Articles written by: Polly Pagenhart

Polly has been blogging about her experience as a lesbian parent since 2006, at Lesbian Dad, which has been recognized with awards from the Weblog Awards, the Bloggies, About.com, Red Tricycle, Circle of Moms, and Babble. She lives with her partner and their two elementary school-aged children in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works for her regional LGBT family org. On Twitter, she's @LesbianDad.

Oklahoma, OK?
News & Politics

Oklahoma, OK?

Last week the organization, in collaboration with The Equality Network, Oklahoma’s LGBT civil rights organization, launched a 30-second television ad designed to drive home why marriage matters to Oklahoma families.

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Childcare Taskforce Puzzle. [PHOTO CREDIT: Polly Pagenhart]
Culture

The Missing Puzzle Piece

What’s missing in our kids’ lives? Images of their families in the toys and books that populate their days. Bit by bit, folks are helping fix that.

Book Review: This Day in June
Books / Culture

Book Review: This Day in June

LGBTQ Pride, for us queer folks – even if we are ten, twenty, thirty years into it (and some of us are!), even if we dread the heat or the crowds or the obnoxious drunks or the steady creep of commercialism and the leakage of political focus – is still […]

Happy Mothers' Day, by Chris Ware, May 13, 2013. [PHOTO CREDIT: THE NEW YORKER]
Family

Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Pointers for LGBTQ Parents

As with so many things queer family in these early generations, we’re building the road as we travel. Approaches to “Mothers’ Day” with two moms and “Fathers’ Day” with two dads abound.

Notes on Summer Camp
Family

Notes on Summer Camp

In the spring, an old parent’s fancy lightly – or heavily, if you’re a worrier – turns to thoughts of summer. Because if you work and your kids are out of school, you’ve got to figure out what to do with them during the workdays. The first year that we […]

Taxing times
Finances

Taxing times

Tax time is upon us, and though by now I’m sure most of you have long since filed your state and federal income taxes – *cough!* – perhaps you might be thinking: what in the heck is happening coast to coast with federal taxes this first year that DOMA has been struck down, and what with so many states newly recognizing same-sex marriages, either performed in their own states or performed in others?

Focus on the Family’s anti-gay propaganda, coming to a theater near you
News & Politics

Focus on the Family’s anti-gay propaganda, coming to a theater near you

Like it or not, the far-right Christian “values” group is taking its pro- “traditional” family (aka anti-gay family) values to a theater near you.

PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS
News & Politics

Marriage equality ruling in Michigan ushers in early spring

At the end of the day Friday, a federal judge in Michigan struck down that state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, making it the 18th state (plus D.C.) to recognize same-sex marriage:  “Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their […]

PHOTO CREDIT: COALST
News & Politics

Forgive him his trespassing, then pass the eggplants

Ian wrote earlier this week that notorious hater Fred Phelps was on his deathbed in hospice; by now you’ve likely heard that yesterday he died at 84. The immediate hypothetical question for so many who found his profound disrespect of the grieving so repugnant is: should his funeral be picketed? It’s […]

[PHOTO CREDIT: PINK SHERBET PHOTOGRAPHY, via PHOTOPIN]
News & Politics

LGBT people are disproportionately food insecure

Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law the long-stalled farm bill that the House finally sent to the Senate at the end of January.  In it were over $8 billion in cuts to food stamps over the course of the next decade.  Over eight billion. The recently gutted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]