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Gay men hoping to become dads have more options today than ever before to make that dream a reality. Regardless of your chosen path to fatherhood, start here for resources, tips, and how-to guides to help gay dads-to-be navigate the journey
Every gay dad has an inspiring story to tell. Read on for incredible examples of gay men and their families living out and proud all across the globe.
LGBTQ families are have made incredible progress in recent years, but there is still much more work to be done. Read on for news and inspiring stories about LGBTQ families fighting for equality.
Gay men wanting to adopt have more options than ever, but challenges persist. See below for tips on navigating the adoption process.
Surrogacy provides gay men with a biological connection to their child, but the process is complex. These tips help navigate a surrogacy journey.
Read through the resources below for tips on how gay dads can best navigate the foster care system.
Co-parenting can be a unique and adaptable path for gay men hoping to become dads, but you need to be prepared.
Resources to help recently out men with children navigate their newfound identities as gay dads.
Trans men face unique opportunities and challenges on their path to fatherhood, explored in the resources below.
Our contributors are exploring every aspect of fatherhood from a gay lens--the poignant, the humorous, and everything in between.
There is no one way gay, bi and trans dads form their families and we've made it our mission to chronicle them all. Check out our collection of family profiles for stories that will inspire.
A collection of heartwarming photo essays of gay dads and their families.
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Pics of Gay Dads With Their Little Future Voters

They may have been too young to head to the polls this year, but these gay dads recognize it's never too early for a civics lesson!

It was a historic night last night, for many reasons, the LGBTQ community. Most exciting for us: Colorado elected the first gay man, a father of two, to lead the state as Governor. And gay dads, at least according to Instagram, flocked to the polls to vote for these and other candidates who will fight for the rights of LGBTQ families. Check out these adorable pics of these little future voters!

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First Openly Gay Man (and Dad!) Elected to Governor in Colorado

Despite a barrage of attack ads from his opponent, Jared Polis, an openly gay father won his race for CO Governor with comfortable margins

Jared Polis, an openly gay 43-year-old father of three, won his election against his Republican challenger last night in Colorado's race for governor. The victory will make him the first openly gay man (and first gay dad!) to lead a state. (Kate Brown, the openly bisexual Governor of Oregon, is the only openly LGBTQ person to win election to a state's highest Executive office in the country.)

Polis, who was first elected to represent Colorado's Second Congressional District in 2008, and served as co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus in that body, is no stranger to making history. In 2011, when he and his partner Marlon Reis announced the birth of their son, Caspian Julius, Polis became the first openly gay parent to serve in the United States Congress. The couple welcomed a daughter, named Cora, in 2014.

Despite making history in this way, Polis and his husband have thus far kept private about their family, declining to state publicly whether their children were adopted or born via surrogacy.

Polis, who already beat out a crowded field of fellow Democrats vying for the state's top position, was seen as a strong contender as soon as he entered the race. He has been among the state's more popular Representatives, consistently winning reelection with comfortable margins. Also, thanks to several successful internet ventures prior to his turn as a public servant, he is one of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress, meaning he's had plenty of cash on hand for his campaign.

Over 240 LGBTQ candidates ran for office this year, which is an unprecedented number. Besides Polis, several of those candidates went on to win office. Democrat Sharice Davids won her race for Congress in Kansas, becoming the first Native American and the first LBGTQ person to represent the state. Democrat Chris Pappas likewise became New Hampshire's first gay congressman after winning his election last night.

Congrats to Governor-elect Polis and to all of the LGBTQ candidates who helped make history this year!

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Gay Dad Jared Polis Maintains Edge in Colorado Race for Governor

Despite a barrage of attack ads from an outside group, Jared Polis, openly gay candidate for CO Governor, maintains his lead over his Republican challenger.

Two new polls released last week show Democrat Jared Polis maintaining his lead in the Colorado governor over his Republican challenger, Walker Stapleton. If elected, Jared Polis will be the first gay man, let alone gay parent, to lead a state. (Kate Brown, the openly bisexual Governor of Oregon, is the only openly LGBTQ person to win election to a state's highest Executive office in the country.)

Though polls have tightened the closer to election day we get, one poll, released by a Democratic consortium last week, found Polis still maintains with a 7 percentage point lead. Another, conducted by a Republican polling firm, found Polis with a smaller lead of 5 percentage points.

Notably, Polis maintains a double-digit lead among women and younger voters, whose participation in tomorrow's election may ultimately determine his fate.

Polis has maintained his lead despite a barrage of attack ads posted by Republican-affiliated groups in the past few weeks. One of these ads accused Polis physically pushing his former female personal assistant. Outside media groups have called the ad misleading.

Polis, who was first elected to represent Colorado's Second Congressional District in 2008 and serves as co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus, is no stranger to making history. In 2011, when he and his partner Marlon Reis announced the birth of their son, Caspian Julius, Polis became the first openly gay parent to serve in the United States Congress. The couple welcomed a daughter, named Cora, in 2014.

Despite making history in this way, Polis and his husband have thus far kept private about their family, declining to state publicly whether their children were adopted or born via surrogacy.

