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

 

Gay Parent magazine Receives PrideIndex.com Esteem Award

On April 24, 2015, Gay Parent Magazine was honored to receive an award for Outstanding Magazine for the 9th Annual PrideIndex.com Esteem Awards.

PrideIndex.com is an online resource for news for the African American LGBT and gay-friendly companies. It houses profiles of gay authors, businesses, events, parties, conferences, fundraisers, support groups, and other online resources.

Since 2007, PrideIndex.com‘s Esteem Awards has honored local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.2015 Esteem Awards Press Release #1 Click on the press release below to view their full list of honorees. Their award ceremony will be held on July 4, 2015 at Sidetrack in Chicago. For more information visit their web site PrideIndex.com.

Here is a link to their 2014 awards ceremony, http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PrideIndex-holds-annual-Esteem-Awards-/48256.html

2015 Esteem Awards Press Release #2

Heather Has Two Mommies and Gay Parent magazine

Angeline Acain with Heather Has Two Mommies event signage

Angeline Acain with “Heather Has Two Mommies” event signage

New edition of Heather Has Two Mommies author, Lesléa Newman (right) and illustrator Laura Cornell

New edition of “Heather Has Two Mommies” author, Lesléa Newman (right) and illustrator, Laura Cornell

Angeline Acain and Lesléa Newman

Angeline Acain and Lesléa Newman (right)

Lesléa with both classic and new edition of "Heather Has Two Mommies"

Lesléa Newman with both classic and new edition of “Heather Has Two Mommies”

Angeline Acain (left) and Lesléa Newman at the Powerhouse Arena.

Angeline Acain and Lesléa Newman at the Powerhouse Arena.

 

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, Gay Parent magazine Publisher & Editor, Angeline Acain, interviewed Lesléa Newman in front of a public audience. The event was held at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York. Newman is the author of the famous first children’s book for gay parents, Heather Has Two Mommies, first published in 1989, and illustrated by Diana Souza. Twenty-five years later, a new edition with new illustrations by Laura Cornell has now been published. Cornell was also at the event.

At the event, Newman talked about when she first wrote the book, she was not aware that it would raise so much controversy. Newman had on hand both the classic Heather Has Two Mommies and the new edition, showing the audience the differences in the two versions. Newman spoke about how over the years, the book has been parodied and cited one example: Conan O’Brien coming up with a new flavor of Girl Scout cookies called Heather Has Two Mallomars.

Look for an in depth interview with Lesléa Newman in our July-August 2015 issue #101 through our web site, www.gayparentmag.com. For more information visit www.lesleakids.com.

Photos copyright Gay Parent magazine

Gay Parent magazine 2013 Holiday Dinner

Gay Parent magazine’s 2nd annual holiday dinner was held the third Friday of December, 2013 at Carolines on Broadway. Copyright Gay Parent magazine.

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Gay Parent magazine 2014 Holiday Dinner

On Friday, December 19, 2014, Gay Parent magazine held its 3rd annual holiday dinner celebration at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Staff and guests enjoyed “Unwrapped”, a fabulous performance by Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales. Photos copyright Gay Parent magazine.

Gay Parent magazine Holiday Dinner with Jinkx Monsoon 3

Left to right, Ben, Angie, Susan, Todd, Thomas, Brett, Vivian and Rafael.

Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon performing the holiday musical “Unwrapped.” Photo by Ben Suazo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gay Parent magazine Holiday Dinner with Jinkx Monsoon 4

Meet and greet with Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon.

Gay Parent magazine Holiday Dinner with Jinkx Monsoon 2

Gay Parent magazine 2014 Holiday Dinner with Jinkx Monsoon 1

Front, left to right, Ben, Merrily, Angie, Rafael and Brett. Back, left to right, Susan, Vivian, Major Scales, Jinkx Monsoon, Todd, and Thomas.

Staff Dinner at Jekyll and Hyde’s in Greenwich Village

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Since the next day was Halloween, Gay Parent magazine’s monthly staff meeting was held at Jekyll and Hyde’s entertainment restaurant in Greenwich Village (New York City). Although not much work was accomplished, the staff had a fun time. Left to right: Merrily, Jenn, Angeline, Ben, Todd, and Vivian (click photo to view larger).

 

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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 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).

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