Articles written by: Sandra Telep

Palenque Sandra is a West Philly Mama (not born and raised, but she does spend most of her days on the playground). She is happily married to her best friend and together they parent a precocious toddler and a vivacious baby. A former professional activist turned stay-at-home-mom, she blogs about parenting as a queer, Latina, feminist reclaiming family values at West Philly Mama.

It's Baby Dyke Me!
Life

VQ Comes Out: Sandra Telep

Next up for VQ Comes Out – our week-long series honoring National Coming Out Day and LGBT History month – Sandra tells us about her love of a woman in uniform and her unwillingness to let assumptions about her slide now that she has children. ~ The Editors [hr] When did you come out […]

National Coming Out Day: Telling Our Stories
Culture / Life

National Coming Out Day: Telling Our Stories

Today is National Coming Out Day (NCOD).  For 25 years now, October 11th has been celebrated as a day to celebrate those coming out or living lives openly as LGBT people.  For those of us who came out a while ago, NCOD might seem irrelevant to our current lives, but […]

By Any Other Name
Family / Identity / Life / Parenting

By Any Other Name

When I was first invited to write for this project, my first question was about the site’s name.  I knew I wanted to be a part of this site and to work with this amazing group of people, but the name – Lesbian Family – didn’t quite fit for me. […]

The Fosters Roundtable: Hostile Acts (Episode 3)
Culture

The Fosters Roundtable: Hostile Acts (Episode 3)

Spoiler alert-o-rama!  These weekly Roundtables are your place for smart lesbofamily banter about the new ABC Family show The Fosters, and they’re chock-a-block with SPOILERY content.  You’ve been warned! If you haven’t yet, watch it (ABCFamily is making the episodes available), and then come right back and join in! Cast of […]

Happy Father’s Day to My Kids’ Dad
Family / Parenting

Happy Father’s Day to My Kids’ Dad

[Cross-posted from West Philly Mama.  Happy Father’s Day to all that celebrate.] The best thing I’ve ever done for my children was to choose jb as my co-parent.  No one ever doubted she’d be a phenomenal parent (kids have always been drawn to her and she has an inhuman reservoir of  patience), […]

The Fosters Roundtable: Premiere Week
Family / Kids

The Fosters Roundtable: Premiere Week

Spoiler alert-o-rama! We’ll be dishing, dicing, slicing, and debating the new ABC Family drama The Fosters each week, and it’ll be no holds barred! So read no further if you want to watch the show and actually be surprised by what happens! And then come back, read up, and join […]

Save Our Schools: A Queer Perspective
News & Politics

Save Our Schools: A Queer Perspective

This week, I came across two stories (an AP piece and a blog post by the National Education Association) about efforts that families, educators and schools are making to accommodate transgender students in their classrooms as early as elementary school.  Having this kind of support at the place where kids spend most of their awake […]

The Mixed Blessing Of A Quick Birth
Family / Life

The Mixed Blessing Of A Quick Birth

I have been blessed with two beautiful, healthy, uncomplicated births. I think every mother feels the same. The excitement of a newborn kid coming into the world is unparalleled. It is a time when a new life created by two human beings comes into the world, I think that like […]

In The Weeds
Family / Parenting

In The Weeds

Today is the last day that I will be the mama of two kids under three. Leo turns three tomorrow and I’m flooded with feelings of happiness, pride, sadness and relief.  Mostly, I’m just glad we survived this year. (Please keep any “If you think two was hard, just wait […]

Mama’s Day, The Strong Families Way
Culture

Mama’s Day, The Strong Families Way

Here at Lesbian Family we are keenly aware that families come in all shapes, sizes, and shades. That’s a big part of why we seek each other out – there is a comfort to being among people who understand that love makes a family. It’s nice to share space with […]