Gay Dad Photo Essays

Gay Dads Celebrate the Holidays with Their Annual Family Photos

Thanks again to our community of dads who continue to share their beautiful photos with us! Wishing you all Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas!

It's the most magical time of the year... no matter what you celebrate! Something that all these holiday pics share in common - other than being gay dads - is the celebration of family!

Thanks again to our community of dads who continue to share their beautiful photos with us! Wishing you all Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas!

While the merry bells keep ringing, may your ev'ry wish come true!


How could you resist sharing this gorgeous family pic a tad early?

Merry Christmas from the Seigler-Carters

IG: @therealdadsofnewyork

"Merry Christmas from the Alden family."

"'Tis the season 🎄☃️❄️"

"Merry Christmas from our family to yours!"

"Tis the season! 🎄🎁☃️Happy Holidays!" 

All things merry and bright!

IG: @keithalanmccain

These dads' Christmas card game is on point! 🤣🌈 🙌 

"Wishing all our friends and loved ones a warm holiday season and bright New Year." 

The cutest of all of Santa's Little Helpers

IG: @mackenziepjr

"En estas fiestas deseamos mucha dicha para ustedes y sus familias, sobre todo union familiar..."

IG @twodadsec

"Merry Christmas from our family to you and yours!" 

IG @alnach

"It's safe to say we have a lots to be thankful this holiday season." 

"This little guy has definitely changed our lives for the better and we can't wait to celebrate many holidays and special occasions still to come..." 

"Well here's our first Christmas family photo 🎄(those antlers did not stay on long 😂)" 

"Fully embracing Sloane's 1/4 Catholicism... and any excuse to wear a light-up sweater. Happy Christmakah!" 

"That year we dropped the matching outfits look for our Christmas card 💁🏻‍♂️" 

"Merry Everything from us to you. ❤️" 

IG: @rock2whatsreal

Merry Christmas from the Crowley family!

IG: @robsquared3

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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"This law will [give intended parents] the opportunity to have a family in New York and not travel around the country, incurring exorbitant costs simply because they want to be parents," Paulin said for her part. It will "bring New York law in line with the needs of modern families."


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