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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:

 

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

Martina Navratilova Marries Julia Lemigova

Martina Navratilova Weds Julia Lemigova

Martina Navratilova Weds Julia Lemigova

Martina Navratilova married longtime partner Julia Lemigova in New York City on December 15, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray officiated. In attendance were actress Brooke Shields, tennis legend Chris Evert and Lemigova’s two daughters. Navratilova proposed during the US Open last September, in a moment that was telecast on the Jumbotron at New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium. Click on the photos to enlarge. Photos courtesy of Atelier Creative Services, Inc.

Martina Navratilova Weds Julia Lemigova

Photo: Brook Shields, Julia Lemigova, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Bill de Blasio , Chirlane McCray and Lemigova’s two daughters.

Gay Parent mag Giveaway on 3rd International Family Equality Day, May 4, 2014

IFED and GPM

Gay Parent magazine is giving away 250 print copies and an unlimited number of digital copies of the current May-June issue on May 4, 2014 in celebration of the 3rd International Family Equality Day. See festivities of the first celebration in New York by selecting this link 1st International Family Equality Day and this link more on the 1st International Family Equality Day. International Family Equality Day is celebrated the first Sunday in May.

How to get your copy on May 4, 2014

PRINT: On May 4, 2014 be one of the first 250 people to email us your postal address. In the subject line write IFED print copy. Copies are mailed first class USPS. After the 250 limit we will send digital copies to those who request a print copy.

 DIGITAL: Send us your email and we’ll reply with a link to your digital download. In the subject line write IFED digital copy.

Offer ends at midnight May 5, 2014. Thank you!

Gay Parent magazine Publisher/Editor Angeline Acain Honored by Queens Pride House

Richard Saenz, Pauline Park and Angeline Acain

Richard Saenz, Staff Attorney for the HIV/LGBT Advocacy Project at Queens Legal Services, Queens Pride House Acting Executive Director, Pauline Park and Gay Parent magazine Publisher/Editor, Angeline Acain.

 

On December 6, 2013 The Queens Pride House honored Angeline Acain, Publisher, Editor and owner of Gay Parent magazine at their 16th Anniversary Celebration in Jackson Heights, New York City. Acain was recognized for her work with Gay Parent magazine and the Queens Pride House LGBT parents and families group. Pauline Park, Queens Pride House Board of Directors President and Acting Executive Director presented Acain with a triangle shaped crystal Community Leadership award.

“There is a growing number of LGBT parents raising their children in Queens and the Queens Pride House is a safe place for the families to meet and socialize,” says Acain. The Queens Pride House is the only LGBT community center located in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Jackson Heights in the borough of Queens.

In addition to Acain, Queens Pride House presented awards to Richard Saenz, Staff Attorney for the HIV/LGBT Advocacy Project at Queens Legal Services, and the group, CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities.  Entertainment was provided by comic Red Durkin and musician Mary Mandolin. Queens Pride House is the LGBT community center in the borough of Queens, New York. For programming and events visit their web site at www.queenspridehouse.org.

Members of CAAAV - Organizing Asian Communities accepting their award as Pauline looks on.

Members of CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities accepting their award from the Queens Pride House as Pauline looks on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angeline Acain with Ben Suazo, Gay Parent magazine Marketing and Administrative Assistant (brown shirt) and friends.

Angeline Acain with Ben Suazo, Gay Parent magazine Marketing and Administrative Assistant (brown shirt) and friends Robert Knoll (left) and Ivan Stillerman (right).

Gay Parent magazine Part of Japan Youth Study Tour

Photo from the meeting of LGBT Youth Japan and Gay Parent magazine

Standing left to right, Asher Sullivan, Pauline Park, Natsuko, Amy Rothman, Alison Polizzi, and Maaya Kawahara. Kneeling and sitting left to right, Angeline Acain, Maki Kosaka, Kanako Takahashi, Mika Yakushi, and Tomoya Shiraishi.
Photo courtesy of Pauline Park
(click to enlarge)

 

On September 4, 2013 Gay Parent magazine (GPM) had the pleasure of meeting with the group, LGBT Youth Japan. 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.

