Gay Men to the Women Who Made Them Dads: Thank You
They may not be "mom" but as Mother's Day approaches, these gay dads are giving thanks to the birth mothers, surrogates, egg donors, and other women in their lives who helped make them dads. Enjoy the touching photo essay below, and then be sure to check out our feature story this week, "Mother's Day the Gay Dad Way."
Richard and Carlos with son Devon
"Tye’kiah, thank you for giving us the joy of a lifetime with our son Devon. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our family a reality."
Eric and Douglas with daughter Alli Mae
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photo credit: BSA Photography
"To our beautiful birthmother, Douglas and I are so very grateful to the universe for allowing us all to cross paths. You have changed our lives in such a profound way, and for that, you will forever be in our hearts. Love, Eric, Douglas and Allie Mae Alexander"
Salim with his son Felix
London, United Kingdom
"You are an anonymous donor whom I know only as 'Ali', but you are also my best friend in the world. Wherever you are, I hope you know that together we created something beautiful. Thank you."
Michael and Wes with daughter Talulah
Hagley, United Kingdom
"To our amazing Surrogate and to our Egg Donor. Thank you for making our hope and dreams come true, giving us our gorgeous Talulah. Happy Mothers Day! Love, Michael, Wes and Talulah. Xx"
Jean and Tom with son, Augustine, and surrogate, Ann
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Dear Ann, it is difficult to put into words the gratitude we feel for you but we will give it a shot! What you've done for us is beyond measure and without this gift of life it would not have been possible for us to start building a loving family, of which you continue to be an integral part. We love you to the universe and beyond! Augustine, Tom and I are very lucky to have you and your boys in our lives."
Jose with his three kids
New York, New York
"Natasia, literally and figuratively, you delivered more life into my world with 3 beautiful little angels. As a single dad, my life would be much different without them. A perfect match, I'll always be grateful for our journey together."
Nathan and John with daughters Brynn and Emery
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
"Brynn and Emery look up to their Grandma, Nana and Aunties as strong female figures! We give thanks to our moms, Betty and Odette, and our sister and sisters in law for being such amazing female role models for our two little girls."
Brian and Ferd with their kids Levi, Sadie and Ella
New York, New York
"Our lives changed forever when we took Levi, Sadie and Ella into our arms and hearts. On Mother’s Day, we thank the women without whose help our family would never have come to be: Levi’s birth mother, and Sadie and Ella’s surrogate and egg donor."
Sæþór and Ágúst with their son Daníel Reykjavík, Iceland
"Happy Mother's Day, Lauren. You are our favorite mother! Hope you and the girls have a lovely day.”
David and Alex with their son Maxwell Los Angeles, California
"Dear birth mom, on this Mother's Day, we want to thank you for giving us the greatest gift we could have ever received. Maxwell is a genuine, creative and kind soul - it's easy to see where he gets it from. Happy Mother's Day — we will always love you. Love, Dave, Alex & Maxwell."
The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.
Adam Lozon and Scott Dufour met online and have been together 11 years.They live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with their son Paulo. The couple are both in banking and are engaged to be married. We caught up with the dads to see how fatherhood was treating them!
Guest post from Greg Hutch.
It's two weeks before school starts and I am sitting in my classroom updating the photos in the frames on my desk. These frames used to be filled with pictures of my dogs, of me playing my instrument (I am a music teacher), or of the various other things that I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Today, they are filled with loving pictures of my family, including my son and partner who I raise him with. Times sure have changed…thanks to our son, Clark.
Editor's Note: In this ongoing series, we're shining the spotlight on some of the gay dads behind Gays With Kids as their incredible passion and commitment plays an invaluable role in making Gays With Kids possible. Please contact Brian Rosenberg if you'd like to talk about getting involved, too.
Happy gay uncles day to all the wonderful "guncles" out there! Here at Gays With Kids we know how important your roles are within our families so we want to celebrate you today, and say a big thanks! Enjoy this collection of "guncle" photos and a few words of wisdom and contemplations from the uncles themselves.
Two years ago when Oliver arrived into our lives, my partner Rob and I were living in separate countries. We met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had Oliver when Rob was working in Bangkok and I was in KL. Oliver arrived two weeks early when we received an unexpected message from our agent saying to go to the hospital – our surrogate had been checked into hospital.
The day began like any other. My alarm went off at 4.30am. I snoozed until 5am. I ate breakfast until 5.30am, at which point my son, Felix, woke naturally like clockwork. I fed him mashed bananas, cashew butter and chia seeds. I woke my dad up with a cup of tea and handed the baton over for him to look after Felix as I left for work on my bike at 6.30am. I worked through the day as normal. Then, at 6.49pm I received a call from the police.