Gay Dad Life

31 Gay Dads Serving Major Halloween Costume Inspo (and Where to Get The Looks!)

All October long, we'll be posting pics of gay dads and their major Halloween costumes from previous years for inspiration! We'll ALSO let you know where to get the looks!

NO ONE can out perform a gay dad when it comes to family Halloween costumes. So if you're in need of some inspiration for this year's costume, look no further! We selected 31 family costume ideas, one for each day of October, from gay dads in years past to help get your creative juices flowing. Elements of some of these costumes you might even find hanging in your wardrobe (you have a giant beer pong costume already, right?) but for those that you can't, we'll also let you know where to find something similar online or in stores! Either way, we're here to help you recreate these looks!

We can't wait to see everyone's creepy and creative, spine-chillingly spooky and ghoulishly great outfits this year!

That is one majorly cute cookie monster... 

Arjey and Mauricio with their son in Tucson, Arizona

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Dads: For the adult costumes (ignore the heteronormative pics - two dudes have totally got this!) get your milk and cookie set here.

Kids: Dress your kid as the cutest blue cooking-eating monster this side of Sesame.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We were thinking about Coco theme this year... Either that or we were going to dress Dylan as a shark and we'd be two beach bums, LOL!" 😂

And now, for their next act...


Cade and Brian with their son, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dads: Be dressed for success in these ringmaster outfits.

Kids: Your wee one is sure to be king / queen of the pride with this baby lion suit.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

Here's a hint: they're awaiting the arrival of the "Great Pumpkin."

Beer pong all stars!

Richard and Brian with their daughter, Seattle, Washington

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Dads and kids: Bring back some memories of childless college years with this amazing beer pong look. (Just maybe wait til the kids are asleep to actually play if you start getting nostalgic.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This is the first year our daughter has a preference of what she wants to wear. She's interested in dressing up as either Tinker Bell or an airline pilot. We will probably go off whatever she wants to wear, so we could be Peter Pan or flight attendants this Halloween!"

When there's something cute and spongy in your neighborhood...

Marcos and Alberto with their son, Madrid, Spain

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Dads: The Ghostbusters ain't afraid of no ghosts.

Kids: Nothing sweeter than this little Stay Puft marshmallow man.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We haven't decided yet, but this year we have to go beyond... and it will be a DIY costume of course."

Fatherhood is a circus anyway, so... 

Franklin and Jason with their son, Los Angeles, California

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Dads: Roll on up to see the Strong Man and the Jester at this carnival of characters.

Kids: Another cute lion, but can there ever be too many cute cubs?!

"Expelliarmus!" These dads are READY for Halloween

Jerry and Eric with their kids, Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Dads: Be the dads on different sides of the wand: Weasley and Malfoy! Who will triumph?

Kids: Your kids will love dressing as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger is these awesome Gryffindor Kids' Robes.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"As far as this year, 'may the force be with you' 😉."

Here's a costume idea easy as pie(rate) 

Austin and Wade with their son, Austin, Texas

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Dads: Here's your classic pirate hat, but if you feel like channeling Johnny Depp, there's also this Jack Sparrow-esque option.

Kids: For the Captain (Drool) attire, look no further.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We're going to be the Ghostbusters and our pup is going to be Slimer. 😆"

Wimpy and Bluto look good as a couple, no?

Dustin and Burton with their kids, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dads: Everyone knows Wimpy and Bluto were actually a gay couple, so show it off with these costumes.

Kids: It doesn't get much cuter than a pint-sized Popeye and Olive Oyl.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We're going to be a famous foursome from the 1930's that had one girl and three boys, just like us. 😉"

One small step for toddlers, one giant step for gay dad DIY Halloween costumes

Danny and Jay with their kids, California

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Dads: This is all about custom creativity, and with a lot of cardboard, paint and a pair of white t-shirts, you could be a rocket, too! But if that's too much work for you, here's a spaceship tee that'll work almost as well.

Kids: These toddler astronauts are flying high on dads' shoulders.

Scooby-Dooby-DOO look for these costumes ideas online before they sell OUT!

