in the Flatiron District, will once again award up to three full-ride scholarships for new students in Middle School (6th-8th Grade).

“We, like many parents, know the value of a bilingual education. This is why The École would like to help some families to continue the bilingual education of their children,” explain Philippe and Laurence Roux, The École Benefactors. “Our unique dual program, which really goes Beyond Bilingual through the artful blending of both the French and American curriculum, will prepare these students for the next step of their education, whether in a public or private school, here in the US, in France or abroad.”
Families interested in applying for the scholarship can write to [email protected] to receive the details about the application process. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2021, and the results of the scholarship awards will be made public on March 8, 2021.

Read more about The École in our Advertiser Spotlight in our 22nd Anniversary November-December 2020 FREE issue here: https://bit.ly/3oSZ1SM

If you are thinking of placing your child in an independent school, check out our 22nd Annual Gay Parent Magazine LGBTQ friendly Independent School Directory with over 100 schools in this issue.

Yes, we still love our kids, and they love us (I think).  But we’ve all learned what we don’t ‘like’ about each other.  ...
11/29/2020

Yes, we still love our kids, and they love us (I think). But we’ve all learned what we don’t ‘like’ about each other. My husband fixates on problems I deem unimportant; I don’t show enough sensitivity; our eldest has a habit of stretching the truth on a too-frequent basis, and our youngest becomes destructive when not stimulated to his satisfaction.

Tempers began flaring hotter, over smaller and smaller things. The boys could not play for five minutes together without arguing. I became obsessed with the smallest infractions, lamenting that our kids could never just keep the house tidy!!

It's still November which is National Adoption Month and in our 22nd Anniversary November-December 2020 issue, Canadian dad, Gary Hurtubise, gives us a glimpse of his new family life in the pandemic, in the article Four Boys and the Pandemic. Read a free digital copy of the issue here: https://bit.ly/3oSZ1SM

Planning is STILL key. No one becomes a parent through assisted reproduction without lots of advance planning. During th...
11/29/2020
COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATE: for International Intended Parents | IFLG - International Fertility Law Group

Planning is STILL key. No one becomes a parent through assisted reproduction without lots of advance planning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still essential to plan your travel as far in advance as possible.

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Updated advice for international intended parents in the process of travelling into the US during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic with San Diego Fertility Center's Richard Westoby and IFLG's Rich Vaughn. Contact IFLG to see how we can help you with travel.

Kapaemahu, an animation that tells the long forgotten story of four mahu, extraordinary beings of dual male and female s...
11/28/2020
Award-Winning Hawaiian Animation 'Kapaemahu' Joins Criterion Channel | Animation Magazine

Kapaemahu, an animation that tells the long forgotten story of four mahu, extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. Although the stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, and seen through the eyes of a curious child.

Available on The Criterion Channel on December 1. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

https://www.animationmagazine.net/shorts/award-winning-hawaiian-animation-kapaemahu-joins-criterion-channel/?fbclid=IwAR0p0758ZeR1qUFiP4Ilxw97Fem4pH6qVPm_IXn2UP7eTyoq-P7xpDILkaA

Kanaka Pakipika with Pacific Islanders in Communications, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, present the powerful animated short Kapaemahu, available on The Criterion Channel on December 1. Kapaemahu, tells the long forgotten story of four mahu, extraordinary beings of dual m...

Current Trans Terminology. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧
11/28/2020

Current Trans Terminology. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

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11/27/2020

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11/27/2020

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Check out NewDealsOnline.com, a one stop online mall. Includes LGBTQ merchandise. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧
11/27/2020

Check out NewDealsOnline.com, a one stop online mall. Includes LGBTQ merchandise. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!www.gayparentmag.comThank you for Liking/Following our page, help...
11/26/2020
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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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Do Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving?Of course, the entire population of Native American people in the modern worl...
11/25/2020
Do Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Do Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Of course, the entire population of Native American people in the modern world do not do the same thing and make the same decisions.
There are undoubtedly many who enjoy a roast turkey, green bean casserole and viewing a football game in the afternoon on that Thursday in November. However, those more interested in their culture and the true history of our country understand that these modern trappings of the holiday do not touch on what really happened and what their ancestors went through back in the 16th and 17th centuries.

