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6 Reasons Why Alabama Senate Candidate Roy S. Moore Is the Absolute Worst

It would be hard to find a politician with a worse track record on civil rights than Jeff Sessions, but it appears the Republican primary voters in Alabama were up to the task: Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, managed to best his establishment-backed rival, Luther Strange, in a special primary runoff this past Tuesday to replace Jeff Sessions' seat in the Senate. Who is Roy Moore, you ask? Let's just say he'd be right at home in the Handmaid's Tale. Check out the 6 top horrifying things "Ofroy" has done or said on the subject of LGBTQ rights below. We're pretty speechless by the thought of this man in the Senate, so we've enlisted the help of some of our fav queens from Drag Race to help us properly express our feelings:


1. He Thinks Homosexuality Should Be Illegal

Earlier this week, CNN reported that, following the 2003 Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, that struck down sodomy laws across the country, Roy Moore commented in an interview that he believed "homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes."

2. He Thinks LGBTQ People Are Unfit to Be Parents

While Chief Justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, Roy Moore ruled against a women in a custody battle because she had come out as a lesbian. While this alone is horrific, the woman's ex-husband, who Moore ruled in favor of, was reportedly abusive. "Homosexual behavior is crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it," he wrote in his opinion that sounds like it's from the Victorian era.

3. He Refused to Enforce Gay Marriage

When the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in 2015, Robert Moore ordered state judges to defy the higher court's ruling and to continue enforcing Alabama's state ban on same-sex. This move resulted in the state's Court of the Judiciary suspending him for the rest of his term. (Moore had been removed from his seat by the same ethics body nearly a decade earlier for refusing to remove a monument to the ten commandments from the court.)

4. He's Equated Homosexuality with Beastiality

"Just because it's done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law," Moore said in an interview in 2005 with Bill Press on CSPAN2. "Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited in every state?" He continued.

"Did I ask you about having sex with a cow?" Press asked him.

"It's the same thing," Moore says.

5. He Doesn't Think LGBTQ People Are Fit to Serve Our Country

In an op ed published by The Washington Times in 2006, Moore claimed that Republicans lost seats in that year's midterm election because of President George W. Bush's decision to nominate Mark Dybul, an "admitted homosexual," to be US Global AIDS coordinator an "open affront to Christian principles."

6. He Hopes to Overturn Gay Marriage

IN 2014, while serving his second term as chief justice of Alabama, Moore wrote letters to the governors of all 50 states asking them to support a constitutional convention in order to define marriage as being between "one man and one woman." If he becomes Senator, we can expect anti-LGBTQ legislation targeting marriage among other rights.

7. And now meet Doug Jones...

We would literally rather see a flaming bag of garbage win the Senate seat over Roy Moore, but fortunately there is also an actual human being that Alabamans can vote for as well. Check out Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for Alabama's Senate seat. While the chances for any Democrat to win a statewide seat in Alabama are slim, he's our best shot at preventing the comic book villain that is Roy S. Moore from taking power. So we're just gonna leave Doug's website right here for you to learn more about a Senate candidate that doesn't want to turn back the tide of progress to the stone ages...

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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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Parenthood is the "one and only job" held by the majority of the population, wrote gay fertility doctor Mark Leondires in a recent op-ed for The Advocate

Dr. Mark Leondires, founder of the fertility clinic RMA of Connecticut, has helped thousands of LGBTQ people become parents over the years. But in a recent op-ed for The Advocate, he discussed his own path to parenthood as a gay man, and some of the lessons he's learned along the way.

"Similar to most gay men I struggled with the coming out process," Dr. Leondires wrote. "I strongly desired to be a parent. And as a fertility doctor I knew this was possible. What was enlightening was after we had our first child is that in the eyes of my community, I went from being a gay man or gay professional to being a parent just like most of my straight friends."

Dr. Leondires goes on to say his reasons for opening up about his parenting journey is to offer some perspective LGBTQ people who are considering parenthood. "Once you have a family you will have this common bond with the vast majority of our population and something they can relate to — having children," he wrote. "You are no longer someone living this "special" lifestyle, you are a parent on a shared journey."

Being a parent is the "one and only job" held by the majority of the population, he continued. "It is also the only job you can't be fired from."

Understanding this commonality helped Dr. Leondires in his coming out process, he said. "I had to be proud of my family because I want them to be proud of our family," he wrote. "It wasn't about me anymore. The reality is that 5-7% of patients identify as LGBTQ+, and there may be a greater likelihood that your child might be LGBTQ+ because you are. Therefore, you need to be proud of who you are and who your family is, establish and maintain this foundation unconditionally."

Read Dr. Leondires entire essay here.

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Is This the First Photo to Show a Positive Image of Gay Dads in the Media?

This photo from 1983 originally ran in a Life Magazine piece called "the Double Closet"

Last month was LGBTQ History Month! And to celebrate, the online magazine LGBTQ Nation ran tidbits of history all month long. For one post, they dug up the above image — which they claim is the first, published in a mainstream media outlet, to show gay parents depicted in a positive light.

The image was part of a Life Magazine article called "the Double Closet." The photograph was taken by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, J. Ross Baughman. Whether this was truly the first image of its kind or not, it's a heartwarming photo nonetheless that helps show gay dads have been forming loving families for decades. And we couldn't be more thrilled that in recent years, his images is standing in some pretty good company! Each and every day, we help add to the archives of images showing positive depictions of gay dads — 2,824 images, and counting — on our Instagram page.

Check out the rest of the History Month series on LGBTQ Nation!

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

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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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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!

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

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