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“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...

Representation Moves Forward

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Representation of LGBTQ people and families in children’s media has taken several recent steps forward, even as these advances remind us how far we...

LGBTQ parenting revealed in memoir and research

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Three new books offer various insight, inspiration, and social science rigor as they chart the contours of queer parents’ lives. In “The Other Mothers: Two...

An Open Letter to Joe Biden from a Lesbian Mom

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Dear President-elect Biden: I’m writing you this open letter as you prepare to take office as president. My son was just a few months too...

Looking Ahead to 2021

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After a year like 2020, how does one approach 2021? With low expectations, since anything would be better than 2020, or with high expectations,...

Finding Things to Be Thankful for in a Very Strange Year

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As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I am thankful for many things — and not only that I’ve finally learned to make a decent pie...

Looking to the Future

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I am submitting this column before Election Day, although it will appear just afterwards. No matter what happens, though, this I know: We will...

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