Articles written by: Robert Shaffron

Robert Shaffron and his husband John are permitted to remain in their residence through the generosity of their two magnificent sons, Benjamin and Jordan, in Maplewood, NJ. Robert has been, variously, a playwright, and advertising creative director, stock boy, dishwasher, actor/waiter, and is currently a stay-at-home LGBT activist. He also bakes a wicked lemon square.

Boys are from Mars. Girls are Straight from the Pit of Hell.
Family / Kids

Boys are from Mars. Girls are Straight from the Pit of Hell.

Our family consists of two dads and two sons, or what I’m fond of calling an eight-testicle household. (If you’re getting grossed out, you might as well stop reading now ‘cause it’s probably only gonna get worse from here.) So aside from the occasional nanny, there has been precious little […]

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Family / Family-building

Tolerance = Boredom

Thank god(dess) for the Westboro Baptist Church. Big smooches to Michelle Bachmann, and NOM, and to Focus on the Family. Oh, and Franklin Graham, and Exodus International, and Tony Perkins (Keep up the good work, Tony, honey!) Why, you may well ask, am I offering up gratitude and mad props […]

Surprise Genetics
Family / Family-building

Surprise Genetics

When you adopt a child, particularly through the social services system, you get little or no information about the kid’s genetic background. And so every single physical, emotional, mental or spiritual trait they display is a surprise.

The Mother of All Fathers
Family / Parenting

The Mother of All Fathers

I have a husband, two children, and a membership in the PTA. At home, I do the majority of the cooking, the bulk of the laundry, arrange most of the play dates, email the teachers, assist with the school play, sign the homework, enroll them for camp, and comfort the guinea pig.

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Family / Kids / Parenting

Apples and trees

I have this friend (I have more than one, actually, but now we’re just opening wounds…), and she and her wife have these three little boys. So we were at this gathering, talking about our kids (I know, right? Clutch those pearls), and she mentioned that she didn’t think any […]

How are gaybies made?
Family / Family-building

How are gaybies made?

Boy, sometimes I think straight, opposite sex, fertile, socionormative couples get all the breaks. Whenever they get the World’s Oldest Question (okay, Second Oldest), they can simply fall back on the classic “Daddy gave Mommy a special hug and then Mommy grew you in her belly.” But what’s the Fischer-Price […]

Suburban Me
Family / Kids

Suburban Me

We used to be so hip. We lived on Manhattan’s trendolicious Upper West Side (UWS, for those in the know.) We went to fabulous restaurants. We frequented fabulous bars and clubs with cliquey, one-word names like Splash, Saint and Limelight. We said fabulous a lot. (When we were feeling extra […]

Photo Credit:  Robert Shaffron
Family / Life

Married up to here

Dateline: May 22, 1996. Robert and John celebrate ten years of living together in bliss. Also, sin. Dateline: New Jersey, July 10th, 2004. Robert and John undergo Domestic Partnerization the first day legal in the state. Not sure what a Domestic Partner is supposed to do, but we suspect it […]

VQ Comes out: Robert Shaffron
Life

VQ Comes out: Robert Shaffron

Next up in our VQ Comes Out series, honoring National Coming Out Day and LGBT History month: Robert’s story, in which he oozes out over the course of maybe ten years, “until there was no more in.” ~ The Editors [hr] When did you come out (or how many times, if it’s been […]

Party Out of Bounds
Family / Kids / Parenting

Party Out of Bounds

Robert Shaffron and his husband John are permitted to remain in their residence through the generosity of their two magnificent sons, Benjamin and Jordan, in Maplewood, NJ. Robert has been, variously, a playwright, and advertising creative director, stock boy, dishwasher, actor/waiter, and is currently a stay-at-home LGBT activist. He also […]