Gay Dad Life

Congrats to Gay Men Whose Families Grew Last Month!

Wishing these new dads and those who finalized adoptions a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations from all of us here at Gays With Kids.


Congratulations to Allen and Michael on finalizing the adoption of Michaela!

On December 15, Allen and Michael's adoption of their daughter Michaela Ellen was finalized! Congratulations to this Californian forever family!

"Adoption day!!! Obviously she been "ours" for last 16 months but today is the last step was complete and we vowed before a judge that we would be her family forever no matter what. Best Christmas gift ever!!!"

Congratulations to Erik and Douglas on finalizing the adoption of their youngest daughter, Ella!

Ella joins big sister Alli Mae in the Alexander family from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her adoption was finalized on December 11, and Erik and Douglas were so excited to celebrate their forever family.

"We are thrilled to announce to the world that our second daughter, Ella, is officially an Alexander!" said Erik on Instagram. "Thank you so much to our awesome team- DeColores Adoptions, Suzy Loeb Miller and Lisa Pecquet Harrell. You all are fireballs and we are so blessed to have had yall in our lives on this incredible #journey.
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Anthony and Phil are thrilled to announce the adoption of their two kids has been finalized!

From Council Bluffs, Iowa, Anthony and Phil first became Destyni and Jaksen's dads in March 2017, and their adoption was finalized November 18.

"We are truly blessed that our family is finally complete!"

Deke and Joseph welcomed their daughter Annlynn on November 11!

Annlynn was born via surrogacy November 11, 2017. Deke and Joseph are thrilled to finally be parents.

"Deke and and I celebrated our 18th year together in October, being able to share our love with this beautiful little girl is a dream come true," said new dad Joseph. "We both can attest that the love you feel for your child is unlike any other love one has ever felt."

The salon owners from Destin, Florida, are completely smitten with their "little angel."

Congratulations to Luis and Fernando on becoming first-time dads!

Luis and Fernando are proud dads to their daughter Amelia, born via surrogacy.

"Now that we are dads we are feeling complete," said Luis. "We had that tiny piece tto complete our relationship. It's the most wonderful experience in our lives; nothing else is missing."

The new dads live in Ecuador.

Congratulations to dads Scott and Jesse on finalizing the adoption of their son Max!

On December 6, 2017, Scott and Jesse finalized the adoption of their son Max, born September 28 this year. These Floridian dads are over the moon as a forever family of three.

"The entire experience was so surreal, however the love and joy we have is beyond explaining," said Scott. "We are completely thankful for this opportunity and one of the most rewarding accomplishments for us. We can finally look at each other in the eyes and realize or family is complete!"

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Race

How a White Gay Dad Discusses Racial Issues with his Black Sons

In light of the recent killing of George Floyd by the hands of police in Minneapolis, Joseph Sadusky shares two excerpts from his book that deal directly with issues around raising black sons.

Editor's Note: In light of George Floyd's death, this month, author Joseph Sadusky ā€” who has been sharing excerpts from his book Magic Lessons: Celebratory and Cautionary Tales about Life as a (Single, Gay, Transracially Adoptive) Dad each month ā€”will share two posts that deal directly with issues around raising black sons. This is the first, titled "White," which looks at general questions that come up for a white dad raising black boys. Read previous installments here.

It may be presumptuous for a Caucasian gay man to claim to feel terrified and heartsick at the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But upon hearing the news that day in 2012, this is exactly how I felt.

The horrible truth is that there are many incidents of racial violence toward black males that I could use as starting points for this topic. But the specific case of Trayvon Martinā€”whose only crime was being a young black male wearing a hoodie, walking in a neighborhood where he had a homeā€”has a particular resonance for me. Whatever the legalities of George Zimmerman using a gun to "stand his ground" if he felt his life was threatened, the simple truth is that he choseā€”against the direction of law enforcement, whom he contacted for supportā€”to follow an African American male who had every right to be walking those neighborhood streets, however "thug" he might appear.

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Become a Gay Dad

Curious About Covid 19's Impact on Foster Care and Adoption?

Leading industry experts answer questions from queer men about the impact of Covid-19 on the adoption and foster care processes.