Steven and Gavin with their kids, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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Dads: Scooby Dooby Dooooooo, where are youuuuu? (Click on the link to find out!) And for dad #2 who might not be looking wear a full bodysuit, check out Fred.

Kids: For the rest of the gang, you can't forget Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy. And to switch it up, here's a kid Scooby costume, too.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

Addams Family, and keep a look out for this family's Christmas pic which will be equally as epic!

Complimentary condiments

Sean and Josh with their twins, Hollywood, California

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Dads: For the dad who is looking to barely wear a costume while ALSO getting to eat hot dogs all night, look no further than this genius family Halloween look: Hot Dog and Sweet Relish tees.

Kids: And don't forget your main lil squeeze: toddler condiments in the form of Baby Heinz.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This year, we're using their names, Stella and Cooper, and our love of beer as inspiration for our costumes... 🍻. Hint: Daddies are going to be bartenders! 😉"

Heart and brain sold separately... 

Andrew and James with their kids, Millville, New Jersey

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Dads: Here's Tin Man and the Scarecrow - heart and brain sold separately.

Kids: This Dorothy and Cowardly Lion will be following the yellow brick road in style.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"All I will say is, Halloween may get a little chilly ❄️❄️❄️"

Introducing... Incredible-Dad and Wreck-it-Papa

Rocco and Corey with their son, Mamaroneck, NY

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Dads: One of the best part of being a gay dad during Halloween is getting to reimagine some of your favorite cartoon characters are part of a same-sex duo. Don't Mr Incredible and Wreck-it-Ralph make a darling couple, no?

Kids: Depending on which dad your kids want to dress up as, here's a mini Mr Incredible costume and a Wreck-it-Ralph outfit for options.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"Forge wants to be Drift from Fortnite this year."

Tweedle-dads and Tweedle-twins!

Marcus and John with their twins, Chula Vista, California

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Dads: Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee have never looked so dapper.

Kids: What this Rabbit lacks in time-keeping, he makes up for with adorableness; curious and cute Alice; there's even a Mad Hatter to complete the ensemble.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"The kids will be dinosaurs, and John and I are dressing as Jurassic Park rangers."

Waka waka waka waka waka ...

José and his kids, Brooklyn, NY

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Dads: Those ghosts look hungry... Run pac man run!

Kids: Three ghosts - Clyde, Blinky and Pinky - on one hardly seems fair, but that's parenting!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

Undecided, but with three kids, that's a good number for an amazing ensemble...

The Justice League, gay dad style

Jorge and Roel with their kids, McAllen, Texas

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Dads: This DC family has got you covered with all your fav heroes making an appearance. The dads are the heavy weights, Batman and Superman...

Kids: But where would they be without the rest of their team, Wonder Woman, Robin, The Flash and Green Lantern!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This year we will be recreating one of the Hollywood classic 👠🦁❤️🌽 wink wink."

When the farm has TWO Mr. McDonalds...

Scott and Chad with their daughter, Columbus, Ohio

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Dads: We're pretty sure you dads can rustle up a couple of checked shirts, jeans (possibly overalls?) and you're set. Here's a hat to complete the outfit.

Kids: For the cutest chicken outfit in town!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"As far as this year, we have no idea. 😂 Last year is a tough act to follow.😬"

Skeleton onesie for the (low maintenance) Halloween win!

Derek and Gil with their twins,

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Kids: This one is easy for dads - no costume! And for toddlers, here's some cute skeleton onesies.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"A tribute to famous Mexican wrestlers."

Bee adorable like this winged family

Eric and Michael with their twins, Greensboro, North Carolina

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Dads: Bee-cause who doesn't want to look as cute as your kids?! Here's an adult bee hoodie and an adult lady bug cloak.

Kids: Bee-utiful baby bee costume and a lovable lady bug costume.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"Think unicorns and mermaids.😬"

No job is too big, no pup is too small...

Ian and Danny with their son, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dads: For a low-key ensemble look, check out these Rubble glasses or Honey Badger cap and mask.

Kids: This kid is rocking the Marshall costume, but don't forget Chase or Rubble!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"I think we're trying for Pokémon this year... in progress."

Who wouldn't want to catch this pup?!

