Meet Gay Dads: Anthony and Jason with Marcelino

Get ready to meet Anthony Henderson, Jason Strong and their son Marcelino Henderson-Strong! Anthony and Jason have been together for almost 11 years.

In August of 2007 they moved to Los Angeles where Anthony continued his career as a celebrity wardrobe stylist and Jason worked for the Los Angeles LGBT Center as the client services and prevention manager. Anthony and Jason were married in the Sherman Oaks Galleria In Los Angeles at Macy’s first LGBT wedding expo.

In February 2015 they were featured in the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign that was filmed on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The video has gone viral with over 56 million views! They now live in the Atlanta Metro are where Jason works for Emory University.

The “Love Has No Labels” video from the Ad Council

From left to right: Jason, Marcelino and Anthony in Atlanta. Photo credit: DLS Photography

Read the Q and A with Jason and Anthony below. (Here and there, the answers have been edited for clarity.)

Gays With Kids: We love a good love story. How did you two meet?

We met on a phone chat line (since this was before the days of apps) and have been together ever since.

Marcelino's fifth birthday party

Gays With Kids: Why did you choose foster to adopt as your particular path to fatherhood?

In 2013 we started discussing creating a family. We were both excited to begin the process.  Because of Alec Mapa’s rave reviews in his stand-up show at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, we contacted Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency. In May 2014, we opened our home and hearts to a 3-year-old boy named Marcelino. After we fostered for him for six months (the agency requirement before you are allowed to start the adoption process), we began the process of petitioning the courts for custody. On March 17, 2015, our forever family was complete.

Adoption Day 2015: Jason, Marcelino, Anthony and Judge Connie Quinones of Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court, Los Angeles

Gays With Kids: Please share any advice you may have for others considering a similar path to fatherhood.

Be sure that you are aware of all that it takes to be an adoptive parent!

Jason and Anthony's wedding

Gays With Kids: Did you always want kids, and if you did not always want kids, what happened to change your mind?

We always did.

Love Has No Gender: Jason, Marcelino and Anthony. (The photo is taken  from the “Love Has No Labels” video.)

10th anniversary

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