Tag Archives: family

Same family, different schools

James Williams is a gay dad of two sibling boys aged 10 and 9. He is a writer, actor and director. He writes about his life with his partner as a gay family formed through adoption. Read his blog at 4relativestrangers which is soon to be a book. He was awarded the title of National…
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Interview with Susan Golombok

Susan Golombok is director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her fascinating book, published in March this year, brings together over thirty years of research into new family forms – forms which include lesbian and gay-parented families, single mothers by choice, and families created through assisted reproduction techniques (ART). The…
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Sperm donors: anonymous or not?

This year it is ten years since the laws changed around sperm and egg donor anonymity. Where all sperm and egg donors had been anonymous, they are no longer. Donor-conceived children now have the right to trace their biological donor once they turn 18. So if our sons, who are 5 and 2, had been…
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Committing to the politics of awareness

Guest blogger Anna Bianchi is a creative activist, writer, workshop teacher and change guide, and a grandmother with a 4-year-old grandson who is exploring female gender identity. Here Anna explores the role she has in society that only became apparent through having a gay son and a grandson exploring female gender identity. Anna’s website: www.annabianchi.co.uk This…
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National Adoption Week

National Adoption Week promotes adoption to all walks of life. Previously run by BAAF, the week is now run by adoption information service First 4 Adoption. Look out for gay parents in the press speaking positively to promote LGBT adoption. They have pledged to retweet all tweets with the hashtag #NationalAdoptionWeek so get tweeting your…
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Our lesbian parenting story in the tabloids…

Will we be in the gutter? I was interviewed for a tabloid’s Sunday magazine recently. When the request came in we were very wary, but the article celebrates modern day mums and focuses on diversity. They needed a lesbian mum and we felt it was an important place for a positive example of same-sex parenting.…
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A tribute to looked after children for their resilience

Guest blogger Anna Bianchi is a creative activist, writer, workshop teacher and change guide, as well as a grandmother with a 4-year-old grandson who is exploring female gender identity. Anna's last post exploring supporting her grandson's gender identity expression through courageous parenting created quite a bit of debate. Here, in her second blog post, Anna…
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A lesbian granny and a granny of lesbian mums

Modern grandparenting Many grandparents help their children out by looking after the grandkids regularly, but there’s far more to grandparenting than just family favours and saving money. We hear from two grandmothers who have forged a friendship through their common commitments. Maureen and Fiona meet up every week with their grandchildren. Maureen Wright, 60, lives…
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