GPM publisher/editor Angeline Acain met with LGBT Youth Japan staff Ryoichi Ando to organize a meeting and the group met at Acain’s home in Queens. Says Acain, “The Japanese group members were excited when I ordered pizza and delighted to hear from special guests Pauline Park and the couple Alison Polizzi and Amy Rothman who are parents to two young children.” Polizzi is also an editorial contributor to GPM and writes a blog (http://www.lifeisquirkie.blogspot.com/). Park is a transgender activist, co-founder of Queens Pride House, the LGBT Community Center in Queens and New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, the first statewide transgender advocacy organization in New York. Park negotiated inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity for All Students Act, a safe schools bill enacted by the New York State Legislature in 2010, and the first fully transgender-inclusive legislation introduced in that body. She also served on the steering committee of the coalition that secured enactment of the Dignity in All Schools Act by the New York City Council in September 2004. In 2005, Park became the first openly transgender person chosen to be grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. Park came to the meeting with friend Asher Sullivan; Sullivan spoke of his experience as a young transman growing up in Vermont. Acain’s teenage daughter, Jiana, also spoke at the meeting giving her experience as a child being raised by lesbian mothers.

Eight members of LGBT Youth Japan attended the meeting, two did not want to be photographed and two wished to be identified only by their first name – the founder, Natsuko and member Yuriko. Staff included Maaya Kawahara, Mika Yakushi, Maki Kosaka and members included Ikumi Tanaka, Tomoya Shiraishi, and Kanako Takahashi. Yakushi is the founder of  another LGBT organization in Japan called Rebit and told us, unlike America, transgender people in Japan are more visible and accepted than gays and lesbians. Natsuko said she was inspired to start the organization when she was a student living in Boston. The group consisted of those that identified as LGBT as well as allies and some were still not out to their parents. When asked when she knew she was gay, one of the Japanese youth replied, “I knew when I was in Kindergarten.” We also learned that there are gay parents in Japan but they do not live openly and that there is an organization for gay parents called Niji-iro Kazoku (Rainbow Family) founded by Hal Ono.

After the meeting Maki Kosaka said the following in an email to Acain, “It was absolutely great meeting you and hearing about your great work. It was really eye opening, we learned a lot and we’ll utilize as much as possible when we go back to Japan. Also your story about what “family” means to you really touched our hearts. Some of us really want to have a family but it’s very difficult in Japan. But meeting you and your daughter motivated us so much to keep trying to make a difference in Japanese society and ourselves.”

Click here to see subsequent meetings with Gay Parent Magazine and LGBT Youth Japan http://blog.gayparentmag.com/gay-parent-mag-happenings/for-the-3rd-year-gay-parent-magazine-part-of-japan-youth-study-tour

Disney’s Good Luck Charlie to Air Episode with Lesbian Mothers, No Surprise

The cast of Good Luck Charlie.

The cast of Good Luck Charlie from the TV Guide article.

By Angeline Acain

Although only at the start of its first season, my teenage daughter loves watching the new ABC Family television series “The Fosters” exclaiming after the premier, “It’s so great to watch a television show with parents like mine – two mothers!” (The cast of The Fosters were on Gay Parent magazine’s May-June 2013 issue cover, see image below).

And like many American teenage girls, my daughter enjoys watching the Disney Channel including its show “Good Luck Charlie.” When I read the following in TV Guide, “ In a first for the Disney Channel, next season an episode of Good Luck Charlie will feature a family with two moms,” I was not at all surprised.

What some viewers don’t realize is that ABC Family is a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company. And ABC Family has already broken ground by featuring a family with two moms with their new television series “The Fosters.” In fact two of the main actors from The Fosters, Jake T. Austin and Maia Mitchell have starred and currently star in Disney productions. And that is another reason my daughter loves watching The Fosters – she’s  familiar with these actors from the Disney Channel because she’s been watching them grow in their careers since she was in elementary school. On top of that, my daughter has always thought Jake T. Austin was cute ever since she saw him in the 2007 Disney movie, “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board.”

With all this positive progressive programming being planned I was surprised to see the negative feedback posted on an unofficial Good Luck Charlie Facebook page from angry parents. Some of the posters said they will stop their children from watching the show (good luck with that). The episode is set to air in 2014 and Disney has not yet announced who will play the lesbian moms. But until then I recommend all LGBT parents and allies to go to this unofficial Good Luck Charlie Facebook page and show your support, here’s the link: www.facebook.com/GoodLuckCharlie

The cast of The Fosters on Gay Parent magazine's May-June 2013 issue #88

The cast of The Fosters on Gay Parent magazine’s May-June 2013 issue #88

Now in NYC Lesbian Love Octagon – Musical Dyke Drama!

