Family-building

Finding Mr. Right Part 1
Family / Family-building

Finding Mr. Right Part 1

When I was in middle school, I named my future children: Samantha and Alexandra. Sam and Alex for short. They would be soccer players and would have long brown hair like me. They would have my nose and my husband’s eyes. His name would be Jeff, and he would stay […]

PHOTO CREDIT: CLAIRE BROWN/TULANE HULLABALOO
Extended family / Family / Family-building

Donor siblings find each other

When Mikayla Stern-Ellis posted a comment on Father’s Day thanking her Colombian sperm donor, Emily Nappi sent a “Me too” that resulted in an amazing discovery. Two friends who found each other via roommate search at Tulane soon learned that they are donor siblings. There’s a story you don’t hear […]

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 […]

PHOTO CREDIT: DEBORAH GOLDSTEIN
Community / Extended family / Family / Family-building / Kids

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 […]

Wanted: A Few Good Queer Stepparents
Family / Family-building

Wanted: A Few Good Queer Stepparents

[Today we are sharing a piece from Katie L. Acosta, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her teaching and research is focused on gender, sexuality and the family.  Katie originally contacted me because she was looking for participants for a study she is doing on same-sex stepparent families. […]

Adoption Day
Family / Family-building

Adoption Day

[Today we are sharing Lindsay’s post about her family’s adoption day from her blog One Baby Two Moms. Adoption, in its various forms, is a part of many of our stories.  In cases of second-parent adoption when the adopting parent has been a part of the parenting process from conception, […]

Loopsie Daisy!
Family / Family-building

Loopsie Daisy!

Our daughter, Zoe, was as close to an accidental pregnancy as two lesbians can get.  You see, the first time around – with our son, Leo, we tried to conceive for over two years. We tried on our own, we tried with a doctor’s assistance, we tried with fertility medication, […]

Legal status of adoption by same-sex couples around the world.
Family / Family-building

Adoption around the World

All kinds of families everywhere use a variety of means to create family.  In the LGBT community, one avenue that is open to use is adoption.  Except, it isn’t always open to us. Here is the wikimap of legal status of same-sex couples around the world:   This week, however, […]

On sleeplessness and surrogacy
Family / Family-building / Parenting

On sleeplessness and surrogacy

This post is brought to you by insomnia. I was awake from two-ish until well past four-ish last night, as was my partner, with our two children making guest appearances in our little show of sleeplessness. In some ways, it was good that they both needed resettling around four: I […]

Donor Uncle
Family / Family-building

Donor Uncle

[I wrote this post for Philadelphia’s Listen To Your Mother Show this past May.  Participating in the show was an awesome experience and I was honored to share the stage with the stellar cast.  Auditions are happening all over the country and if there is a show near you, I […]