Articles written by: Vikki Reich

Vikki writes about the intersection of contemporary lesbian life, parenthood and pop culture at her personal blog Up Popped A Fox. She is the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities. In 2013, she completed the Foreword Writing Apprenticeship in Creative Nonfiction at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and is a 2013 recipient of the Beyond the Pure Fellowship for writers. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and two kids and, in the real world, she never speaks of herself in the third person.

Vlog Is Just Another Word…
Family / Parenting

Vlog Is Just Another Word…

Writing for a site every week can be challenging. I spend a lot of time thinking, “What am I going to write about?” or “How can I make this lesbionic?” or “Is that a sea monkey in my water glass?” You will be relieved to know (as I was) that […]

You Might Be A Queer Parent If…
Family / Parenting

You Might Be A Queer Parent If…

1. It’s family game night and you yell, “Let’s play Earthopoly!” and your kid responds, “Do only lesbian families play that game?” 2. Your child discusses Susie Derkins’ gender expression in Calvin and Hobbes. 3. Your kid says, “Only a lesbian cat would love breasts that much!” 4. Your kid can list every […]

Lez Talk About Donors
Family / Family-building

Lez Talk About Donors

When lesbians have kids, people of the world are suddenly entitled to ask how you got them. No one tells you this and maybe you don’t expect it but it just happens. I remember the first time my partner and I took our newborn son out into the world with […]

Lesbians Raising Sons
Family / Parenting

Lesbians Raising Sons

It was the winter of 2001 and we were heading to the clinic for an ultrasound that could possibly tell us the sex of our baby. We had not been able to agree on whether or not we would find out, however. Luisa did not want to know because she […]

The Gay Dad Project
Community / News from the community

The Gay Dad Project

You have probably noticed the name of this site is “Lesbian Family” and, if you haven’t, I guess I just outed all of us here! Scandalous! The reason I bring up the name is that I want to be intentional in talking about it for just a moment. This site […]

How Lez Is Your Thanksgiving?
Culture

How Lez Is Your Thanksgiving?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a day of gratitude and tradition, a day when we gather with our families and eat to excess. Huzzah! Like all holidays, Thanksgiving can be a tense time for us queer folk especially if we are mixing and mingling our families of origin with our chosen […]

Family Traditions
Family / Kids / Parenting

Family Traditions

Recently, my son had to write an essay for school about his favorite family tradition and, had I been asked to place I bet, I would have put all of my money on Christmas. Cookies, candy and gifts – a kid’s dream, right? But I would have lost the farm […]

Victory in Minnesota
News & Politics

Victory in Minnesota

It was May 2011 when it became clear that the anti-marriage amendment was going to appear on the ballot here in Minnesota. I remember that day clearly because I spent a good deal of it crying. It felt so personal, so intentionally hurtful, and I found myself struggling with a […]

Welcome to Fantasy Island
Community

Welcome to Fantasy Island

When faced with the daunting task of writing an introductory post, I could only think of Ricardo Montalban. You know – Mr. Roarke? “I am your host, Mr. Roarke. Welcome to Fantasy Island!” That’s what everyone of a certain age thinks about when contemplating greetings, right? Probably not which means […]