7 Reasons Why We Love Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus is back! Nate, along with his husband Jeremiah Brent and daughter Poppy, kick off their new show Nate & Jeremiah By Design tomorrow night on TLC. We've got some Berkus boosters here and want to celebrate this happy gay dad family. Here are our top 7 reasons we couldn't be more excited about this show:
1. Nate and Jeremiah are eager to use their celebrity to increase acceptance for same-sex parents and their kids.
“We both believe the real power is in education and showing people and opening up the doors and letting them know that we love the way you love, we eat dinner the way you eat dinner,” Jeremiah told People .
2. Nate is known for designing some pretty high-end homes, but many of his projects look family friendly to us. Can't you imagine your kids standing on that brass side table and diving into all those pillows?
3. Nate and Jeremiah were the first same-sex couple married at the iconic New York Public Library according to the LA Times.
4. The chambray shirt just might be the unofficial uniform of gay fatherhood: Rugged, easy to wash and wear, classic yet entirely on trend. Nate and Jeremiah seem to rock a chambray and sticky-finger proof denim better than anyone else we know.
5. Nate Berkus is resilient. Nate and his partner photographer Fernando Bengoechea were visiting Sri Lanka in December 2014 when a tsunami struck. Fernando died in the disaster. Nate speaks about how Fernando is an inspiration to him today as a husband and father.
6. Nate's Target collection gets lots of love. We're especially into his new line of baby clothes and nursery decor. The restrained colors and classic styles are a hit! Baby stuff doesn't have to be garish or dull.
7. Poppy! We saved the best for last! These dads and their gorgeous two year old daughter born by a surrogate.
For more famous gay dads and their kids, check out this roundup on Instagram!
Over 2 years ago, we spoke with experienced filmmaker Carlton Smith about his documentary featuring gay dad families created through foster-adopt. It was a heartfelt project that shone a light on the number of children in foster care (roughly 400,000 as referenced at the time) who desperately needed a home. And the large population of same-sex couples, many newly married, who were interested in starting families of their own.
"Let's skip," my daughter said on our way to school the other week. She took my hand and started skipping along, pulling me forward to urge me to do the same.
Wouldn't it look, well, gay, for me to skip down the street? In public? I wasn't willingly going to make myself look like a sissy.
As part of our ongoing #GWKThenAndNow series, we talk to dads who have gone the distance and been together a great many years. Terry and Michael have been together 15 years, have two children, and live in Orlando, Florida. We find out how it began, and what they look for in a partner in life, love and fatherhood.
Johnathon and Corey, both 29, met in 2011 working for the same employer. And since their first date, they've been inseparable. Johnathon is a full-time student pursuing a degree in Human Services, and once he completes his degree, he will return to his Native American tribe to help fellow Native American families in need. Corey is a stay-at-home dad. Together they adopted 6-year-old twins, Greyson and Porter, from foster care on June 1, 2017. We caught up with the first-time dads to see how fatherhood was treating them.
The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.