Gay Dad Photo Essays
Gay men hoping to become dads have more options today than ever before to make that dream a reality. Regardless of your chosen path to fatherhood, start here for resources, tips, and how-to guides to help gay dads-to-be navigate the journey
Every gay dad has an inspiring story to tell. Read on for incredible examples of gay men and their families living out and proud all across the globe.
LGBTQ families are have made incredible progress in recent years, but there is still much more work to be done. Read on for news and inspiring stories about LGBTQ families fighting for equality.
Gay men wanting to adopt have more options than ever, but challenges persist. See below for tips on navigating the adoption process.
Surrogacy provides gay men with a biological connection to their child, but the process is complex. These tips help navigate a surrogacy journey.
Read through the resources below for tips on how gay dads can best navigate the foster care system.
Co-parenting can be a unique and adaptable path for gay men hoping to become dads, but you need to be prepared.
Resources to help recently out men with children navigate their newfound identities as gay dads.
Trans men face unique opportunities and challenges on their path to fatherhood, explored in the resources below.
Our contributors are exploring every aspect of fatherhood from a gay lens--the poignant, the humorous, and everything in between.
There is no one way gay, bi and trans dads form their families and we've made it our mission to chronicle them all. Check out our collection of family profiles for stories that will inspire.
A collection of heartwarming photo essays of gay dads and their families.
Gay Dad Photo Essays

Our Favorite Gay Dad Family Costumes of 2018!

Halloween is basically like the Super Bowl plus New Year's Eve rolled in to one for gay dads... we take it very seriously, and this year was no exception! Check out our favorite gay dad family costumes from 2018.

Every time we think we've seen the best of the best for Halloween, the following year tops the last - and this year's no different! These gay dad families look FANG-TASTIC! #SquadGhouls

From the devilishly cute, to the howlingly humerus, to the ghoulishly grotesque, you have all outdone yourselves this year, well done dads.

Check out this year's collection and don't forget to share yours with us as well

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These Gay Dads and Their Kids Are Ready for Back-to-School Day! (Or Are They?)

These gay dads were smart enough to snap some back-to-school pics with their kids *before* the waterworks started

The first day of school is an emotional time for kids and parents alike...

We say things like, "quit growing up so quickly!"

Our kids say things like, "I don't want summer to end!" To which we mumble under our breath like, "actually, we're not that mad about it! Now I'll have time to watch my soaps."

But seriously, it can be tough to watch your kids board the school bus for the first time each year. If we're lucky, we're able to wait til after they've left before we break down sobbing inconsolably. And if we're smart, we even remember, like these guys did, to snap a couple of family pics before the waterworks kick in... Send your own first day of school pics to dads@gayswithkids.com!

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Sun-sational Pics of Gay Dads Soaking Up Summer Vacation

These gay dad families are soaking every last day of summer. Check out our photo essay of gay dads on family vacation!

Yes, it's already August, and yes, summer will be winding down in the months to come. But don't tell that to these gay dad families, who, at least according to their Instagram accounts, are taking advantage of these long summer days. Take a look at our photo essay of gay dads on summer vacation with their families, and try not to get too jealous like we did. ;)

If you didn't already know, summer is here. But ignore the mosquitos, muggy temperatures, and uncomfortable amounts of dripping sweat, and focus on the best months of family time! Summer means having tremendous fun outdoors with the kids, preferably near a body of water, and these dads are sharing us how it's down.

Check out this sun-drenched album, and if you're not already there, start daydreaming that you're poolside, fruity cocktail in hand, with happy kids playing (with minimal observation required).

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11 Famous Gay Dad Instagram Pics of the Last Month

Famous gay dads blow up the 'gram with adorable family pics every month. Here are our favs from June!

June is a non-stop, wonderful and celebratory time for the gay community and dads - think Fathers' Day and Pride! So we thought it was time to check in on what's been happening with some of the famous gay dads we know. Like so many others in our community, we love how these gentlemen continue to use their platform to show the world that gay men make the best dads!

"Accidental Greek yogurt facial night." - Cheyenne Jackson

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"Worth Every Hardship": Congrats to Gay Men Whose Families Grew This Month!

Adoptions, births and more: congrats to the guys in our community whose families expanded this month!

Gay men go through a lot of ups and downs on the path to parenthood. It can be one of the most emotionally draining times in our lives. But as each of these 10 families who are celebrating births and adoptions this month: it's worth every hardship. Congrats dads!

Congratulations Matthew and David on finalizing the adoption of their youngest son, Finn!

Matthew and David always knew they wanted to adopt and have created their family through three open adoptions. They finalized their youngest son Finn's adoption May 10 at Marlborough Court House, Massachusetts.

"We feel as though our family is complete with the finalization of our son Finn!" said Matthew.

Their eldest Miles was adopted in 2012, then 3 years later they adopted their second child, Ava. Now they are a forever family of five with sweet Finn.

Congratulations to dads Nick and Sean on finalizing the adoption of their daughter Piper!

Sean and Nick have been Piper's dads since birth and before she was born as they attended appointments with her birth mom. On May 23 in Columbus, Ohio, her adoption was finalized.

"After our first born daughter passed away at age 3 months due to prematurity health issues, we know that Piper's sister loved her daddies so much that she wanted a little sister and for us to be happy again."

We're thrilled for this forever two-dad family!

Congratulations to new dads Markus and Alan on the birth of their twins Luca and Nico!

