WorldPride Family Guide

In June the global LGBTQ community comes to Toronto for WorldPride 2014, and there is absolutely no shortage of events for gay couples and their families. Theater and musical events, spiritual gatherings, fun zones for the kids, movie nights, Gays With Kids has you covered for the WorldPride Season.

Whether your family’s from downtown Toronto, the suburbs, a couple of hours away, or traveling from a far, WorldPride is a gathering of the global community you won’t want to miss with lots to do for everyone!

Have an LGBTQ family-friendly event during Toronto’s WorldPride you want listed? Send info to Ferd  to have your event added to the Gays With Kids WorldPride Family Guide.


The Queer & Trans Family Pride Party 2014: Beauty in the World!

The WorldPride edition of the popular annual event, show off your family’s moves at the DJ Dance Party, with special musical guest Troy Jackson. Queer and trans families welcome for sports, crafts and snacks in the park. This year’s theme is “Beauty in The World,” so feel free to come dressed in your best.

5:30-8pm. The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free.


Uptown Pride Community BBQ

Youth services provider Strong and Resilient (STARS) with Deslisle Youth Services, a special drop in space for queer, trans and questioning youth, is throwing a family friendly Pride BBQ at their drop in space, The Studio. Meat and veggie options available, games, prizes, performances art and more, everyone welcome.

Noon-4pm. Delisle Youth Services, 40 Orchard View Blvd. Free.

WorldPride 2014 Toronto Opening Ceremony

Join the Toronto LGBT community for the opening series, featuring music icon Melissa Etheridge, R&B; singer Deborah Cox, country music sensation Steve Grand and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Choir with soloist Gavin Hope. Hosted by the indelible Deb Pearce and friends. All ages welcome.

7pm. Nathan Phillips Square. Free.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Shabbat Dinner

Join Congregation Shir Libeynu to celebrate the coming of the Sabbath at this queer and trans positive, liberal Kabbalat Shabbat. Affirming LGBTQ individuals, couples and families from around the world. Free childcare provided. After the service join Kulanu Toronto, an LGBTQ-positive Jewish organization, for a vegetarian Kosher Shabbat Dinner. Kosher wine will be served. and dancing following the meal.

7:30pm, dinner at 8:45pm. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. $10 suggested donation to cover cost of meal. RSVP for either event.


Joyous Shabbat Service and Potluck with the Danford Jewish Circle

Celebrate Pride and Shabbat with the progressive, inclusive Jewish community in Toronto’s East End. Accessbile service with a participatory Torah reading.

10am. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. RSVP.

The Interfaith Fair

Queer and trans people and families of all faiths welcome to this massive celebration of faith and diversity. Performances by local artists and speeches from community leaders with the opportuities to learn about how faith based communities are working together for a more inclusive world. The fair will be followed by a Sunset Youth Service inside the MUC from 6-9pm, and an outdoor candle-light Havdallah Service at 9:15pm in honour of LGBTQ people around the world who continue to face discrimination.

3pm. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E. RSVP.


Queer Family Brunch

A fabulous brunch for families of all types. Enjoy a show by The Space Chums: A Galactastic New Band for the Kids of the Universe, take advantage of the dress up station and the book corner while enjoying selections from the amazing Gladstone buffet brunch.

10am-3pm. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. $16/adult, $10/child.


Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Somewhere over the rainbow you’ll find the Lakeshore Village Family Pride celebration. Discover art and entertainment all along Dorothy’s Tour with free face painting, rainbow balloon hat making, comedy, music, film screenings, Oz themed meals and more with the Lakeshore’s over 15 LGBTQ-positive businesses. Presented by the Lakeshore Village Business Improvement Association.

4pm. 1st to 12th Street, Etobicoke. $10 for Dorothy’s Tour (children are free with paid adult). Purchase tickets online or at Loot Lady Toys, 3029 Lake Shore Blvd.

What Makes You Proud? – An Interactive Community Art Installation and LGBTQ-BBQ

The first ever LGBTQ-BBQ drop-in art installation. Be part of a massive art installation with David Kelley LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Counselling Services. Family Service Toronto is celebrating 100 years of serving the community. Draw, write, and share what makes you proud to be part of this amazing global community.

4pm. Family Service Toronto, 355 Church St. Free.

Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter

For one magical story add some fairy and hold the godmother. Based on her memoir, Alison Wearing’s one-woman show tells her story growing up with a gay dad in the ‘80s. Wearing’s insightful story looks at what a family can be with hilarity, complexity and tenderness. Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter has played to rave reviews, including winning “Best of the Fest” at the Victoria Fringe Festival.

Runs Wednesday June 25 through Saturday June 28. Special performance dedicated for gay dads on Thursday, June 26, includes Q&A; and an after-show party. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. $28 plus tax.


Family Pride: A Night at the Movies

All queer and allied families welcome.

7pm. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St.


Family Pride

Come out and have some fun at Pride’s kid-friendly zone with lots to do for the whole family. Organized by the Family Pride Team and in its 13th year with Pride Toronto, Family Pride has all kinds of snacks, performances, games, face painting arts and crafts.

10am. Church Street Public School, 83 Alexander St. Free.

NoH8 Campaign Open Photo Shoot

Join the global movement to send a message, #NOH8worldwide! At this special open photoshoot, become part of the campaign that celebrities and communities from all walks of life have been part of. Photos are first come, first served, wear white and arrive ready to make a statement. Become immortalized with Celebrity Photographer and the NOH8 campaign co-founder Adam Bouska, with funds raised going to raise awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination worldwide.

Noon-3pm. Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave. $45 solo photos, $30/person in couple or group shots.

Big Pride Sing-Along: Get Loud! Get Proud!

Sing out loud and proud with Toronto’s favourite big, gay choir. Join 110-voice LGBTQ choir Singing Out’s sing-along with everyone’s favourites, from Broadway to Lady Gaga, from Madonna to mash-ups. Hosted by the amazing Deb Pearce, and featuring the female-fronted R&B; sensation The Reenies, this is a big, gay musical event not to be missed.

7pm and 9:15pm. R.A. Laidlaw Centre, 404 Jarvis St. $17. Purchase tickets online or at Out On Church, 551 Church St.


Family Pride

Come out and have some fun at Pride’s kid-friendly zone with lots to do for the whole family. Organized by the Family Pride Team and in it’s 13th year with Pride Toronto, Family Pride has all kinds of snacks, performances, games, face painting arts and crafts.

10am. Church Street Public School, 83 Alexander St. Free.

Show Comments ()

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.


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!

Keep reading... Show less

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!

Keep reading... Show less

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.

Expert Advice

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.

Keep reading... Show less

'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!

Keep reading... Show less

Fatherhood, the gay way

Get the latest from Gays With Kids delivered to your inbox!

Follow Gays With Kids

Powered by RebelMouse