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Fighting back against the attacks on LGBTQ+ books

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Preschooler Heather is no stranger to opposition. Lesléa Newman’s 1989 “Heather Has Two Mommies,” the first picture book to depict happily coupled same-sex parents...

LGBTQ Families in 2022: “Creating the Kind of World We Want...

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In my last column, I looked at what experts at some of the leading organizations fighting for LGBTQ families thought were the biggest wins...

“Changing the Landscape”: A 2021 Year in Review for LGBTQ Families

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With 2021 drawing to a close, I asked experts at some of the leading organizations fighting for LGBTQ families what they thought were the...

A Year of Change

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My spouse and I recently picked up our son from his first year at college to bring him home for our family Thanksgiving. It...

Facing Our Fears as Queer Parents

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Halloween is almost here, a celebration of all things scary. That means, of course, that we should be celebrating queer parenting, too, which brings...

Telling Our Family Histories for LGBTQ History Month

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October is LGBTQ History Month, and I could write, as I have in the past, about the long history of LGBTQ parents, arguably going...

“Nuclear Family”: A landmark paternity case and a search for understanding

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It is many a queer parent’s nightmare: your child’s sperm donor sues for paternity. When it happened to Robin Young and Sandy Russo in...

Two children’s books are challenging homophobia around the world

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Lawrence Schimel and Elīna Brasliņa’s two board books for toddlers, “Early One Morning” and “Bedtime, Not Playtime,” are delightful slice-of-life tales about families that...

What the Buttigieg’s parenthood means for all of us

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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten have become parents. This puts them among the highest-visibility LGBTQ parents in the country, and...

Kids’ Books on Gender for Back-to-School

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After a year when time has seemed strangely warped, it’s hard to believe it’s back-to-school season already, but it is. To help get the...

Record number of out athletes at Tokyo Olympics, including queer parents

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The Olympics are underway, which means the television is on non-stop in my house. As a long-time athlete in a variety of sports, I’ll...

LGBTQ Representation in Children’s Television Moves Forward

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Several television shows for young children, including the venerable “Sesame Street,” have recently introduced LGBTQ characters, and a new one launching this month promises...

Non-binary and Trans Teens Pen Books for Younger Readers

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Fifteen-year-old Hunter Chinn-Raicht, who is non-binary, knows that the term “non-binary” isn’t always understood. “This is a new word and it’s super confusing for...

Author Writes Pride Books for Tots to Teens and In Between

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There are happily now many children’s books about Pride, but Robin Stevenson may be the author who has taken up the subject for the...

The Task Force’s Kierra Johnson on motherhood and more

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Kierra Johnson, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, is also a mother of three. She spoke with me for Mother’s Day about...

Our Path to Parenthood

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My son is graduating from high school this year, which is making me reflect back to how our family started. If my social media...

Family Equality’s New ED: “I have been preparing for this role...

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Stacey Stevenson, the recently hired executive director of Family Equality, is serious about the work ahead. “This isn't about a job for me; this...

A Sporting Chance

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When the Equality Act, a sweeping piece of LGBTQ civil rights legislation, had a Senate hearing on March 17th, opponents made clear they are...

OurShelves connects LGBTQ families with diverse books and advocates

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When lawyer, policy advocate, and community organizer Alli Harper and her wife had their first child, they did what many LGBTQ parents do: looked...

Do kids with same-sex parents do better academically? Let’s be careful...

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A new study has found that children with same-sex parents do better academically than those with different-sex ones. This is yet another study among...

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