End Blood Donation Ban for Gay, Bisexual Men

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Seattle City Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday requesting an end to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.  The Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray and the American Medical Association have each made similar requests. An excerpt from the letter reads, “Denying […]

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Spotlight Series: Christopher and Anthony

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? CHRISTOPHER: Yes we are. We got married last year on May 3rd. It was funny because we were planning on our baby arriving in May and realized how we wanted to get married before the baby showed up, so it was like a gay shotgun wedding! TNF: How […]

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Spotlight Campaign: Mugs and Mary

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By Brandy Black    The Next Family: Tell me about your family. Mugs:  My family consists of my wife Mary, our 19-month-old son, Emerson, an orange tabby cat named Cheetoh, our  dog, Blaze, and myself, Mugs. We live in Seattle, WA with loving, doting grandparents close by. Seattle is a very liberal and progressive city. We chose to […]

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The Ecstasy of Blue Underpants

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By: Katherine Ellis My sister missed my niece’s potty training window; at least, that’s what she suspected. They were too busy; they waited past the pinnacle of Lulu’s potty excitement. She was on the downhill slide, totally over the potty, when my sister decided it was time. By then three year-old Lulu didn’t care, she […]

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Wedding Bells, Part 2

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By: Brandy Black We got in a fight before our wedding. On the ferry ride over. I can’t remember why. Could it have been the make up? Things were tense. We had been planning a wedding for a year from another state and it was all happening on this overcast day after waiting 2 years […]

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One Special Mom

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By: Caren Gillespie When The Next Family approached me to write an article about a special mother, my first thought was, “how do I choose just one?”  I know some pretty phenomenal moms, but here is one who really stands out. Krista is a full-time working mother of three children: Mercer, (almost) 7, Haley, 4, […]

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