Mexico City passed the law which allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples, however nobody adopts.
Last week, a bill aiming at prohibiting the access to parenting by using surrogates was to be introduced to the Louisiana Senate. Not only this one approved the law but the House has just passed it too and there remains nothing any more but the signature of Governor Bobby Jindal to have the bill entirely adopted.
Parental rights for same-sex couples had a significant advance in Kansas where the Supreme Court gave this right to a non-biological mother.
Victory for the Gartners who obtained the right to list the names of two women as biological parents on the birth certificate of their daughter.
On Lezbelib, we are used to talk about politics. It is always important to know what's going on and to know a little bit people who represent us, no matter their gender.
Recently, Cathy, Cael and E-Li had the opportunity to interview James F. Haning II, an openly gay Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada.
We were interested in his ambitions and how he thought he could represent the LGBTQ community if he wins. Which are his projects? What will he fight for? We also approached the simple fact of being an openly gay candidate and what that implies.
In May of 2007 I entered into the beginning of a lengthy legal battle with Chancellor George Ellis that has yet to be resolved; a battle over my partner's right to live with me and my children.
Our story started in 1997 when I met my partner, Mary, while I was working at a bookstore. We started out as friends and have been a committed couple since 1998. We had our shares of ups and downs, as every couple does, and we managed to build a stable and loving relationship. We were both social workers, working mainly with at-risk youth, Mary a child counselor and crisis worker and I working with foster children and children in residential facilities, so neither one of us were strangers to handling tough problems and looking out for the best interest of children. Mary had known my children since my daughter was 2 and my son 4 years old and had a positive relationship with both.
We will have to await the decision of the federal judge on the case of two lesbian mothers who hope to jointly adopt children and who question the marriage equality ban, and the civil unions ban, in Michigan.
Throughout my struggle with my identity, whether it be with my sexuality or my gender identity, my mom has always stood by me. No matter how I have felt or how distraught I have been, she has always reassured me. I know it is hard for her. I know she is scared that I will be hurt physically, and she wants to protect me from whatever pain I might go through. It means so much to me to know I have that support in place when most people are not as lucky. So many of my friends have had bad experiences with their parents when it comes to accepting them as LGBTQ. After meeting a friend of mine the other night and hearing her story, my mom wrote this open letter to parents: