Children with LGBT parents face numerous legal and social inequalities, according to a major new report from several leading LGBT, children's welfare, and social service organizations. Even for those who support LGBT equality, the facts may surprise you.
This post was originally published last year at Halloween. Hope you find it helpful! This year my older son is going to be an astronaut and my younger son will be a puppy. I thought afterwards that I should've had my younger son be an alien, oh well....more
We all have soundtracks to our lives. At times, music has been so important to me. During my teen years there were hours spent listening to the same record album over and over, sometimes even the same song, convinced that the artist had written the lyrics especially for me. "OHMYGOSH" my friends and I would shriek. That's EXACTLY how I feel!!!!" Neil Young, Elton John, Supertramp, Queen, Linda Ronstadt... it wasn't until we got older that we realized - that was exactly how everybody felt....more
Two years ago I was floundering. I’d quit my job to stay home with my children- not because I’d always dreamed of being THAT mom, but because given our circumstances it was just what needed to happen.I threw myself into the world of sorting laundry piles and volunteering at the elementary school, my baby strapped to my chest. I shopped for seasonal table mats and put raisin eyes on their peanut butter sandwiches.From the outside it probably looked like a scene from a 1950′s era movie....more
I came without companion or acquaintance, the familiar path of finding one kindred soul and clinging to them never showed itself. Once I realized I could either melt into the shadowy corners or step forward and make something out of this time away from home, a new gear opened. I stared down the paneled rooms with their showy chandeliers and rose to stand to all of my five feet ten inches and walked straight into the experience....more
The day my daughter was born the sky broke open with rain. Water rushed down from the hills, flooding creek beds and washing over roads.We'd arrived at the hospital in the still-dark early morning, bags packed for a two day stay. My mind wasn't on the weather.I didn't learn about that rain until later, when soaked visitors trickled in to meet our new one.Some had found themselves stuck on impassable streets, arrangements of pink roses and baby's breath on their laps in the passenger seat....more
Their little faces were alight when they found him, Minotaur, at the center of the large maze—the tall walls built of hay bales. Their little bodies were dripping with sweat, and their faces flushed, from running round and around the maze. And at last having found him, Minotaur, they received a gift, a golden pumpkin; their reward for their perseverance and daring search....more
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