Lesbian Love Octagon

Lots of Kissing in Lesbian Love Octagon featuring Ti Grieco (Jess) on left and Lindsay Naas (Wendy).

By Angeline Acain

The night my partner and I went to see Lesbian Love Octagon (LLO) there was a torrential downpour. As we navigated our way soaked to the skin through the East Village to the Kraine Theater (New York City), I knew this performance was going to be worth the drenching – and I was right. Created by Kim Kressal and Will Larche, Lesbian Love Octagon is a musical comedy about dyke drama – that’s right, a musical, about the lesbian culture of ex lovers. So I knew this would be a fun and entertaining night. Kressal and Larche wrote the lyrics and music and it is first rate. Not that LLO can be compared to other lesbian musicals – because there isn’t any other. This is a one of a kind production, done brilliantly.

The story revolves around Sue (played by lesbian actress Caitlin Lee Reid) who is dumped by Darla (played by Kristian Espiritu) who is now with Sue’s ex who is now a trans named Jerry (played by transgender actor Jax Jackson). Other lesbians and their ex’s are involved, at least five more main characters, hence the octagon. The setting is East Village 1990s, feminist bookstore, food co-op, bar, sex shop, and bedroom and lesbian characters range from bisexual to transgender and everything in between. Kressal told AfterEllen, “Beyond this just being a lesbian love story, it’s about community and lesbian identity. I think that the late ’90s were a time when your visibility as a lesbian was very important. I mean, yes Ellen had come out, but that’s where we were. This was pre-The L Word, the height of third wave feminism. The show takes place in the Lower East Side and at that time, Babeland, Meow Mix and Bluestockings had all just opened. So this area had become the center of the (lesbian) universe… All of this is to say that I think the late ’90s is the right kindling to ignite a story about lesbian identity and uncertainty, but I think the story itself is timeless.”

Lesbian Love Octagon

Lesbian Love Octagon featuring Caitlin Lee Reid (left) as the protagonist Sue and Jax Jackson as transgender Jerry.

LLO debuted in 2010 and Horse Trade, the management company that runs the Kraine Theatre invited LLO for another run and is co-producer. Regarding lesbian visibility in musical theater Kressal told AfterEllen, “…this is missing from musical theatre. But, the deeper we have gotten into this project that has become a much bigger deal to us. We have had commercial interest in the show, but with the exception of Horse Trade, everyone has wanted us to take out some lesbians. Make it less lesbian. Can’t there be straight characters in this? Can you take lesbian out of the title? And those are the things that we are unwilling to bend on, because then what’s the point. It just becomes another musical. We are willing to not make it to Broadway or off-Broadway, because of our unwillingness to bend our belief that trans stories, lesbian stories, need to be told in musical theatre. This is our life. This is our reality.”

Included in lesbian reality is the use of vibrators and LLO audience members can purchase raffle tickets to win a Hitachi Magic Wand. So during intermission it was entertaining to watch a lucky gal win her wand. Another part of LLO fun is featuring a special guest star in each performance and TONY nominee Jan Maxwell joined the production that night. Lindsay Nass who plays Wendy, Sue’s best friend, is another out lesbian actress in this performance. Naas told AfterEllen, “Everyone should see the Lesbian Love Octagon, regardless of your sexual orientation, gender, or age. Lesbians should see it because it is a beautiful and honest representation of their community in a brilliant form of entertainment. They’ll get all the little inside jokes and will undoubtedly relate to at least one of the characters. It’s really a magical thing, realizing that a group of people that have been pretty much left out of the entertainment world get to see themselves being brought to life onstage. Straight people should see it because of those exact same reasons.”

I was told Kressal and her wife are in the process of becoming parents, this is apparent in LLO’s ending and of course it is an ending with a lot of song and dance.

Lesbian Love Octagon is playing at the Kraine Theater until June 29, 2013. See a video, hear great music, join their community and buy your tickets at www.lesbianthemusical.com.

Lesbian Love Octagon cast.

Lesbian Love Octagon cast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by KL Thomas

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