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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

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 ( 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, 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

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:

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

Lesbian Love Octagon cast.

Lesbian Love Octagon cast.









Photos by KL Thomas

“A Family Like Mine”, Film by Katherine “Tia” Kearns

Michael and Tia on the cover of the November-December 1999 issue #7 of Gay Parent magazine

Michael and Tia on the cover of the November-December 1999 issue #7 of Gay Parent magazine


November-December 1999 issue #7 Gay Parent magazine cover story daughter, Katherine “Tia” Kearns, now 18, created a film, “A Family Like Mine.” The film features her life with her HIV positive dad, Michael and other LGBT headed families. Select the link below to view her video.

A Family Like Mine.

New Documentary About Songwriter and Gay Dad Desmond Child, His Partner Curtis Shaw and Their Twin Sons, Roman and Nyro

Desmond Child with partner Curtis Shaw and sons Roman and Nyro

Desmond Child (top left) with partner Curtis Shaw and sons Roman and Nyro


Mark your calendars for the SF premiere of TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN AND NYRO. TWO is a touching documentary about the lives of twin sons born to acclaimed songwriter Desmond Child (worked with Ricky Martin, Jon Bon Jovi and more) and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw. The film also features Angela Whittaker, the woman who carried their twin sons, Roman and Nyro. What’s captured is a moving story of family unity, parenthood and love from preconception through the boys’ first 10 years,

The couple with a very pregnant Angela Whittaker.

The couple with a very pregnant
Angela Whittaker.



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TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN AND NYRO will have its San Francisco premiere, as part of the San Francisco Documentary Festival.

Friday June 14 – 7:00 PM            New Parkway

Sunday June 16 – 9:00 PM            Roxie Theater

Monday June 17 – 7:01 PM            Roxie Theater

Parents Desmond Child and Curtis Shaw, and their sons Roman and Nyro, will join Director Heather Winters and attend the screenings on June 16th and June 17th. All will participate in a special post-screening Q&A.


Ticket information

Photos courtesy of David Magdael & Associates, Inc.

Study of Children of Lesbians and their Relationship with Male Donors


Lesbian couple with their daughter at Family Week in Provincetown

Lesbian couple with their daughter at Family Week in Provincetown

May 22, 2013 press release from the Williams Institute:

New Williams Institute Study Suggests That Children Of Lesbian Parents Are Happy With Their Relationships With Male Donors And Some Seek To Manage These Relationships In Adolescence

Research suggests that children of lesbian parents are satisfied with their current level of contact with their male donors and do not think of their donors as dads, according to a new Williams Institute study by Abbie E. Goldberg, Williams Institute Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Psychology at Clark University, and Katherine R. Allen, Professor of Human Development at Virginia Tech. The study, entitled, Donor, Dad, or…? Young Adults with Lesbian Parents’ Experiences with Known Donors, sheds light on how children raised in lesbian, gay, and bisexual families are contributing to the redefinition and reconstruction of complex kinship arrangements.

Participants in the study perceived their relationships with their male donors in one of three ways: as strictly donors and not members of their family; as extended family members, but not as parents; and as fathers. Participants ranged in age from 19-29, and while most were satisfied with the current level of contact with their male donors, several desired more information or contact with these men, and in some of these cases, had already begun to establish a connection with them.

“This research sheds light on the largely unexplored relationships between the children of lesbian parents and their known donors,” said Goldberg. “The findings suggest that the terrain of chosen families deserves greater attention from researchers, therapists, and other practitioners.”

According to Goldberg and Allen, the tendency for some participants to voice a growing interest in seeing their donors more often than when they were younger indicates a turning point in the participants’ identity that emerges in late adolescence or young adulthood. These individuals may be experiencing greater independence from their mothers, which enables them to craft their own relationships with their donors.

Most of the participants perceived their donors as “just donors,” or as extended family members, and even those who perceived the donors as third parents conceptualized them as tertiary to their primary mothers. According to the study, these participants are drawing upon the traditional heterosexual family lexicon to develop useful and appropriate terms to describe and name their donors, which provides them with the language to clarify the nature of their relationship with their donors.

Among other findings, the study suggests that therapists should allow all family members to define their relationships to one another, and not presume the nature or meaning of terms like “mother” and “father,” especially in the context of lesbian-mother families that utilized known donors. Further, the study also suggests that therapists should be sensitive to the possibility that young adulthood may represent an important time for further identity exploration, especially in terms of relationship formation, and that young adults with lesbian mothers may express particular interest in their known donors during this period.

