Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Nineteen, 2017-2018

Below is the 19th year of cover portraits 2017-2018.
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Nov-Dec 2016 Issue #109 – 18th Anniversary Issue

Stonewall Makes History Again: Becomes First National Park Site Dedicated to LGBT History

New York, N.Y. – After more than two years of building strong public support in the community, across the nation and in Congress, National Parks Conservation Association celebrates President Obama’s historic designation of Stonewall National Monument, the first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. To coincide with national LGBT Pride Month, and just a few days before the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, President Obama today officially designated the area surrounding Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park in New York City’s Greenwich Village as our 412th national park site.

Stonewall is recognized as the birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement. In response to police raids against the LGBT community in the summer of 1969, a weeklong uprising took place in and around the streets surrounding the Stonewall Inn bar and Christopher Park. These are considered some of the most important events in LGBT history. These demonstrations helped set the stage for the progress that has since been made on LGBT equality and the larger push for human rights and civil rights in the United States.

Learn more at www.npca.org/stonewall and join the conversation online with #NatlParkForStonewall.

View the YouTube announcement from the White House below:

 

Phillip Nugent Tribute to Pulse Nightclub shooting

Watch a moving tribute to the Pulse nightclub shooting written and performed by Phillip Nugent, (pen name for Jordan Howard-Jennings).

He and his family were the cover story of Gay Parent Magazine’s January-February 2014 issue #92, http://www.gayparentmag.com/digital-downloads/january-february-2014-issue-92-digital-download

Single Lesbian Mom Shares Adorable Photos of Adopted Son

Gay Parent Magazine received adorable photos from single mom, Lu Lu, along with the following statement from her,

“This is my son Noel. I finally closed on his adoption May 26, 2016. I am a single lesbian and I always wanted children. Noel has been a blessing and has brought so much happiness to my life. I want to share this story with other single women who think it isn’t possible to adopt a child alone…It is possible and there are so many children who are waiting to be loved in their forever home. Adopt and save a child’s life. This one saved mine. I love you Noel.”

Attached are adorable photos of Lu Lu’s son Noel holding signs related to his foster care and adoption and a sweet photo of mother and son together. Click on the photos to view larger.

Noel Rosato holding foster care sign

Noel holding Today I Am Adopted sign

Noel Rosato and mom Lu Lu

GPM included in Japanese book: Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

The first book in Japan on the subject of LGBT parenting was recently published (see cover on left). Compiled and written by Asahi Shimbun reporter Mariko Sugiyama, the book is titled Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom. The book features 20 families that were formed through foster care and adoption or artificial insemination. Also featured is information on changes in public opinion since the rise of the “gayby boom”, the current state of same sex parenting in Japan, and the future of unconventional families.

Included in the featured families are Lance and Stuart Chen-Hayes and their son Kalani. The Chen-Hayes were first featured as the cover family on Gay Parent Magazine’s March-April 2004 issue #33 and later in an update feature for our July-August 2008 issue #59 cover story. Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain was also featured along with her daughter. See inserts below.

Gay Parent Magazine in Japan Same sex couples book.

Gay Parent Magazine featured in Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama.

Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain and her daughter in Same sex couples book.

Gay Parent Magazine editor and publisher Angeline Acain and her daughter.

The Chen-Hayes family in the book Same sex couples and their children.

The Chen-Hayes family.

For the 3rd Year Gay Parent magazine Part of Japan Youth Study Tour

For the third year in 2016, the group, LGBT Youth Japan, met with Gay Parent Magazine’s publisher and editor Angeline Acain in New York City. The group is a Tokyo based organization educating Japanese youth about the LGBT support systems employed by other countries. Their goal is to help guide Japan towards becoming a society whose members embrace diversity and “can accept and love each other for who they really are inside.” The group was in New York City on a 10-day study tour meeting with a variety of LGBT organizations and businesses and included Gay Parent Magazine in their itinerary.

See a posting of Gay Parent Magazine’s first meeting with LGBT Youth Japan http://blog.gayparentmag.com/gay-parent-mag-happenings/gay-parent-magazine-part-of-japan-youth-study-tour

LGBT Youth Japan 2016 meeting with Gay Parent Magazine

March 14, 2016 meeting with LGBT Youth Japan and Gay Parent Magazine. Seated far right is Aya Yabe of the API Project of PFLAG New York. Yabe acted as a translator for the group.

LGBT Youth Japan 2016 meeting with Gay Parent Magazine

Gay Parent Magazine publisher and editor Angeline Acain is on the far right with her daughter Jiana at the 2016 meeting.

LGBT Youth Japan 2014

Gay Parent Magazine’s 2nd meeting with LGBT Youth Japan in 2014. Also included is activist Pauline Park (second from left in back), and Acain’s partner Susan (far left). Photo courtesy of Pauline Park

LGBT Youth Japan 2016 meeting with Gay Parent Magazine

At the 2016 meeting, Kody did a presentation of LGBT culture presented in the Japanese media. He also told us of how he came out on YouTube and that the process was both rewarding for himself and for others. View Kody’s coming out video at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3brVnI1LsrQ

 

MotherStruck! Starring Staceyann Chin, Single Mom Tour de force

By Angeline Acain

MotherStruck! Staceyann Chin’s one-woman performance at the Lynn Redgrave Theater is a tour de force. Chin is exciting to watch as she moves up and down between the audience, red Mohawked shaven head, muscled torso, arms gesticulating. Then skillfully using a minimalist set stage, slithering with legs up mimicking self-insemination. Her words and expression effectively convey a colorful cast of characters from Jamaica and New York magically creating their presence on stage. Staceyann is a master storyteller, performance artist and playwright and shares her incredible experience of being “struck” on a road to motherhood as a single lesbian living in a gentrifying Brooklyn. Kudos to celebrity LGBT moms Cynthia Nixon for directing and Rosie O’Donnell for producing MotherStruck!

