Gay Dad Photo Essays

Dads and Their Kids Serving Major Squad Ghouls This Halloween!

Check out our fang-tastic round-up of gay dads and their kids dressed to impress this Halloween!

Every time we think we've seen the best of the best for Halloween, the following year tops the last - and this year's no different! These gay dad families look FANG-TASTIC! If you haven't gotten in on the fun yet, enter out first ever Gays With Kids family Halloween costume contest! Entries are due today!

In the meantime, check out these amazing costumes below!



Dads Raul and John, Houston, Texas

Dads Adam and Josh, Dallas, Texas

@therealdadsofdallas

Dad Alan, Jalisco, Mexico

@alan_tower

Dads Brian and Cade, Minneapolis, Minnesota

@cadebittnermusic

Dads Steve and Gavin, Victoria, Australia

@fathersewsbest

Dads Joseph and JC, Los Angeles, California

@deliops

Dads Ralph and Lester, Mount Olive, New Jersey

@rrm954

Dads Jeff and Tyler, Delaware, New Jersey

@wanderdads

Dads Christian and Luis, Sydney, Australia

@2_papas_in_oz

Dads Darren and Barry, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

@unseriouslydarren

Dads AJ and Jeff, Weston, Connecticut

@thewanderlustdad

Dads Matt and Joseph, Los Angeles, California

@mattdeleva

Dads Jordan and Devon, Claremont, California

@jordanfinley79

Dads Mike and Chris, Berea, Ohio

@chrisbrookholt

Dads Matthias and Janno, London, U.K.

@adventureswithdads

Dads Thomas and Noel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

@tsp2tsp2 and @joemcmuffin

Dads Gal and Gillies, San Francisco, California

@iamtunik

Dads Erik and Douglas, New Orleans

@nolapapa

Dads James and Andrew, Vineland, New Jersey

@dadzsquared

Dads Andy and Ben, St Louis, Missouri

@twinlifedads

Dad Derek, Willemstad, Curaçao

@derek.kolb

Dads Aaron and Ben, Orlando, Florida

@aaron3k

Dads Barry and David

Dads Chris and Carl, Amarillo, Texas

Dad Gil, Willemstad, Curaçao

@twodadstofunction

Dads Ryan and Ryan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IG: ryansaavedra.to and IG: ryansia.to

