LGBTQ Family & Parenting News Roundup 2018

LGBTQ Family & Parenting News Roundup 2018

At Love Comes First we keep up on the latest in LGBTQ family and parenting news, and share relevant stories with our followers via our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr channels. Here are the some of the biggest stories from 2018. If you know anyone who might be interested please share!

LGBTQ Parents and Parenting

Romper:  Here’s What Ricky Martin Says To His Kids When They Ask About Having Two Dads

“It’s part of my mission. It’s part of my kids’ mission as well. My kids ask me about having two daddies and I tell them we are a part of a modern family. This is a beautiful sense of freedom.”

Pink News: This gay dad’s adopted son got the most heartwarming tattoo

“Having kept the plan for his tattoo a secret, Jonathan revealed to his dad that he had been inked with a series of Roman numerals on his side. Those roman numerals translated to the date that Richard had adopted him 13 years ago.”

Rewire News:  Queer Parenting and Being a Baba in Appalachia

“The hardest thing about queer parenting has been helping my son navigate a culture that places supreme value on mommies and daddies and makes anything else invisible.”

Pink News: The Questions You’ll Be Asked As A Lesbian Mum – And How To Answer Them

“We hope you don’t mind, but we’d like to share some of the questions that we’ve faced – as have many other LGBT parents – with you too.”

Gay Star News: A guide on how to come out to your kids from a bi+ Jewish trans parent

“A guide on how to come out to your kids from a bi+ Jewish trans parent: ‘Lead with love and children will respond with love.”

“Rona has been a foster carer for 15 years. She is also transgender. Upon her transition, she decided that she wanted to start a new life that dealt more with people. In celebration of LGBT adoption week, she has decided to share her story.”

In the News

Human Rights Watch:  US Congress Rejects Anti-LGBT Adoption Amendment 

“The US House of Representatives approved an appropriations package on Wednesday – but only after a  discriminatory amendment was removed. That amendment would have allowed child welfare providers to refuse to place children with LGBT parents.”

South Florida Gay News:  AK Dept. of Health Ordered to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates

“Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson directed state officials to allow for same-sex parents to receive birth certificates with both of their names listed.”

Human Rights Watch:  A new law gives NYC workers paid family leave for anyone they define as family

“Later this year, a new law will go into effect in New York City, allowing workers to use paid family leave to care for anyone they personally define as family, regardless of whether that relationship falls into neat biological categories.”

U.S. News: Croatia bedtime stories feature same-sex families for first time 

“It is the first time that a children’s book in Croatia has depicted families with same-sex parents. And for people like Zrinka, who has been in a civil partnership since 2014, it is a welcome reflection of life in her family.”

Love Comes First: Growing Calls in the US and UK for LGBTQ Foster and Adoptive Parents

“Recently cities including Philadelphia in the US and Bristol in England, plus the country of Wales, have been putting out the call for LGBTQ parents who are interested in fostering and adoption.”

The Local IT:  Children of same-sex couples officially recognized in a first for Italy 

Italy: “Three gay couples in the northern city of Turin have been able to legally register their children to both parents, in a first for Italy. ‘Today an important page of history has been written,’ said the mother of one of the children.”

“As couples in France mark five years on Monday since same-sex marriage was made legal with the hashtag #5ansMariagePourTous, ex-president François Hollande expressed regret at not having done more to advance the rights of “non-traditional” families.”

 “Gay couples will now be able to foster children in Greece. The groundbreaking legislation was passed by 161 votes to 103 on May 9.”

“For the first time in Ecuador’s history, a legal institution has ruled that banning same-sex marriage is illegal. Last week, two separate judges ruled the ban violates the human rights of LGBTI people.”

“Czech Radio reports that Czech supreme court has ruled for the first time that two gay partners should be legally recognized as the fathers of a surrogate child, “

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