Tonight at 9

So, you all know that I’m a recovering journalist. Well, just like any recovering anything, I sometimes backslide. But this lapse was for good, not evil.

I interviewed the moms behind a modern-day civil rights movement for BlogHer this weekend. Check it out here. Read more of my thoughts on this excellent documentary here on Village Q to be super-prepared when you watch the movie The Case Against 8 on HBO. Tonight at 9. Seriously.

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A short family history, in case you have questions

If you are wondering how exactly things got this way, here is a diagram. Or if you are not a big reader. Or if you had questions, but you were too afraid to ask. Or you are just catching up. Or you just “don’t get it.” I’ve tried to simplify it as best as possible. Here is what has happened in the last few years.

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I hate how fat I look in a couple of those shots. And if you have questions, feel free to ask. You won’t be the first. But you might need to buy me a drink. Or at least invite me to a cocktail party, first.

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PS – here we are in non-stick form:

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What is possible for you right now?

Most of the time, I have an idea about what I’m going to say right here. Usually it’s something that matters, but it’s also usually something ridiculous or at least amusing. But not today. I don’t have something like that. But I do have this. A link for you.

A short history of LGBT parenting milestones

The first milestone is in 1972 when an ABC television movie depicted a gay father coming out to his son. I was 2 years old. In 1979, in a California court, the first gay couple jointly adopts a child. In 1982, a California sperm bank begins serving lesbian couples. There are more, and I read all of them, including some recent ones that you’ll surely recognize. And then I had this thought:

My life is only possible now.

Without all the people that came before me to do what they did, I would not have this life that I feel so grateful for today. And I want to say this to you.

Your life is only possible now. Today. What will you do with it?

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Special thanks to Mombian, Dana Rudolph, who is a lesbian parent and possibly the first lesbian parent blogger. She started writing eight years ago when she found few practical resources on the internet for lesbian parents. Thank you for all that you have done. And especially thank you for writing a practical blog, because this allows me to have created this entirely impractical one. 

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