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The Best Way to Celebrate Christmas

What an overwhelming response we received when we asked for Christmas photos! You sent us more happy family photos than ever before. We think these images of gay dad families in Christmas spirit will warm your souls and melt your hearts. It’s clear to us: The best way to celebrate Christmas (or any other holiday) is with your kids. To all of you who sent us photos, thank you!


Bud and Manuel celebrating Christmas with their children, 3-year-old Alvaro and Carmen, who’s almost 2. This family of four was created via surrogacy and live in Spain.

Rocco and Corey with their son 2-year-old Forge. This family was created through co-parenting and they live in Mamaroneck, New York. Watch their video here.

Rob and Zack with 8-month-old son Asher. This family was created through adoption and live in Washington, D.C.

Tom and Tod with their two kids, Eli, 8, and Anna, 9. This family of four was created through adoption and live in Michigan. Photo credit: Put a Smile in It.

Justin and Mo with their 11-month-old son Brady. This family of four was created through surrogacy and they live in Manhattan, New York.

Justin and Brian with their son Trenton, 9. This family was created through open adoption, and they live in San Pablo, California.

Ryan and Marcin with 18-month-old Liam. This family of four was created through adoption and they live in Houston, Texas. Read their story here.

Paul and Ewan with their daughter, 2 and half-year-old Jasmine. This family was created via surrogacy and they live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Watch their family story here.

David with his two kids, Aaron, 12 and Julianna, 11. This family was created through a previous straight relationship, and they live in Desert Hot Springs, California. Read this family's story here.

Sæþór and Ágúst with 2-year-old Daníel Valur. This family of three was created through altruistic surrogacy, and they live in Reykjavík, Iceland. Watch their family story here.

Michael and Norm with their four kids, Caleb, 13, Jonah, 9, Zechariah, 7, and Levi, 5. This family was created through a previous straight relationship, and they live in Stockton, California. Watch their video here.

Robbie and Allen with their son Dylan. This family was created through surrogacy and they live in Los Angeles, California.

BJ and Frank with their 2-year-old son Milo. This family was created through surrogacy and they live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dale and Paul with 3-year-old Alysia. This family was created through adoption and live in New York City.

Chris and Paul are two proud godparents to their goddaughter Sienna, 4. They live near one another in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

Rick and his partner Jonathan with Elizabeth, 4, Keith, 9, Calista, 4, and Savannah, 9. Rick created his family via surrogacy, and they live in Bayside, New York. Read Rick's story here.

John and Scott with their 3-year-old daughter Rachel (Rae). This family was created through foster-adopt and live in San Diego, California.

Brent and Doug with 21-month-old Sawyer. This family was created through adoption and they live in Atlanta, Georgia. Read their story here.

Frank and Norm with Luca, 3, and Nico, 1. This family was created via surrogacy and they live in London, Ontario, Canada.

#FlashbackPhoto of Craig with his four kids (and biological siblings) celebrating their first Christmas together with their dad under one roof. This family was created through adoption and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Joey and David with 3-year-old Caleb. This family was created through surrogacy and they live in California. Read their story here.

Matt and Ken with their twins, 5-year-old Nico and Kate. This family was created via surrogacy and they live in Seattle, Washington. Read their story here.

Erik and Douglas with 1-year-old Alli Mae. This family was created through adoption and live in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jason and Eric with Luke, 5, and 3-month-old Sylvia. This family was created through adoption and they live in upstate New York.

Brian and Toby with 1-year-old Anna. This family was created via surrogacy and they live in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian and Corey with Brandon, 2 and Zoey, 2. This family of four was created through adoption and they live in Houston, Texas.

Jatin with his 20-month-old daughter Anjali celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. This family was created through surrogacy and they live in New York City, New York. Read Jatin’s story here.

Chris and Eugene with their 7-year-old son Bridger. This family was created through adoption and they live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read their story here.

Thiabult and Anthony with their 10-month-old son Charlie. This family was created via surrogacy (in the U.S.) and they live in Strasbourg, France.

Donnie and Chad with their sons Kiptyn 7, Kamrin 10, and Joey, 14. This family was created through previous straight relationships, and they live in Mandan, North Dakota. Read their story here.

Joey and Josh with their 6-month-old daughter Myles. This family was created through adoption, and they live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jeffrey and Scott with their kids, Victoria, 20, Jacob, 3, and Carley, 4. This family was created through foster-adopt. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Aaron and Josh with their twins, Irene and Hudson, almost 5. This family was created via surrogacy and they live in Ohio.

Michael and Anthony with their sons Blake, 9, and Braden, 6. This family is a blended family and they split their time between Los Gatos, California and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jerry and Dana with their two daughters, Harper, 4, and Draper, 3. They created their family through foster-adopt and live in Manhattan, Kansas.

