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The High Cost of Being a Gay Family

It’s official: It costs more to be a gay or lesbian family than it costs to be a heterosexual family. For most of the LGBT community, this is not exactly a news flash. In fact, it comes close to the “studies say drunk driving causes motor vehicle accidents” or “studies […]

Culture / News & Politics

Married? Partnered? Girlfriended?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the language we use to describe our relationships. Back in 2003, before the Massachusetts Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples could marry, and before Mayor Newsom opened the San Francisco wedding floodgates, I always used the terms married and wife when I talked about […]

Books

Biweekly question: LGBT friendly books?

I have to fess up that I have been miserable at trying to contribute to this site. Perhaps I could blame stressful job and stressful change of job and, most recently, unemployment (okay, admittedly, I do not have the stresses that many of you do while unemployed, so I will […]

Culture / Life / Portraits

Why It Makes Me Happy to be Out

Yesterday, I had an appointment at the Reproductive Endocrinologist’s office, to see how my progesterone level is here in my “two week wait.” (Answer: Fair, here are some pills.) The receptionist/billing specialist is a charming 50-something, and we generally get chatty while I’m checking in or out. This morning, our […]

Culture / News & Politics

Two Things I Like and One Thing That Makes Me Mad

My Custom Story is a site where you can order totally customized photo board books. What a neat way to make sure our kids see positive images of their families from a very young age! It would be great if they had gay and lesbian families represented in their example […]

Some queerspawn reading lists
Books

Some queerspawn reading lists

[Crross-posted over at LesbianDad.] During Banned Books Week, we all get to reflect on the life-saving quality of the books in our lives (Liza did here earlier in the week, and so did I). Continuing the celebration, I wanted to collect in one post a bunch of useful book-ish resources […]

Books / News from the community

Weekend Reading: Four the Pleasure of It *Edited AGAIN*

I have been sadly and inexcusably absent from here for too long.  And while I’d like to make this my big comeback, the post to make all the silences worth it… this isn’t it.  I have no achingly beautiful or deeply thoughtful words for you. What I do want to […]

Books / News from the community

Weekend Reading: More on Non-Bio Momhood

Following up on Lesbian Dad’s post Friday, I wanted to point out some other bloggers who have been talking about how it feels when you consider yourself a mother, but it’s your partner that’s pregnant or the one who gave birth. Sarah at Journey of a Co-Mom de-briefs us on […]

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Children of the Future

This is a tag-team post by j (her “voice” in italics) and Trista. When I was a teenager, just beginning to come out to myself, I bought a book of lesbian short stories.  In the collection was the story “When it Changed” by Joanna Russ.  This story blew me away.  It encapsulated […]

Culture / News & Politics

Sickening

This makes me sick. Parrott’s ruling ordered Emma Rose to be returned to Deborah Schultz within 10 days, or be declared a “deprived child” and turned over the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services. Hadaway and Shultz met at a truck stop in Jeffersonville, Ga., on Jan. 12, 2007, […]