Gay Dad Life

2019 Shaping Up to Be a Big Year for Famous Gay Dads!

From Andy Cohen, to Ricky Martin, to Lance Bass, we're so excited for these dads and dads-to-be! 2019 is going to be their best year yet!

Over the last couple of weeks, Ricky Martin and Andy Cohen have each shared their exciting news via Instagram! And although Lance Bass isn't quite as close in his own journey to fatherhood, here's an update and 2019 is definitely looking bright for Lance and his husband Michael Turchin.


Congrats to Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef on the arrival of their baby daughter!

What better way to celebrate the first day of the new year than to announce that your family has grown! Ricky Martin and husband and artist Jwan Yosef shared a post via Instagram that they welcomed a baby girl into their family.

"We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef. It has been a special time for us and we cant wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and me and Ricky have fallen in love with Lucia

Andy Cohen announced he's expected early in 2019!

Just days before Christmas, Andy Cohen, Bravo presenter and TV personality, announced that early in 2019, he's going to become a father via surrogacy.

We're so excited for Andy and to watch his fatherhood journey. To Andy: You got this!

Update: Lance Bass is still planning on becoming a dad this year!

Despite a not so straight forward surrogacy journey - the dads-to-be have been through 6 egg donors! - Lance and his husband Michael Turchin are still counting on becoming dads this year.

As reported by TheGayUK, Lance said, "We had several friends going through this and it took a little while but I think we've broken the record for how many donors we've gone through. We're on donor number six right now and we don't even know if that one's gonna work. So, it has been a lot longer than I thought. But, hey, here's to a 2019 baby!"

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Fun

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New Dads Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Become Brand Ambassador for Pampers!

The famous gay dads took to Instagram to announce their exciting partnership with Pampers

This week, Olympic diver Tom Daley and filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, who are new dads to Robbie Ray this past summer via surrogacy, took to Instagram to announce an exciting development: they will be serving as the latest brand ambassadors for Pampers.

"Since Robbie came into our lives, we've become much more picky about stuff we buy and use," Daley wrote to his 2 million followers on Instagram. "When it comes to Robbie, there's no compromise, which is why I've chosen to partner with @PampersUK_IRE."

Dustin Lance Black, for his part, wrote to his 331,000 followers: "I'm so pleased to be working alongside @TomDaley with @PampersUK_IRE for the launch of their new Pure Protection nappies and wipes."

Whether or not Pampers is your preferred diaper and wipe brand, we here at Gays With Kids commend the company for partnering with these two inspiring gay dads. After announcing they were expecting a son via surrogacy on their respective Instagram accounts earlier this year, the famous couple were subjected to a prejudiced backlash at the hands of conservative commenters online.

Pampers, in taking on the gay dads as brand ambassadors, is opening themselves up to the same type of rightwing trolling. But clearly the brand recognizes that advocating for equality for LGBTQ families is not only a smart business move, it's also just the right thing to do.

In an interview with Metro.co.uk, the dads commended the brand for recognizing the importance of including the experience of LGBTQ parents in its advertising.

"It was one of those interesting things where they called us, and first of all – it's absolutely amazing that they called us, a same-sex family," said Tom Daley. "There was something really incredible about that. But not only that, it's wanting what's best for your baby, and that's why we trust Pampers and their Pure products."

Dustin Lance Black added, "It's opening a window to what our family looks like, and I think at the end of the day, it will be clear that we have the same concerns as every other family. 'You've got to feed them, you've got to change the diapers, you've got to love them. And I was really moved that they asked."


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Gestational Surrogacy Legalized in New York State

The Child-Parent Security Act, which legalizes commercial surrogacy in New York State, was included in the 2020 New York State Budget signed by Governor Cuomo

Yesterday, a years-long battle about the state of compensated gestational surrogacy came to an end in New York when the Governor signed into a law the Child-Parent Security Act in the 2020 as part of the state budget.

The effort stalled last year after opponents, including several Democrats, successfully argued that the bill didn't go far enough to protect women who serve as surrogates — even though it included a surrogate "bill of rights," the first of its kind in the country, aimed at ensuring protections.

"Millions of New Yorkers need assistance building their families — people struggling with infertility, cancer survivors impacted by treatment, and members of the LGBTQ+ community," the Family Equality Council said in a statement about the victory. "For many, surrogacy is a critically important option. For others, it is the only option. Passage of the Child-Parent Security Act is a massive step forward in providing paths to parenthood for New Yorkers who use reproductive technology, and creates a 'surrogate's bill of rights' that will set a new standard for protecting surrogates nationwide."

Opponents, led by Senator Liz Krueger, had once again attempted to torpedo legalization efforts this year by introducing a second bill that would legalize surrogacy in New York, but also make it the most restrictive state in the country to do so. "A bill that complicates the legal proceedings for the parents and potentially allows them to lose their genetic child is truly unfortunate," said Sam Hyde, President of Circle Surrogacy, referencing to the bill's 8-day waiting period. He also took issue with the bills underlying assumptions about why women decide to serve as a surrogate. The added restrictions imply that "they're entering into these arrangements without full forethought and consideration of the intended parents that they're partnering with," he said.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman, an out gay man who became a father via surrogacy, and Assemblymember Amy Paulin, who has been public with her experiences with infertility.

"My husband and I had our two daughters through surrogacy," Holyman told Gay City News. "But we had to travel 3,000 miles away to California in order to do it. As a gay dad, I'm thrilled parents like us and people struggling with infertility will finally have the chance to create their own families through surrogacy here in New York."

"This law will [give intended parents] the opportunity to have a family in New York and not travel around the country, incurring exorbitant costs simply because they want to be parents," Paulin said for her part. It will "bring New York law in line with the needs of modern families."


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Your relationship with your daughter may be shaped by your personal history, whether you've been through a difficult divorce or breakup, you've transitioned out of a straight relationship, or you made the courageous decision to pursue surrogacy on your own. Whatever your situation is, studies have shown that children with involved fathers excel more in school and have fewer behavioral issues in adolescence.

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