#Thanksgiving #nativeamerican

For the majority of non-native Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to think about things you are grateful for, eat far too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, and relax in front of the TV to

The state’s Senate Democratic caucus voted to nominate Vermont Sen. Becca Balint (D) to be its next president pro tempor...
11/25/2020
The LOFT LGBT Community Center

The state’s Senate Democratic caucus voted to nominate Vermont Sen. Becca Balint (D) to be its next president pro tempore. Since Democrats control the state senate, she will probably win the vote for the position.

Balint, who lives with her wife Elizabeth R. Wohl and two kids in Brattleboro, was the first lesbian to be elected to the Vermont senate in 2014 and has made affordable housing, jobs, and LGBTQ equality some of her top priorities as a state lawmaker.

In 2018, a law she introduced that required single-user bathrooms in public buildings to be labeled gender-neutral went into effect. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

Vermont’s state senate will be led by a woman for the first time & she’s an out lesbian. Women will also serve as Senate majority leader and assistant majority leader.

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/11/vermonts-state-senate-will-led-woman-first-time-shes-lesbian/

Using the correct name and pronouns saves lives! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧
11/25/2020

Using the correct name and pronouns saves lives! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

Thank you FreedHearts for this reminder. Using the correct name and pronouns saves lives!

#freemomhugs #mamabears #allies #lovewins #YouAreLoved

Carlos Elizondo, an out gay man, has been named White House social secretary by the incoming Biden administration. Elizo...
11/25/2020
Joe Biden names gay man as White House social secretary

Carlos Elizondo, an out gay man, has been named White House social secretary by the incoming Biden administration. Elizondo was social secretary for President-elect Joe Biden when Biden was vice president.

The social secretary is responsible for planning and executing White House functions. They coordinate events as simple as a single guest to large dinners for hundreds of guests or visits by heads of state. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

He will be the second gay man to help coordinate White House events and visits by heads of state...

Dominion Fertility is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and we work with individuals and couples to achieve their...
11/25/2020

Dominion Fertility is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and we work with individuals and couples to achieve their goal of parenthood. Whether you are a lesbian, gay or transgender couple or individual, we offer the full gamut of fertility treatments options to include; egg donors, sperm donors, IUI, IVF, 3rd party coordination (gestational carrier or egg/sperm donor) and fertility preservation to ensure your dream of being a parent is achieved.
Read more https://gayparentmag.com/dominion-fertility/

