10 GWK Family Profiles 2021

10 of GWK's Favorite Family Profiles From 2021

Every gay dad family has its own gorgeous, unique story, and at Gays With Kids we love hearing and telling every single one! 

Much like the first year of the pandemic, 2021 definitely had its ups and downs. But through it all, we’ve loved hearing the inspiring, moving and heartwarming stories of how gay dads continue to form the families that make up the GWK community. Here are a few of our favorite family profiles from 2021.

New Dads Steven and James Are "Loving Every Minute of It”

Steven and James were neighbors before they were husbands. After passing each other many times, most often on James’ doorstep as Steven hurried by doing errands, they struck up a conversation. Not long after, James asked Steven out — seven and a half years later, they’re now dads through surrogacy. Read More...

Micro-Preemie Twins Gave Their Dads a “Crash Course” in Fatherhood

“The twins are coming tonight or tomorrow morning,” the caseworker told the dads-to-be. “How quickly can you get up there?” The couple lives in Los Angeles, and their surrogate was in Spokane, Washington. It was late 2020, and heavy travel restrictions were in place. By 9pm that night, after just over 5 months in the womb, twins Sebastian and Dawson were born via C-Section weighing in at about 850 grams each. Read More...


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This Single Dad’s Foster-To-Adopt Journey Took Less Than A Year

Daniel, a business owner in Rhode Island, did fear at one point during the course work that he might not be able to do it alone. To help figure it out, Daniel set up a brunch with multiple single parents he knew, so he could pick their brains for inspiration and encouragement. “That’s when I came to the realization that single parents are just as effective as a two-parent household,” he said. “It may be a little harder, but I had all the resources that I needed.” Read More...

These Foster-Adopt Dads Helped Keep a Sibling Group of Four Together

Much to the couples’ surprise, the following year, the boys’ biological mother had another baby, this time a baby girl. “We were asked if we would like to bring her into our home so that the siblings could be together, and of course we said yes,” Carlos said. “We were really excited, as we always wanted a little girl.” Read More...

"Open Heart and Mind": Tom and Doug's Foster-Adopt Journey

When Doug Raguso and Tom Hove met online in 2012, Tom was serving in the military, and Doug had been serving on the Seattle Police force for about a decade. Not long after they tied the knot in 2013, the couple began talking about starting a family. “We have always known we wanted to be parents, separately,” Tom said. “When we got married and I got out of the military, we began the conversation around having kids, and what that would look like.” Read More...

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These Dads Say It’s Never Too Late To Start Having Kids

Having married later in life, Mark Hoebich and Brendan Hug confessed they did feel “a certain amount of pressure” to begin the process of starting their family sooner rather than later. As they sauntered into their 40s, the couple started thinking about what it might take to start a family of their own. Now they’re awaiting the birth of their second child, they want other gay men over the age of 40 to know; it’s not too late to start having kids. Read More...

Kayden Coleman's Mission: Help Other Trans Masculine Folks Navigate Pregnancy

Trans dad Kayden Coleman, 34, didn't start daydreaming about fatherhood until after he realized he was pregnant. “I actually never thought I [could] become a dad. It just… happened.” Now a dad of two daughters, Kayden delights in his role as a parent despite his two challenging pregnancies. “I didn’t find out about my oldest until I was 5.5 months pregnant, and my youngest was just a difficult pregnancy, and it was at the height of COVID.” Read More...

Single Dad Patrick Fostered 5 Gay Teens, Now He’s Adopting Them As Adults

Then a single gay man in his mid-50s, Patrick was walking through the streets of D.C. enjoying the celebrations, when he noticed a table set up by Child and Family Services. They were looking for gay singles and couples to house gay teens in the foster care system. In March 2010, Patrick welcomed the first of five gay foster youths into his home. Read More...

These Dads Met in High School, Now They Have Their Baby

Ricardo Barrientos-Villarreal and Martin Ramon-Villarreal first met in 2001, when Ricardo was a senior and Martin was a freshman in high school in Texas. “I've always felt I was ready to be a father, but I knew it wasn't the right timing because I hadn't met the person that I wanted to share this gift of life with,” Ricardo explained. “Once I met my husband, I knew we had to move forward with the steps on making this dream of a family come true.” Read More...

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Born In A Pandemic, 8-Month-Old Carter Is Still Waiting To Meet Some Family

When Daniel and Spencer Conklin started their journey to parenthood, it was about a year before anyone had heard of COVID-19. By the time they were expecting their first child, the coronavirus was in full swing, and widespread travel recommendations were in effect. Like many first-time fathers who are now navigating being a parent amid a pandemic, the Conklins are still waiting to introduce their son Carter to dozens of family and friends. Read More...

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.



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