Category Archives: Family & Community

Welcome to the We Are Family magazine library, Family & Community section.

Family is not just about parenting and babies – it’s about being part of the LGBT community, it’s about who you decide is your family, or it’s about having a child or a parent, a brother, sister or other family member who is LGBT even if you aren’t – this section’s all about helping you understand better, offer support, feel informed, know the history, be proud!

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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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Gender-neutral pronouns

Unsure how to refer to someone who is gender neutral? Here’s our top six appropriate pronouns and examples of how you would use them: HEN: used in Sweden Herm or they: in place of him or her Ne/nem/nir/nirs/nemself (Ne went to get nir hair cut) Spivak: Ey/em/eir/eirs/eirself (Ey likes to drink coffee when eir workload…
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Calling two mummies

Mother Mother is an innovative performance project in development for 2016, exploring the experiences of lesbians who use donor conception to create their families. Incorporating circus, theatre, projected images and animation, it looks at parenthood outside ‘normal’ family structures, attitudes to assisted reproduction, gender identity and more. The company, a collaboration between lead artist and…
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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: This…
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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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Famous twins: funny quotes

It's a twin thing... Celebrities say the funniest things... here's a few of 'em...   Edward of Jedward  “As you can see we’re twins because we look alike and that’s what twins do.” “Once I was like ‘Look, John, that’s you on TV!’ Then I realised... it was me...” “There’s nothing wrong with John, OK,…
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Rainbow family holiday: a review

In issue 8 of We Are Family magazine our editor considers what it takes for her family to feel comfortable on holiday. Sands Resort in Cornwall did a great job of it - here's Hannah's review. Review: Sands Resort in Porth, Cornwall We headed to Sands Resort in Porth, Cornwall for a two-night spa stay;…
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Macklemore: Same Love

Sarah, our intern, recommended Macklemore’s Same Love as April 2015's video of the month because "it’s just beautiful and it never gets old."

Video of the Month: April 2015.