Congrats to Our First-Ever GWK Hero!

This year, to celebrate Father's Day, we wanted to do something special to honor the many incredible queer dads who go above and beyond, each and every day, for their families and communities by launching our first-ever GWK Hero Program. We asked you to nominate the gay, bi and trans dad in your life who has been fighting for LGBTQ+ parenting equality or is supporting kids waiting for forever families in foster care — or who has just done a kick-ass job showing up for their families and communities, in ways big and small, during an incredibly tough year. 

We were overwhelmed with submissions! Our GWK Hero Committee then had the unenviable task of narrowing down these incredible dads to a group of just 8 finalists. From there, you, our GWK community, cast your votes for one GWK Hero and two runners-up. Today, on Father's Day, we are thrilled to announce the results.


Drum roll please....

Huge congratulations to Ed Peddell, a cancer survivor who has fostered dozens of kids over the past 25 years, and our first-ever GWK Hero!

Congrats as well to our two runners-up: Guy Gulotta-Gold, who, after undergoing a double mastectomy, worked tirelessly for mens’ health charities, and Johnathon Miller, a critical care paramedic who was on the front lines during both 9/11 and COVID-19. 

Be sure to watch all three of their submission videos below to learn more about these incredible men — and be on the lookout for more information on these dads, and their families, in the coming weeks. 

Of course, every gay, bi and trans dad is a hero in our eyes, as we all go through heroic means to become dads or to choose to live our authentic lives. So from everyone here at GWK, we wish you all a safe, happy and loving Father's Day. 

Ed Peddell
A cancer survivor who has fostered dozens of kids over the past 25 years.

Edward Peddell, a retired school administrator from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has fostered dozens of children over the last 25 years. He has three adopted children, and is currently fostering two at-risk adolescents. Two years ago, Edward was diagnosed with cancer, and although he was only given a 20 percent chance to beat it, he beat it! Months later, when the pandemic hit, he homeschooled all his children, helping them attain honors. During his spare time, Edward volunteers with a non-profit donating food to those in need, and he’s also Vice President of his kids’ school PTA.  


Guy Gulotta-Gold
A cancer survivor who has fostered dozens of kids over the past 25 years.

Guy Gulotta-Gold, who lives in California, left a successful career in design to raise his daughter full-time. Guy has struggled for years with his health, which culminated in a double mastectomy nearly four years ago. Despite this, his husband says Guy is an incredible and selfless dad who has always stayed positive and never complained. He has since worked tirelessly for men’s health charities, including Movember, for which he was a long time community ambassador. Guy has also become very open and honest about his health struggles on social media, in an effort to show others that they are not alone.

Johnathon Miller
A critical care paramedic who was on the front lines during both 9/11 and COVID-19.

Johnathon is a critical care paramedic at an emergency room near Washington D.C. Before he had kids, he served his country at the Pentagon on 9/11. Last year, while his family stayed at home in lockdown, Johnathon was on the front lines helping COVID-19 patients. He came home at all hours of the night, mentally exhausted from seeing the pain, and would take off his work clothes in the garage. Sometimes he would go days without seeing his family because so many people needed help. Johnathon has also been in nursing school, and hasn’t had a weekend off since the pandemic began. Yet he still manages to be a great dad to his three adopted boys.

GWK Hero Prizes

We know Ed, Guy and Johnathon will enjoy a long list of fantastic prizes generously donated from inclusive companies who support the LGBTQ community all year long, not just during Pride Month.

GWK Hero and runner-up prizes include: a year's supply of cookies from Wunderkeks, incredible prizes from Cybex and Evenflo including the Avi stroller, gift cards for wine from Winc, adventure bundles and backpack from MinimeisKudos diapers, Pride gift packs from Bombas and Harry’s, Bart Heynen’s Dads book, eco-friendly self-care products from Sk*p, additional self-care products from 
Dove Men+CareGWK merch, and a photo shoot from Shoott.

We encourage you to support these companies, and when you do, let them know GWK sent you.  ;)

Posted by Brian Rosenberg

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