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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 legalized in our state. We went through the IVF process in May 2013 and now have a 10 month old daughter. She is our little Christmas miracle who was born suddenly, two months premature on Christmas Eve 2013.
TNF: How did you meet your partner? What do your children call you?
HEATHER: Okay, I’ll admit it…my partner and I met on Myspace about 7 years ago and soon after, started dating. Our daughter doesn’t call us anything yet, but when she does start to talk, I think we will let her decide what she calls us. We are both fine with being called mommy and don’t feel there needs to be any distinction. I think all families are different in their own way. Families come in all different shapes and sizes and that is something we will teach our daughter from a very young age.
TNF: Where do you live? Is it tough being gay/a gay couple where you live?
HEATHER: We live in Orlando, Florida and plan to stay here to raise our family. My partner and I have not experienced any issues with being a gay couple or a two mom family. We get the usual questions from curious strangers sometimes, but we haven’t felt discriminated against or judged in any way. Some ask who the “real” mom is or who the father is. We simply explain that we both are the “real” mom and our child has no father. She has a donor and two moms. We our part of a group called Orlando Gay Parents and we plan to build relationships with other gay parents in the area as our child gets older.
TNF: What has having a family meant to you?
HEATHER: We feel it will be important for her to be exposed to all different kinds of families and to know that she is not the only one with two moms. Our family means the world to us. We always wanted to be parents and raise our own family. We weren’t going to let the fact that we are gay stand in the way of our happiness.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us!