Gay Dad Life

This Dream is For Real: Congrats to Gay Men Whose Family's Grew in May!

Wishing all of these gay dads a lifetime of happiness! Congrats to everyone in our community on their recent births and adoptions!

Wishing these growing families a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations to these gay men on their recent and expectant births, adoption finalizations and foster-adopt journeys, from all of us here at Gays With Kids!

Congratulations to Taylor and Michael on the adoption of Jack!

Michael and Taylor first met Jack in August 2016 when they began fostering him. (The two left photos above are from the first day they met Jack.) Around 18 months later, the dads finalized the adoption of their son in Los Angeles, California.

And how would the dads describe the day? As "pure joy and love!"

"From the first time meeting Jack, we knew he was our son," said Taylor. And on adoption day, the dads agree they felt huge relief that Jack was legally part of the family.

Congratulations dads-to-be Damien and Tim on their exciting news!

Damien and Tim were matched with a birth mom several weeks ago and they're moving forward together. A baby boy is arriving in August, and they couldn't be more thrilled!

"We were elated when we found out she chose us!" said Damien. "Even when you think you're ready for the news, the moment and the following few days are much more amazing than we could have predicted. Now we're moving gayly forward in our preparations."

We're so excited for these two to realize their dream of fatherhood and can't wait to follow their journey!

Congratulations to dads Chris and Zac on the birth of their son Jett!

Husbands Zac and Chris welcomed Jett into their family October 15, 2017. This family of three was created through adoption and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"We never knew the true meaning of love until the moment we saw our son," said Chris.

"It's hard to put into words the feelings we felt when we saw our son for the first time," added Zac, "but seeing him melted our hearts."

Congratulations to this new family of three!

Congratulations to dads James and Ryan on the adoption of Caden!

James and Ryan are the proud new dads to baby Caden whom they adopted on April 23, 2018. Caden joins big sister Chiara, making these Orange County residents a family of four.

"We never thought in a million years that we would be blessed with another child," said James. "He has expanded our hearts more than we could ever imagine."

Congratulations to dads Chad and Ray on the birth of their daughter, Diana!

Chad and Ray with Diana and their surrogate, Liz

Born via surrogacy in Savannah, Georgia, Diana came into the world on April 13, 2018. Her two dads, Chad and Ray, are thrilled to finally be dads!

"The saying 'love makes a family' was never truer than the day Diana was born," said Chad. "Being in the room with our surrogate Liz and her husband Jeff as Diana Elizabeth entered this world felt like all of our dreams coming true."

"We started this journey hoping to expand our family by one, but we ended up gaining a new brother, sister, and two amazing kids to boot," said Ray. "Our lives will never be the same and I wouldn't want it any other way!"

Congrats to this awesome family!

Congratulations to Stephen and Mauricio on the birth of their daughter Isabella!

Stephen and Mauricio stared their journey to become parents as foster dads. It took them over 2 years to become licensed, but they were never selected. When they turned to adoption, their first birth mother decided to keep the baby a week before the due date. But the dads-to-be didn't give up hope, and decided to try private adoption, and it finally happened. Introducing Isabella, born April 28.

"That morning, we rushed to the hospital after getting the news that our birthmom was finally in labor," shared Mauricio. "Once she delivered we had the honor to cut the cord and be abel to witness the birth."

Both the dads' families were in the waiting room of the hospital, ready to celebrate the arrival of Isabella.

"The rush of joy, happiness and excitement was like no other," said Stephen. "Having our families around and being able to experience it together was the greatest feeling on earth; the outpour of support and cheers from friends made this day uunforgettable."

The dads already cannot wait to try for baby number 2!

Congratulations to Tyler and Ernie on finalizing the adoption of their daughter!

Ernie and Tyler first grew their family when they fostered to adopt their son Anthony. He was 4 years old when he first joined his two dads. In 2017, the dads began fostering Ella, and in April 2018, they finalized her adoption.

"The day we finalized we felt a huge sense of pride and joy," said Tyler. "We love her so much and my son even said, 'Now she's family forever.'"

"My husband and I feel relieved it was official and took comfort in knowing she would be our daughter forever," added Ernie.

Congratulations to dads Lee and Michael on finalizing the adoption of son Rhys!

Michael and Lee first became Rhys' dads when he was placed with them at 3 months old. 9 months later, his adoption was finalized!

"The day the adoption was finalized was absolutely amazing!" shared Lee. "Knowing he is legally our son and took our surname... he was ours from the moment we met him."

This family of three live in Warrington, England.

Congratulations to dads Charles and DaRel on finalizing the adoption of Braeden!

Charles and DaRel met their son Braeden on July 31, 2017 when he was just 5 days old and still at the hospital. Nine months later, their officially his dads!

"We felt excited and happy that our family was complete," said DaRel. "And very thankful to be surrounded by so many family members and friends who love us."

Congratulations to this awesome family of three from Mitchellville, Maryland.

Congratulations to dads Sam and Jason on the birth of their twins!

Dads Sam and Jason welcomed two new additions to their family: twin sisters for big brother Leo! Lila and Lane were born May 7, 2018 via surrogate.

"The moment we saw our twin girls we felt joy and love and couldn't wait to share the moment with our son Leo!" said Sam.

This family of five live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Gay Dad Family Stories

One Single Gay Dad's Trailblazing Path to Parenthood Via Surrogacy

20 years ago, Gene became the first single gay man to work with Circle Surrogacy in order to become a dad — trailblazing a path for many others since.

This article is part of our family feature series with Circle Surrogacy, a surrogacy agency that has been helping LGBTQ+ singles and couples realize their dream of parenthood for the past 20 years.

