Gay Dad Life

Gay Dad Family Snow Days

We’re not that big on winter in our family. But some families are! We collected the best, happiest and wintriest gay dad family photos from this year. Photos from families having fun in the snow in Colorado, near Lake Tahoe, on the East Coast, all over Canada, and some gorgeous photos of gay dads skiing with their kids in Switzerland. All these families made it look like so much fun, maybe we’ll take our kids iceskating tomorrow. Maybe.


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A snowball fight: Gay dads Giel and Michel with their 5-year-old son Leo from Gorinchem in the Netherlands.

 

Our own little snowy wintery family. ❄️☃️🌨 . . #gay #gayfamily #family #lgbt #lgbtfamily #love #gaymarriage #husbands #dads #twodads #dadsofinstagram #gaydads #ssparents #ssfamily #gayswithkids #gays_with_kids #proudparenting #somefamilies #couplegoals #instagay #instagays #relationshipgoals #slc #utah #instahappy #fatherhood #loveislove #gowersmarden

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James and Joshua from Utah Valley sledding with their son on a gorgeous winter day, and taking turns holding the camera!

 

#utpåtur #intheforest #outinnature #gays_with_kids #gayparents #inthewoods #happyfamily #twins #babyboy #babygirl #norwegianwinter

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Norwegian dads hiking through the wintry countryside with their beautiful kids (and chairs) strapped to their backs.

 

Going up the chairlift for the first time! #gaydads #2dads #gayswithkids #proudparenting #skiing #winterfun #lakelouise

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Gay dad with daughter on the ski lift in Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta, Canada

 

#hikingwithkids #frozenlake #switzerland #lovewins #twodads #samelove #surrogacyislove #gpa #gayswithkids #lgbtfamily #gaydads #samesexparents #bluesky #swissalps

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Thibault, Anthony and their young son Charlie skiing in the Swiss Alps

 

From this spot I took my proposal picture for when I asked Brett to marry me. Four years later we stand in this very spot with our children that were only a dream four years ago. How life has a beautiful way of unfolding into what you felt you could only dream of happening #happyfamily #feelingcomplete

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The Mallard-Rancourt family: Brett and Justin and their two kids near Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada

 

Going up the chairlift! #lakelouise #skiing #gayswithkids #2dads #gaydads #proudparenting

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Both dads and daughter in the photo this time, skiing at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada

 

Daddy-Daughter skiing fun #gay #gaydad #lgbt #lgbtdad #skiing #daddysgirl #daddydaughtertime #mygirl #Milo #gayswithkids #gayswithstories #somefamilies #thenextfamily #proudparent #proudparenting #fun #mylove #qualitytime #mountaincreek

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Daddy and daughter skiing near Mountain Creek, New Jersey

 

Waiting for our ride to Zach's Cabin! ⛷🗻🍾💕👶🏽 #beavercreek #snow #gaydads #gayswithkids #gaysoftheoc #chiara #adoption #zachscabin

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Gay dad James de la Cueva and daughter (in comfortable and gorgeous attire) on their way to Zach’s Cabin in Vail, Colorado

 

That time we took Tahoe by storm #tbt #ZDHD #hankthetank

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Derek and Zack with their kid Hank near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada

 

Winter fun!

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One more photo of gay dads Justin and Brett with their two kids sledding in British Columbia, Canada. This time we can see their smiling faces!

 

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Gay, bi or trans and considering building or growing your family? Gays With Kids is offering FREE webinars led by industry experts in surrogacy, adoption and foster care to give you up-to-date insight on how the coronavirus affects family building. There will be lots of time for audience Q&A, so come prepared for this webinar with your specific questions on starting or continuing your surrogacy journey.

Register via the links below!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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Friday, May 8, 2020
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We've rounded up our favorites below. (If you know who originated some of these, please let us know so we can give credit!)

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