This year we've shared many stories of gay men, around the world, overcoming great obstacles to create their families. From surrogacy journeys to foster care to blended families, gay men are making their dream of fatherhood come true!
Enjoy 10 of our most read family features of 2017.
Fatherhood Knows No Borders
There was nothing preordained about the first time Farhad and Drew met. Farhad is from Azerbaijan, a country that borders Russia and Iran, while Drew is from the Philippines. But a driving purpose—to become dads one day—would ultimately bring these two men together.
A Trip to Tel Aviv Pride Turned this Gay Man into a Stepdad
In 2014 New Yorker Andrew Joseph traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to experience Gay Pride Week. Andrew, who had previously lived in Israel for 5 years but had been closeted during that time, had always wanted to attend the festivities and had finally managed to arrange a trip. Gay Pride week, Andrew met Ariel Feingold, and they fell for each other. A little over a year later, they were married. The two have discussed expanding their family in the future, one that already includes Ariel's daughter Noam.
Along Came Conor: How I Introduced My Boyfriend to My Kids
Four years ago, Conor and Adam Morgan met online. The couple had their first date at a local Thai restaurant and ever since have been inseparable. On March 11, 2017, they were married in the Scottish Highlands. They became husband and husband in front of friends, family and Adam's two children. Here's how one dad started living his authentic life, met his true love, and led his kids to accept him for who he truly was.
Related By Love, Not Blood: Danny and Graham Adopt Collin
Some gay men know from a young age they want to become a father one day. For others, the realization happens later in life. For Danny Finkel and Graham Murphy, it was the latter. Now they're the dads of 2-month-old Collin through open adoption, and although life with a newborn can be challenging, Danny and Graham are loving their new roles as fathers.
An Office Romance: From Co-Workers to Co-Dads
Ryan, a new graphic design graduate, was just looking for a job when he walked into a design studio in Fort Lauderdale, resume and portfolio in hand. Little did he know at the time he'd walk out also having met his future husband and father to his children.
The Dads Behind the Instagram Pic Seen 'Round the World
Remember the photo that went viral of a deliciously cute baby, arms stretched above his head, his cherub-cheeked face looking serene, nestled in bed between his two daddies? Well, those two dads are Josh and Jeremy and they live with their two kids, the aforementioned 9-month-old Anakin and 2-month-old Izley, in Salt Lake City, Utah. We caught up with the dads, who were overwhelmed by the loving response to their sweet family photo, to see how their family came to be.
These Dads Wrote Love Letters to Their Son on His Adoption Day
Arejay Encinas and his husband Mauricio Camargo wanted to become foster dads so they could help a child find a loving home. The two live in Tucson, Arizona, and were married February 2015. A little less than two years after their wedding, they received a call about a newborn who needed to be fostered. They said yes immediately. In October 2017, the little boy's adoption was finalized. This is the story of two dads and their moving letters to their son Dylan on the day they became a forever family.
Cancer & Changing Surrogacy Laws Couldn't Keep This Gay Couple from Becoming Dads
Gabin Wu and Nathan Falkenborg are the proud dads of two beautiful daughters, Lily and Rosi, born July 2017. But their journey to fatherhood wasn't easy. Together 7 years, they have spent 5 of those years battling international surrogacy laws in order to become parents. During this time, Gabin also overcame a battle with cancer. Below, Gabin shares a bit about the young family's journey in his own words.
Former ATP Tennis Pro's "Non-Traditional" Family Doing Just Fine
Not long ago, former ATP tennis professional Brian Vahaly met his match. On October 16, 2015, Brian married Bill Jones in Atlanta, a few months after same-sex marriage became legal by the US Supreme Court. It was a momentous occasion made all the more memorable when the newlyweds found out, the same night, that they would also soon become fathers.
People en Español's Armando Lucas Correa Opens Up about Writing, Family, and What It Means to Be a Gay Dad
Armando Lucas Correa came of age in Cuba during the late seventies, a particularly dangerous time to be gay in the Communist country. Correa explains, "I grew up in Cuba in a time when homophobia was government-sponsored. There were laws in the books against homosexuality. In the 60s, concentration camps were created to send gays, religious people, and political dissidents. When you were in college, you could be kicked out if anyone questioned your sexuality."