Move Over, Mother And Father; Parents’ Day Is Coming!

Yesterday, blogger AJ Edge’s post “Being Dad and Daddy in a Mommy World” caused a great amount of lively (and sometimes heated) discussion, both on the Gays With Kids website and Facebook. Clearly, there is much interest in how we acknowledge and celebrate the dual role of mom and dad in gay and lesbian parenting.

Coincidentally, earlier this week Gays With Kids issued a press release to announce our intention to breathe new (and gay) life into Parents’ Day, a little-known American holiday established in 1994 by President Clinton. It falls of the fourth Sunday of every July; in other words, this coming Sunday, July 27, is Parents’ Day!

While the holiday was originally intended to celebrate and strengthen the traditional two-parent family, we’d like to re-purpose this holiday to recognize every parental figure within any family unit. And for all you single parents out there, move that apostrophe and celebrate Parent’s Day!

If you’re interested in the topic of mother and father roles, parental figures, and holidays dedicated to them, we suggest reading these posts written by Gays With Kids bloggers:


  • Thoughts on Mother’s Day, John Hart
  • Dads Change Diapers Too, John Hart
  • (Grand)Mother’s Day, Grant Evans
  • Our First Mother’s Day, Mark Mains
  • On Mother’s Days and Father’s Days and How One International Family Deals With Them…, Hans Hirschi
  • Salute to Mother’s Day, The Vandernails

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