Gay Dad Photo Essays

"We Finally Qualify for Legoland!" Congrats to These Gay Dads on Their Growing Families

Wishing these growing families a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations to these gay men on their recent births and adoptions from all of us here at Gays With Kids!

Our latest roundup of births and adoptions! Congrats to the happy families!

Congratulations to James and Mike on finalizing the adoption of their son, Matthew!

Matthew joins big sister Noel as part of James and Mike's forever family. The dads adopted Noel when she was 2 (she's now 12), and Matthew came to them in August. On March 8, 2018, the 5-year-old's adoption was finalized.

"It's hard to put into words the feeling of adoption day because it's an emotional time," said James. "We're overjoyed to be adding to our family; relief for the process to be finalized, and absolutely terrified because we are now responsible for the health and happiness of another human!"

Congratulations to this family from Roseville, California!

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Happy Gay Uncles Day! Hug the 'Guncle' in Your Life Today

Yes, Gay Uncles Day is a silly, made up holiday — but underneath all the smiling photos of gay men with their nieces and nephews is an important message.

It all started three years ago in August: the Internet lit up with the hashtag #GayUnclesDay, accompanied by countless adorable pictures of gay men beaming for the camera alongside their nieces and nephews. And just like that, another fake holiday was born.

But National Gay Uncles Day is not just another silly social media antic — beneath all the smiling pictures is a message that is at best aspirational — from gay men who dream of parenthood but haven't been able to make it happen for themselves —and at worst, for the many gay men not allowed in the lives of their siblings' children, a reminder of how far we have yet to go.

So yes, it's a silly, made up holiday — but one we're more than happy to support. So a very happy Gay Uncles Day to us all!

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Seas the Day! Pics of Gay Dads and Their Kids Beachin' it Up

Our Instagram is FLOODED with cute pics of gay dads at the beach with their kids... Here's some of our favs!

'Tis the sea-sun for some splashy summer pic of queer dads and their kids!

It's hot and that means tons of dads rush to the shores with their kids, resulting in the best Instagram shell-fie pics of the summer. Enjoy these great family photos of fathers enjoying the waves with their kids in the Mediterranean sea, the beaches of Hawaii and along the California coastline.

Seas the day!

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Gay Dad Life

This Dream is For Real: Congrats to Gay Men Whose Family's Grew in May!

Wishing all of these gay dads a lifetime of happiness! Congrats to everyone in our community on their recent births and adoptions!

Wishing these growing families a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations to these gay men on their recent and expectant births, adoption finalizations and foster-adopt journeys, from all of us here at Gays With Kids!

Congratulations to Taylor and Michael on the adoption of Jack!

Michael and Taylor first met Jack in August 2016 when they began fostering him. (The two left photos above are from the first day they met Jack.) Around 18 months later, the dads finalized the adoption of their son in Los Angeles, California.

And how would the dads describe the day? As "pure joy and love!"

"From the first time meeting Jack, we knew he was our son," said Taylor. And on adoption day, the dads agree they felt huge relief that Jack was legally part of the family.

Congratulations dads-to-be Damien and Tim on their exciting news!

Damien and Tim were matched with a birth mom several weeks ago and they're moving forward together. A baby boy is arriving in August, and they couldn't be more thrilled!

"We were elated when we found out she chose us!" said Damien. "Even when you think you're ready for the news, the moment and the following few days are much more amazing than we could have predicted. Now we're moving gayly forward in our preparations."

We're so excited for these two to realize their dream of fatherhood and can't wait to follow their journey!

Congratulations to dads Chris and Zac on the birth of their son Jett!

Husbands Zac and Chris welcomed Jett into their family October 15, 2017. This family of three was created through adoption and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"We never knew the true meaning of love until the moment we saw our son," said Chris.

"It's hard to put into words the feelings we felt when we saw our son for the first time," added Zac, "but seeing him melted our hearts."

Congratulations to this new family of three!

Congratulations to dads James and Ryan on the adoption of Caden!