Trevor, Steve and their four kids live in San Dimas, California. The family was created through foster-adopt via Wednesday's Child.

Shane and Jorden with 7-year-old Sebastian. This family was created through adoption and live in San Diego, California. Read their story here.

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Gay Dad Penguins Strike Again! This Time in Berlin Zoo

The latest male penguins to care for an egg together are Skipper and Ping in the Berlin Zoo.

First, there was Roy and Silo — the two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo that served as inspiration for the famous children's book And Tango Makes Three. Then Magin Sphen got together in Sydney, where aquarium keepers gave the cocks (Calm down, that's what a male penguin is called!) a foster egg to care for.

And now, please welcome Skipper and Ping in Berlin to the latest list of gay dad penguins! As soon as the two emperor penguins arrived at the city's zoo, they set about trying to start a family, said Berlin Zoo spokesman Maximilian Jaege to DPA news.

"They kept trying to hatch fish and stones," Jaeger said.

So the zookeepers loaned the penguins an egg from a female penguin, who is apparently uninterested in hatching eggs on her own, according to the BBC.

Unsurprisingly, the gay penguins are killing it as parents. "The two male penguins are acting like exemplary parents, taking turns to warm the egg," Jaeger said,

Read the whole article on DPA here.

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Top Moments From Famous Gay Dads in 2018!

From Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black becoming first time dads, to a gay dad contestant on the Great British Bakeoff, here were some of the top moments from famous gay dads in 2018!

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This Gay Dad Takes 'Twinning' to a Whole New Level

With his husband away on work, Danny Maffia was put on twin duty and filmed the experience for our viewing pleasure.

Danny Maffia and his husband Justin DeMartin became dads to twins after a three failed adoptions and two scams (read their story here). And not only did they get their family's happy ending, they are also winning at this whole twin thing!

Recently, while Justin was away for various work conferences, Danny was left holding the fort. For some fun, he decided to film his nightly routine with the twins. Remaining cool, calm and collected, in the video Danny appears to stay one step ahead of his twins at all times. Bravo, dad!

Danny was quick to follow up in his Instagram post that this was a very tame night in comparison to what it can usually be. Tame or not, Danny shows us how it's done. Our hats are off to you!

Gay Dad Photo Essays

Pics of the Moment Before and After Gay Men Become Dads

Dig through your phones — what was the last pic taken of you BEFORE you became a dad?

We all have THAT photo: the one taken moments after we become fathers for the first time. For some of us, we're doing "skin to skin" in a delivery room. For others, we're standing proudly alongside our newly adopted child and judge in a courtroom. However or wherever it happens, though, we make sure to snap a picture of it.

But what about that last photo BEFORE you first became a dad? What does that image look like, we wondered? Well, we asked our Instagram community to dig through through phones and find out. Some of us are enjoying a last carefree meal or glass of wine, others of us are captured nervously contemplating our futures. Whatever it is, we've decided these BEFORE pictures are just as meaningful.

Enjoy some of our favorites! Want to play along? Dig through your phones and send us your pics to dads@gayswithkids.com!

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Gay Dad in Sundance's 'Brittany Runs a Marathon' is Relatable AF

Sundance hit "Brittany Runs a Marathon" stars a gay dad trying to get in shape.

Who would make for the best marathon training partner for an overweight, overly boozed 27-year-old woman? A gay dad, of course!

The pairing, for any gay man who has been subjected to impossible beauty standards (not unlike... literally all women?) makes a bit too much sense after watching the new Sundance film, "Brittany Runs a Marathon," starring SNL writer Jillian Bell (as the 27-year-old) and Micah Stock as the (somewhat *ahem* older) gay dad.

Based on a true story, the film follows Brittany, an overweight and over-boozed 20-something, trying to clean up her act by training for the New York City marathon — while doing so, she meets Seth (the gay dad), and the two begin to train together, along with Brittany's neighbor Catherine. Each has their own motivation for running: getting one's live together, recovering from a messy divorce, or an attempt to impress one's athletic son. (Which is the gay dad? Guess you'll have to watch to find out!)

We won't give too much more away, apart from saying that the trio — based off of actual people and events — really works. It's the feel good film you're waiting to see.

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Your 15 Most Common Questions About Adoption, Answered by an Expert

We asked our Instagram community for their biggest questions about adoption. Then asked Molly Rampe Thomas of Choice Network to answer them.

As part of our new "Ask an Expert" series on Instagram, our community of dads and dads-to-be sent us their questions on adoption in the United States. Molly Rampe Thomas, founder of Choice Network, answered them.

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'Life Is Amazing': Congrats to Gay Dads Whose Families Recently Grew!

Help us congratulate gay dads on their recent births and adoptions last month!

Wishing all of these gay dads whose families expanded in the last month or so a lifetime of happiness! Congrats to everyone in our community on their recent births and adoptions!

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