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A fun free cosplay virtual Halloween party for for all young folks ages 13-24, both allies and LGBTQ youth. Dress up, play games and jam to some tunes together! 👻 AND, for those over 50, we have our annual LI SAGE Spooktacular Halloween Party on Zoom, with senior drag queen Trixie performing, a costume contest, mixology demo and pumpkin carving! 🎃 SIGN UP www.lgbtnetwork.org/virtualcenter
10/6 8PM Gay, Bi, Queer & Trans Dads Meet Up! Zoom in with other gay, bi, queer, and trans fathers to get to know each other, take a break from the kids and have fun together!
STOP! MUST READ!!! Two Dads Under the Christmas Tree by Tobias Mile was just released. It’s not just a book, it’s our opportunity to embrace the future, reshape the narrative about what “normal” looks like, bridge the gaps and become part of the solution. A book for all children and all children at heart. Adoption, same sex family, racial equality, powerful messages condensed in 32 pages of pure sweetness and witty humor, told from the eyes of little Jayden in his first 12 months of life. If you want things to change, be the change you want to see; READ, SHARE, GIFT! - (The Barbara Manconi Smith, Green Steps Media CEO)
I just sent this email to my daughter's school. I'm sharing it in case anyone needs it for your kid. Good morning ###x grade team! One of my favorite quotes is when you know better, you do better. I’m in the process of learning through my daughter’s journey and I want to share what I’ve learned so far. I want to be transparent and upfront about my daughter with all of you so that we can all make her transition to 6th grade as smooth as possible. My daughter’s birth name is ###x which is also her dead-name. Alex is the name that she prefers to be called. Alex is gender fluid, which means that she is comfortable with both masculine and feminine pronouns. She is a happy, friendly, and social kid (a lot like her mom)  and is THRILLED that I am sending this email to her teachers. If you would please share this email will Alex’s FCS/Art/etc. teachers, I would we grateful. Please keep in my that Alex is also in a journey, and is not an expert, nor can she answer every question you may have about her gender identity/sexuality. She may volunteer information to you/her peers, but please don’t expect her to speak for all gender fluid youth. I’m learning too, and am happy to (attempt) to answer any questions or provide any information that I have to you. Thank you for being kind, loving, and professional to all of your students, ~Allison Miller
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I hope some of you who have older teens will be interested in Defend Yourself's Get Ready for College online workshop. Most of us don’t yet know what school will look like in the fall. Still, the late teens and early 20s are a high-risk time for sexual harassment and assault, and research has found that empowerment self-defense can make a huge difference! Join us to learn skills to be safer and more confident as you head off (literally or virtually) to school or work. Since most attacks are by someone you know, we focus on prevention, boundary-setting, assertiveness skills and physical strikes as a last resort in a college setting. Open to women, trans men, and nonbinary people who are rising high-school juniors, seniors, and college students Details and registration here: https://defendyourself.org/find-a-class/#college Facebook event for sharing: https://www.facebook.com/events/599679180921570/
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ONLINE PRIDE MONTH STORY TIME - Sunday, June 28th at 3:00pm ET! Register here: http://bit.ly/mmstorytime June is National Pride Month! Celebrate and join us for this special read aloud as we celebrate all types of love and all kinds of families. We will be reading a children's picture book featuring two moms. Story time will include a Q&A with the authors and illustrator, a drawing demo by the illustrator and a raffle to win a signed book, the doodle, and a denim bag. All attendees will receive a free e-book and free digital coloring pages. Register in advance. All ages and families welcome!
All 13-24 year olds are encouraged to attend, LGBTQ & allies!
**2SLGBTQ+ Rainbow Camp Launches Virtual Camp** 2SLGBTQ+ (2 spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning) already have a high rate of suicide. Due to COVID19, these youth are more isolated due to social distancing. Some youth are forced to live in the closet, gender mislabeled, and now with the lack of connections within the community, many are feeling desperate and alone. Welcome Friend Association's "Rainbow Camp®," has developed virtual programming for this year called Rainbow Online Connection (ROC). The online programming will benefit 2SLGBTQ+ youth by giving them a heightened sense of community: a chance to meet new friends, a chance to be themselves, a chance to share and learn, all at the same time. "Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) will serve our campers with the opportunity to connect virtually this summer through at-home activities and staff-led interactive programming. The goal of this program is to create a virtual space for LGBT youth to connect with peers who are like them so that they feel less alone during these isolating times of COVID-19," says Rainbow Camp Director Stephanie Voyer. Our goal is to offer a custom virtual-camp experience, which means that participants can design their own ideal ROC program. We will be offering multiple programs daily, and we DO NOT expect participants to participate in all activities. Instead, they can choose sessions and events that they feel most passionate about. We will be offering programming in three major streams: education and activism, artistic endeavours, and active outdoors. Each day there will be at least one program in each of these streams as well as large group activities such as group games, challenges, a talent show and more! "Our previous campers are excited," says Voyer, "and they have been anxiously waiting for news of what we will be offering this year". Even before ROC starts we are getting Thank-Yous' • "I love the experience of being part of such an inclusive camp, and I want to have the opportunity to try the activities hosted by ROC." (Camper) • "Thank you for doing this!!!" (Parent) • "Thank you for creating this program!" (Parent) • "Thank you for finding a way for all these kids to connect. This is awesome!" (Parent) For More information on Rainbow Online Connection go to our website: [www.WelcomeFriend.ca/roc](http://www.welcomefriend.ca/roc)