When queer men make the decision to start a family, we do what everyone else does; we read books and research all we can online. Whether you’re already a dad, or you’re still exploring your options, you’ll come up against challenges at every turn.
As Gays With Kids’ founders Brain Rosenberg and husband Ferd van Gameren discovered in 2014, many of the essentials your family will need will be ‘mommy approved,’ most pre-baby guidance is catered to expecting mothers, and it’s rare you’ll hear about the success of a queer family. Brian and Ferd realized there wasn’t much out there relevant to the experience of gay, bi and trans men who hoped to become dads through the complicated pathways available to us, like surrogacy, adoption, foster care or parenting partnerships.
Thus Gays With Kids was born — and since 2014, we’ve grown into the largest online resources and website dedicated to gay, bi and trans dads and dads-to-be. GWK is now the world’s only destination and social network dedicated exclusively to serving the interests and needs of every queer dad, dad-to-be and their families. At GWK, you can find everything you’d ever need to make fatherhood as a gay, bi or trans man possible. Together, we will conquer any challenges that come our way with confidence and pride.
Brian Rosenberg (right) & Ferd van Gameren
Brian has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience, but his real passion has been the creation of Gays With Kids, the one-stop destination for gay, bi and trans dads and dads-to-be.
Brian and his husband Ferd became first-time dads in 2009, creating their family through adoption and surrogacy. At the time, there were few resources available to help queer men become dads, and even fewer for those who already were, so they launched GWK in March 2014.
Together since 1993, the secret to this couple's longevity is Ferd's prowess in the kitchen and Brian's great appreciation for anything his husband cooks!
David Dodge is a writer, researcher and LGBTQ advocate with a special interest in parenting, politics and travel. He’s written extensively for The New York Times, HuffPost Queer Voices, The Advocate, Travel & Leisure and elsewhere. He is best known for chronicling his own journey to fatherhood in Sperm Donor Diary, a series of personal essays for The New York Times. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. For more, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
Director of Community & Sponsorships
Before joining our team, Rosalind gained extensive teaching and childcare experience in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. Since our launch, she put her organizational skills and passion for learning to great use creating and cultivating our social media channels that are recognized today as the largest and most engaging gay dad channels worldwide.
Staff Writer / Associate Editor
Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their two dogs Cosmo and Juno. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.
Social Media Manager
Nigel Ashford is originally from Birmingham, AL. He attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, where he found his love for media and decided to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Marketing. After college, Nigel worked three years in television and radio reporting the news. Nigel also worked in the non-profit realm using his skills in communications and public relations to market 501(c)(3) organizations. Nigel is also the proud creator and host of the newly developed Facebook Live talk show OUTSPOKEN, which will showcase LGBTQIA+ people of all colors, backgrounds, and ethnicities to provide a media platform that will allow our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters to speak up and speak out about their untold stories and realities.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Eric Louison is a passionate creator whose knowledge of design, video, and web allows him to help out wherever needed. Graduated from Champlain College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design & Digital Media, Eric has been an advocate and ally working with multiple LGBTQ-owned businesses. When he is not editing videos or working on the website, he enjoys traveling and has lived in Ireland, Japan, and the United States.
Natalia is a Graphic Designer with over 10 years of experience in corporate and agency environments. Originally from Lima, Peru, she’s now based in Montreal, Canada. Her objective is to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives through design. Natalia’s clients and brands include RMACT, Resolve New England, University of Washington, Ottawa Police, YM-YWHA, Gay Parents To Be, among others. She’s worked with Gays With Kids since December 2019, helping guide the organization’s branding and imagery.
Social Media Coordinator
Jack of all trades, master of none, Collin is passionate about the health policy and its relation to same-sex parenting and families. He has been with Gays With Kids since early-2020 and enjoys writing features for the website and DMing all you awesome dads on Insta! A current graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, he works full-time in biomedical research and hopes to pursue a doctorate in the near future.
Giovhan Lee Dejoie
Giovhan Lee Dejoie is currently a St. John’s University student working to obtain his B.S. in Journalism. Based in New York, Giovhan has worked for several publications including Gaye Magazine, The Torch and A Hot Set. Upon graduation, Giovhan plans to enter the journalism field to shed light on stories that are often overlooked and continue to serve underrepresented communities.