Jared and Dorian with their son, San Francisco, California

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Dads: Be dressed for the occasion in these dog catcher tees with nets in hand.

Kids: This adorable pup is sure to knock you off your feet!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This year, Jackson has declared he's going to be a scary ghost, Daddy will be a vampire, and Papa will be a scary skeleton."

On Wednesdays, this family wears pink!

Vicko and Kevin with their daughter, Brooklyn, New York

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Dads and kids: For a winning trifecta, try out these adult pig costumes along with the cutest piglet outfit in town!

What's black and white and adorable all over??

Erik and Adam with their twins, Phoenix, Arizona

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Dads: Do the animal kingdom's version of black tie with these black and white penguins.

Kids: Babies + penguins = the most adorable baby penguins.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We haven't decided on this year's Halloween costumes yet, but one of our ideas is the cast of Golden Girls! Our baby girls would make an adorable Sophia and Dorothy! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻"

These adorable costumes brought to you by Gay Dad, Inc. 

Jay and Adam with their son, Boston, Massachusetts

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Dads: Sully and Mike Wazowski's parenting skills left a little to be desired at times... so all-in-all, pretty spot on to reality!

Kids: The most adorable Boo of the family!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We aren't sure yet this year, so many options, yet so little sleep, LOL!" (Jay and Adam recently welcomed triplets!)

One fabulous cappuccino coming up!

Simon and Szymon with their daughter, Maryland

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Dads: For you dads, make sure you have the aprons and a quick trip to Starbucks can get you the props (bag and cup).

Kids: And for your little one, how about this super cute cappuccino!

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"We welcomed two new foster kiddos this year, so we're celebrating the zoo that is our family."

Dangerous dad criminals being taken to the big house

Alex and David with their son, Los Angeles, California

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Dads: Used to being bossed around by your kids being in charge? Then these convict outfits are for you.

Kids: With your kid wearing this police outfit, you dads better watch out.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This year, all three of us are going to be soldiers."

To Infinity and Amazon (to buy these adorb costumes)!!! 

Alika and Charles with their son, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dads: These Woody costumes will have you reaching for the sky!

Kids: Get ready to hear "To infinity and beyond!" over and over again when you dress your kid as Buzz Lightyear.

No added sugar needed for these 

Jeremy and Matt with their daughter, Dallas, Texas

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Dads: Who knew a chimney sweep could scrub up so well as this dapper Bert; and don't forget the penguin.

Kids: Mary Poppins, just a spoon full of cuteness

May the fore(sight to find an adorable family Halloween costume like this) be with you!!

Chris and Charles with their twins, Sydney, Australia

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Dads: Decide which side of the force you want to be on - Jedi knight or Kylo Ren.

Kids: For a kick-ass female character, Rey is for you; to defeat the dark side, Luke is your guy.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"This year may be Infinity Wars themed; we're still decided who is who... 😂"

A family Halloween costume you could lose your head over... 

Eric and Adam with their kids, Crown Point, Indiana

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Dads: You're sure to completely terrify the neighbor kids in these outfits - the Headless Horseman and a vampire

Kids: And for a strong juxtaposition, this darling pumpkin and bat costume are sure to be a hit with the kids.

What are you wearing this year, dads?

"Halloween has been a very special time for us as it provides the perfect opportunity to make lasting memories for our children and show them how far their imaginations can take them ... Since our costumes are always a secret, I will simply hint that we will be taking "classic" to new levels this year."

This family Halloween costume is one in a minion...

David and his husband with their daughter, San Jose, California

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Dads: This is a great versatile option - grab your yellow tee and overalls out of the drawers, or simply get the entire minion outfit here.

Kids: We're sure you could probably rustle something up from your kids wardrobe, but again if not, here's the kids' minion ensemble.

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Gay Uncles

Gay Uncles are an Essential Part of This Gay Dad Family's Village

It takes a village to raise a child, and this village includes many gay uncles

In November last year, Ottawa-based husbands Matt Ottaviani and Rej Gareau (whose story we shared in July) became first-time dads through surrogacy. They were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Andy and become a family of three.