Dads Adam and Eric, Valparaiso, Indiana

@2dads_4_2kids

Dads Marcos and Alberto, Madrid, Spain

@TwoDadsSpain

Dads Enrique and Mason, Minneapolis, Minnesota

@twinsrule2dads

Dads Mark and Rob, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

@robangleftl

Dads Roel and Jorge, Mission, Texas

@twodads.rgv

Dads Manuel and Bud, Valencia, Spain

@twogaypapas

Dads Danny and Graham, Seattle, Washington 

@domestigays

Dads Sean and Josh, Sydney, Australia

@seanszeps and @joshszeps

Dads Davide and Thomas, Las Vegas, Nevada

@coachdavide

Dads Frankie and BJ, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

@familyisaboutlove

Dad Rich, Miami, Florida

@richrod

Dads LJay and Matt, Los Angeles, California

@ljaymatt

Dads Marcos and John, San Diego, California

@mdsamaniego

Dads Manny and Paul, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

@paulmannplus2

Dads Ed and Han, London, United Kingdom

@KitchenFury

Dads Mo and Justin, New Jersey

@daddy_papa_and_me_make3

Dads Dustin and Burton, Raleigh, North Carolina

@dustin_patrick_smith and @bbbuffalo

Dads Scott and Ken, Charlotte, North Carolina

@therealqc2.0

Dads Joe and Roberto, Winter Garden, Florida

@orlandofamography

Dad Jermain, Baltimore, Maryland

@jkeenelife

Dads Mario and Stephan, Toronto, Ontario

@stephan-howard

Dads Christopher and Jeremy, Mason, Ohio

@Calliope_and_Daddies and @Jmherrod

Dads Michael and Allen, San Diego, California

@twodads_and_micaela

Dads Nick and Chris, Chicago, Illinois

@npadjen74 and @chris.e.hill

Dads David and Casey, South Orange, New Jersey

@socmd @davidmolinodunn

Dads Jonathon and Daniel, Savannah, Georgia

@thestayhomedaddy

Dads Mike and Scott, Central Florida

Dads Frankie and Brandon, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

@apollobancroft

Dads Matthew and Chip (holding the camera), Omaha, Nebraksa

@matthewschworer

Dads Bryan and Zachary, Dallas, Texas

@bryan_anthonyrt

Dads Derek and Asher, New York City, New York

@mr._derek

Dads Scott and Stefano, New Jersey

@nomommynoproblems

Dads Graham and Andy, Fort Worth, Texas

@instagrahamstiles

Dads O'Brian and Daryl, Maryland

@obisme83

Dads Angel and Joe, San Antonio, Texas

@tigger1999grad

Dads Kunal and Jason, San Diego, California

@dadandbaba_alessandra

Dads Doug and Brent, Atlanta, Georgia

@realmoderndads

Dads Brian and Toby, Brooklyn, New York

@tbsowers @ditmasparkpapa

Dad Devon, Salt Lake City, Utah

@dadndaddies

Dad Greg, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

@ggds72

Dads Tommy and Isaac, Westlake Village, California

@helloharlowmonroe

Dads Chris and Alex, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

@cgarhal

Dads David and Alex, Los Angeles, California

@davidcblacker

Dads Dan and Fred, Orlando, Florida

@2dads_and_tj

Dads Daniel and Jack, West Hollywood, California

@dancodesigns

Dads Brian and Preston, San Francisco, California

@superbrian

Dads Dana and Jay, Manhatten, Kansas

@jerjaycran

Dads Corey and Michael, Phoenix, Arizona

@michaelmuren

Dads John and Lazar, Midland Park, New Jersey

@lindotashevich

Dads Brian and Corey, Houston, Texas

@brianchartan

Dads Nick and Shawn, Upland, California

@3men_n_littlelady

Dads Mark and Leo, Virginia

@markloewen_author

Dads Brett and Justin, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

@the_mallard_rancourts

Dads Erik and Adam, Tuscon, Arizona

@mchusbands

Dads Robbie and Allen, Calabasas, California

@cronpics

Dads Tyler and Andy, Phoenix, Arizona

@fontes_four_pack

Dads Tim and Nic, Brisbane, Australia

@brisvegasdad and @fortitudevalleyvet

Dads Travis and Jay, Orange County, California

@tkasper663

Dad Laurentius, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

@laurentiussalon

Dads Asaf and Eliran, Eilat, Israel

@asafshemesh2019

Dad Chad, Salt Lake City, Utah

@hellochadthedad

Dads Ewan and Paul, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

@ewan_and_pica

Dads Danny and Jay, California

@dannywongy

Dads Brad and Brad, Silver Springs, Maryland

@my2brads

Dads Sean and Woodie, Denver, Colorado

@seanmmaye

Dads Oscar and Daron, Sun Valley, California

@oscarq99

Dads Peter and Jesse, Kingston, Massachusetts

@princess_jasmines_fan_club

Dads Kyle and Thomas, Brooklyn, New York

@thomas84nyc

Dads Dan and Justin, Rochester, New York

@dvm6031

Dads Mike and Jamen, Tampa, Florida

@mfradley

Dads Joshua and Jeremy, Salt Lake City, Utah

@ffemt

Dads Nick and Tyler, Forth Worth, Texas

@onezg

Dads Tim and Josh, Boston, Massachusetts

