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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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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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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These Dads and Kids Came to Sleigh (Their Santa Photos)

Our annual roundup of gay dads and their kids sleighing their family photo with Santa!

Christmas is never complete without trekking to your local mall for a quick pic with Santa! And these dads and their kids didn't disappoint. Check out this photo essay of gay dads and their kids serving some major lewks alongside Saint Nick!

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A Gay Chiropractor Explains Why He Came Out to His Patients

After Cameron Call, a chiropractor, came out to his family this past year, he knew he had one more step to take — he had to come out to his patients

Fear is an interesting thing. It motivates when it shouldn't, shows at inconvenient times, and is the author of stories that do nothing but hold us back. I would argue though, too, that fear has some good qualities. I believe it helps us to feel. And I think it can be a great teacher as we learn to recognize and face it.

For years fear prevented me from embracing my truth and accepting a large part of who I am. I know I am not alone in that regard. But for so long my fear convinced me that I was. Fear is what kept me from ever telling my parents or anyone growing up that I am gay. Fear mingled with strong religious teachings, embraced at a young age, which led me to believe that I could cure myself of my attractions to the same gender. And fear is a part of what kept me in my marriage to a woman for over ten years.

Only so much growth and learning can occur when we limit ourselves to our fears. If people never did anything they were afraid to do, life would be incredibly boring and far too predictable. At some point we must face the things we fear and just go for it not knowing what will happen next.

After finally coming out to my ex-wife after ten years of marriage (see previous articles for that story), and eventually telling my family I knew there was one more step I needed to make.

I am a business owner. I am a structural chiropractor and am highly specialized in my field. Nearly four years ago I opened my own clinic, Horizon Chiropractic Center, in Phoenix, Arizona. I poured my whole heart, body, and soul into the creation of my practice and its growth. Opening a business fresh out of school is no simple task and I worked hard to build my practice with close relationships and word of mouth referrals. I established myself as an expert and built a strong reputation as a family man, and my ex-wife and kids were the face of my practice.

I loved and do love every person who has ever come into my office and treat them like family. We laugh together during visits, celebrate wins, cry together, often hug, and cheer each other on regarding various things in our life. That's also a large part of who I am: a people person. I enjoy spending quality time with those I am privileged to help. No one comes in my office and only sees me for 2-5 minutes.

Even though there was so much good that I had built into my brand and reputation fear eventually found its way into my business too. I was afraid of what would happen if people found out the truth. Would they be okay with having a gay chiropractor? Would they still trust me to be able to help them? Of course, the story in my head I was telling myself was much bigger and badder than it needed to be.

When we decided to get a divorce, I felt strongly that I needed to face these fears and begin telling a number of patients the truth of what was happening in my life. I know in reality it is no one's business but my own. However, I felt like I needed to let my patients who had become like family to me truly see me for who I am, and who I always was. And so slowly, case by case, I began to tell a select number of people.

I'll never forget the first patient I told. She had been coming in for years and was bringing her son in to see me who is on the autism spectrum. It was the day after my ex-wife and I decided to get a divorce and she could tell something heavy was on my mind. I eventually came out to her. The first words out of her mouth were "I am so proud of you!" We cried and hugged and it was the complete opposite of what I ever expected. And it was perfect. I felt loved. I felt accepted. I felt seen.

As time went on it got easier. And overall the responses were all completely positive and supportive. Out of all the patients I told and those who found out from other circles, only three stopped coming in to see me. Since coming out, my office has grown tremendously. My reputation hasn't changed. If anything, it's solidified. I can't help but think that part of that is due to finally embracing all of me and allowing others the same opportunity.

I read somewhere once that you never really stop coming out of the closet. And I've noticed that too. Sure, not everyone needs to know; it isn't everyone's business. And I hope that one day we live in a time period where fear doesn't prevent anyone from being seen. I want to contribute to the upward trajectory I think our society is headed of understanding, acceptance, support, and equality.

I would love to be able to say that after coming out publicly I no longer feel fear; but I do. And I think in some ways I always will no matter what. But that's part of life, right? Recognizing fear when we have it but then choosing to move forward out of love – love for others, but maybe more importantly love for ourselves.

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A Gay Dad Gains Clarity After a Health Scare

A recent health scare helped give Erik Alexander clarity.

Sometimes fear can cripple the mind and hinder ones judgement. Having children of my own, I have come to grips with accepting the things I cannot change and learned to take action when there is no other choice. When it comes to my own personal health, the future and well being of my family gives me all the clarity I need to make the right decision about any kind of health scare.

This episode is dedicated to all the parents out there that are going through or have gone through similar situations.

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Janno, from Estonia, and Matthias, from Belgium, were accepted into the "Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy" Program.

Janno Talu, an accountant, and Matthias Nijs, an art gallery director, were born in different parts of Europe. Janno, 39, is from Estonia, and Matthias, 28, is from Belgium. Their paths crossed when the two moved to London, each from their different corners of the European Union.

Janno relocated to London earlier than Matthias, when he was 24, and his main reason for the move was his sexuality. "Although Estonia is considered one of the more progressive countries in Eastern Europe, when it comes to gay rights, it is still decades behind Western society in terms of tolerance," said Janno. "And things are not moving in the right direction." In 2016, same-sex civil union became legal, but the junior party in the current coalition government is seeking to repeal the same-sex partnership bill. "In addition," Janno continued, "they wish to include the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the country's constitution. Even today, there are people in Estonia who liken homosexuality to pedophilia, which is why I decided to start a new life in the UK, where I could finally be myself."

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If you're in the Bay Area this weekend, two major events are happening that will be of interest for dads-to-be and surrogacy advocates: the Men Having Babies San Francisco Conference, and the SF Advocacy and Research Forum for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting (ARF)

If you're in San Francisco or the surrounding area, clear your calendar this weekend. Two events are happening simultaneously that are significant for dads-to-be AND surrogacy advocates: the Men Having Babies San Francisco Conference, and the SF Advocacy and Research Forum for Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting (ARF). For an outlines of both events, check out below.

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