Spotlight Series: Heather and Angela (Orlando, FL)

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.   TNF: Tell me about your family.  HEATHER: My partner and I have been together for 6 and a half years and are registered domestic partners here in Orlando.  We are not legally married, but we will be as soon as it is […]

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Foster Adoption Series: Holidays With 5 Brand New Family Members Is Bittersweet

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By Diane Ponist Thanksgiving this year in our household was a huge deal. We have 5 brand new members of our family sitting at the table to take part with us for their first time. This is why I wanted a big family, for each of them to appreciate what has happened in their life […]

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The Parenting Perils of Picky Eaters

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By: Shannon Ralph I come from a long line of eaters. Hearty eaters. Robust eaters. A fair share of overeaters, even. I have inherited from my family a healthy appreciation of eating in all its forms. Food comforts. Food celebrates. Food unites. Be it your grandma’s cornbread or your auntie’s baked spaghetti or your cousin’s […]

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How Harvey Milk’s Death, And The World AIDS Losses Brought Us Same Sex Family Equality

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By Rob Watson Harvey Milk was shot and killed on November 27, 1978. Almost a decade later, on December 1, 1988 the first World AIDS Day was enacted. The first was a dramatic local tragedy around several local politicians and the second was a health awareness initiative designed to promote education around a growing worldwide […]

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Letter From the Editor–Happy Holidays

Editor-in-Chief of The Next Family Brandy Black

By Brandy Black I spend most of my days featuring your beautiful families and the stories behind them: your first meetings, your weddings, your process in becoming parents, your moments at home.  I get letters from people around the country and all over the world, thanking me for the opportunity to celebrate our community, and for giving […]

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Thankful for the Chaos of Parenthood

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By: Shannon Ralph As I am writing this, chaos is reigning supreme in my house. My eight-year-old twins are playing some full-body-contact version of ring-around-the-rosie where every round ends in shrieking and a veritable mountain of skinny arms and legs piled up on the living room rug. My eleven-year-old son is reclined on the couch […]

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Spotlight Series: Maura and Katherine

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.   TNF: Tell me about your family.  MAURA: My name is Maura, my wife is Katherine. We have been together for 15 years, married for almost 11. We were married in 2004 in a beautiful ceremony on the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, […]

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10 Things A Gay Parent Should Never Do

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By Henry Amador Working as a Holistic Parenting Coach and especially working with LGBTQ families, I have learned that while many parenting issues are universal and effect all parents, there are indeed issues that arise that are unique to gay parents, and deeper still to gay dads. The following list was compiled from some of […]

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Lesbian Moms And Their Oops Baby

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This past Friday my wife and I did something we said we wouldn’t do. We accepted placement on a sixth child. You know how heterosexual couples are at that point where they have had as many children as they planned and then get accidentally pregnant and have their “oops” baby. This is our oops baby. […]

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Why I Want Pope Francis to Write the Requiem for Gabriel Fernandez, the Boy Slaughtered by His Parents for Appearing Gay  

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There is a story that I have felt compelled to write for three months. I have not written it because I have found it difficult to find the words. I have the words. I have the exact words. I have written them before. The story that has nagged at me is the mourning of Gabriel […]

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