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Stone Soup to Consommé

During the last VQ Chat on Twitter on Monday, we chatted about many topics related to the New Year. There were success stories from 2013 and goals for 2014 and plenty of support for our VillageQ community. Next chat, by the by, is Monday January 27th at 9PM EST.  Mark […]

December VQ Chat
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December VQ Chat

The December VQ Twitter Chat will be on Monday, December 30th at 9 p.m. EST. Last month, a gaggle of queers assembled on Twitter and hung out on the #vqchat hashtag and talked about LGBTQ family issues and the holidays. We had great participation and it was a fun and […]

Incorporating Giving Into Holiday Traditions
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Incorporating Giving Into Holiday Traditions

Most of us find it difficult to defend our kids against the avalanche of presents they receive during the holidays. Grandparents, cousins, godparents all want children to feel the love, love wrapped in festive paper with gift receipts included. When I talk about the embarrassment of riches our kids receive […]

VQ Picks: Charities
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VQ Picks: Charities

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on all that we have. The LGBTQ community has a well-established history of giving to others and to causes in which we believe. So, we asked the VillageQ contributors to pass on their favorite charities […]

Six Word Stories
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Six Word Stories

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season which can be a difficult time of year for many. Sometimes, we need a little levity to make it through the stress of travel and family dinners and tired kids. Towards that end, a few of the VillageQ contributors offered up six […]

A Queer’s Guide to Staying Sober during the Holidays
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A Queer’s Guide to Staying Sober during the Holidays

Guest author Mary Bowers is a writer and graphic designer living in Chicago with her wife and two kids. She stopped drinking in October of 2002 and knows exactly what it’s like to confront the wall of holiday booze. You can read other stuff she’s written at here. [hr] Ah, […]

Featured Family Portraits
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Featured Family Portraits

  Last weekend, I volunteered at my daughter’s school for an open house. As I greeted prospective families at the door, I met a few two mom families. I was thankful to be there to greet them, to welcome them, to let them know without even saying anything that their […]

Featured Family Portraits
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Featured Family Portraits

  It’s featured family time! I love these families. Read on to hear from them…   “Hi! I’m Ellen my partner is Cassie. No kids yet but we do have 4 fur babies: 3 cats (Abby,  Philip, and Evan) and our dog is Maggie. We met online, but we went […]

A Tale of Two States
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A Tale of Two States

Guest author Jerry Capell lives in Chicago with his Partner of 17+ years and two children.  On those rare occasions when he is not threatening his children with bodily harm, he is the CEO, President and co-founder of Urban Renovators. After years of taking a fairly belligerent view on getting married […]

Featured Family Portraits
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Featured Family Portraits

It’s Featured Family time! Our three families rule this week. Let’s take some time to get to know them a little better! “Ruth and Katrina are a couple from Indianapolis. After over five years of a long distance relationship, they are finally living together! And loving it. The distance has […]