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 Photo Essays

Interested in Foster Care? These Amazing Dads Have Some Advice

As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, we rounded up some amazing examples of gay men serving as foster care dads, helping provide kids with a bright future.

Every May in the United States, we celebrate National Foster Care Month. With over 437,000 children and youth in foster care, it's our honor to take a look at some of the awesome dads in our community who are opening their hearts and their homes, and providing these kids with a bright future.

Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Check out these resources here, and visit AdoptUSKids.

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This Transracial Family Relies on a 'Support Group' of African American Women

Puerto Rican dads Ferdinand and Manuel are raising a daughter of Jamaican descent — and love to find ways to celebrate their family's diversity

Our second feature in our transracial family series. Read the first one here.

Ferdinand Ortiz, 39, and his husband Manuel Gonzalez, 38, have been together for 7 years. In 2017, they became foster dads when they brought their daughter, Mia Valentina, home from the hospital. She was just three days old at the time. On December 13, 2018, her adoption was finalized.

Mia is of Jamaican and African American heritage, and her dads are both Puerto Rican. When Manuel and Ferdinand began their parenting journey through the foster care system, they received specific training on how to be the parents of a child whose race and culture was different from their own. "We learned that it's important to celebrate our child's culture and surround ourselves with people who can help her be proud of her culture." However, as helpful as this training was, the dads agreed that it would've been beneficial to hear from other transracial families and the type of challenges that they faced.

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How the Shut Down Opened Me Up to Being a Better Dad

David Blacker's dad used to tell him to 'stop and smell the roses' — the shut down has led him to finally take the advice

"Stop and smell the roses." It was the thing my dad always said to me when I was growing up. But like many know-it-all kids, I didn't listen. I was determined to keep my eye on the prize. Whether it was getting good grades in school, getting my work published, scoring the next big promotion, buying a house or starting a family. For me, there was no such thing as resting on my laurels. It has always been about what's next and mapping out the exact course of action to get me there.

Then Covid.

Ten weeks ago, I — along with the rest of the world — was ordered to shelter-in-place... to stop thinking about what's next, and instead, focus on the here and the now. In many ways, the shut down made me shut off everything I thought I knew about being content and living a productive life. And so, for the first time in my 41 years, I have literally been forced to stop and smell the roses. The question is, would I like the way they smell?

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How This Transracial Family Creates a 'Safe Space' to Talk About Their Differences

Kevin and David know they can never understand what it's like growing up as a young black girl — but they strive to create a 'safe space' for their daughters to talk about the experience

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of ongoing posts exploring issues related to transracial families headed by gay, bi and trans men. Interested in being featured as part of the series? Email us at dads@gayswithkids.com

Is adopting a child whose race and culture is different from your own something that us queer dads need to talk about? Share our experiences? Learn from others? We've been hearing from our community, and the answer has been a resounding, "yes."

With over one-fifth (21.4%) of same-sex couples raising adopted children in the United States today (compared to 3% of different-sex couples), it's highly likely, at the very least, that those families are transcultural. According to April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, Inc., all adoptive families are transcultural. "All, in my opinion, adoptions are transcultural because there are no two families' culture that is exactly the same, even if you went as far as to get very specific about the family of origin and the family of experience and almost make it cookie-cutter … no two families operate the same."

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Movie Night: My Favorite Family Tradition

As his sons have gotten older, the movies have morphed away from cartoons and towards things blowing up — but movie night remains his favorite family tradition.

Editor's Note: This is the next in a series of excerpts from Joseph Sadusky's new book, Magic Lessons: Celebratory and Cautionary Tales about Life as a (Single, Gay, Transracially Adoptive) Dad. The book contains many stories about his life as a dad, as well as lessons learned, and we're excited to share several excerpts from the the book over the course of the next few months. Read previous installments here!

Of all of our traditions and rituals, probably the most consistent and longest-lasting one was movie night. Sure, we read the heck out of Harry Potter. But our capacity for watching Harry Potter? We're talking Quidditch World Cup here, folks.

In its early version, movie night looked like this: During the week, I would order a movie and a cartoon from Netflix—back when "Netflix" meant "mail." On Saturday night—and I mean, faithfully, every Saturday night—we would order a pepperoni pizza (which Mark faithfully took the meat off of—I'll get to food later) for delivery and then sit and watch our cartoon and movies while eating. The kids had a say in the movie, but I got to pick the cartoon. They watched enough of their own cartoons on the regular, and besides, this gave me a great opportunity to introduce them to the wonders of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Josie and the Pussycats.


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Happy Mother's Day From Gays With Kids!

To all of the women who have supported the journey of gay, bi and trans men towards fatherhood — thank you, and happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be complicated holiday for many gay, bi and trans dads and their kids. Choosing how, when — or even if — to celebrate the day is a uniquely personal decision. But no matter how we've become dads, women have helped us achieve our dreams of fatherhood. And for that reason, we've loved celebrating all of the women who have supported our journeys to fatherhood, in ways big and small, over the years. Check out some of our favorite photos, essays, articles and more below!


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Webinar Series: Becoming a Dad During a Pandemic

Gays With Kids launches a webinar series with surrogacy, adoption and foster care experts — to explore family planning options for gay, bi and trans men in the age of the coronavirus.

Gay, bi or trans and considering building or growing your family? Gays With Kids is offering FREE webinars led by industry experts in surrogacy, adoption and foster care to give you up-to-date insight on how the coronavirus affects family building. There will be lots of time for audience Q&A, so come prepared for this webinar with your specific questions on starting or continuing your surrogacy journey.

Register via the links below!

SURROGACY

Thinking About Becoming A Dad? Explore Your Options in our Surrogacy Webinar Series.

Come discuss: surrogates, egg Donation, IVF, and embryo creation with leading surrogacy and fertility experts.

Please register for just one of the following 3 surrogacy webinars

Monday, May 4, 2020
4:00-5:00pm PT / 7:00-8:00pm ET

  • Dr. Guy Ringler, California Fertility Partners
  • Victoria Ferrara, Worldwide Surrogacy
Register here (pre-registration required)
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
4:00-5:00pm PT / 7:00-8:00pm ET
  • Dr. Jerald S. Goldstein, Fertility Specialists of Texas
  • Sam Hyde, Circle Surrogacy
Register here (pre-registration required)
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Friday, May 8, 2020
12:00-1:00pm PT / 3:00-4:00pm ET
  • Dr. Mark Leondires, Reproductive Medical Associates of CT
  • Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy

Register here (pre-registration required)

ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE

Thinking About Becoming A Dad? Explore Your Options in our Adoption Webinar Series.

Come discuss: matching, placements, home studies and finalizations with leading experts in adoption and foster care.

Please register for just one of the following 2 adoption / foster webinars
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
3:00-4:00pm PT / 6:00-7:00pm ET

  • Monica Baker, Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children
  • Rita Soronen, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Molly Rampe Thomas, Choice Network
Register here (pre-registration required)

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Friday, May 15, 2020
10:00-11:00am PT / 1:00-2:00pm ET

  • Monica Baker, Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children
  • Rita Soronen, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Molly Rampe Thomas, Choice Network
Register here (pre-registration required)

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