But as many of us know, raising a child isn't always just about the nuclear family. The African proverb "it takes a village to raise a child" is a commonly repeated phrase, and rings very true for many families. Matt and Rej are no different, and when they shared their story last month, one thing jumped out to us: the important role Andy's guncles play in her and her dads' lives.

In honor of Gay Uncles Day today, we reached out to Andy's many guncles to learn first-hand how their relationship with the family affects their lives. Here's what they had to say.

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Need a Sitter for Your Kids? Gays With Kids Reviews UrbanSitter

Back-to-school is already here for some of us, and if you're looking for a sitter to help out with school runs, after-school pick-ups, and the occasional date night, check out our review of UrbanSitter.

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We moved from New York to Boston the summer of 2017. Along with the Manhattan skyline, our beloved Broadway, and late-night cookie deliveries, we also left behind our sitters — two sisters who had become more like family.

After settling for several months into our new home and neighborhood, we realized we hadn't had a dads' night out since our move. Our kids were still too young to leave alone at night, so I began what I presumed would be the tedious task of finding a sitter.

The first thing I did was to leave a post on our local parents' Facebook group. The dad of one of our daughters' classmates told me about UrbanSitter, a website and mobile app that he'd had success using to find last-minute sitters a few times. He also mentioned that within the app, I could see see babysitters and nannies recommended by parents at our kids' school in addition to local parenting groups.

While I appreciated the tip, I let him know that I was really hoping for a direct referral. But when none others came from the — other than a couple of middle schoolers looking for their first sitting jobs — I decided to give it a try.

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Move over Modern Family, there are some new gay dads taking over the small screen! Big Bad Boo Studios is bringing their animated series The Bravest Knight to Hulu. The series is based upon a children's book called "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived" by Daniel Errico, and it follows the life of Sir Cedric - now grown and married to Prince Andrew - as he regales their adopted daughter Nia with tales of his knighthood journey as she trains to become a knight herself.

"We are so excited about The Bravest Knight, its values and our partnership with Hulu," said Shabnam Rezaei, the director of the series and co-founder of Big Bad Boo Studios. "They understand how to push the envelope with authentic storytelling."

"I immediately fell in love with the idea of a girl wanting to work hard and make something of herself," Rezaei continued. "I also have a nephew who has two dads, so it's a very personal issue for me. I want him to have role models when he's watching TV. I want him to feel like having two dads is completely normal. That's what this show is going to do for him."

Errico's book was first realized as an animation when Hulu created a short film based upon his writing and were interested in exploring the concept of a full series. "I watched the eight minutes on Hulu and at the end the prince and the knight get married and I was in tears," says Rezaei. Rezaei then stepped in to create all new art work including new character design by Tim Linklater and backgrounds by Sarita Kolhatra. Together, they created a kickass bible and pitched the series to Hulu and were successful.

Diversity and inclusivity is celebrated throughout The Bravest Knight, reflected by its casting choices. Nia is played by Storm Reid, from "A Wrinkle in Time," and her dads Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew are voiced by T.R. Knight and Wilson Cruz respectively. The star studded cast also includes Wanda Sykes, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul, Steven Weber, Teri Polo, AJ McLean, Jazz Jennings, Maz Jobrani and Christine Baranski as the formidable Red Dragon.

"With so many wonderful stories yet to be told, we hope that The Bravest Knight stands as an example of the undeniable strength in inclusivity, and the inherent joy in all forms of love and identity," said Errico, the author of the original book.

The first 5 episodes were released on June 21, and there are 8 more planned for release before the end of the year. Be sure to tune in!

This is the Main Title Song for Big Bad Boo's Hulu Original Series "The Bravest Knight". The song is performed by Justin Tranter and composed by Michael Plow...

Change the World

Hungarian Company Raising Money for LGBTQ+ Organization with a LEGO® Heart

Startup WE LOVE WHAT YOU BUILD is helping combat misinformation and prejudice in Central and Eastern Europe


WE LOVE WHAT YOU BUILD is an innovative startup venture that sells LEGO® parts and unique creations. The core values of our company include social equality regardless of gender identity or origin. As LEGO® is a variety of colors and shapes, so are the people.

