Families
The Advocate is a leading source on LGBT families. Read the latest news and studies that pertain to gay parenting. Follow government policies and research in areas like adoption, surrogacy, coming out, marriage equality, transgender rights, and other issues that affect children and their families in the United States and around the world. Learn tips for better parenting, financial family planning, and raising children in an age of bullying and cyber-bullying. Learn about safety, schools, and how gay and lesbian moms and dads can raise healthy and happy kids in the world today.
40 Cool Gifts for the Whole Crazy Family (Including Your Pets)
December 18 2014 5:00 AM ET

40 Cool Gifts for the Whole Crazy Family (Including Your Pets)

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Some great gift ideas for parents, pets, kids, and partners.

Op-ed: My Lesbian Moms Saved My Life
December 17 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: My Lesbian Moms Saved My Life

Jaz Moore

This coming-of-age tale wouldn't be possible without two moms.

WATCH: Teen With Two Moms Tells Texas It's Time to Change
December 16 2014 4:00 PM ET December 17 2014 10:50 AM ET

WATCH: Teen With Two Moms Tells Texas It's Time to Change

Sunnivie Brydum

Mason Marriott-Voss, a 16-year-old student in Austin raised by two moms, says there's nothing that needs changing about his family — it's Texas that needs to change.

10 Tweets That Perfectly Describe Your Family's Awkward Thanksgiving
November 29 2014 2:30 PM ET

10 Tweets to Perfectly Describe Awkward Family Thanksgivings

Jami Smith

These tweets feel your pain.

Op-ed: The Gift of Adoption
November 29 2014 12:40 PM ET

Op-ed: The Gift of Adoption

Gabriel Blau

Adoption is a process that is still inaccessible to many, leaving countless children without families.

Robbie Rogers's Memoir Kicks Around Depression, Redemption, And Coming Out
November 24 2014 5:00 AM ET

Robbie Rogers' Second Life

Michelle Garcia

Professional soccer player Robbie Rogers has found success in his sport after coming out, but he had to deal with plenty of internal demons to get there.

Op-ed: Giving LGBT Families in Mississippi a Legal Hand
November 17 2014 4:08 AM ET

Op-ed: Giving LGBT Families in Mississippi a Legal Hand

Denise Brogan-Kator

Even marriage equality will not end the struggles that numerous families face daily.

WATCH: 8-Year-Old Trans Boy's Epic Coming-Out Rap Goes Viral
November 11 2014 4:53 PM ET

WATCH: 8-Year-Old Trans Boy's Epic Coming-Out Rap

Mitch Kellaway

Young Alex gives voice to how awesome coming out as trans can be for kids when adults support them.

STUDY: Yes, Trans Men Can Get Pregnant Despite Testosterone, Dysphoria
November 10 2014 4:16 PM ET

STUDY: Yes, Some Trans Men Do Seek Pregnancy

Mitch Kellaway

A small investigative study hopes to inspire more research into unprecedented findings that complicate assumptions about trans men's experience and emotions during pregnancy.

Op-ed: Walking My Dad Down the Aisle
November 07 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Walking My Dad Down the Aisle

Emma Meents

A young woman recounts the day her dads tied the knot.

Op-ed: To Sperm or Not to Sperm
October 31 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: To Sperm or Not to Sperm

Brian Andersen

How an average gay man made peace with his looks and embraced his basic appearance.

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