Gay Dads Father’s Day Round-Up
Thanks to a New Yorker cover and a Google video, there was a lesbian mom invasion on the Internets this Mother’s Day. Which left us wondering: what’s up with the gay daddies and papas this Father’s Day? Is there a similar invasion? Father’s Day and Pride are both during the month of June — that’s got to count for something.
Here’s what we found:
Gay dads are just like the rest of us
Put this one in the obvious category. A study which is driving conservative media outlets a little nuts has noticed that gay dads, like new parents regardless of sexual orientation have less sex than they did before they became parents. Shocking.
But, despite having less sex, the study also found that having children doesn’t change a couple’s sexual agreements with each other, whether they are in a monogamous relationship or not. Once they become dads, however, gay men’s risk of contacting HIV lowers, as they are more likely to practise safer sex due to a feeling of responsibility towards their kids.
Gay dads are more traditional than the rest of us
Ok forget what you just read. Gay dads are more likely to have one parent who stays at home and raises the kids than straight parents. Which means, they’re like, more traditional than ‘traditional’ straight families, right? Yeah, we’re smiling too.
Does an invite from Obama trump a New Yorker cover?
Gay dads Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez received an invite to Father’s Day celebrations at the White House this year. They got presidential attention for being part of the Family Equality Council and fighting against a Michigan bill which allows adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples.
Kent Love-Ramirez told the Lensing State Journal, “For us, it’s especially meaningful. Because Michigan doesn’t have second parent adoption, we’re not both legally recognized as Lucas’ fathers. Only one of us is.”
Dads meet their newborn twins for the first time
Gay dads Matt and Josh documented their trip to meet their newborn twins for the first time, and posted the video on their blog, New Dads On The Block. But this wasn’t your average trip to the hospital: the twins were born through gestational surrogacy, in Mumbai, India, and Matt and Josh live in New York, U.S.A.
We could barely stand the few minutes it takes on video to see the babies, and can only imagine what the journey was like for the proud new dads (and one accompanying, equally proud-looking grandmother.)
Happy Father’s Day everyone.