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"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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"We're Dads, the Greatest Thing We've Ever Been": Congrats to Gay Men Whose Families Recently Grew!

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

Gay men go through a lot of ups and downs on the path to parenthood. It can be one of the most emotionally draining times in our lives. But as each of these families who are celebrating births and adoptions this month agree: it's worth every hardship.

Congrats to the dads whose families grew this month!

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Gay Dad Photo Essays

Falling for Fall: 33 Photos of Gay Dads and Kids at the Pumpkin Patch

Oh my gourd, it's fall! To celebrate, we rounded up 33 pics (and whole lot of pun-kins) in our annual fall photo essay!

Don your checked shirt, grab them apples, and shine those smiles while perched on pumpkins — it's the annual fall family photo op! A trip to the pumpkin patch and / or apple orchard is a staple family fall outing, and we're here for it. 🎃🍎🍂👨👨👧👦

Thanks to these dads who shared their pics with us! Share your own to dads@gayswithkids.com and we'll add them to this post!

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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.

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Shop with a Purpose with Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Want to find amazing gift ideas while *also* supporting LGBTQ-owned and allied businesses? Look no further than our 2019 holiday gift guide!

'Tis the season to show loved ones you care. And what better way to show you care, by also supported our LGBTQ+ community and allies whilst doing it! Shop (LGBTQ+) smart with these great suggestions below.

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Diary of a Newly Out Gay Dad

A Newly Out Gay Dad Feels 'Demoted' After Divorce

Cameron Call showed up to his first family Thanksgiving since coming out and getting a divorce — and struggles to find himself "stuck with the singles."

Cameron Call, who came out in summer 2019, has generously agreed to chronicle his coming out journey for Gays With Kids over the next several months — the highs, lows and everything in between. Read his first article here.

Denial is an interesting thing. It's easy to think you're potentially above it, avoiding it, assume it doesn't apply to you because you'd NEVER do that, or maybe you're just simply avoiding it altogether. After finally coming out, I liked to think that I was done denying anything from now on. But unfortunately that's not the case.

And this fact became very clear to me over Thanksgiving.

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New Report Details the 'Price of Parenthood' for LGBTQ People

A new report by the Family Equality Council takes a deep dive into the current state of cost for becoming a parent as an LGBTQ person

Parenthood is expensive. But parenthood while queer is still prohibitively costly for so many segments of the LGBTQ community interested in pursuing a family, according to a new repot by the Family Equality Council, titled, "Building LGBTQ+ Families: The Price of Parenthood."

Among the more interesting findings was this one: the cost of family planning is relatively similar for all LGBTQ people, regardless of income level. This shows "that the desire to have children exists regardless of financial security," the report's authors conclude.

Research for the report was conducted through an online survey of 500 LGBTQ adults over the age of 18, and was conducted between July 11-18, 2018. For comparison, the survey also included 1,004 adults who did not identify as LGBTQ.

Other interesting findings of the report include:

  • 29% of all LGBTQ+ respondents reported an annual household income under $25,000 compared to 22% of non-LGBTQ+ respondents.
  • 33% of black LGBTQ+ respondents, 32% of female-identified LGBTQ+ respondents, and 31% of trans/gender non-conforming LGBTQ+ respondents reported annual household incomes below $25,000.
  • Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to multiple sources of error, including, but not limited to sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, and error associated with question-wording and response options.29% of all LGBTQ+ respondents reported an annual household income under $25,000 compared to 22% of non-LGBTQ+ respondents.
  • 33% of black LGBTQ+ respondents, 32% of female-identified LGBTQ+ respondents, and 31% of trans/gender non-conforming LGBTQ+ respondents reported annual household incomes below $25,000.
  • Regardless of annual household income, 45-53% of LGBTQ+ millennials are planning to become parents for the first time or add another child to their family. Those making less than $25,000 a year are considering becoming parents at very similar rates as those making over $100,000.
  • Data from the Family Building Survey reveals that LGBTQ+ households making over $100,000 annually are considering the full range of paths to parenthood, from surrogacy and private adoption to foster care and IVF. The most popular options under consideration in this income bracket are private adoption (74% are considering), foster care (42%), and IVF or reciprocal IVF (21%). At the other end of the economic spectrum, for LGBTQ+ individuals in households making less than $25,000 annually, the most commonly considered paths to parenthood are intercourse (35% are considering), foster care (30%), and adoption (23%).

What to Buy

A Gift Guide for LGBTQ Inclusive Children's Books

Need some ideas for good LGBTQ-inclusive children's books? Look no further than our gift guide!

Every year we see more books released that feature our families, and we're here for it! We're especially excited for the day when diverse and LGBTQ+ inclusive books are less of "the odd one out" and rather considered part of every kids' everyday literacy.

To help us reach that day, we need to keep supporting our community and allies who write these stories. So here's a list of some of the great books that need to be in your library, and gifts to the other kids in your lives.

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