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While it is becoming increasingly common for LGBTQ couples (and singles) to have actual human children as opposed to just furry ones, it is no less true that, both historically and presently, we queers love our animals as if they are our children. They are our children.            The singular problem with this is that no parent should have to mourn the loss of a child. As pet moms and dads, though, we have no choice. If we’re lucky, we get 10 or 15 years with our babies and then we are forced to say goodbye. Even though we know to expect it, this knowledge does nothing to ease the pain when the time comes.

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I was baffled. Was this guy serious? He just asked me if I was “having fun yet” now that I was no longer using drugs or alcohol. “Are you kidding me? Absolutely not,” I said. And, damn, I meant it.

As an LGBTQ parent, I sometimes feel like I’ve had to make things up as I go along. But “Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Parents” gives queer parents and parents-to-be a handy way to tap into the collective wisdom of many who have gone before. The new book, by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt, offers stories, advice and insight not only on starting a family, but also on navigating the years to follow.

Pride nights by professional sports organizations are becoming more common as the seasons go by. The Philadelphia Union aims to score with its LGBT soccer fans with its first Pride night July 26, for a matchup against the Columbus Crew SC at Talen Energy Field. The first official Philadelphia Union Pride Night, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery, sprang up quickly this season, but there is plenty for the inaugural year to make LGBT fans feel welcome.

Each year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducts the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). This survey provides critical information on federally funded aging programs created and authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA), including transportation services, caregiver support, adult day care, senior centers, health and wellness programs, legal-assistance services, longterm-care ombudsman services to residents of nursing homes and elder-abuse protection.

Maintaining healthy communication skills in a long-term relationship is of paramount importance to the continued success of your relationship. While a few couples out there may naturally communicate effectively and in ways conducive to both parties feeling understood and fulfilled, most of us have to put in the work to avoid getting stuck in negative patterns. 

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