Blog Profiles: LGBTQ+ Parenting Blogs
Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, we select a topic and handful of blogs that do a great job contributing to the conversation. This week, we’re combining our celebrations of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Pride Month. Check out these standout LGBTQ+ parenting blogs. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet our writers at @BeyondBylines.
Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots and celebrates 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 LGBTQ+ parenting blogs.
These blogs offer personal stories of parenting as well as valuable advice and resources on adoption, surrogacy, IVF, education, and more.
1. Gay Parents To Be
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 features 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.
Regardless of how readers are looking to build their family – biological, adoption or fostering to adopt – this blog is a great resource.
Here are a few recommended reads:
- Where is My Mommy? A Conversation Guide for Dads
- Lesbian Family Planning | IUI vs IVF Fertility Treatment Options
- Top 10 LGBTQ+ Kids Books Featuring Black Characters
Follow @GayParentsToBe on Twitter.
If you are considering building a family of your own, read our brand new #blog about Katie & Becky’s journey to parenthood by clicking our link in bio. Their story is an excellent resource for those looking to get started!🌈⤵️https://t.co/hkDt5pgU4O
— GayParentsToBe (@GayParentsToBe) May 26, 2021
2. Daddy Squared
This blog and podcast were created by Yan 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.’”
The issue of kids’ screen time is one I hear come up often among friends, more so during the pandemic. Dekel addresses this sensitive parenting issue in the post “Normalizing Kids’ Screen Time.”
And if you’re looking for a gay parenting podcast, check out the one Dekel co-hosts with his husband, Alex Maghen. The greatest hits episode features clips from the first three seasons of the show and will give you a good taste of what it’s all about.
Season 4 of the podcast debuted in April 2021. Each episode features Yan and Alex speaking with gay dads around the world. They discuss equal rights and options for gay men in each respective country.
Follow @YanirDekel on Twitter.
#gaydads #denmark #podcast 3 things I learned:
1. A surrogate in Danish is "foster mom" (=misleading)
2. Danish pastry in Danish is "Bread from Vienna"
(🇺🇸 > 🇩🇰 > 🇦🇹)
3. "Rainbow Family" defines a family with 1 or more LGBT people in ithttps://t.co/lDltEdP2Se #gay @denmarkdotdk pic.twitter.com/a3fKNkghv5
— Yan Dekel (@YanirDekel) May 24, 2021
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.
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.
Also, make sure to check out the database of LGBTQ family books and media.
Here are a few great posts:
- New Resource to Help AAPI Parents Support Their LGBTQ Children
- Watch: “The Blue’s Clues Pride Parade” Is a Joyous Song Celebrating Queer Families
- Resources for LGBTQ Prospective Foster Parents
Follow @mombian on Twitter.
#Nonbinary and #trans teens have penned books for younger readers through a great new initiative from @GenderCool and @akidsbookabout. I spoke with one of the authors, 15-year-old Hunter Chinn-Raicht: https://t.co/uO6hnG4n6J #QueerKidLit #PRIDE
— Mombian (@mombian) June 3, 2021
4. Raising My Rainbow
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. wrote in a 2020 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.”
Check out these other posts: Happy 14th Birthday CJ! and I’ve Been Called Worse.
Follow @RaisingMyRainbow on Facebook.
(Note: This is an updated version of a post originally published in 2020.)
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Rocky Parker is the Digital Content Lead at Cision PR Newswire. She works with journalists, bloggers, and content creators to create their targeted newsfeeds from PR Newswire for Journalists. Rocky has also counseled on content writing best practices. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. In her free time, Rocky can usually be found cooking, binge-watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.