@tk_yoga

Dad Trey, Columbus, Ohio

@treypearson

Dads Greg and Mike, Basingstoke, England

@papa2lemonboy

Dads Jason and Manuel, Orange County, California

@socaljason

Dads Thomas and Melton, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

@tmamrosh

Dads Corey and Michael, Phoenix, Arizona

@michaelmuran

Dads Brent and Charlie, Madison, Wisconsin

@heybrentlove

Dads Chad and Jason, Miami, Florida

@chadmanleyscott

Dads Joshua and Jeremy, Amarillo, Texas

@joshuawgr

Dads Dan and Andy, Seattle, Washington

@alabadie78

Dad Steve, Boise, Idaho

Dads Ryan and Justin, California

@ryanjasen

Dads Antonio and Ian, Woodland Hills, California

@justcallme_papa

Dads Iain and Ian, San Francisco, California

Dads Raul and Anthony, New York, New York

@riverjrd

Dad DJ, Washington, D.C.

@djjohnsondj

Dads Cooper and Todd, Dallas, Texas

@imcoopedup

Dad Victor, Stratford, New Jersey

@victorsthing

Dads Ned and James, Washington, D.C.

@airbus777

Dads Jay and Adam, Massachusetts

@therealdadsofmarlborough

Dads Brian and Rich, Seattle, Washington

@captainawesome.seattle

Dads Patoorick and Jerome, Switzerland

@patoorick

Dads Bryce and Jeffrey, Salt Lake City, Utah

@thisiswherewestarted

Dads Chad and Ray, Savannah, Georgia

@chadhensonmartins

Dads Jake and Tom, New Orleans, Louisiana

@heartdoctordaddyshark

Dads Eli and Ido, New York, New York

@dr.elibt

Dads James and Charlie, San Francisco, California

@papaanddaddy

Dads Carlos and Eddie

@torpedex

Dads Dan and Jason, Brooklyn, New York

@stagedtosellhome

Dad Colby, Searcy, Arkansas

Dads Brad and Josh, Bel Air, Maryland

@ibrad_willowsmommy

Dads Rob and Eric, Massachusetts

@RobS210

Dads Stefan and Arnout, the Netherlands

@wensvaders

Dads Austin and Wade, Austin, Texas

@wadester @austindennis

Dads Freddy and Homer, Texas

@_freddysr

Dads Michael and Christian, New Jersey

@_mikeystuart

Dad Ben, Brooklyn, Connecticut

@ben_macneil78

Dads Matt and Gabe, Los Angeles, California

Dads Ryan and Steven, Madison, Wisconsin

Dads Jon and Michael, Louisville, Kentucky

Dads Kensington and Matt, Richmond, Virginia

Dads Chris and Troy, St. Louis, Missouri

@miss.oh_and_her.dads

Kevin and Ivo

@familyfab76

Dads Eyal and Chris, New York, New York

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Gay Dad Life

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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Personal Essays by Gay Dads

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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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Gay Men and Their Kids Celebrate Hanukkah

Photos of gay men and their kids celebrating the first night of Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! We've loved seeing all the family pics from dads and their kids celebrating the first night of the holiday . Enjoy some of our favorites. Have your own? Send them to dads@gayswithkids.com!

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Change the World

Apply for a Paid Internship at Gays With Kids!

Are you a student who is passionate about journalism, new media, and supporting the LGBTQ community? Apply for a (paid!) internship with Gays With Kids and join the largest community for gay, bit and trans dads and dads to be!

We are excited to announce that Gays With Kids will be hiring two student interns to help support our rapidly expanding work as the largest online magazine and resource for gay, bi and trans dads and dads to be! At the moment, we have two paid positions available.

  • Our Journalism and Editorial Intern should be interested in journalism, editing, and the daily process of running and maintaining a major website. This is a New York-based position, who will work closely with our Editor in Chief, David Dodge.

  • Our Social and Community Intern should be interested in supporting and expanding our vibrate online community across multiple social media channels and will work closely with Rosalind Lonsdale, our Social and Community Manager.

Please see below for more information and how to apply!

Journalism and Editorial Intern — New York, NY 

Paid $15 p/h || 15-20 hours per week || Immediate start || New York City, NY


Gays With Kids is seeking an energetic, organized, and socially conscious Journalism and Editorial intern with an immediate start date. This is a paid position and the intern will be expected to work 15-20 hours a week. Position is ongoing but possible end dates will be discussed in the interview process.