We all know that LEGO® is a brand that nearly everyone knows and likes between the age of 3 and 99 so this gives a great opportunity to connect unique LEGO® creations and Pride. We started a fundraising campaign for a Hungarian LGBTQ+ organization who's aim is to bring people closer to the LGBTQ+ community, they help to combat misinformation and prejudice regarding LGBTQ+ issues in Central- Eastern Europe since 2000.

You might know that gender equality and the circumstances of LGBTQ+ people is not the easiest in the former communist Eastern European countries like Hungary so this program is in a real need for help. For example a couple of month ago a member of the government said that homosexual people are not equal part of our society.

The essence of the campaign is when one buys a Pride Heart, a custom creation made of brand new and genuine LEGO® bricks the organization gets $10.00 donation so they can continue their important work. This Pride Heart is a nice necklace, a decoration in your home, and a cool gift to the one you love.

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Single Gay Dad Featured on Season Three of GLOW

Actor Kevin Cahoon joins the Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting in Vegas as a single gay dad — and drag queen — on Season Three of the hit Netflix show

For a couple of years now, Hollywood has been obsessed with gay dad characters (and who can blame them?) But the latest show to get hip to a story line featuring gay man raising kids is Netflix's GLOW, which explores a female wresting troop in the late 1980s.

But GLOW is helping represent a gay character that rarely gets time in the limelight:the single gay dad. In Season three of the hit comedy — which stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron — actor Kevin Cahoon joins the case as Bobby Barnes, a single gay father who plays a female impersonator. (80s divas only, of course — Joan Collins and Babs among them)

"I've never done female impersonation," the openly gay actor told OutSmart Magazine, "so I tried to learn really quick. You will know them all; I was very familiar with all of them. There were plenty of talk shows and performances on YouTube to study. I learned that their breathing was very informative."

A single gay dad AND drag queen on television? It's about damn time if you ask us.

Read the full interview with Cahoon here.


Utah Court Rules Gay Couples Can't Be Excluded From Surrogacy Contracts

The Utah Supreme Court found in favor of a gay couple attempting to enter into a surrogacy contract.


Earlier this month, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a same-sex couples can't be excluded from entering into enforceable surrogacy contracts, and sent a case concerning a gay male couple back to trial court to approve their petition for a surrogacy arrangement.

As reported in Gay City News, the case concerns Utah's 2005 law on surrogacy, which was enacted prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. As a result, the content of the law is gendered, saying that surrogacy contracts should only be enforceable if the "intended mother" is unable to bear a child. When a gay couple approached District Judge Jeffrey C. Wilcox to enter into a surrogacy arrangement, he denied them, arguing that the state's law only concerned opposite sex couples.

"This opinion is an important contribution to the growing body of cases adopting a broad construction of the precedent created by Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supreme Court's subsequent decision in Pavan v. Smith," according to GCN. "It's also worth noting that same-sex couples in Utah now enjoy a right denied them here in New York, where compensated gestational surrogacy contracts remain illegal for all couples."

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Personal Essays by Gay Dads

Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Working:​ One Father's Plea for Gun Reform

One gay dad's plea to our leaders to enact sensible gun control

My articles on GaysWithKids aspire to be lighthearted, helpful and humorous. This one won't be any of those things. Because I'm feeling heavyhearted, helpless and sad. Last week I woke up to news of yet another mass shooting. This time at a family-friendly Garlic Festival in northern California. I don't know if it's because this one hit so close to home, or if it's because the headline included a picture of the innocent 6-year old who was among those killed, but I am overcome with emotion. But mostly I am angry. And I don't know what to do with my anger.

Then, just a few days later came two additional horrific mass shootings that stole the lives of at least 32 more innocent people, many of them children. And then there's the "everyday" gun violence that plagues American cities like Chicago, where guns injured another 46 people this past weekend alone… creating so much turmoil, a hospital had to briefly stop taking patients.

How does one verbalize the collective sadness felt around the world? One can't. And that's why I am asking everyone reading this article to commit to getting involved in some way, to help end this epidemic once and for all. Even though the solution is so obvious, we can't allow ourselves to become numb to mass shootings. Because becoming numb isn't going to save anyone.

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