Gay Dad Life

Our Most Popular Photo Essays from 2017

If there's one thing we've learned about our followers, it's this: you like pics of loving gay dads with their kids as much as we enjoy sharing them! This year, we compiled more photo essays than ever before: here were some of your favorites.

Photos of Gay Men and Their Kids on Adoption Day!

There is something incredible about that day in court when a judge deems you and your kids a "forever family." Check out our roundup of heartwarming adoption day photos.

9 Times Gay Men Crushed Their Pregnancy Announcement Pics

Gay men have plenty of challenges when it comes to becoming a dad. But if there's one part of the process we have in the bag, it's the pregnancy announcement pics. Look no further than our latest photo essay of gay men announcing their dad-to-be status to the world: these pics are creative, emotive, and in some cases, downright hilarious. Take a look at this collection of fantastic pregnancy pics and share yours with us too!

Skin-to-Skin: Pics of Dads Holding Their Babies for the First Time

Our lives can be changed in a single moment. For these dads, it was when their children first entered this world, and are placed straight into their arms to be held for the first time. Skin-to-skin is performed within the first one to two hours of a baby being born. It helps stabilize their breathing, heart rate and body temperature. It can also be one of the most profound and powerful moments of a new dad's life.

Enjoy this collection of photos capturing the incredible moment as these gay men hold their babies, skin-to-skin, for the very first time.

Happy Gay Uncles Day!

Happy gay uncles day to all the wonderful "guncles" out there! Here at Gays With Kids we know how important your roles are within our families so we want to celebrate you today, and say a big thanks! Enjoy this collection of "guncle" photos and a few words of wisdom and contemplations from the uncles themselves.

Adorable Pics of Dads & Kids at Pride!!

We asked dads to send us their pride celebrations pics, and they didn't disappoint! We received pics from all over the country and world, from San Diego to Mexico, and everywhere in between! Enjoy our roundup!

Gay Dads Tell Us the Meaning of Their Tattoos

We've noticed a trend on our Gays With Kids Instagram account: a good chunk of the gay dads we know have some pretty amazing ink! We got in touch with a bunch of these dads to ask them what special significance (if any) their tattoos have for them. Be sure to go through the entire collection; it's worth the effort!

15 Times Cheyenne Jackson Was Just a Regular Dad

If you're not following Cheyenne Jackson on Instagram yet, you're missing out. The talented actor, singer and songwriter currently gracing the small screen in American Horror Story: Cult is also a father to adorable 11-month-old twins, Willow and Ethan, along with his husband Jason Landau. And rather than populate his 'gram with glitzy red carpet events or fabulous behind the scenes footage of his latest project, Cheyenne instead treats his followers to a weekly peek into his life as a new dad. And his posts are about as relatable, funny, and charming as you'd expect from the "30 Rock" star. Here are our top 15 posts that show, once the cameras stop rolling, even Hollywood royalty like Cheyenne Jackson is just a regular dad at the end of the day.

Gay Dads & Kids Doing Halloween Right

It's finally the day that so many of our families have been waiting for: Halloween! We've got snaps of families dressed in all sorts of fantastic costumes. From the ghoulishly grotesque, to the too cute to spook - we love them all! Check out this year's collection.

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Gay Dad Life

10 of Our Most Popular Posts Featuring Single Gay Dads

Happy Single Parent's Day! To celebrate, we rounded up some of our most popular articles featuring single gay dads.

Did you know March 21st is Single Parents Day? Well now you do, and you should mark the occasion by checking out our round up of some of our most popular articles featuring single gay dads!

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What's Life Like as a Single Gay Dad? These Guys Sound Off

We checked in with some of the single gay dads in our community to see what life is like while parenting solo

March 21st is Single Parents Day! To celebrate, we checked in with some single gay men in our community to sound off on what life is like while parenting solo — the good, the challening and everything in between.

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Personal Essays by Gay Dads

How to Survive a Midlife Crisis (A Guide for Gay Dads)

Turns out David Blacker is, in fact, experiencing a midlife crisis — according to the very official results of a Buzzfeed quiz

Today I took one of those Buzzfeed-like quizzes to determine whether or not I am having a midlife crisis. I know what you're thinking. How can 29 be considered mid-life? God bless you, but I'm actually 35. Fine, 41. The Buzzfeed results — granted, we're not talking a true clinical assessment here — implied that I am, in fact, showing symptoms of a midlife crisis. But instead of shopping for a new sports car, I'm looking around for something else.

Problem is, I don't quite know what that is yet.

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Expert Advice

4 Tips for Single Gay Dads Raising Daughters

Here are some ways to create a safe space for your daughter to discover who she is, with you by her side.

There's nothing quite like father-daughter relationships, and when it comes to single dads, your little girl likely holds a very special place in your heart. From the moment she's born, it's as if you can see every moment of her life in front of you, from her first steps to walking her down the aisle at her wedding. You'll be the first man she'll know and talk to, and you'll be her biggest example of what a loving man looks like. She'll come to you for advice on how to navigate challenges, be independent, treat others and grow into herself.

Your relationship with your daughter may be shaped by your personal history, whether you've been through a difficult divorce or breakup, you've transitioned out of a straight relationship, or you made the courageous decision to pursue surrogacy on your own. Whatever your situation is, studies have shown that children with involved fathers excel more in school and have fewer behavioral issues in adolescence.

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Change the World

After Suffering a Violent Homophobic Attack, This Gay Dad Turned to Advocacy

After Nejc suffered a brutal homophobic attack that left him hospitalized, he and his family have turned to advocacy to heal

Guest post written by Rene and Nejc

We are Rene (35) and Nejc (29) and we come from Slovenia, Europe. I was an avid athlete, a Judoist, but now I am an LGBT activist and Nejc is a writer, who published a gay autobiography called Prepovedano. He was also a participant in a reality show in Slovenia (Bar) and he is an LGBT activist too. Nejc and I met by a mere coincidence on Facebook, and already after the first phone call we realized that we are made for each other. Nejc and I have been together as couple almost one year. We think we have been joined by some energy, as we have both experienced a lot of bad things with previous relationships and now we wish to create and shape our common path.

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Entertainment

Behind 'A Family of Their Own': The Personal Beginnings of My First Fiction Novel

Author Malcolm O. Varner explains the motivations behind his first novel, "A Family of Their Own."

Growing up without a mother and having a father who was mostly absent throughout my adolescence gave way to parenthood and family being touchy subjects for much of my adulthood. I can recall my twelve-year-old self asking what my mother was like, how she looked, what she did for a living, and why she had abandoned her own two kids. There's one day I keenly remember when my younger sister and I discussed our plans to write Oprah in hopes of reuniting with this woman we only knew from our dreams, but I ultimately never wrote the letter out of fear. And for the father who had raised me throughout most of my school age years, a man that I referred to as "Duck," I only called him dad once before he died in 2011. Although he did his best as a single father, our relationship was significantly strained by his drug addiction and incarcerations during my middle and high school years, not to mention my own effeminate traits. If it wasn't for my grandmother stepping into the picture after one of his jail stints, my attitude towards family would've been indifferent at best. She provided me with a stable foundation in life that included home cooked meals, a peaceful and meticulously decorated home, and enough love to let me know that there was someone in this world who cared for me. She was someone in whose eyes I was special.

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