by Sara Garrity, MSW
To celebrate our LGBTQ Family Story book launch, we are recommending five more of our favorite LGBTQ parenting blogs. Composing this list did not feel revolutionary. However, we are reminded by today's Supreme Court decision that a revolution has certainly occurred. While there is still far to go, our hearts are at peace today knowing that love won. We can't find better words than those Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the closing paragraph of the decision:
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
After a year of several life-changing transitions – some heartbreaking and some joyful – Susan Goldberg started writing as a way to process where she had been and where she was going. She writes about every aspect of her life, which includes several essays on parenting, as well marriage, family, politics, writing and observations on modern life.
Vikki Reich started a blog in 2006. Her writing connected, and today she is the Managing Editor at Village Q (a website for LGBTQ parents) and a contributor for Huffington Post. In her own words, she writes “about the unexpected things in life that make me think, laugh or – better yet – both.”
Deb on the Rocks
Deb Rox is a writer, consultant and BlogHer’s Entertainment Editor. She reflects on media, her personal and our collective daily life, social justice and every now and then she writes parody. Her unique voice is the reason she appeals to a large audience.
West Philly Mama
Sandra is a former professional activist turned stay-at-home mother to her son. She refers to her partner to as her “true love,” which we love. Her writing on parenting as a lesbian is also influenced by the other identities she embraces – Latina, feminist, conscious citizen, and resident of West Philly.
FreedHearts is an organization that supports LGBTQ children and families with spiritual support, love and the belief that one shouldn’t have to choose between their faith and their authentic self. The blog for Freed Hearts features essays that embody this view. It provides inspiration, education and resources to LGBTQ families who also identify as Christian or advocate for all families being welcomed by religious and faith based organizations.
Ehrenfreund, Max. "The one Supreme Court paragraph on love that gay marriage supporters will never forget." The Washington Post. The Washington Post., 26 June 2015. Web. 26 June 2015.