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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet and greet with Major Scales and Jinkx Monsoon.

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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).

Egg-nauguration Day 2013

By Ben Suazo

David Kenney (left) and Ben Suazo's wedding, August 1, 2012. Their son Alexander (center) was their ring bearer.

David Kenney (left) and Ben Suazo’s wedding, August 1, 2012. Their son Alexander (center) was their ring bearer.

 

Isn’t it fitting that on a day that we celebrate Dr. King’s life that for a second time we are inaugurating an African-American president in Washington, D.C.?  On this historic morning my husband and I were woken up to the loud sounds of pots and pans in the kitchen.  Our son who recently learned how to make eggs on the stove was proudly making us breakfast.  “It’s an egg-nauguration day breakfast,” he proclaimed.  We are always dumbfounded on how he manages to make such perfect eggs. They’re always the right consistency, not too soggy and not too dry.  I think his secret is in his stirring technique.  He never seems to move away from the pan while constantly stirring the eggs as they cook.

With our stomachs full and satisfied we all sat down in front of the television to hear our President Obama’s inauguration speech.  “We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall”…Did he actually say Stonewall?…My husband and I turned to one another with great surprise.  But then several seconds later…”Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.“  WHAT?!!!

My eyes began to well up as I tried fighting back my tears. Our son looked at me in total confusion. My husband, as much as he could was no longer able to hold his tears any longer.  These were tears of surprise and joy. The tears of finally knowing you’ve been heard, that you’ve been recognized and acknowledged as a human being to the world.  Still appearing confused our son asked me why we were crying? He heard our president’s words yet he didn’t seem to understand our tears.  You see, in his young world of 12 being gay never mattered.  His question gave me hope for the future of this country.  But then, I turned to look at my “New York State legislated” husband and was reminded that our struggle is not over.

“Our journey is not complete…”

2013 Presidential Inauguration

Graphic highlighting the
2013 Inaugural speech by President Obama

 

Ben Suazo works as a marketing and administrative assistant for Gay Parent magazine. Photo courtesy of Ben Suazo.

Gay Parent magazine Staff Enjoy Alec Mapa’s Show Baby Daddy

On July 22, 2012, the staff of Gay Parent magazine enjoyed a performance of Alec Mapa’s popular one-man show, Baby Daddy. Left to right Todd Briscoe, Vivian Schepis, Alec Mapa, and Ben Suazo at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.

Gay Parent magazine staff and Alec Mapa

Left to right Todd Briscoe, Vivian Schepis, Alec Mapa
and Ben Suazo

 

Shopping for Wedding Bands at Tiffany’s

By Ben Suazo

Shopping for Wedding Bands at Tiffany’s

This is a photo of the ring. The actual rings are being engraved B&D for David’s and D&B for my ring.

 

Took a walk this afternoon to Tiffany’s to meet my partner David to purchase our wedding bands. For several weeks now I have been feeling anxious about this day but not for the reasons one might immediately assume. Two men walking into Tiffany’s shopping for wedding rings. Would they stare? Maybe we would be ignored?  What about all those customers, what would they think? I have been creating and imagining all sorts of things. When I arrived, David was already there. He told me that the wedding section upstairs had some 50 people – all men and women…. straight couples!

I have to admit that I was too busy looking to see if anyone was staring and so was David. Maybe we were being silly, after all, this is “gay marriage” New York? Not surprisingly, we were the only gay men choosing rings…. and as with many instances in our lives, like attending PTA meetings or little league games we are always coming out and the only gay men. They are little courageous steps that challenge us to live freely and be our true selves. It can sometimes be an isolating feeling which only bonds my partner and I even more. Our son will be our ring bearer and I made sure to let the staff know this. It turns out David was feeling the same way.  They were wonderful, by the way and we purchased our wedding bands.  But, one day it will be nice if we didn’t have to have these concerns.

Ben Suazo is Gay Parent magazine’s Marketing and Administrative Assistant.

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