Polis, who already beat out a crowded field of fellow Democrats vying for the state's top position, was seen as a strong contended as soon as he entered the race. He has been among the state's more popular Representatives, consistently winning reelection with comfortable margins. Also, thanks to several successful internet ventures prior to his turn as a public servant, he is one of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress, meaning he's had plenty of cash on hand for his campaign.

World Adoption Day, taking place this year on Friday, November 9, is always an exciting opportunity to celebrate gay, bi, trans dads who created their families through adoption. But as our friends and supporters at Dove Men+Care like to remind us, this is also a great opportunity to consider the impact a national paid paternity policy could have on all our families, especially adoptive and LGBTQ ones. Driving the conversation beyond our Father's Day partnership, Dove Men+Care continues to be committed to championing paternity leave for dads everywhere, spotlighting the importance of taking as much time as you can during those early moments with your new child.

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Gay Dads to Be Featured on Netflix's Upcoming 'She-Ra' Reboot

Hurrah for She-Ra! Netflix's reboot of the popular 80s show includes two gay dads.

During New York Comic Con earlier this month, the case of Netflix's reboot of "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" revealed that the character of Bow will have two gay dads.

The secret was revealed after Aimee Carrero, who voices She-Ra, was asked who were favorite characters on the upcoming show were, and she responded "Bow's dads."

Marcus Scribner, who voices the character of Bow, added: "It's not some topical thing that really needs to be discussed, it just is. Bow has two dads. I feel like [She-Ra] just reflects a lot of modern families and things that are going on in the world around us. I don't want to talk too much about their personality types and how they each factor in, because that was a bit of a Comic Con spoiler alert session, but it's definitely super cool. … Just know that they play an integral role in a couple scenarios."

As reported by Into, animated series have become increasingly LGBTQ friendly in recent years, with shows like The Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Voltron: Legendary Defender all featuring queer characters. And gay dads in particular are popping up in television shows of all varieties. We're happy to see She-Ra added to the list! The show debuts on Netflix on November 17th, be sure to check out the teaser promo video below:

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New Children's Book Explores the Difference and Similarities in All Our Families

"Same But Different Too," a new children's book by Naomi Kissiedu-Green and Chistopher Badley-Laxton, explores different types of families and provides the reader with some examples of how families can be different

Guest post written by Naomi Kissiedu-Green

We are very excited to FINALLY launch our new book, co-written by myself and Christopher Badley-Laxton who has a husband and three young children. Christopher's background helps give us an authentic story of representation.

Kobi is back with another great story to tell. However this time it's not about his family, it's about his friend's family. Lee is Kobi's friend and he is multi-heritage just like Kobi. Lee is adopted and has two dads. This book explores different types of families and provides the reader with some examples of how families can be different, while also having some things in common. Lee and his classmates learn to accept that families can be the same, but different, and every family deserves respect.

As I've mention in my TedX Talk, ALL children want to see themselves represented in books and the media. With The Colourful Life book series I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of our young by writing books that are inclusive. Same but different too is a book that reflects the society we live in, it is a same-sex representation of different kinds of families.

The Colourful Life books reflect reality for young children; it portrays an image of inclusiveness, tells children that their families are just like other families. Books like Same but different too, can help emotional development. It can help stop children being bullied if we educate and represent from an early age. Let's be inclusive.

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For those of you who missed it, our radio podcast about our new book, Same but different too, is now available. Click on the link below and it is located at the bottom of the article.

https://joy.org.au/familymatters/2018/10/23/rainbow-families-adoption/

Same but different too can be purchased through Amazon and the Book Depository

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Israel Postpones Vote on Amendment to Allow Gay Men to Access Surrogacy

"There is no limit to the shame and hypocrisy of this government," said Yesh Atid MK Yael German, the sponsor of the amendment, following the committee's decision to postpone the vote.

This past week, Israel's Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted to postpone an amendment to Israel's surrogacy law that would expand state-supported surrogacy eligibility to single men and gay couples. Currently, such support is only granted to married heterosexual couples.

"There is no limit to the shame and hypocrisy of this government," said Yesh Atid MK Yael German, the sponsor of the amendment, following the committee's decision to postpone the vote. "The delay is proof that the prime minister is acting against the gay community."

This development is the latest in the political saga that begun this past summer, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voted against an amendment that would have allowed single and gay men to access surrogacy after previously stating he would support it. The move caused thousands of LGBTQ individuals and allies to protest in the streets of Tel Aviv this past summer.

German said, for her part, that she "will not give up," and that she will "call upon members of the coalition to vote according to their conscience and let the bill pass."

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How Gay Dads Can Help Change the Parenting Game

More gay men are becoming parents than ever before, and they have the opportunity to help rewrite the parenting rule book.

For many gay men, a "gay lifestyle" equates to spending hours at the gym, bar-hopping with friends, weekend getaways, ascending the ladder in one's career, maintaining an immaculate home, and listening to "pride" anthem music. As a result, there are those who feel that gay life and raising kids go together like oil and water. Despite these implicit differences, it turns out a growing number of gay men are choosing to enter into parenthood by merging multiple identities.

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