LGBT family

‘Are you willing to take in sisters?’ We said yes. Next, our phones buzzed. The e-mail subject line said, ‘Baby.’ There was another. Our lives were about to change.’: LGBT couple adopt 3 siblings from foster care, get touching ‘sign’ they made the right decision

“We were sitting at dinner when we got the call. Our daughter’s biological mom had had another little girl. ‘Would you consider letting her grow up with her sisters?’ We’d already closed our foster license and hadn’t expected to expand our family. With 2 days to decide, we did the most adult thing we could think of: we made a Pros and Cons list. After looking it over a hundred times, we decided we needed to follow our hearts!”

‘Mom, my best friend doesn’t want to hang out anymore.’ My 11-year-old was dumped for being gay because the parents disagree.’: Mom comforts LGBT son in wake of backlash, ‘this is why moms like us lose our children’

“‘How was school?’ I asked C.J. His pain came pouring out. ‘My friend said her family doesn’t hang out with gay people. She doesn’t want to know me anymore.’  Tears dripped from between his little fingers. ‘Who will I sit with at lunch?’ He climbed into my lap like a small child. ‘If I could take the hurt away, I would.’ I said. ‘I know, but you can’t take the gay away.’ This is what hate does. It’s a mother rocking her 5th grader because neither one knows how to ease the pain.”

‘Okay, so which of you is the mother? There can only be one.’ She made a face when we gave both names.’: Two-mom family navigate challenges as LGBT couple, ‘love is what makes a family’ 

“The minute we met the daycare director, she asked if we were sisters. I dreaded saying we weren’t. We had our hearts set on this place. It checked all our boxes. After I clarified we were married, she just said, ‘Oh.’ There wasn’t a ‘spot’ for us. Our friends went in later that day and were offered a spot. The only difference? We were gay and they were straight.”

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