Luca and Nico were born to proud fathers Markus (Daddy) and Alan (Dad) in San Francisco on May 19, 2018.

"Think about all the happy moments in life... now... combine those moments and multiply by a thousand and that was how we felt when our boys were born and realized that we were dads," shared Markus.

"It's been a six year process for us, in terms of trying to have children," said Alan, "and we finally did it!"

Congratulations to this new family of four!

Congratulations to dads Ryan and Rich on the adoption of their baby girl, Charlie!

Ryan and Rich found out three days before Charlie was born that they were going to be dads. They flew to Nevada and met their daughter when she was 2 hours old.

"You can do all the planning in the world, read every book, article and blog on what parenting is all about," said Ryan, "but nothing prepares you for the first time you hold them and you realize that you are their entire world."

"Everything before that, every hardship, unsuccessful match, months of waiting, were all worth it!" added Rich. "We'd do it again because it brought us our beautiful baby girl and made us a family."

Congratulations to Dennis and John on finalizing the adoption of Brendon and Blake!

Brendon and Blake were first placed with John and Dennis in November 2016. They had already been in foster care since May 2015 and with another family prior to John and Dennis. (They're still close with Brendon and Blake's first foster family.) On November 17, 2017, the boys adoption was finalized, and the dads were over the moon.

"The day of the adoption our hearts were all over the place and our emotions were flying!" shared Dennis. "Sitting int he court room waiting for them to call our names, we cried like babies."

"We knew that those moments would make our family whole and would ensure that our boys would be safe with us forever," added John. "It's just a feeling that's indescribable; it was flood of emotions that felt like our lives had been leading up to that moment."

Congratulations to dads Gabriel and Diego on the birth of their son Gauthier!

On June 2, Gauthier was welcomed into the world by his two doting dads! This Argentinian family is thrilled to finally be fathers.

"I felt like I was missing the air in my chest because it was so full with love!" shared Gabriel as he recalled the first time he laid eyes upon his son.

We wish this new family of three all the happiness in the world!

Congratulations to dads Jason and Brian on the birth of their daughter Sydney!

Jason and Brian became first-time dads through adoption when their daughter Sydney was born on June 4 in Salt Lake City, where they live.

"When we saw Sydney for the first time it felt like time stopped," shared Jason. "As kids growing up in a conservative state, we never thought having a family was possible. And as much progress as the world makes, those tiny doubts never really leave you, making life with Sydney equally surreal and incredible."

We wish this new family of three all the happiness in the world!

Congratulations Steve and Ben on finalizing the adoption of your son Hudson!

Husbands Steve and Ben finalized the adoption of their son Hudson on September 17, 2017. Because they were an out of state adoption they finalized in Louisiana after already having Hudson live with them for a year.

"We were nervous for finalization day, but overwhelmed with joy to know that all of the logistics had finally caught up to what we already knew in our hearts from the moment Hudson was born," said Steve.

This forever family of three live in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations to dads James and Andrew on the adoption of their daughter Olivia!

Olivia had been with her dads and her forever family for 806 days before her adoption as finalized. Needless to say, the dads are overjoyed to have finally made it official.

"Truly there are no words to describe how we felt," said James after the day Olivia's adoption was finalized. "She was our daughter the moment we held her in our arms, but that day we forever became her fathers legally."

"We are beyond lucky to be her dads and we are so grateful," added Andrew.

Olivia joins little brother Brandon in her forever family of four.

Congratulations to new dads Kunal and Jason on the birth of Alessandra!

Kunal and Jason became dads with the help of a close friend who was their surrogate. Their super girl was born June 24, 2018 and the dad cannot wait to spoil her!

"The moment she was born," shared Kunal, "her little finger grasped both our fingers, and at that very moment we felt our whole life had been waiting for this amazing moment."

The new dads are thrilled to share their love with their baby girl.

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Here's 130+ Gay Dads Celebrating Fathers' Day

Check out this short video featuring many of the gay dad families who shared their photos with us this past Fathers' Day.

In case you live under a bush, Father's Day was this past Sunday in a few places around the world. One of the things that many in our community of gay dads did (besides continually move the apostrophe from "Father's Day" to "Fathers' Day") was to snap a beautiful family photo and share a heartfelt message with the world on social media.

Thank you for using our hashtags #gayswithkids and sharing them with us - we loved seeing them all! So much so, we had to make a short video of all 130+ photos we received! Check it out and below.

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22 Pics of Gay Men Before and After They Became Adoptive Dads

Photos of Gay Men Before and After They Created Their Families Through Adoption

As gay dads, we all have our stories about how we became parents, whether it was through adoption, foster-care, surrogacy, or straight relationships (to name a few more common paths). But sometimes it's worth taking a look back at our before-kids photos, just to then look at our family photos again, and be extra thankful this Fathers' Day.

Here's a walk down memory lane for some of the dads in our community: the before and after photos.

Happy Fathers' Day, dads!

Dads Chris and Troy with their daughter Olivia

Chris and Troy's adoption profile went live on June 25, 2015. They waited nine months before they were matched, and on March 17, 2016, they spoke with Olivia's incredibly strong birth mother. They spent the next three months getting to know her and her family through visits, calls and letters.

On July 4, 2016, their baby girl was born and Chad and Troy became dads to their "smart, independent and beautiful daughter."

“We are the luckiest. So much love."

Family photo: June 2017

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