In the past seven years since our founding, GWK has grown into the biggest online resource and news source for all things related to being and becoming a queer dad. Here's to the next seven!
It’s hard to believe it’s been a full seven years since GWK was born. But then again, when we look back on everything we’ve accomplished in those years, it’s also difficult to imagine it’s just been seven years. GWK may have started as a passion project — by two gay dads frustrated by the lack of resources available to queer men interested in fatherhood. But GWK has developed into the world’s largest online media company and social network for gay, bi and trans dads and dads-to-be.
Since March 2014, we’ve published thousands of stories featuring gay, bi and trans men talking about their journeys to parenthood, and what their lives are like as dads. We’ve developed a wonderful, diverse and engaged community of queer dads, and those who hope to become dads, with close to 300,000 followers across our social media channels. We've enlisted the support of hundreds of bloggers, vloggers, experts, advocates and more to help us cover the full 360 degree experience of all things related to being and becoming a queer dad.
Not bad for our small ragtag but dedicated team, if we don’t mind saying so ourselves!
We’re proud of these numbers but they matter so much less than the people behind them — which include many of you reading this right now. We’ve brought you the stories of inspiring gay dad advocates like Tony and Matt, who helped usher in marriage equality, and Chris Armijo, who discussed his path to parenthood as a member of the army during the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era. We’ve published lighthearted stories of gay dads abandoning the big city to start a llama farm, and stories of gay men overcoming incredible hardship and discrimination in order to fufill their dream — and their right — to become dads. These inspiring stories have propelled us forward year after year, earning us the goodwill of our growing community — and the recognition of our peers, with a nod from GLAAD each of the past four consecutive years.
For the first several years after our launch, we dutifully filled the pages of our websites with inspiring stories of queer men becoming dads, and posted their beautiful family photos on social media. This remains a vital part of our mission: as our visibility increases, so does society’s acceptance of us as parents — as does the confidence of many LGBTQ people who may have been raised believing parenthood was forever out of their reach.
But as our community expanded, so did our purpose. Over the years, we’ve corresponded with hundreds of our followers who, inspired in part by our stories, are ready to embark on their own journeys to becoming fathers — and have asked for our guidance to help get them there. These requests prompted us to scour the country in each of the main paths to fatherhood available to us: surrogacy and IVF, adoption, foster care and co-parenting. We found experts who are not only renowned in their particular fields, but have long track records of success helping LGBTQ people become parents. These experts, our GWK Partners to Parenthood, have helped us transform our site into not just the leading online magazine for queer dads — but the leading authority for dads-to-be as well. With their help, we are releasing new resources by the week — covering the four main paths to fatherhood available to queer men: surrogacy, adoption, foster care, and co-parenting.
We’re thrilled with how far we’ve come in these past seven years, and there is no question that we’ve gotten there because of you: our community has given us the support and guidance we needed to think bigger, expand our community, and reach our fullest potential possible. As long as you put your faith in GWK to continue on this path — we promise to keep striving to do the same for the next seven years, and beyond.