Gay Dad Photo Essays

These Christmas Cards From Gay Couples Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit


Enjoy this beautiful collection of our families getting into the holiday spirit, posing for the annual Christmas card pic, and sharing what they love most about the holiday season.

O'Brian and Daryl with Keithen and Camden, Glenarden, Maryland

"Christmas for us has always been about family. Santa truly outdid himself this year with the best gifts we've ever received!"

Jon and Nick with Asher, Salt Lake City, Utah

"Nothing better than spending time with our little man!!!"

John and Marcos with Italia and Roman, California

"We celebrate Christmas in the traditional American way with a Mexican flair. We get together with extended family and friends on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning is spent with just the four of us."

Richard and Carlos with Timothy, New York, NY

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"For us, Christmas isn't just a time to exchange gifts. It's a time to relish in the abundance of love and joy in our lives."

Manuel and Bud with Álvaro and Carmen, Spain

"Our favorite thing about the holiday season is that whenever the kids are bad, we can tell them that Santa is watching and they all of a sudden behave like angels. 😊"

Mark and Rob with Melanie and Cooper, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"Our favorite thing is watching our daughter's first time understanding and falling in love with Christmas traditions: Santa, the Grinch, Elf on the Shelf ... It makes it feel magical for us all over again."

Danny and Jay with Kai and Jayden, California

"Our favorite thing is being together with all our close family members and unwrapping all the gifts together. ❤️"

Jeff and Tyler with Ava, Middletown, Delaware

"Our favorite thing about the season is taking in all of the festive sights and sounds as we explore the world around us. And when we are home there is nothing better than snuggling up together in a warm blanket, with teh tree lit and watching a holiday movie."

Ricky and Jeff with their son, Upland, California

"Spending extra time with our family and friends and celebrating the holidays."

Daniel and Victor with Olivia and Omarie, Victorville, California

"Our favorite thing about the season is spending family time together. Seeing our girls faces when we go pick our Xmas tree, decorating, and baking with Papa Victor for the holidays."

Jacek and Andrzej with Adam and Brandon, Brighton, UK

"It's a family time, and 🎅🏾,, obviously!"

Daron and Oscar with Duncan, Sun Valley, California

"We collect ornaments all year long and especially when we travel. Our favorite part about the holiday season is finally hanging them on the tree."

Igor and Joseph with Jeffrey and Jojo, Las Vegas, Nevada

"We like the family getting together for dinner the best."

BJ and Frankie with Milo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Our favorite part of the holiday is getting to spend it with our family and friends, and then heading down to a beach somewhere to spend quality time together as a family."

Ryan and Jon with Ophelia, Rochester, New Hampshire

"Our favorite thing about the holiday season is the opportunity to slow down, unplug and spend time with family and friends."

Jesse and Khris with Eli and Justin, Syracuse, NY

"Our favorite thing about the holidays is going to local holiday events [such as] "Lights on the Lake," "Holidays in the City," plays and, of course, the "Syracuse Tree Lighting" --among other events.

Tony and Tyler with Caden and Gaven, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Falling for Fall: 33 Photos of Gay Dads and Kids at the Pumpkin Patch

Oh my gourd, it's fall! To celebrate, we rounded up 33 pics (and whole lot of pun-kins) in our annual fall photo essay!

Don your checked shirt, grab them apples, and shine those smiles while perched on pumpkins — it's the annual fall family photo op! A trip to the pumpkin patch and / or apple orchard is a staple family fall outing, and we're here for it. 🎃🍎🍂👨👨👧👦

Thanks to these dads who shared their pics with us! Share your own to dads@gayswithkids.com and we'll add them to this post!

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Vote Now for Your Fav Family Halloween Costume!

***VOTING CLOSED*** Voting is open until midnight PST! Choose your favorite gay dad family Halloween costume!!!

First off, we just want to say that EVERYONE looked unBOOlievable. Selecting only twenty one family photos to be included in this round was not only hard, it was almost impossible! Thanks to everyone for putting their best cloven hoof forward.

Now we need your help to choose a winner of a $250 Amazon voucher! Vote for your favorites below and don't forget to keep this criteria in mind: creativity, uniqueness, nerve... and overall fabulousness! ***VOTING CLOSED***

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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!

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One Single Gay Dad's Trailblazing Path to Parenthood Via Surrogacy

20 years ago, Gene became the first single gay man to work with Circle Surrogacy in order to become a dad — trailblazing a path for many others since.

This article is part of our family feature series with Circle Surrogacy, a surrogacy agency that has been helping LGBTQ+ singles and couples realize their dream of parenthood for the past 20 years.

"I think I was pretty naïve, I guess," chuckled Gene, one of the first single gay dads to work with Circle Surrogacy over 19 years ago. "I just had made a decision and went out and did it, and wasn't really thinking about how difficult it might be or what other people thought, being first at doing something."

So how did Gene hear about surrogacy as an option for single gay men? Well, it began with Gene flipping through a bar magazine. He recalls seeing an ad about a woman providing a service to connect gay men with lesbians in platonic co-parenting relationships. While he started down that path, working with the founder, Jennifer, he remembers thinking, "What if I meet someone? What if I want to move? It would create all these complications."

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Karamo Brown Co-Writes Children's Book with Son, Jason

The 'Queer Eye' star and his son named the story on a family mantra: You are Perfectly Designed

When his sons, Jason and Chris, were young, "Queer Eye" Star Karamo Brown repeated the same saying to them: "You are perfectly designed."

That mantra is now a Children's Book, cowritten by Karamo and his 22-year-old son, Jason, who used to come how and "say things like, 'I don't want to be me, I wish I was someone else, I wish I had a different life." As a parent, that "broke my heart," Karamo told Yahoo! Lifestyle. "I would say to him, 'You are blessed and you are perfect just the way you are,' as a reminder that you have been given so much and you should be appreciative and know that you're enough — I know that the world will try to tear you down, but if you can say to yourself, 'I am perfectly designed,' maybe it can quiet out some of those negative messages."

The illustrations, by Anoosha Syed, also make a point of displaying families of a variety of races and sexual orientations throughout the book.

Read more about Karamo's fascinating path to becoming a gay dad here, and then check out the video below that delves deeper into the inspiration behind "You Are Perfectly Designed," available on Amazon.



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"Dadvocates" Gather in D.C. to Demand Paid Family Leave for ALL Parents

"Dadvocate" and new gay dad Rudy Segovia joined others in D.C. recently to educate lawmakers on the need for paid family leave for ALL parents

On Tuesday October 22, Dove Men+Care and PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) led the Dads' Day of Action on Capitol Hill. A group of over 40 dads and "dadvocates" from across the states lobbied key member of Congress on the issue of paid paternity leave for *ALL* dads. They shared stories of their struggles to take time off when welcoming new family members and the challenges dads face with no paid paternity leave.

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David and Ben Met on the Dance Floor — and Are Now Grooving Their Way Through Fatherhood

David and Ben, who became fathers with the help of Northwest Surrogacy Center, live in Melbourne with their daughter, Maia.

In 2003, while both studying at Reading University in the UK, Ben Suter and David Cocks met after locking eyes on the dance floor and then being introduced by a mutual friend. Ben, a meteorologist and Operations Manager, and David, an Assistant Principal, have been together ever since. They moved to Australia together in 2010, seeking a different life, and an overall better work-life balance. The chose Cairns in Queensland as their new home, between the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest, "taking life a bit easier," said David. The couple were also married in June 2016, back home in England.

While David always wanted kids, Ben took a little convincing. So they started their parenting journey with a dog, Titan, who quickly became like their first born. From there, Ben came around rather quickly.

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