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Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Twenty-Two, 2020-2021

Below is the 22nd year of cover portraits 2020-2021.
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November-December 2019 #127
January-February 2020 #128
January-February 2020 #128
March-April 2020 #129
March-April 2020 #129

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Twenty-One, 2019-2020

Below is the 21st year of cover portraits 2019-2020.
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Nov-Dec 2018 #121 – 20th Anniversary Issue

January-February 2019-#122

March-April 2019-#123

May-June 2019-#124

July-August 2019-#125

September-October 2019-#126

GPM-New York 2019-2020 #17


A Tribute to Kristi Parker of Liberty Press

By Angeline Acain

Sadly, the LGBTQ community has lost a valuable asset. Kristi Parker, Publisher, Editor and owner of Liberty Press passed away of a stroke on March 10, 2018, she was 49. Liberty Press covered the local LGBTQ news and events of Kansas. A free magazine distributed in Kansas, Parker had been publishing for nearly twenty-five years, launching the first issue of Liberty Press in 1994. With her passing, Liberty Press has ceased to publish.

As a fellow member of the LGBTQ media, I met Kristi in June 2011 when we were part of a press trip in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was able to invite my partner Susan and daughter Jiana on the press trip since the magazine I publish, Gay Parent Magazine, focuses on LGBTQ parenting. My family and I got to know Kristi when we invited her to go kayaking on the Allegheny River during our press trip. We learned she was raising a son named Jack with her ex.

Learning that she was a parent, I thought it would be a great idea to feature her and Jack in Gay Parent Magazine. Our September-October 2014 issue #96 features an article on Kristi and Jack (written by Beverly Prince-Sayward). The article focuses on how Kristi started Liberty Press because of a need to create a LGBTQ community in her hometown of Kansas. This need blossomed after she took a road trip and experienced New York City’s vibrant LGBTQ pride. In a quote from the article Kristi says, “The event was amazing for me. There were so many gay people! I was energized. I attended the Dyke March the night before the big march and ran into Leslie Feinberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt. I spent the whole next day at Central Park watching people and the stage full of inspirational speakers and famous people and bands. We were there for like 14 hours!” Kristi published the first issue of Liberty Press August 1994.

The article also focuses on Kristi meeting her ex Vinnie, their eventual separation, and co-parenting of their son Jack who is on the Autism spectrum. A quote from the article in Gay Parent Magazine describes Kristi’s feelings about parenting: Overall, Kristi has felt that Jack’s special needs have not been too difficult for her to handle. He is her love and her joy and even his quirkiness brings little surprising enjoyments throughout the day. “Just recently Jack was at dinner at a restaurant with Vinnie and he kept almost spilling his drink. Vinnie asked if he needed a sippy cup. He was really put off and said, ‘I think you’re insulting my manhood!’”

Especially in these trying political times, the passing of Kristi Parker and the discontinuance of Liberty Press is a great loss not just for Kansas but also for the entire LGBTQ community. Visit the Facebook page for Liberty Press at

Kristi in front of the Stonewall Inn when she was on her road trip to New York City.

Early photo of Kristi and Jack.


Kristi Parker, Publisher, Editor and owner of Liberty Press.

Photo of LGBTQ media press trip in Pittsburgh in 2011. Kristi is kneeling on the right. The author Angeline Acain is standing to the right of Kristi.


Kristi and Jack.

Gay Parent Magazine Cover Family Featured on Pops Web Series

Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman and their son Jonathan were the cover story of our September-October 2016 issue #108 (see image on left). On November 23, 2017 the family was featured on Pops, a weekly web series exploring fatherhood as experienced by Black men. In the video, the family talks about their open adoption while Jonathan speaks on the phone to his birth mother. They discuss some of the issues they encounter being a same sex couple raising a son. Watch the video below. Order a digital download of the September-October 2016 issue through this link

Gay Parent magazine Cover Portraits, Year Twenty, 2018-2019

Below is the 20th year of cover portraits 2018-2019.
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November-December 2017 #115

January-February 2018 #116

March-April 2018 #117

May-June 2018 #118

July-August 2018 #119

Sept-Oct 2018 #120


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

January-February 2017 Issue #110

March-April 2017 Issue #111

May-June 2017 Issue #112

July-August 2017 Issue #113

September-October 2017 #114

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

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


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

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.


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.


July-August 2016 issue #107


Sept-Oct 2016 Issue #108

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