Polly Pagenhart

Writer, Family Programs Director

Polly Pagenhart has been writing about her lesbian and gender-queer parenthood since soon after becoming a parent. Her essay “Confessions of a Lesbian Dad” appeared in the Lambda Literary Award–nominated anthology Confessions of the Other Mother (Beacon, 2006), and she's been publishing her blog Lesbian Dad, since 2006. It has won a wide audience and numerous recognitions ranging from Best New Blog (Weblog Awards, 2006) to Best GLBT Blog (The Bloggies, 2010). Several recognitions are as a dad blogger (Babble, 2011, 2013), which speaks volumes about how, contrary to what we might think, paradox can indeed be totally comprehensible. She co-founded the website VillageQ (where queer meets family), and now works as Family Programs Director for Our Family Coalition, the San Francisco Bay Area's LGBT family support and advocacy organization. She has written reflections about lesbian parenting elsewhere online, and has al so published on the topics of LGBT studies and multiculturalism (in Tilting the Tower: Lesbians/Teaching/Queer Subjects, Routledge, 1994), as well as feminist pedagogy and popular culture (in Feminist Teacher). She's a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (English and Ethnic Studies), and did graduate study at University of Minnesota (American and Feminist Studies). She has spoken about LGBT families and writing at social media conferences (BlogHer, Mom 2.0, Dad 2.0), and has read her essays at BlogHer, Litquake, the Listen to Your Mother show and in talks at Berkeley and Stanford. She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.