Being the LGBT Parent of an Infant
By drudolph on December 10, 2012
BlogHer Original Post
Being an LGBT parent is in most ways no different from being any other kind of parent. We change our kids’ diapers and read them bedtime stories just like anyone else. Still, the law and society discriminate against and marginalize us in many ways, giving LGBT-headed families extra hurdles to overcome.
As the married lesbian mom of a nine-year-old, I’ve faced some of them myself, and heard many stories from others. Here are some hints to help you along the way. This Crib Sheet will tell you:
- How to find support from other LGBT families and allies.
- Why you should see a lawyer, even if both parents are on the birth certificate.
- How to talk about your family with your children and adults.
- How to find an LGBT-friendly daycare.
- That you may be eligible for family leave and benefits, even if you are not the legal parent.
- That LGBT-inclusive children’s books exist for the very youngest children.
- How your being LGBT will affect your child.
Dana Rudolph is the author of the popular parenting site, Mombian.
This post is part of the Absolute Beginners editorial series made possible by Pampers and BlogHer. Our advertisers do not produce or approve editorial content.
More Like This
Recent Posts by drudolph
Most Popular on BlogHer
By Melissa Ford
Mom has a lot to check off her list this Summer, and Kellogg's cereal can help her get it done. How will you make the most of your Summer? Check out our blog posts as we share with you inspirational ideas for celebrating the moments of magic that will happen during this activity-filled time of year! PLUS enter for a chance to win as $100 Walmart gift card! Read more
Most Popular on Work/Life
Recent Comments on Work/Life