Gay Dad Photo Essays

Gay Dads + Kids = MAJOR Family Halloween Costumes

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!

We've said it before and we'll say it again — NO ONE does Halloween (aka queer Christmas) better than the gays. So if you're in need of some inspiration for this year's family costume, look no further! We selected 31 of our favorites off Instagram from last year, one for each spooky day of October, to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can't wait to see what creepy, creative and/or cute costumes dads have up their sleeves (or maybe capes?) this year!


Queer Quidditch?? We're game!

Dads Nic, Tim, and their son, wow in this incredible Harry Potter ensemble, complete with flying broomsticks!

If you're considering being part of the Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw house, here are some fantastic costumes for you.

Dino 'bout you, but we LOVE this Jurassic Park themed family costume 

Okay, so we don't think there has been a cuter Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Satler!

If you're looking for some "dino DNA", check out these Jurassic Park themed costumes.

Twins of the Universe: She-Ra and He-Man 

Dads Manny and Paul slay with these incredible DIY creations! We bow down to the homage to She-Ra, a fantastic queer cartoon for this generation!

To be the Princess of Power She-Ra and her twin brother He-Man this year, these costumes are a must.

No nightmares, just grins from "Jack the Pumpkin King"!

We love this stylish ensemble of dads Richard and Carlos, with a sophisticated (yet still adorably cute!) Jack the Pumpkin King!

If you're considering hailing the pumpkin song this October 31, these Nightmare Before Christmas outfits are for you.

So S-poop-ky! 

We love a bit of toilet humor and this one makes us chuckle! Thanks for the laugh, Robbie, Dylan and Allen!

If your kid is going through that "poop is hilarious" stage (is it a stage?) then maybe an emoji poop is what you're looking for.

A pair of gardeners with the cutest rose bush! 

Jason and Chad planted a little seed and it blossomed into an adorable little rose bush. Queue the "awwws."

For the cutest flowers, see these costumes, and raid your garden shed for the dads' outfits.

Need help finding Ne-most cutest family costume? Look no further... 

"Being difficult is hard - but it can also be beautiful. Always remember to just keep swimming."

Here's a little fish costume for your Finding Nemo.

Nothing tame about this family circus act! 

A roaring good ensemble from these two dads and the cutest lion in town!

If you're feeling like going to the circus this year, you can't miss these adorable little lion costumes.

It's ALIIIIIIIVE!!! with family costume potential 🧟‍♂️🎃👻🍁

This Dr. Frankenstein, Igor and the Monster are a charming nod to a classic.

We've got you covered for the entire ensemble: Monster, Dr Frankenstein, and Igor!

Crushing Halloween with 'A Christmas Carole'

Another classic taken to a whole other level. 👏👏👏 We've said it before, no one does Halloween like our gay dad families!

Here are some options for a Christmas Carol themed ensemble, but we need to add, this look might need to involve some serious DIY skills.

Nothing unfortunate about these souls!

We're not sure that Ursula would approve of being carried in a baby carrier, but we think it completes the entire look! 🤣🐙

For the Little Mermaid, Sebastian and Neptune, look no further. But for baby Ursula, you might need to get your DIY skills on.

Look no further than this lil peanut for major Halloween inspo... 

The Miller family pulled out all the stops last year with their trio of costumes! Peanuts forever!

Here are some options for Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and with this tee for Linus, all you need is black shorts and a blanket, voila!

There's no place like FIRST PLACE at a family costume competition! 

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! This Dorothy and Tin Woodsman look adorable, and dads Dustin and Burton are fully committed to this classic theme with their impressive make-up!

Here are the Dorothy and Tin Woodsman kid costumes, and see the options for Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion here.

Bee careful with this costume idea, you might never see something sweeter! 

Did you ever see anything sweeter? ;) Just remember to beeee yourself. (Okay, we're done with the puns.)

For the Bee Keeper suit and the bee, some links for easy purchase. For the beehive, here are some DIY instructions.

May the force of this family's fabulous costume idea be with you this Halloween...

The force is certainly strong with this family. From BB-8, to Chewie, these folks look incredible!

Click here to dress as Rey, BB-8, Chewbacca and The Last Jedi version of Luke Skywalker.

