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

"Our Family Is Complete": Gay Men Celebrate Recent Adoptions and Births!

Join us in congratulating all of the men in our community whose families recently grew!

Wishing all of these gay dads whose families expanded in November and December a lifetime of happiness! Congrats to everyone in our community on their recent births and adoptions!

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Our Top Instagram Posts From 2019

Check out our round-up of some of our most popular and engaging Instagram posts from the last year!

Here's our annual round-up of our most popular and engaging Instagram posts from the past year!

Throughout 2019, thousands of gay dads from around the world sent their family photos to us, and we are proud to share as many of these pictures as we can on Instagram. Today we're showing you our most popular Instagram posts of the year. These photos will make you smile and maybe even melt your heart.

With these photos, you are helping us build a stronger and more visible gay dad community, so we hope you'll keep sharing your family pictures in the year ahead. We at Gays With Kids really appreciate your participation in our community!

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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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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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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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Diary of a Newly Out Gay Dad

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.

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