Mombian by Dana Rudolph

Mombian offers a mix of parenting insights, book reviews, media analysis and political and legal commentary for and about LGBTQ parents and our children. It takes an LGBTQ-focused look at parenting topics and explores other aspects of the LGBTQ community with a parent's eye. Dana Rudolph is the the founder and publisher of Mombian, a GLAAD Media Award-winning blog and resource directory for LGBTQ parents. She's the lesbian mom of a middle-schooler and lives with her spouse of over two decades. For more information, visit

Lisa Cholodenko’s mainstream film about lesbian moms, “The Kids Are All Right,” is up for four Academy Awards this weekend: Best Picture, Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo) and Best Original Screenplay (Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg).

As 2010 gives way to 2011, let us ask: How has the year been in terms of political and legal progress for LGBT parents and our children?

The most notable parenting-specific win of the year was arguably Florida’s judicial overturn of its ban on adoption by gays or lesbians.

With Eric Stonestreet winning an Emmy this year for his portrayal of a gay dad in ABC’s “Modern Family,” and the summer movie about two lesbian moms, “The Kids Are All Right,” garnering early Oscar buzz, it’s easy to forget what things were like just 25 years ago.

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