You better werk, catgirl — POSE!

This Catwoman, Joker and Penguin are snatching treats and pulling tricks - and lookin' mighty fine doing it!

Feeling villainous? Here's your Catwoman, Joker, Penguin ensemble sorted.

One idea for a 🔥 family costume idea... 

This family trio are putting fires out left, right, and center!

Get your fireman costumes here: adult and child.

Aye aye, sailors!

This family is ready to seas the day!

If you're thinking nautical this Halloween, check out this adult and child sailor costumes.

This family costume is FIRE 🔥😍

This clever family ensemble pays homage to Paw Patrol's fire-fighting pup, Marshall.

Check out these options for your littlest Dalmatian costumes, fire truck and fireman accessories.

We ain't afraid of no ghosts!

We know who we're going to call! Dads Austin and Wade, and their super cute son!

For the adult Ghostbusters costume, check these out, and for the cutest squad member, click here.

There's no place like home-made Halloween costumes! DIY excellence...  

These dads are wow-ing in these DIY costumes. But if these DIY skills aren't quite in your repertoire, then check out the links below.

Click for the Lion, Dorothy, Flying Monkey, mini Scarecrow, adult Tinman, and Wicked Witch.

We're going to need a bigger boat... (and a new shirt!)

This baby shark took a break from gnawing on his dad to focus on his lollipop. Good call.

Check out a similar kid shark costume here.

Then there's THIS incredible family costume...  

Expect the incredible with this matching family ensemble. Even better if you can also get your dog to dress up as Wonder Woman.

Here's the kid version of the Incredibles, and here's the adult version.

Tell me more, tell me more... (Like where'd you get that lil Sandy wig??)

Go as your favorite T-Bird - Danny, Kenickie, Doody, or Sonny!

Check out these Danny Zuko jackets and little Sandy's version.

Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo....

These dads might be gill-ty for oversharing with multiple photos, but we're not complaining.

What did the fox say?

This family's neighborhood always goes a little wild when they see a fox about town - and we don't blame them! Look at these two! 😍​

Another dino-mite Halloween costume!

Dr. Alan Grant can surely handle these two kids, especially as they're dressed as dinosaurs.

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11 Gay Couples Share Secrets to Their Long-Term Relationships This Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, we spoke with 11 gay dad couples who've been together for almost a decade or longer to learn what's made their relationships last

You're the peanut butter to my jelly, the gin to my tonic, the strawberries to my cream, the Mr. to my Mr.!

Happy Valentine's Day folks! We're excited to celebrate this day of lurrrrvvve by featuring a few dads in our community who've been together for almost a decade or more! And they're ready to share their secrets to a successful relationship and parenting partnership.

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Gong Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

As we usher in the year of rat, we asked some of our dads how they honor this special time.

Today we're celebrating, alongside our families, the Chinese New Year! As we usher in the year of rat, we asked some of our dads how they honor this special time, what they do to celebrate, and how they're instilling these traditions in their kids. Here are some of their responses.

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A Painful Christmas Taught This Dad the Meaning of Home

Erik Alexander spent Christmas 2005 in Los Angeles after being displaced from his New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina — it was a painful experience, but one that taught him the meaning of home.

Everything that happens in our lives is meant to teach us something. These experiences — good, the bad, and the ugly —accumulate to help us grow into the people we are. I see how true this is with each passing day.

In 2005, my life was turned upside down. Katrina blew everyone's life to hell and then we had to pick up what was left and learn to live again. After becoming a 'refugee' in Memphis, I decided to move out west because I had always wanted to live in LA. I had stars in my eyes and dreams of making it big. FEMA money in my pocket, I loaded up my little blue Mazda Protege and started my journey across the country to become a famous pop singer. It was just after Thanksgiving when I moved, and I was lucky enough to have a couple of sweet friends to meet up with when I arrived. Christmas time was quickly approaching, but I wasn't ready for it.

Y'all, I loooove the Holidays. I always have. There are so many things about this time of year that are special to me... the decorations, the cheerful people, and most of all my family. I didn't realize how big of a role family played until I moved. I had to relearn how to enjoy Christmas.

