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.
Florida Senate OK's Repeal of Ban on Adoption by Gays, Sends to Governor

Florida: Repeal of Adoption Ban Gets OK, Sent to Governor

The repeal measure, which has already passed the House, received bipartisan approval in the Senate after emotional debate.

Op-ed: A Letter to Heather and Her Two Mommies From Their Creator

Dear Heather and Her Two Mommies, From Their Creator

Back in 1989 an LGBT-themed children's book titled Heather Has Two Mommies incited condemnation from conservatives — and adoration from LGBT families. With her book being reissued, author Lesléa Newman has some words for her most famous character.

Apple's New Emoji Are The Gayest Ones Yet

Apple's New Emoji Are The Gayest Ones Yet

A new iOS software update includes over 300 new Emojis, the likes of which include many LGBT and racially-diverse characters.

Florida Poised to Approve Antigay 'License to Discriminate' in Adoptions

Florida Kills Antigay 'License to Discriminate' in Adoptions

The state Senate turned back an effort to write discriminatory language into adoption law.

Op-ed: How I’m Helping the Chinese Gayby Boom

Op-ed: How I’m Helping the Chinese Gayby Boom

Americans aren't the only LGBT people fighting for their right to have a family.

GOP Chair Cuts Off Child Testifying Against Antigay Bill

GOP Chair Cuts Off Child Testifying Against Antigay Bill

The son of two men pleads for Florida to reject a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex parents.

Gay Dad: Stop Bullying My Sons

Gay Dad: Stop Bullying My Sons

In a viral video, Joshua Alameda Franklin recounts how his 9- and 10-year-old sons endured physical and emotional abuse at their Hawaii elementary school.

Op-ed: A Letter to My Daughter’s Transgender Elders

Op-ed: A Letter to My Daughter’s Transgender Elders

This proud mom feels forever indebted to the trans trailblazers who paved the way for her daughter.

Florida May Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn Away Gays

Florida May Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn Away Gays

An odious bill advances in the Florida House.

Texas Shop Accuses Mother of 'Child Abuse' for Letting Daughter Wear Suit

Texas Shop Tells Mom: Girl Wearing Suit Is 'Child Abuse'

Mother Rachel Giordano stands by her 5-year-old 'tomboy' daughter Maddie, after being told by a salesperson that her support promotes the girl's 'wrong behavior.'

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