Gays With Kids, a first-of-its-kind website that helps gay dads navigate fatherhood, celebrates its second anniversary this June. Co-founded by husbands Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren, the proud fathers of three young children, the online community supports gay men raising children and those considering having them. In two years Gays With Kids has built the world’s largest collection of gay dad content including in-depth feature articles, family profiles, news and advice much of which is not often covered in mainstream media.
“People come to us for the gay angle on creating and raising families. Visitors to Gays With Kids – our website, Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter and YouTube channel – want positive and accurate portrayals of gay dad families.” says Rosenberg. “Gay dads want to see families like theirs. They want to connect with them.”
“We discuss all relevant topics, such as the realities of foster care and adoption; best practices for domestic and international surrogacy; single parenting and co- parenting; and hot-button topics like divorce, coming out, monogamy and HIV.” van Gameren explains.
The dads have learned quite a few things themselves since launching Gays With Kids two years ago. First, gay dad families are not just found in big cities or along the East and West Coasts. They are everywhere, including the suburbs, remote rural villages and the Bible Belt.
Next, in addition to facing the usual challenges of parenthood, most gay dads encounter social challenges like having to explain their family and/or confront homophobia.
Some gay dads face negative consequences of coming out to wives, children and other family members.
“Most gay dads are not looking to affirm the ‘dad’ part of their identity, but the ‘gay’ part. We’re dads all the time,” says van Gameren. “The difficult part is blending our new identity with our former gay selves.”
Big changes are ahead for Gays With Kids, including the launch of an e- commerce section to the site, a new membership app, and an increase in output. “The website is our fourth child,” says Rosenberg, “and we couldn’t be happier with its growth.
More at: https://gayswithkids.com