PGN Special Edition Coverage

My son is starting high school this fall, which I find hard to believe — it seems like just yesterday that I was driving him to pre-school. This year feels different for other reasons, too. Last year, we headed into school time with the assumption that progress towards LGBTQ equality and inclusion in education would continue with little hindrance. This year, however, the pall of federal actions against LGBTQ students, particularly transgender ones, hangs heavy over all of us.

There are plenty of adult trips for the LGBTQ community — from all-LGBTQ vacations, charter cruises, wine weekends to dance events. But when it comes to LGBTQ people with children in the household, your options decrease dramatically.

 

Philly Family Pride is hosting a trio of neighborhood potlucks in and around Philadelphia this weekend, giving LGBT parents and grandparents, as well as the parents and grandparents of LGBT children, a chance to meet and ask questions of parents in the group. These events are being hosted in West Philadelphia, Bucks County and on the Main Line. They are free and are open to everyone.

For many gay men, starting families has become preferable to the bar/party culture of the past. Many gay couples are moving from cities into the suburbs, where they’re pursuing the American dream of a home with children. Author Eric Rosswood is one of those such men. He and his husband Mat live in an East Coast suburb with their son, where they carry out a fairly traditional life.

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