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Today marks the beginning of Pride Month, commemorating the Stonewall Riots and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. June 1 also is #LGBTQFamiliesDay, created for individuals, families, and allies to celebrate and support LGBTQ families.
As we’re also between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I thought it would be a perfect time to recognize a few standout parenting blogs for the LGBTQ+ community.
These blogs offer personal stories of parenting as well as valuable advice and resources on adoption, surrogacy, IVF, education, and more.
Gay Parents To Be is an information resource for LGBTQ parents that was founded by Dr. Mark Leondires after he realized how challenging the journey can be. The blog also recently launched The Voice, a monthly newsletter covering topical family-building advice, information, and stories.
The site has helpful information for dads-to-be (choosing an egg donor, surrogacy, adoption, etc.), moms-to-be (IVF, finding a sperm donor, costs, etc.), as well as information for trans-parents-to-be.
Follow @GayParentsToBe on Twitter.
This blog and podcast was created by Yanir Dekel, a former entertainment journalist currently working as a digital consultant for the LGBTQ community. As he explains on the site, “I’m here to tell the truth about parenting — the good, the bad and the ‘we should have known.’” Dekel co-hosts the podcast with his husband, Alex Maghen.
Dekel recently introduced the 30-day “Gay Dads Save the World” series, which profiles dads doing amazing work during the COVID-19 crisis, including doctors, police officers, pilots, postal workers, and more.
Follow @YanirDekel on Twitter.
The GLAAD Media Award-winning Mombian is a lifestyle site that provides “sustenance for lesbian moms” through a mix of posts covering parenting, politics, and resources. Dana Rudolph founded the site in 2005 and has since also launched #LGBTQFamiliesDay (June 1), now in its 15th year.
Posts include recipes, community member spotlights, parenting tips, current events, and more. The Diversions section highlights unique artists (authors, singers, etc.) that create LGBTQ-inclusive projects for kids.
Here are a few great posts: New Edition of LGBTQ Picture Book “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” Is Brighter, Bolder, and More Human; Coping and Caring: LGBTQ Families in the Time of COVID-19; and In Memoriam: Aimee Stephens, Transgender Hero and Parent.
Follow @mombian on Twitter.
This is a blog we’ve recognized before, and it continues to be one of our favorites. Written by Lori Duron, Raising My Rainbow chronicles her “adventures in raising a fabulously gender creative son.”
Duron’s gender nonconforming son C.J. writes in a recent post, “I’m 13 years old. I am a member of the LGBTQ community. My gender identity is male and my gender expression is female. That means that I’m awesome.”
Follow @RaisingRainbow on Twitter.
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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines and connect on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.