About us: Gays With Kids is the world's premier website and social network dedicated exclusively to helping gay, bi and trans men become dads, and to helping queer dads navigate fatherhood.

We launched in 2015 and we're very excited to refresh our website in the next couple of months with a stronger and more clear focus on the different paths to fatherhood available to our community. We currently have close to 250,000 followers on social media, and our community is extremely engaged. You should be proud to be part of a small, but passionate and dedicated team that's making a meaningful impact nationally and globally.

Check us out: https://www.facebook.com/GaysWithKids/ / https://www.instagram.com/gays_with_kids/ / https://www.youtube.com/user/GaysWithKids

Much of this work can be undertaken at the intern's own residence but, at least initially, you will be required to meet and work closely with our Executive Editor, located in New York City.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Write blog posts, articles, and other pieces of content for the website as needed.
  • Identify and interview experts within various paths to parenthood for gay, bi and trans men, including: surrogacy, adoption, foster care, co-parenting partnerships and more.
  • Refresh and reimagine current content on the Gays With Kids website.
  • Support engaging and dynamic social media content across external channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest)
  • Assist with migration of current website to a new platform


Requirements:

  • Interest in journalism, particularly as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community
  • Interest and activism in equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Crucial skills: highly organized, good at multitasking, a strong problem solver, and a willingness to learn new skills and abilities.
  • Experience managing social media platforms, specifically Instagram and Facebook
  • Knowledge of Google Docs, iMovie, Canva, Trello, are a plus
    Proficient in MS Office Suite with excellent writing / communication skills
  • Interest in learning digital communications including social media management platforms and SEO skills

To apply, pleas send a resume and two writing samples to David Dodge, Executive Editor, at David.Dodge@gayswithkids.com

Social and Community Intern

Paid $15 p/h || 15-20 hours per week || Immediate start || Philadelphia, PA


Gays With Kids is seeking an energetic, organized, and socially conscious Social and Community intern with an immediate start date. This is a paid position and the intern will be expected to work 15-20 hours a week. Position is ongoing but possible end dates will be discussed in the interview process.

About us: Gays With Kids is the world's premier website and social network dedicated exclusively to helping gay, bi and trans men become dads, and to helping queer dads navigate fatherhood.

We launched in 2015 and we're very excited to refresh our website in the next couple of months with a stronger and more clear focus on the different paths to fatherhood available to our community. We currently have close to 250,000 followers on social media, and our community is extremely engaged…especially on Instagram. You should be proud to be part of a small, but passionate and dedicated team that's making a meaningful impact nationally and globally. As our social and community intern, you will have plenty of opportunity to engage with our community.

Check us out: https://www.facebook.com/GaysWithKids/ / https://www.instagram.com/gays_with_kids/ / https://www.youtube.com/user/GaysWithKids

Much of this work can be undertaken at the intern's own residence but, at least initially, you will be required to meet and work closely with our Social and Community manager, located in Philadelphia.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Support engaging and dynamic social media content across external channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest)
  • Write blog posts, articles, and other content for the website
  • Assist with migration of current website to a new platform


Requirements:

  • Interest and activism in equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Crucial skills: highly organized, good at multitasking, a strong problem solver, and a willingness to learn new skills and abilities.
  • Experience managing social media platforms, specifically Instagram and Facebook
  • Knowledge of Google Docs, iMovie, Canva, Trello, are a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite with excellent writing / communication skills
  • Interest in learning digital communications including social media management platforms and SEO skills

All inquiries should be addressed to Rosalind Lonsdale, Social and Community Manager, rosalind@gayswithkids.com

Change the World

Miami Tourism Board Releases Vacation Guide for LGBTQ Families

Miami isn't just about circuit parties! The LGBTQ Family-Friendly Miami Vacation Guide showcases many options for queer parents, too.

