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'Gay at Home Dad' Frank Lowe is Looking for Unicorn Kids

Gays With Kids' columnist Frank Lowe may describe himself as a "total mess" on his popular Twitter feed, but he's pulled himself together for an exciting project: a new book titled, "Raised By Unicorns: Stories from Children with LGBTQ+ Parents."

We caught up with Frank to ask him a couple of questions about this latest venture. (And got the details on how to submit an essay below!)


GAYS WITH KIDS: What made you want to publish a collection of essays from children raised by LGBTQ parents?

FRANK LOWE: First and foremost, being a gay father.  While I recognize there are potential resources available to my son when he gets a bit older, there is nothing quite like the vision I have in my head. I want to essentially present an anthology of stories written by as diverse a group of people as possible.  I’m pleased to say it will be published by the largest independent LGBTQ publishers, Cleis Press.

GWK: Why is hearing from the perspective of children raised by LGBTQ parents important?

FL: This is a growing sector of the population.  There have been children raised by LGBTQ+ for years, but they have limited resources.  Some of the resources even have a very extreme point-of-view that verges on activism, and would frighten away kids such as my son.  This anthology is simply meant to show how life is.  It will be free of influence – meaning there is no agenda behind this book, it is simply stories that deserve to be shared.

GWK: Why now? Why do you think we haven't seen something like this before? 

FL: To be technical, we have seen similar concepts before.  What makes this anthology distinct is that it will only focus on U.S. stories, and it is current.  Additionally, it is not a single-author work, but rather a collection.

GWK: Why the title, "Raised by Unicorns?"

FL: It’s whimsical, it’s vaguely descriptive, and it makes you smile.  I love a good pun, and wanted it to grab people’s attention.  The word “unicorn” has a positive connotation, which will be thematic to the book.

GWK: You've said  that you want this to serve as a "resource." Who will it be a resource for, and how will it function as a resource? 

FL: I use the term “resource” loosely, as I am speaking from personal experience.  Everyone researches life differently.  This book is meant to be an honest portrayal, spoken directly from the children themselves.  I believe it would appeal to a wide range of people, from LGBTQ+ parents or parents-to-be to their children and beyond.

GWK: What kind of essays do you hope or expect to receive? And on what topics? 

FL: I’ve already received a wide range of emails, questioning if “their situation” would pertain to the book. For instance, if a child grew up with seemingly heterosexual parents for most of their lives, and then one of the parents comes out at LGBTQ+ at some point.  That’s fascinating.  I can’t imagine what that would be like, and I want to hear that story!  I truly believe the LGBTQ+ community is close to limitless as far as combinations and different situations, so I want to show that vastness in this anthology.  It is a labor of love, and the end result will be a beautiful book.


Call for Submissions! Are you the child of an LGBTQ+ parent or parents? Are you a fantastic writer with a keen sense of wit and retrospection with a unique, true story to tell? If so, you now have a chance to be a contributor in “Raised by Unicorns,” a new book by America’s favorite ‘Gay-at-Home Dad,’ Frank Lowe.

Raised By Unicorns: Stories from Children with LGBTQ+ Parents, will be published by powerhouse Cleis Press, and aims to be an anthology that reflects on the experience of being raised by a gay, lesbian, transgender, or otherwise queer parent or parents. While stories of promise and love are of great appeal, we also seek tales of discrimination, defeats, and setbacks. This volume ultimately seeks to portray a true representation of this particular niche of the human experience.

In order to be considered, you must have a US mailing address and your story must be 3,000 to 5,000 words. Potential contributors need not identify with a particular gender. All submissions are due by June 16, 2017 and can be submitted to Frank Lowe directly at

Frank Lowe has contributed to The Advocate, Gays with Kids, and Huffington Post. He has an active YouTube channel and can be followed on Twitter as @GayatHomeDad.


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