Everyone knows that the gay uncle is always the favorite uncle — so thank goodness the Internet created a super official made-up holiday to celebrate all the amazing good gay, bi and trans men bring to the lives of their nieces and nephews. Enjoy the round-up below of some of our favorite Guncles.
"Everyday feels like 'Guncles' Day to me!"
"They bring us so much joy and their energy is contagious"
"Children love us for who we are"
"I get to be the fun adult in his life"
While having Dylan in his life is hugely important and life-affirming, Josh doesn't see himself as a full-time parent. "Never say never, but I’m very happy with just being a guncle at this point!"
"My connection with them and their unconditional love makes me want to have my own kids one day"
"It's shown me how important being a guncle is to our whole family"
"The beauty of the relationship is that I can always drop by"
Mike, 31, lives in Utrecht in The Netherlands and is the proud gay uncle to one niece and one nephew.
Mike gets to see his niece and nephew fairly regularly and even more often during school holidays. "The beauty of the relationship is that I can always drop by. For a cup of coffee, a movie or a game of hide and seek. The other way around is true as well."
An an uncle, Mike also likes to do things with his nephew and niece separately, so 100% of the attention can be on just one of them. "My niece had her first pop concert with me. These are special things that you will not do with someone every day."
But it doesn't always have to be about an event or outing. It can be much simpler things that are even more important. "To see each other for a hug, a romp. I learned from my own uncle and aunt how much this will yield in the longer term. That way my sister and I can always knock on my uncle and aunt's door. Ultimately, I hope to pass this on to my niece and nephew."
Does Mike see his own kids in the future? "It is a dream. Hopefully it will come true."