BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson
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From dancing in the clubs to now dancing in the living room with their son Milo, life has changed just a little for BJ and Frankie. BJ and his husband Frankie reside in Toronto and are raising their little “Bubbaloo” Milo, who was born via gestational surrogate.

BJ and Frankie's birth photo had gone viral which inspired them to write a children's book called Milo's Adventures and create their own website where you can read more of their blogs.

BJ and Frankie are both high school teachers in Toronto. They enjoy doing community theatre, travelling, spending time with family and friends, and now getting to experience life through their little ones eyes!

Entries by BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Why Our Same-Sex Family Stays Visible And Vocal On Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 11:43 AM

This past March Break, we travelled as a family to a small island off the coast of Cancun called Isla Mujeres. We love going to Mexico when given the opportunity. We enjoy the weather, the food, the beaches, the people. One day in the far-off future when it's...

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We Shouldn't Have To Fight To Be Accepted As Dads

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2017 | 3:43 PM

When a photo of them holding their newborn child went viral and was eventually repurposed by European anti-LGBT groups, BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson found themselves thrust into the international spotlight. Now raising their son in Toronto, these two dads speak about their everyday struggle to be respected and accepted...

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This Is What Family Means To Us

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 1:04 PM

(Photo: Nick Wong Photography)

On Feb 10, 2017, we had a very interesting evening. We were in our basement when we heard a knock at our front door. We thought it was the dinner we ordered but instead Frank opened the door...

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Why I Was Scared To Have A Son

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 6:08 AM

Even as a young child, I knew I wanted to be a father. But I also knew I was gay. So while fatherhood has always been a dream of mine, I lived with the fear that gay men just didn't have children, so I'd never be a dad.

I loved...

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How Our Family Celebrates Chrismukkah

(5) Comments | Posted December 26, 2016 | 1:15 AM


The holiday season is a time that reminds us about the important things in life, like spending time with our loved ones, helping people and spreading that holiday cheer. Frank is Jewish, and I am Catholic, so growing up we had our own...

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Love Is What Makes A Family, Not A Mom Or A Dad

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 1:28 PM

Earlier this year, politicians in Europe were using our birth photo without consent as a means to support their campaigns against surrogacy and the LGBTQ+ community. When you look at the photo, there is so much love and emotion on our faces that we wondered: How could they turn this...

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Toddlers Are Nature's Perfect Jerks (But We Love Them Anyway)

(6) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 6:27 AM


When looking back on this summer, the only way we can explain it is by a Charles Dickens quote from A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

That pretty much sums up our...

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Our Son Will Play With Dolls Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2016 | 6:31 PM


We were at the public pool and this happened;

Milo saw an Ariel doll from The Little Mermaid at the side of a pool and said, "Whoa!"

He grabbed it and started to play with it. Then the mother of...

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