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91 Messages to Trump: #RememberOurFamilies


As a community of gay parents, we have many concerns and fears at the beginning of the Trump presidency. Some of us have raced to secure legal protections for our families before the new administration even begins; others wonder if their plans to foster or adopt will be blocked by what is clearly shaping up to be a very anti-gay and mean-spirited cabinet.

But for our children, for our families, for ourselves, we want to be hopeful. We want to believe that people in power will use that power for good. That they will make decisions that benefit all families, including LGBT families.

And please remember that throughout this time, Gays With Kids will continue to tell your stories and share invaluable information to help gay men become dads, as well as help gay dads navigate fatherhood.     

Meanwhile, perhaps what the new administration needs is a reminder. A reminder to #RememberOurFamilies when considering legislation that affects our children, our families, our lives, our dreams. Below, following this introduction, are but a few reminders from across our great nation. 

Add your own #LGBT family to this campaign by uploading your favorite family photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the #RememberOurFamilies hashtag. Also, please share this post far and wide and ask your friends to do the same. The greater our reach, the more likely we’ll be to reach the attention of our new President.


the Guberman family

the King family

the Rosenberg-Van Gameren family

the Price Presslaff family

the Maynard Rudolph family

the Hawley-Molloy family

the Ryker family

the Blacker Goldstone family

the Daniels family

the Oddo family

the Israel-Sanchez family

the Bangs family

Take a quick break to read The Incredibly Loving Instagram Post From the Son of Gay Dads, written in response to our #RememberOurFamilies campaign. Then continue on to see the many other #LGBT families helping us send a strong message of inclusion to the new administration.

the Giansanti Stokes family

the Hill-Kalasky family

the Moya Vasquez family

the Alexander family

the O'Hair family

the Costa Novak family

the Santos Lake family

the Santiardo family

the von Tscharner Weyel family

the Gerard Camps family

the Cupp family

the Jalove Shea family

the LaDuke Matteau family

the Munster Spicer family

the Freed McGovern family

the Letschert Price family

the Gonzalez-Baltazar family

the Zielinski family

the Harlan-Vale family

the Yorgey-Girdy family

the McMillen-Oakley family

the Underly family

the Thompson-Lewis family

the Porcaro-Sullivan family

the Clarke family

the Carey Wood family

the Hunt Kendal family

the Reinot family

the Lee family

the Rogers family

the Berger-Jacobson family

the Strmiska-Nemerov family

the Kinyon-Vandersnick family

the Dodge-McLaughlin family

the Covey family

the Smith family

the Moore family

the Gregory-Veteto Family

the Santiago-Baird family

the Lepow-Beauregard family

the Swaggerty-Morgan family

the Rackley-Dunlap family

the Guanciale family

the Stigliano-Waite family

the Romesburg Mould family

the Marshek Gertner family

the Gomez-Woosley family

the Kelly Marcotte family

the Stevens-Yu family

the Arnone Family

the Longman-Keene Family

the Mills family

the Camp family

the Gibson-Roark family

the Taylor family

the Alexander-Ward family

the Longman-Keene family

the Chien-Flores family

the Tipton-Johnson family

the Parker family

the Noble family

the Ortiz family

the Portnoy family

the Minor Fernandez family

the Bautista-Turpin family

the Rummell-West family

the Kiker-McDonald family

the Anderson-Priuska family

the Lerma family

the Albert family

the Calloway family

the Collins family

the Corrao-Shaw family

the Hicks family

the Hall family

the Niles family

the Della Volpe Family

the Carter family

the Jackson family

Want to see even more wonderful gay dad family photos? Check out our Pumpkin Patch Families and 30 of Our Favorite Gay Dad Family Halloween Costumes

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