Dress Blues: Gay Moms Learn a Lesson On Gender Norms

"You have got to support me on this one," Em* told me in no uncertain terms. "She has to wear the dress." Em doesn't put her foot down very often, so when she tells me something is important to her, I listen. Problem was, my other easy-going girl ...Sometimes a dress is not just a dress.

Oh, Behave: The Word 'Gay' Does Not Equal 'Stupid'

I thought my nephew was a linguistic genius when he said he was "being have." His mother had admonished him about something, and she'd told him to "behave." His indignant response was, "I am being have." Genius, I thought. Be good, be quiet, behav...This mommy blogger tackles the word "gay" as a substitute for "stupid."

Independent Spunk Vs. Pretty Princess: A Dad's Lesson in Trusting Positive Parenting

When my daughter was not quite 3, she told my husband and me that she wanted to be a chicken for an upcoming costume party. We thought this was hilarious and I found myself snootily proud of her choice. See, my kid's no joiner. Let every other gir...Welcome the first column from our gay dad in our new gay parenting column.

Lesbian Co-Mother Awarded Visitation by Arkansas Supreme Court

Visitation isn't a given for the non-biological parent in a same-sex partnership. Credit: David McNew, Getty Images A visitation battle can be a nasty affair when a heterosexual couple splits up, but in same-sex couples, visitation and...The Arkansas Supreme Court has granted visitation rights to the former partner of a lesbian mother whose child she helped plan for and was the primary caregiver for when she was an infant.

Mother of 13-Year-Old Who Committed Suicide Urges Schools to Prevent Bullying

After years of enduring anti-gay harassment at school, Seth Walsh, 13, hanged himself from a plum tree in his family's back yard. For years, Seth's mother, Wendy Walsh, tried to get Tehachapi, Calif., school district officials to do something ...A mother reads her son's suicide note and describes the unbearable harassment at school that contributed to his death.

One Third of LGBT Youth Have Attempted Suicide

People participate in a candlelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September. Credit: Reena Rose Sibayan, AP
It may get better, but for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, it's still ...
The good news is that 70 percent of the LGBT youth in the study didn't meet the criteria for any mental disorders.

Arkansas School Board Member Will Wear Purple If Gay People Commit Suicide

An Arkansas school board member posted a message on his Facebook page implying that he wants gay people to commit suicide. To be more specific, this is what Clint McCance, who serves on the school board in the Midland school district in Arkansas...The Arkansas Department of Education quickly condemned Clint McCance's remarks.

School Says No to Yearbook Photo of Gay Girl in Tux

Ceara Sturgis, 17, posed for her high school portrait in a tux and now the school won't include her photo in the yearbook. Credit: WLBT TV / AP
Ceara Sturgis, 17, just wanted to be comfortable, so the gay teen donned a tux for her traditional sen...

Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of e...

Florida Ban on Gay Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

For thirty years, gays and lesbians have been prohibited from adopting in Florida. Thanks to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, however, that is no longer the case. The decision came about as a result of a suit filed by Frank Gill who, along wi...

Kindergartners pledge to be nice to gay students

You would probably agree that it is important to teach our children to be nice to others, to be accepting of differences and to stand up to those who aren't. But do you think it can ever be too early for certain lessons? Like, for example, asking kin...

Chicago mayor puts gay high school on hold

The Chicago Board of Education put plans for the Social Justice Pride Campus, a high school intended to serve gay and lesbian students, on hold yesterday by putting off a vote on the matter until the middle of November. Although the mayor insisted th...

Hilary Duff fights 'that's so gay'

Look up the word "gay" in the dictionary and you will find eight entries. Most of those entries refer to good moods, bright colors, social pleasures and wanton behavior. But entry number seven is the one that defines the word as it is most commonly ...

Kentucky court nixes second-parent adoption

So say you're in love with someone. Totally and completely. And not just them, but their kids too. So you want to get married and legally adopt the kids. But there's a problem. Perhaps you're disabled and, if you marry, you'll lose your disability be...

LGBT high school planned for Chicago

In order to provide a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning high school students, the Chicago public school system is considering opening a high school specifically for LQBTQ students. Attendance at the new school woul...


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