James and Ryan are the proud new dads to baby Caden whom they adopted on April 23, 2018. Caden joins big sister Chiara, making these Orange County residents a family of four.

"We never thought in a million years that we would be blessed with another child," said James. "He has expanded our hearts more than we could ever imagine."

Congratulations to dads Chad and Ray on the birth of their daughter, Diana!

Chad and Ray with Diana and their surrogate, Liz

Born via surrogacy in Savannah, Georgia, Diana came into the world on April 13, 2018. Her two dads, Chad and Ray, are thrilled to finally be dads!

"The saying 'love makes a family' was never truer than the day Diana was born," said Chad. "Being in the room with our surrogate Liz and her husband Jeff as Diana Elizabeth entered this world felt like all of our dreams coming true."

"We started this journey hoping to expand our family by one, but we ended up gaining a new brother, sister, and two amazing kids to boot," said Ray. "Our lives will never be the same and I wouldn't want it any other way!"

Congrats to this awesome family!

Congratulations to Stephen and Mauricio on the birth of their daughter Isabella!

Stephen and Mauricio stared their journey to become parents as foster dads. It took them over 2 years to become licensed, but they were never selected. When they turned to adoption, their first birth mother decided to keep the baby a week before the due date. But the dads-to-be didn't give up hope, and decided to try private adoption, and it finally happened. Introducing Isabella, born April 28.

"That morning, we rushed to the hospital after getting the news that our birthmom was finally in labor," shared Mauricio. "Once she delivered we had the honor to cut the cord and be abel to witness the birth."

Both the dads' families were in the waiting room of the hospital, ready to celebrate the arrival of Isabella.

"The rush of joy, happiness and excitement was like no other," said Stephen. "Having our families around and being able to experience it together was the greatest feeling on earth; the outpour of support and cheers from friends made this day uunforgettable."

The dads already cannot wait to try for baby number 2!

Congratulations to Tyler and Ernie on finalizing the adoption of their daughter!

Ernie and Tyler first grew their family when they fostered to adopt their son Anthony. He was 4 years old when he first joined his two dads. In 2017, the dads began fostering Ella, and in April 2018, they finalized her adoption.

"The day we finalized we felt a huge sense of pride and joy," said Tyler. "We love her so much and my son even said, 'Now she's family forever.'"

"My husband and I feel relieved it was official and took comfort in knowing she would be our daughter forever," added Ernie.

Congratulations to dads Lee and Michael on finalizing the adoption of son Rhys!

Michael and Lee first became Rhys' dads when he was placed with them at 3 months old. 9 months later, his adoption was finalized!

"The day the adoption was finalized was absolutely amazing!" shared Lee. "Knowing he is legally our son and took our surname... he was ours from the moment we met him."

This family of three live in Warrington, England.

Congratulations to dads Charles and DaRel on finalizing the adoption of Braeden!

Charles and DaRel met their son Braeden on July 31, 2017 when he was just 5 days old and still at the hospital. Nine months later, their officially his dads!

"We felt excited and happy that our family was complete," said DaRel. "And very thankful to be surrounded by so many family members and friends who love us."

Congratulations to this awesome family of three from Mitchellville, Maryland.

Congratulations to dads Sam and Jason on the birth of their twins!

Dads Sam and Jason welcomed two new additions to their family: twin sisters for big brother Leo! Lila and Lane were born May 7, 2018 via surrogate.

"The moment we saw our twin girls we felt joy and love and couldn't wait to share the moment with our son Leo!" said Sam.

This family of five live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Politics

Utah Court Rules Gay Couples Can't Be Excluded From Surrogacy Contracts

The Utah Supreme Court found in favor of a gay couple attempting to enter into a surrogacy contract.

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Earlier this month, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a same-sex couples can't be excluded from entering into enforceable surrogacy contracts, and sent a case concerning a gay male couple back to trial court to approve their petition for a surrogacy arrangement.

