Are Mitch & Cam TV's Most Boring Gay Couple?
It looks like America's favorite family comedy will be back for a 9th season. Though not yet official, the co-creator and Executive Producer of Modern Family, Steve Levitan, announced that the prospects for at least one more season look promising.
This is excellent news for fans of the critically acclaimed show, which broke boundaries by beaming a lovable gay dad family into America's living rooms once a week. Just as Will & Grace provided untold numbers of LGBTQ youth with a positive portrayal of gay men on television, Modern Family helped demystify the idea of gay fathers. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch, admitted the show has even done so for him, personally: after playing a gay dad on television for 8 years, he says he hopes to start a family with husband Justin Mikita in the near future.
But eight years after the show's premiere, some are starting to wonder just how "modern" Modern Family continues to be.
These days you can't flip the channel without stumbling on a show with a gay father figured into the plot. And more often than not, these gay dads display a greater degree of diversity and complexity than Modern Family's white, upper-middle-class, Mitch and Cam. Hits like Frankie & Grace and Girls have shown the struggles of gay fathers who have come out much past their prime. 13 Reasons Why features a plotline involving an interracial gay couple and the complications their sexuality causes their teenager daughter.
Modern Family has continued to find ways to trail blaze, mostly notably by casting Jackson Millarker, an eight year-old transgender actor, in an episode this past season. But as for Modern Family's gay dads---can TV's most boring gay dad couple stay relevant with such competition?
It's a question castmates and producers discussed themselves following a recent screening of the season 8 finale. Tyler Ferguson says the plethora of gay couples on television today can only be a good thing. “I grew up very closeted,"said Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch, one of the two gay dads on the show. “And I always thought how great it would be if I could turn on my television and find someone who’s not just gay, but in a gay relationship. That would have made my coming out a lot easier.”
Julie Bowen, who plays Claire on the show, agreed, saying the very fact that featuring gay dads on television is no longer revolutionary is a testament to just how far we've come:
“People think it’s old hat to have a gay couple and they’re complaining, ‘Well they’re both white!’ and you’re like, ‘Yes, but eight years ago they were gay and that was the first thing that people noticed.’ The fact that they aren’t noticing their gayness, that’s great, that’s a stride, that’s steps forward, that’s wonderful.”
The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.
Adam Lozon and Scott Dufour met online and have been together 11 years.They live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with their son Paulo. The couple are both in banking and are engaged to be married. We caught up with the dads to see how fatherhood was treating them!
Guest post from Greg Hutch.
It's two weeks before school starts and I am sitting in my classroom updating the photos in the frames on my desk. These frames used to be filled with pictures of my dogs, of me playing my instrument (I am a music teacher), or of the various other things that I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Today, they are filled with loving pictures of my family, including my son and partner who I raise him with. Times sure have changed…thanks to our son, Clark.
Editor's Note: In this ongoing series, we're shining the spotlight on some of the gay dads behind Gays With Kids as their incredible passion and commitment plays an invaluable role in making Gays With Kids possible. Please contact Brian Rosenberg if you'd like to talk about getting involved, too.
Happy gay uncles day to all the wonderful "guncles" out there! Here at Gays With Kids we know how important your roles are within our families so we want to celebrate you today, and say a big thanks! Enjoy this collection of "guncle" photos and a few words of wisdom and contemplations from the uncles themselves.
Two years ago when Oliver arrived into our lives, my partner Rob and I were living in separate countries. We met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had Oliver when Rob was working in Bangkok and I was in KL. Oliver arrived two weeks early when we received an unexpected message from our agent saying to go to the hospital – our surrogate had been checked into hospital.
The day began like any other. My alarm went off at 4.30am. I snoozed until 5am. I ate breakfast until 5.30am, at which point my son, Felix, woke naturally like clockwork. I fed him mashed bananas, cashew butter and chia seeds. I woke my dad up with a cup of tea and handed the baton over for him to look after Felix as I left for work on my bike at 6.30am. I worked through the day as normal. Then, at 6.49pm I received a call from the police.