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.

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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.

Wedding Announcement – Raylynne and Wendy Perez

Raylynne and Wendy Perez wedding day January 12, 2013, Houston, Texas

Raylynne and Wendy Perez
wedding day January 12, 2013, Houston, Texas
(click to enlarge)

 

We were married on January 12, 2013 in Houston, Texas surrounded by their family and friends.  Our honeymoon in New York City included a trip to the City Clerk’s office in Chinatown where we hijacked a lovely girl who spoke very little English to be our witness to make it legal (see photo).

Wendy Perez

The newlyweds in New York City at the City Clerk's office with their witness.

The newlyweds in New York City at the City Clerk’s office with their “hijacked” witness. Wendy proudly displays their marriage certificate. (click to enlarge)

 

Photos courtesy of Wendy Perez

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Wedding Announcement – Karen McKnight and Anne Fisher

Karen McKnight and Anne Fisher were married September 22, 2012

Karen McKnight and Anne Fisher
were married September 22, 2012
(click to enlarge)

 

Karen and Anne with their children.

Karen and Anne with their children
(click to enlarge)

 

Would love to send a photo to you of my family…it’s important for the community to see that we have happy and loving homes raising children just as heterosexuals do. My lovely partner Anne spent 14 years in the ARMY where she couldn’t live her life as an openly gay woman. We have come a long way even since then and now we are legally domestic partners in Arizona and have an 11 year old and 2 year old that we adore. We hope that soon we can be legally married. I enjoy your articles and commend you in bringing out the positive aspects of our community and giving us as gay/lesbian parents something to relate too.

Karen McKnight

Photos courtesy of Karen McKnight

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Wedding Announcement – Lisa and January Colandrea

Lisa and January Colandrea's wedding day.

Lisa and January Colandrea’s wedding day.

 

We were married May 3, 2008 in Boston. We have a 2 year old little boy, Jayce, and daughter on the way!

– Lisa Colandrea

Lisa and January Colandrea

Lisa (left) and January Colandrea

 

Photos courtesy of Lisa Colandrea

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Wedding Announcement – Alisha and Billie Carder

Alisha and Billie Carder (right) on their wedding day, August 11, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Alisha and Billie Carder (right) on their wedding day, August 11, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

“My wife and I were Married in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 11, 2012. We were blessed to have all our family and friends there to celebrate the most wonderful day of our lives. We have been together 8 years and are planning our family for the very near future.”

– Billie Carder

 

Photo courtesy of Billie Carder

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Wedding Announcement – Carol and Lisa Claiborne

Carol and Lisa Claiborne on their wedding day.

Left to right – Jazz (Carol’s youngest son), Ahmari (Carol’s grandson), Kalan (Carol’s son and their officiant), Mary (friend of Lisa), Lisa and Carol.

 

On December 14, 2012, Carol, 44, and Lisa, 47, Claiborne were married in Northampton, Massachusetts. They had an intimate ceremony of a dozen people that included the couple’s children. Their oldest son Kalan Poole was their officiant.

The following are comments from Carol about their romance and wedding:

We met on Facebook of all places (LOL). I don’t know how Lisa found me but I’m happy she did. We met this summer in June and were married December 14th – it was a whirlwind! Lisa currently lives in Florida and I live here in Massachusetts. We will be moving to Maryland this summer. Lisa has a 22-year-old daughter who is the apple of her eye; I have four kids and am also raising my grandson who is 13.

I was born and raised in Oakland, California and have lived here in Massachusetts for nearly 5 years. Lisa was born and raised in Florida, a state that does not recognize same sex marriage. We couldn’t afford a honeymoon but we wanted to celebrate our love with family and a few friends.

I wanted an intimate celebration and we were married at The Hotel Northampton in Northampton, Massachusetts – it was so beautiful there. We had lunch and a ceremony all at once. My children were present and we included a sand ceremony that incorporated both of our children and Lisa as one family unit. That was really special to me. We also wrote our own vows, which was very emotional.

Lisa is truly my best friend and she gives me the strength that I need. I know with her my life is now complete. It was important for us to walk down the street in Northampton to hold hands and to carry a rainbow flag, I felt liberated holding my wife’s hand because I knew when she returned back to Florida she would not be able to express her love so freely. I feel blessed and honored to be legally married in Massachusetts and I wish ALL STATES would have marriage equality for EVERYONE. Thank you for the honor to be featured in your magazine. To my kids, have Lisa and the freedom to marry her, is a dream come true.

Photos courtesy of Carol Claiborne

Carol and Lisa Claiborne kiss on their wedding day.

Carol and Lisa Claiborne kiss on their wedding day.

Ahmari, Lisa, and Jazz.

Ahmari, Lisa, and Jazz.

Carol and Lisa carry a rainbow flag in Northampton to signify their marriage.

Carol and Lisa carry a rainbow flag in the streets of Northampton to signify their marriage.

 

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