Click here for the full study

The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy advances law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates its work through a variety of education programs and media to judges, legislators, lawyers, other policy makers, and the public.   A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.  For more information go to:

Photo courtesy of Family Equality Council

Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Wright Parents to Twin Boys

Chely Wright with wife Lauren Blitzer at Lighthouse opening ceremonies

Chely Wright (right) and Lauren Blitzer Wright

By Angeline Acain

The following posting is from Chely Wright’s Facebook page:

Chely & Lauren Welcome Twins George Samuel and Everett Joseph

The country singer and her wife, music executive Lauren Blitzer Wright, welcomed identical twin sons on Saturday, May 18 in New York City, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Although they weren’t due until this summer, George Samuel and Everett Joseph — who are named for their great-grandfathers – are thriving, the rep says.

“We are grateful for all the amazing medical care and the love and support of family and friends,” Wright, 42, tells PEOPLE.

In 2012, Chely told Gay Parent magazine when asked about starting a family, “It’s been a dream for us and it’s one of the reasons we wanted to get married. We hope to be blessed with children and we will be working on it this year! We are thinking of becoming pregnant – one of us anyway.”

Read the complete interview with Chely Wright by ordering our May-June 2012 issue.

Photo courtesy of Parris Communications

Sean Hayes of Will & Grace Plays Single Gay Dad on NBC

Sean Hayes plays single gay dad on NBC's new comedy Sean Saves the World. Sami Isler plays his daughter Ellie.

Sean Hayes plays single gay dad on NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World. Sami Isler plays his daughter Ellie.

By Angeline Acain

“If you’re gay then how did you and mom have sex?” asks 14-year old Ellie. Although NBC has canceled it’s one-season-run gay dad TV show “The New Normal”. It has already produced a new gay dad comedy starring the boyish Sean Hayes from the hit show “Will & Grace”. According to 429 Magazine, Hayes’ role as Jack McFarland in “Will & Grace” is considered a milestone for LGBT media portrayals. Before “Will & Grace,” LGBT characters were rarely a part of the main cast, as many of them were given minor roles and LGBT themes were not prominent on television.

In “Sean Saves the World” Hayes plays Sean Isler, a divorced from a woman gay dad, raising a teenage daughter played by Sami Isler. Linda Lavin plays Sean’s “ready to give advice” controlling mother. “Sean Saves the World” will air Thursdays this fall.

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1st International Family Equality Day, May 6, 2012

By Angeline Acain

On a beautiful sunny spring day in New York City, the First International Family Equality Day was held, May 6, 2012. This day brought together LGBT families and their children from across North America and Europe for the first time to celebrate the millions of families with parents who are LGBT. Events were held in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. Festivities in New York City included a group photo shoot in Times Square – participants were given pinwheels to hold – followed by a press conference, luncheon, crafts, and family dance at NYC’s LGBT Community Center. The event was organized by the Family Equality Council (FEC), R Family Cruises, and Center Families in partnership with LGBT parent support groups outside of the USA. FEC executive director, Jennifer Chrisler, led the press conference introducing speakers, George Fesser, director of Center Families, Ella Robinson, daughter of Bishop Gene Robinson, actor Denis O’Hare, and comedian Judy Gold. Kelli Carpenter, owner of R Family Cruises, O’Hare’s husband Hugo Redwood and Ron Poole-Dayan of Men Having Babies were also in attendance. For more information about the International Family Equality Day visit

Here’s a short video of the photo shoot. View the photo here

1st International Family Equality Day

Family waiting to participate in 1st International Family Equality Day group photo shoot in Times Square, NY












1st International Family Equality Day

Family Equality Council Executive Director, Jennifer Chrisler, R Family’s Kelli Carpenter and Ella Robinson at Times Square, NY


Videos links from the ceremony at the LGBT Community Center following the photo shoot:

Jennifer Chrisler introduces actor and gay dad Denis O’Hare.

Ella Robinson, co-chair of the Outspoken Generation, and daughter of Bishop Gene Robinson speaks next.

Comedian and lesbian mom Judy Gold is the final speaker.

Gay Parent magazine publisher Angeline Acain (right), Judy Gold, and Acain's partner Susan Eisenberg

Me with my partner Susan Eisenberg and Judy Gold












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