On the evening that I attended, at the end of her performance was a talk back with Chin. What made the talk back extra enjoyable was Chin’s adorable 4-year-old daughter Zuri joining her mom on stage and addressing the audience. Mother and daughter spoke about their YouTube series, Living Room Protest, where they speak out about different topics. Especially adorable was Zuri showing some promotional wisdom beyond her years by reminding her mom on stage that she should hold up a copy of Chin’s memoir “The Otherside of Paradise.” There are two other talk back performance nights and I overheard that Cynthia Nixon and Rosie O’Donnell may be joining Chin on stage for those. The performance runs only until the end of January so buy your tickets now. Go to www.MotherStruck.com.

Staceyann Chin and Rosie O'Donnell

Staceyann Chin and Rosie O’Donnell

Staceyann Chin and Cynthia Nixon

Staceyann Chin and Cynthia Nixon

Staceyann Chin and daughter Zuri talk to the audience at MotherStruck!

Staceyann Chin and daughter Zuri talk to the audience at MotherStruck! Copyright Gay Parent Magazine

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Eighteen, 2016-2017

Below is the 18th year of cover portraits 2016-2017.
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November-December 2015 issue #103

November-December 2015 issue #103. On the cover is the family of Rich Valenza, founder of RaiseAChild.US. He appears with his partner Jared Gee and their children Joseph and Melody.

January-Febraury 2016 issue #104

January-February 2016 issue #104. Cover family is Dell Banks, his partner Robert Thomas and their daughter Heiress Thomas-Banks of Tennessee.

March-April 2016 issue #105

March-April 2016 issue #105. On the cover are the Taylor family of Texas, Chloe, Trish, Junah and Gail. Inset photo of the Camargo family of Indiana and Illinois, Sergio Camargo, Claudia Camargo, Aaron Camargo, Rosie Camargo and Robert Andre.

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May-June 2016 issue #106. Cover story is actress, director, and mom to two sons, Jodie Foster. Inset photo of California family, Richard Avila and Jason Winburn and their son Jackson.

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July-August 2016 issue #107

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Sept-Oct 2016 Issue #108

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Nov-Dec 2016 Issue #109 – 18th Anniversary Issue

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Seventeen, 2014-2015

Below is the 17th year of cover portraits 2014-2015.
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November-December 2014

November-December 2014 issue #97. Cover family is DADsquared support group founder Henry Amador and husband Joel Batten of North Carolina and their son, Ben.

January-February 2015

January-February 2015 issue #98. Cover family is Equality Florida CEO, Nadine Smith and her wife Andrea Hildebran Smith and son, Logan.

March-April-2015

March-April-2015 issue #99. Cover family is Gregg Stolinski and his partner John Leonardo of Canada and their twins, Juliana and Joseph.

May-June 2015

May-June 2015 issue #100. Our landmark 100th issue! On the cover is famous singer and gay dad, Ricky Martin. Martin is raising twin sons, Mateo and Valentino.

#101

July-August 2015 issue #101. Cover family is Ebony and Denise and their daughter Olivia of the popular vlog Oliva Has 2 Moms.

#102

September-October 2015 issue #102. Cover family is Christa and Holly Ortego of Louisiana and their twins Collin and Miah.

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Sixteen, 2013-2014

Below is the 16th year of cover portraits 2013-2014.
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November-December 2013

November-December 2013 issue #91. Our 15th anniversary issue. Cover family is actor and author of “Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?”, Dan Bucantinsky and his partner Don Roos and their children, Eliza and Jonah. Inset photo of Bob and Thanh Bidwell, our very first cover family.

January-February 2014

January-February 2014 issue #92. Cover family is award winning poet, Juliet Howard (aka JP Howard) and partner Norma Jennings and their sons, Jordan and Nicholas.

March-April 2014

March-April 2014 issue #93. Cover family is Deanne and Christina and their daughter, Marlee. Inset photo is award winning author and gay dad Andrew Solomon.

May-June 2014

May-June 2014 issue #94. Diving into our cover is Olympic hopeful Jordan Windle. Andre Rodriguez and Jerry Windle are Jordan’s parents. Inset photos (top to bottom) are celebrity fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels and daughter Lukensia; Jason Cook and Michael Tryonel and their seven children, Aaron, Karon, Shakir, Brandon, Rashad, Sidney and Paris; and Jared Prince-Sayward, son of Beverly and Kathleen Prince-Sayward.

July-August 2014

July-August 2014 issue #95. Cover family is Thomas Beatie, known as the “world’s first pregnant man” and his fiance Amber Nicholas with their children, Susan, Jensen, and Austin.

September-October 2014

September-October 2014 issue #96. Cover family is Antigone Rising rock musician, Kristen Ellis-Henderson and wife, GLAAD CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis and their children, Kate and Thomas.

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