Recently, GWK hosted a series of free webinars with leading experts led by industry experts in the fields of adoption and foster care to learn about up-to-date insights on how the coronavirus affects family building. The presentations left lots of room for audience Q&A, to allow participants to get their individual questions answered ā€” there were some common questions raised during each webinar, however, so we've put together a quick video of our experts answering some of the top concerns from queer men interested in pursuing surrogacy.

Our team of experts include:

Have other questions about the impact of the coronavirus on adoption or foster care that you'd like our experts to answer? Be sure to email us at dads@gayswithkids.com.

Surrogacy for Gay Men

Top 5 Questions About Covid-19's Impact On Surrogacy

Leading industry experts answer questions from queer men about the impact of Covid-19 on the surrogacy process.

Recently, GWK hosted a series of free webinars with leading experts led by industry experts in the field of surrogacy to learn about up-to-date insights on how the coronavirus affects family building. The presentations left lots of room for audience Q&A, to allow participants to get their individual questions answered ā€” there were some common questions raised during each webinar, however, so we've put together a quick video of our experts answering some of the top concerns from queer men interested in pursuing surrogacy.

Our team of experts include:

Have other questions about the impact of the coronavirus on surrogacy that you'd like our experts to answer? Be sure to email us at dads@gayswithkids.com.

Here is a breakdown of the Top 5 Questions About Covid 19's Impact On Surrogacy. These are highlights taken from our live webinar series we held featuring: G...

Transracial Families Series

How These Dads Address White Privilege within TheirĀ Transracial Family

The "white savior" complex is real, said Andrew and Don, who are raising two Black children.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of ongoing posts exploring issues related to transracial families headed by gay, bi and trans men. Interested in being featured as part of the series? Email us at dads@gayswithkids.com

Andrew Kohn, 40, and his husband Donald (Don) Jones, 47, together 13 years, are two white dads raising two Black children in Columbus, Ohio. Do they stick out? Sure. Have they encountered racism? They say they haven't. "I keep waiting for the moment so that I can become my best Julia Sugarbaker," said Andrew. "I think because we're a gay couple with Black kids, we're the other-other and people don't really say things to us. We have never had people touch our kids hair or do something that was inappropriate."

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Children's Books

New LGBTQ-Inclusive Children's Book Asks: What Makes a Family?

A new children's book by Seamus Kirst follows a young girl's journey of emotional discovery after she is asked which of her two dads is her "real dad."

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Seamus Kirst, author of the new LGBTQ-inclusive children's book "Papa, Daddy, Riley."

Throughout my life, I have discovered that reading provides an almost miraculous way of changing the way I think.

There is no medium that better offers insight into the perceptions, feelings and humanity of someone who is different from us. Through reading we become empathetic. Through reading we evolve. I have often emerged from reading a book, and felt like I was changed. In that, even in this digital age, I know I am not alone.

As children, reading shapes how we see the world. The characters, places, and stories we come to love in our books inform us as to what life might offer us as we grow up, and our world begins to expand beyond our own backyards.

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Interested in Foster Care? These Amazing Dads Have Some Advice

As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, we rounded up some amazing examples of gay men serving as foster care dads, helping provide kids with a bright future.

Every May in the United States, we celebrate National Foster Care Month. With over 437,000 children and youth in foster care, it's our honor to take a look at some of the awesome dads in our community who are opening their hearts and their homes, and providing these kids with a bright future.

Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Check out these resources here, and visit AdoptUSKids.

Meet the Foster Dads!

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Transracial Families Series

This Transracial Family Relies on a 'Support Group' of African American Women

Puerto Rican dads Ferdinand and Manuel are raising a daughter of Jamaican descent ā€” and love to find ways to celebrate their family's diversity

Our second feature in our transracial family series. Read the first one here.

Ferdinand Ortiz, 39, and his husband Manuel Gonzalez, 38, have been together for 7 years. In 2017, they became foster dads when they brought their daughter, Mia Valentina, home from the hospital. She was just three days old at the time. On December 13, 2018, her adoption was finalized.

Mia is of Jamaican and African American heritage, and her dads are both Puerto Rican. When Manuel and Ferdinand began their parenting journey through the foster care system, they received specific training on how to be the parents of a child whose race and culture was different from their own. "We learned that it's important to celebrate our child's culture and surround ourselves with people who can help her be proud of her culture." However, as helpful as this training was, the dads agreed that it would've been beneficial to hear from other transracial families and the type of challenges that they faced.

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