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Dads Talk About Surrogacy Process in New Video for Northwest Surrogacy Center

The Northwest Surrogacy Center interviewed some of their gay dad clients for a video to celebrate their 25th anniversary of creating families through surrogacy!

Last year, Northwest Surrogacy Center celebrated 25 years of helping parents realize their dreams. And they celebrated in style by inviting the families they've worked with over the past two and a half decades to join them!

At the party, they took the opportunity to film queer dads and dads-to-be, asking them a couple of questions: how did it feel holding your baby for the first time, and tell us about your relationship with your surrogate.

Watch the video below and get ready for the water works!

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Campaign to Legalize Surrogacy in New York Heats Up with Competing Bills

Two competing bills — one backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and another by Senator Liz Krueger with stricter provisions — are aiming to legalize surrogacy in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is once again attempting to legalize commercial surrogacy in the state, which is still just one of three states in the country to forbid the practice.

"This antiquated law is repugnant to our values and we must repeal it once and for all and enact the nation's strongest protections for surrogates and parents choosing to take part in the surrogacy process," Governor Cuomo said in a statement in announcing a broader effort called Love Makes a Family. "This year we must pass gestational surrogacy and expedite the second parent adoption process to complete marriage and family equality."

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Your Marriage Should Be Gayer, Says the New York Times

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Stephanie Coontz, author of "Marriage: a History," lists the many insights LGBTQ marriages can offer straight ones.

According to a fascinating op-ed in the New York Times this week by Stephanie Coontz, author of "Marriage: a History," turns out the people convinced marriage equality — legal across the United States for five years now — would usher in the complete breakdown of civil society should be more worried about the health of their own marriages.

In the article, Coontz details the results of research that followed 756 "midlife" straight marriages, and 378 gay marriages, and found same-sex couples reporting the lowest levels of physiological distress — with male gay couples reporting the lowest. The reason for this, the author said, is pretty simple — misogyny. The idea that men and women should strive for parity in a relationship is still a fairly new idea, Coontz said, and traditional gender roles are still pervasive. Gay couples, meanwhile, are free from such presumptions, which often results in happier, healthier relationships.

The most interesting findings in the research relate to parenting. While gender norms tend to be even more emphasized among straight people once they have children, with the bulk of the childrearing falling to mothers, same-sex couples — once again freed from the stereotypes of the male/female divide — parent more equitably. As the author notes, "A 2015 survey found that almost half of dual-earner, same-sex couples shared laundry duties, compared with just under a third of different-sex couples. And a whopping 74 percent of same-sex couples shared routine child care, compared with only 38 percent of straight couples."

When it comes to time spent with children, men in straight marriages spent the least amount of time and the lowest proportion of "nonwork" time, with their children — while men in same-sex marriages spent just as much time with their children as women in a straight relationship. "The result?" Coontz writes, "Children living with same-sex parents experienced, on average, three and a half hours of parenting time per day, compared with two and a half for children living with a heterosexual couple."

Straight fathers devote the least amount of time — about 55 minutes a day — on their children, which includes things like physical needs, reading, playing, and homework. Gay mothers spent an additional 18 minutes each and straight mothers an additional 23 minutes. Gay fathers spent the most time with their children, the study found, an average of an additional 28 minutes a day.

Taken together, straight couples spend an average of 2 hours and 14 minutes on their children. Lesbian moms spend an additional 13 minutes, while gay men spend 33 more minutes than straight couples.

One factor, the author notes, that can help explain this difference is this: gay parents rarely end up with an unintended or unwanted child, whereas a full 45% percent of pregnancies in straight relationships in 2011 (the last year data is available) were unintended, and 18% were unwanted.

But right. Gay people shouldn't be parents.

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Valentine's Day is not just for lovers; it's also a day to celebrate our loved ones. And that's exactly what these single dads are doing.

Within our community, GWK has a large group of admirable, active, and awesome (!) single dads and we want to honor them! On Valentine's Day, they and their kids celebrate their family unit in the sweetest possible ways. We asked the dads to share these moments with us, and, where possible, one of the most heartwarming things they've experienced with their kids on Valentine's Day to date.

Hear their stories below.

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