Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood

The lives of gay fathers, as this book reveals, are both ordinary and extraordinary. In turn, this book examines how gay dads interact with societal ideals of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering new ways of fathering and accommodating to heteronormative “parenting culture.”

Legal Inequities Create Problems for Gay Couples With Kids

"Louisiana Gay Dad Raises Child, But He’s Powerless as Partner Skips Town With Boy." This ABC News headline describes what happened to Dale Liuzza when his relationship with his partner fizzled and his partner used his legal rights to take their son away.
Ten-Plus Years of Studying Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Ad

Ten-Plus Years of Studying Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Ad

In my lengthy interview with "It's Conceivable," we cover a range of topics, including lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples' experiences of adoption, choosing a gay-friendly adoption agency, and the experiences of children of gay parents.

Gay Men Who Become Parents Have Less Sex, In and Out of the

A new study, by Dr. Colleen Hoff and her colleagues, has found that—perhaps not surprisingly—gay male couples tend to report less frequent sex after becoming parents. The authors of the study, which was published in a new American Psychological Association (APA) journal, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Flawed Study of "Gay Parenting": Roundup of Recent Media Cov

Reading the news lately? If so, you have probably seen coverage of a new study that claims to find negative outcomes for children of lesbian and gay parents. The paper that makes this claim is titled, “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures study” and is authored by Mark Regnerus.

Anonymous Baby ‘Drop Boxes’: Under Criticism by the United N

The latest adoption scandal, according to many recent news reports, is the use of “baby boxes” throughout Europe. The growing number of baby boxes, which are “hatches for unwanted newborns”, throughout Europe, has attracted criticism from the United Nations, which states that the boxes violate a child’s rights to know their biological parents.

Life as a Gay Father: Neil Patrick Harris Opens Up to Oprah

In their recent interview with Oprah, Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka opened up about parenthood, surrogacy, and raising twins. As Harris emphasized in his interview, “We really, really wanted kids. We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise."

Celebrities Are Infertile too: How Openness About Infertility May Help Decrease Shame

Several weeks ago, Jillian Michaels of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, adopted a girl named Lukensia from Haiti. She became a parent to Lukensia within days of welcoming Pheonix, a baby boy whom her partner Heidi Rhodes had carried, into the world. Interestingly, it was only recently that Michaels revealed her true reason for adopting.

The New Normal? Show about Gay Couple Pursuing Surrogacy Set

First came Modern Family, a television comedy that features a gay couple with an adopted child. Now, here comes The New Normal, set to premiere on Tuesdays this Fall on NBC.
Stigmas About Adoption Remain, and Hurt Families

Stigmas About Adoption Remain, and Hurt Families

Although I have not seen the movie, “The Avengers,” I am aware that it has recently gotten some heat from the adoption community.

Tolerance versus Support for Gay Adoption: Yes, It Makes a D

Mitt Romney says it’s “fine” if gay people adopt, but he is certainly not asserting that gay couples are equally capable of raising a child as heterosexual couples. He has clarified his “preference” that children are raised by a mother and father in a series of recent news articles.

Marriage Matters, Say Kids of Gay Parents

Amidst the marriage merry-go-round of late (North Carolina votes to ban marriage for same-sex couples, Obama comes out in support of marriage for same-sex couples), one issue that is frequently raised is how children of LGB parents will be affected by marriage equality or inequality.

Traveling as a Gay Parent Comes With Extra Baggage

Traveling with children presents anxieties for many parents. But for gay parents, anxieties may be heightened by the reality that many people—often those in positions of power (airport officials, law enforcement officials)—may not readily understand or accept their family relationships.