"I think I was pretty naïve, I guess," chuckled Gene, one of the first single gay dads to work with Circle Surrogacy over 19 years ago. "I just had made a decision and went out and did it, and wasn't really thinking about how difficult it might be or what other people thought, being first at doing something."

So how did Gene hear about surrogacy as an option for single gay men? Well, it began with Gene flipping through a bar magazine. He recalls seeing an ad about a woman providing a service to connect gay men with lesbians in platonic co-parenting relationships. While he started down that path, working with the founder, Jennifer, he remembers thinking, "What if I meet someone? What if I want to move? It would create all these complications."

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Gay Dad Family Stories

David and Ben Met on the Dance Floor — and Are Now Grooving Their Way Through Fatherhood

David and Ben, who became fathers with the help of Northwest Surrogacy Center, live in Melbourne with their daughter, Maia.

In 2003, while both studying at Reading University in the UK, Ben Suter and David Cocks met after locking eyes on the dance floor and then being introduced by a mutual friend. Ben, a meteorologist and Operations Manager, and David, an Assistant Principal, have been together ever since. They moved to Australia together in 2010, seeking a different life, and an overall better work-life balance. The chose Cairns in Queensland as their new home, between the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest, "taking life a bit easier," said David. The couple were also married in June 2016, back home in England.

While David always wanted kids, Ben took a little convincing. So they started their parenting journey with a dog, Titan, who quickly became like their first born. From there, Ben came around rather quickly.

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News

New York Will Fight 'Repugnant' Trump Rule on Adoption, Says Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York promises legal action of the Trump administration moves ahead with plans to allow discrimination against LGBTQ adoptive and foster parents

Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to allow adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ parents — but he may face a legal fight from (former) hometown. In a tweet, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said the proposed move "isn't just discriminatory and repugnant to our values,— it's also heartless and dumb as it would deny countless children a loving family and a safe place to call home." If the proposal moves forward, he continued. "we'll take legal action to stop it.

Governor Cuomo's office followed up the tweet with a lengthier statement posted to their website:

Once again the Trump administration is attacking the hard-earned rights and protections of the LGBTQ community, this time proposing a new measure that would give foster care and adoption agencies license to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Trump's proposal isn't just discriminatory and repugnant to our values — it's also heartless and dumb as it would deny countless children a loving family and a safe place to call home. If he moves forward with this rule, we'll take legal action to stop it.

No matter what happens in Washington, New York State is and will continue to be a beacon of equality in this country. Our Human Rights Law and adoption regulations expressly prohibit discrimination against the LGBTQ community, including when it comes to adoption. I encourage any LGBTQ New Yorker who feels they are a victim of this discrimination to contact the State Division of Human Rights for assistance.

Our message to the Trump administration is simple: there is no place for hate in New York or in our nation, and we will not allow this noxious proposal to stop LGBTQ New Yorkers from becoming parents or providing care to children in need.

Gay Dad Life

Karamo Brown Co-Writes Children's Book with Son, Jason

The 'Queer Eye' star and his son named the story on a family mantra: You are Perfectly Designed

When his sons, Jason and Chris, were young, "Queer Eye" Star Karamo Brown repeated the same saying to them: "You are perfectly designed."

That mantra is now a Children's Book, cowritten by Karamo and his 22-year-old son, Jason, who used to come how and "say things like, 'I don't want to be me, I wish I was someone else, I wish I had a different life." As a parent, that "broke my heart," Karamo told Yahoo! Lifestyle. "I would say to him, 'You are blessed and you are perfect just the way you are,' as a reminder that you have been given so much and you should be appreciative and know that you're enough — I know that the world will try to tear you down, but if you can say to yourself, 'I am perfectly designed,' maybe it can quiet out some of those negative messages."

The illustrations, by Anoosha Syed, also make a point of displaying families of a variety of races and sexual orientations throughout the book.

Read more about Karamo's fascinating path to becoming a gay dad here, and then check out the video below that delves deeper into the inspiration behind "You Are Perfectly Designed," available on Amazon.



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"Dadvocates" Gather in D.C. to Demand Paid Family Leave for ALL Parents

"Dadvocate" and new gay dad Rudy Segovia joined others in D.C. recently to educate lawmakers on the need for paid family leave for ALL parents

On Tuesday October 22, Dove Men+Care and PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) led the Dads' Day of Action on Capitol Hill. A group of over 40 dads and "dadvocates" from across the states lobbied key member of Congress on the issue of paid paternity leave for *ALL* dads. They shared stories of their struggles to take time off when welcoming new family members and the challenges dads face with no paid paternity leave.

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Falling for Fall: 33 Photos of Gay Dads and Kids at the Pumpkin Patch

Oh my gourd, it's fall! To celebrate, we rounded up 33 pics (and whole lot of pun-kins) in our annual fall photo essay!

Don your checked shirt, grab them apples, and shine those smiles while perched on pumpkins — it's the annual fall family photo op! A trip to the pumpkin patch and / or apple orchard is a staple family fall outing, and we're here for it. 🎃🍎🍂👨👨👧👦

Thanks to these dads who shared their pics with us! Share your own to dads@gayswithkids.com and we'll add them to this post!

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Single Gay Dad and the City

When Kyle decided to take his four kids, ages 6-11, to New York City on vacation, his friends thought he was crazy.

"You're crazy, Kyle."

"You can't be serious? A single dad taking four kids to the Big Apple? Think again."

"That's bold. There's no way I'd do that."

Those were a few of the responses I heard from my friends as I told them I was thinking of booking a trip to New York City with four kids, ages 11-6. My children's fall vacation from school was approaching and I wanted to get out of the house and explore. Was the Big Apple too much of an adventure?

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