As our definitions of marriage evolve, so do our definitions of parenthood. Many places around the world have precedent for step-parents and adoptive parents gaining full custody and parental rights, but what about gay parents?
A gay dude in Alberta was just confirmed as the legal father of a 10-year old girl – one that he was raising with his ex-partner, the girl’s biological father.
If there’s one thing that can make any parents feel equal to each other, it’s having their kids embarrass them in public and cause a standstill in their task-at-hand. This happened to gay dads
Dr. Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman yesterday at a marriage equality rally in Minnesota. Their sons, Emmett and Gabriel turned on the cute, and almost brought Melchart’s speech to an early close.
After seeing the antics, the audience laughed as Melchart introduced his family: “You’ve met Emmett, and his twin brother Gabriel…”
Will Trinkle, Juan Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver recently got the business-end of Virginia politics when they were denied a family membership to Roanoke Athletic Club based on the fact that their family consists of gay parents.
The couple of eight years sued the Roanoke Athletic Club and its parent company Carilion Clinic, and won! Deets after the hop.
One gym in Virginia is putting its big, straight foot down, and letting two gay dads know that their illegal behavior won’t be tolerated. Qweerty reports that the Roanoke Athletic Club denied the family package that Will Trinkle and Juan Granados applied for – after initially accepting it.
Trinkle, Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver intended to use the gym like any other family, but soon after their application was accepted, the Trinkle-Granados family (yeah, that’s right, family) received a letter in the mail letting them know that the prior acceptance was “by mistake.” Ya know, because since Virginia doesn’t recognize gay marriage or same-sex civil union, the Trinkle-Granados family isn’t considered…well…a family.
Here. We go. Again.
Father’s day x2: I was really pleased when my favorite Dad blog 8BitDad broke the news (to me) about the upcoming JCPenney ad for Father’s Day featuring real life gay Dads as a center piece for their printed material. My wife and I are both strong believers in equality for alternative lifestyles (except for Obama Birthers, those people suck) and love it when we see a company not only go out on a limb (by selecting Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson) but then to stand 100% behind their decision and Ms. DeGeneres. So when we had a major purchase to make recently of all new linens as we went from a queen size to a king sized bed we agreed to go out of our way to shop at JCPenney and show support with our money.
So JCPenney done did it now. First, they get in trouble with an anti-gay mother’s group for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson (and not backing down). Now, JCPenney launches a Father’s Day ad featuring not one – but two dads. And the kicker is, those dads are gay. Like, gay for each other.
SRSLY, JCPenney, this is an awesome step in the right direction not just for dadvertising, but for advertising as a whole – and 8BitDad salutes you. See the full (uncropped, un8bit’d) ad after the jump.
William Lucas Walker is an Emmy-award winning writer and producer, and has two children with his husband Kelly. He’s got a normal column at The Huffington Post (though I saw this on The Good Men Project) about his adventures in being a gay father. This particular entry titled “Homo’s Odyssey” is a story that takes on the idea of prejudice – and it’s not just one-sided.