As reported in Gay City News, the case concerns Utah's 2005 law on surrogacy, which was enacted prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. As a result, the content of the law is gendered, saying that surrogacy contracts should only be enforceable if the "intended mother" is unable to bear a child. When a gay couple approached District Judge Jeffrey C. Wilcox to enter into a surrogacy arrangement, he denied them, arguing that the state's law only concerned opposite sex couples.

"This opinion is an important contribution to the growing body of cases adopting a broad construction of the precedent created by Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supreme Court's subsequent decision in Pavan v. Smith," according to GCN. "It's also worth noting that same-sex couples in Utah now enjoy a right denied them here in New York, where compensated gestational surrogacy contracts remain illegal for all couples."

Read the full article here.

Personal Essays by Gay Dads

Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Working:​ One Father's Plea for Gun Reform

One gay dad's plea to our leaders to enact sensible gun control

My articles on GaysWithKids aspire to be lighthearted, helpful and humorous. This one won't be any of those things. Because I'm feeling heavyhearted, helpless and sad. Last week I woke up to news of yet another mass shooting. This time at a family-friendly Garlic Festival in northern California. I don't know if it's because this one hit so close to home, or if it's because the headline included a picture of the innocent 6-year old who was among those killed, but I am overcome with emotion. But mostly I am angry. And I don't know what to do with my anger.

Then, just a few days later came two additional horrific mass shootings that stole the lives of at least 32 more innocent people, many of them children. And then there's the "everyday" gun violence that plagues American cities like Chicago, where guns injured another 46 people this past weekend alone… creating so much turmoil, a hospital had to briefly stop taking patients.

How does one verbalize the collective sadness felt around the world? One can't. And that's why I am asking everyone reading this article to commit to getting involved in some way, to help end this epidemic once and for all. Even though the solution is so obvious, we can't allow ourselves to become numb to mass shootings. Because becoming numb isn't going to save anyone.

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Politics

Gay Russian Dads Forced to Flee Moscow

Fearing the Russian government might take their adopted kids into custody because of their sexual orientation, Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev fled Moscow

A married couple in Russia, with two adopted children, were just forced the flee their home in Moscow for fear that the authorities would take their children away, according to German news site Deutsche Welle.

Trouble started last month after investigators in Russia opened a criminal inquiry into the proceedings that had allowed the gay couple, Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, to legally adopt the two boys —adoption by LGBTQ people in Russia has typically not been recognized. The government became aware of the adoption proceedings after the gay couple brought their 12-year-old son to the hospital, who was complaining of a stomachache. The boy was fine, but after he mentioned offhand that he was adopted and lived with two fathers, the doctor called the police.

Andrei and Yevgeny granted an interview with Deutsche Welle after escaping Moscow, but on the advice of their lawyers have yet to disclose where they are currently located. Here is a quick recap of that conversation:

"In connection with the 'propaganda of non-traditional values,' the state representatives are accused of having neglected their duty of supervision," Andrei said, when asked to explain on what basis the Russian government might take his children into custody. "This means that lesbian couples could even have their biological children taken away because, through their lifestyle choices, they propagate "certain values."

Yevgeny also explained the events that led to the couple's harrowing escape "I was alone in Moscow at that time. A week after Andrei and the children had left the country, there was a knock on my door, but nobody called 'police, open up.' After half an hour the violent knocking stopped. My parents' home was searched. They were looking for the children and our Danish marriage certificate because we got married in Denmark in 2016. My friends then got me out of the country."

Read the full interview here.

Gay Dad Family Stories

This Couple is Using 'Wheel of Fortune' Winnings to Help Fund Their Adoption

Need to raise money for your adoption fund? Why not try your luck on Wheel of Fortune like these guys!

Doug and Nick Roberts connected three and a half years ago via a dating app, and on their first date, the two immediately felt a connection. Doug, a psychologist, and Nick, a neuroscientist, were married 18 months later. Today the couple live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and they're ready to start their next exciting adventure together: fatherhood.

The husbands would like to have children, and Nick has always wanted to adopt. "We considered surrogacy, and may consider it in the future as we expand our family," said Doug, "but right now, it is cost-prohibitive. Adoption was easily the right choice for us as we begin to grow our family.

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