As gay people, it can be difficult to find vacation spots that are LGBTQ-friendly out of the normal travel "fruit loop" — New York, Mykonos, San Francisco; repeat. For those of us with kids, the Venn diagram of destinations that are both queer and kid friendly can seem practically non-existent.

Fortunately, that's starting to change as the tourism industry realizes that LGBTQ families are a growing segment of vacationers. One city to quickly pick up on this trend is Miami. While the gays have long flocked to Miami for party weekends, the city has also recently noticed an uptick in the number of LGBTQ visitors who are parents. In response, Miami's tourism board release a guide, LGBTQ Family-Friendly Miami Vacation Guide, that includes loads of options for queer parents and their kids. Amid Miami's legendary circuit parties, it turns out, are tons of family friendly things to do — like the Museum of Science, an eco-adventure theme park, and other kid-focused events all year long.

Who knew?

"When I came onboard as Director of LGBTQ Marketing a little over a year ago, I found that our LGBTQ messaging was centered around our annual events," said Dan Rios, who works with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Massive parties like the White Party and Aqua Girl are a central part of the city's LGBTQ offerings, he said, but he was also worried the city was "developing a reputation solely as a party destination. "I want to diversify that message to highlight everything else that Greater Miami has to offer."

Hence the city's family-friendly guide that includes offerings within "art and culture, dining, beaches, fitness," Dan said. "We have unique and amazing family attractions that we had been promoting to our general audiences for decades. I saw this as an opportunity; an opportunity to introduce our attractions to LGBTQ families, and an opportunity to further promote our attractions -- it was a win-win."

Dan said the Bureau is also in the midst of a campaign that will prominently feature LGBTQ parents within different travel destinations throughout the city, which will be featured throughout both LGBTQ and mainstream websites, publications and advertising.

We applaud the effort to reach out to LGBTQ families, and hope more cities follow Miami's lead! Be sure to check out the guide here.

News

Indiana Court Says Couples Using Sperm Donors​ Can Both Be Listed on Birth Certificate — But Ruling Excludes Male Couples

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the case, a major victory for LGBTQ parents — but the Attorney General may appeal to the Supreme Court.

On Friday, a US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from a lower court that said that both parents in a same-sex relationship are entitled to be listed on the birth certificate — previously, the state of Indiana had required the non-biological parent within a same-sex relationship using assisted reproductive technologies to adopt their child after the birth in order to get her or his name listed on the birth certificate, a lengthy and expensive process not required of straight couples in the same situation.

It's a double standard LGBTQ parents have long been subjected to in many states across the country. So this represent a major win. As reported by CNN, this ruling "takes a lot of weight off" the shoulders of LGBTQ parents, said Karen Celestino-Horseman, a lawyer representing one of the couples in the case. "They've been living as families and wondering if this was going to tear them apart."

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals deliberated the case, according to CNN, for more than two and a half years, which is one of the longest in the court's history.

However, because all the plaintiffs in the case involved female same-sex couples using sperm donors, the ruling left open the similar question of parenting rights with respect to male couples. Indiana's Attorney General, moreover, may also appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

We'll be following the case closely and be sure to keep you up to date. For more on this recent decision, read CNN's article here.

Personal Essays by Gay Dads

As a Gay Dad, What's the Impact of Letting My Son Perform Drag?

Michael Duncan was excited when his 10-year-old son asked if he could perform in drag for charity — but he also felt fear and anxiety.

As LGBT parents, we have all lived through some sort of trauma in our lives. For many it is the rejection of our family, being bullied, or abuse. We learn to be vigilant of our surroundings and often are very cautious of who we trust. As adults, we start to become watchful of how much we share and we look for "red flags" around every corner.

So, what effect does this have on our children? Does it unintentionally cause us to be more jaded with our interactions involving others? For some the answer may be a resounding "no." But as we look deeper into the situation, we often find that through survival our interactions with others have changed and we may not even realize exactly how much we are projecting on those around us.

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Fatherhood, the gay way

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