I was recently asked, "What still needs to be changed to make it more accessible for people in the LGBTQ+ community to become parents?" Some states have yet to begin treating all of their citizens equally. Some won’t give a nonbiologic gay partner custody along with the bio-parent. Some won’t even let you do an after-the-fact adoption . You have to go to another state, do the adoption there, then come home to your home state and have them recognize the adoption. I am not aware of any legitimate government aim advanced by this, but it adds stress and stigma and time and costs to surrogacy journeys, which takes resources from kids. The previous administration advanced several policies which discriminated against LGBT families. It sought to let adoption agencies reject gay parents. It fought the automatic parentage of nonbiologic parents, even in married same- sex couples. It removed protections against discrimination of trans soldiers in the armed forces and of LGBT … [Read more...] about LGBT Parental Rights: Where We Stand
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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a widely celebrated decision that all 50 states must issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of their sexual orientation , likely ending an era of patchwork marriage rights for same- sex couples in the United States. In a same-day op-ed for the Los Angeles Times , Douglas NeJaime, law professor and faculty director of the Williams Institute at UCLA , argues that “equality for gay families” has not been delivered with marriage. To ensure family dignity for gays and lesbians, says NeJaime, the next step is removing legal barriers to surrogacy. By failing to embrace commercial surrogacy, NeJaime continues, states will be effectively limiting the definition of family to heterosexual couples who can bear their own children. For many decades leading up to present day, a number of discriminatory state laws have specifically excluded LGBTQ people from adoption and parental rights . This history is heart-breaking. Lesbian, … [Read more...] about Is Family Equality a Right to Surrogacy?
A gay, polyamorous “throuple” details in an upcoming book how they became the first people to list three parents on a birth certificate. “The fact that Piper has three parents is just not a big deal. I have three parents myself — my mother, father, and stepmother — and no one thinks anything of it,” said Dr. Ian Jenkins, who is listed as a parent on the certificate and is the author of Three Dads and a Baby: Adventures in Modern Parenting . “Some people seem to think it’s about a ton of sex or something, or we’re unstable and must do crazy things. [But] it’s really remarkably ordinary and domestic in our house and definitely not Tiger King,” he continued. The book explains how Jenkins and his partners, Jeremy Hodges and Dr. Alan Mayfield, became parents and the legal battles that took place during that time, the Washington Examiner reported: Jenkins and Mayfield originally met in Boston, with Hodges joining the picture later, first as a friend and then as an … [Read more...] about ‘Throuple’ Tells How They Won Right to List Three Dads on Baby’s Birth Certificate
A new Deathloop video answers some of the questions you may have about its looping world, but it may leave you with even more. Arkane Lyon game director Dinga Bakaba presents the video, in which he introduces Deathloop as "a murder puzzle where you play an assassin trapped in a time loop." The explainer video itself is on a loop, with Bakaba taking a slightly different tack each time as he tries to explain how everything works together - and since this is from the same studio behind Dishonored and Prey, there are a lot of moving parts to go over. Our hero, Cole, is trapped on an island where the same day endlessly repeats. The island is run by eight people - artists, scientists, party animals, and "cold-blooded murderers" - called The Visionaries. The only way Cole can escape is by killing all eight of them, and by doing it all in the same day, since otherwise they'll just be alive again in the morning. Still, failing to kill 'em all doesn't mean you lose everything. … [Read more...] about Deathloop explainer video calls it a “murder puzzle” and that sounds about right
Gal Gadot opened up about the challenges of parenting during the coronavirus and admitted she and her husband, Yaron Varsano, avoid “watching the news” while her kids are around. The 34-year-old Israeli-born actress admitted she was sad when her parents had to cancel their plans to come to Los Angeles and celebrate Passover together due to the pandemic but said the most important thing is for everyone to “stay home” and not “give it to other people.” (RELATED: Here Are The Members Of Congress Self-Quarantining After Meeting Person With Coronavirus At CPAC) “Yes, of course I miss my family,” the “Wonder Woman” star shared in the cover story for Vogue magazine’s May issue published Thursday. “But the biggest priority for all of us is to stay home, not get it, and not give it to other people. With all the sadness and all the big . . . missing that I feel, that’s the only thing we can do right now.” (RELATED: Pearl Jam Postpones North American Tour Over Growing Coronavirus … [Read more...] about Gal Gadot Opens Up About Parenting During Coronavirus And Avoiding ‘Watching The News’ When Her Kids Are Around