Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.
There's a gnawing, uncomfortable feeling that washes over you at some point in the weeks shortly before your second child arrives. It may come when you are cleaning out the house, sorting newborn clothing or setting up the crib.
As a parent, every part of you, every fiber of your being, is designed to protect your children, keep them from pain, shield them from hurt, and never, ever inflict suffering on their precious hearts. It is that protective spirit that kept me in the closet for so long.
A few days prior to Father's Day weekend, a friend of mine asked me if I'd ever been to the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tyron.
The widespread lack of good, affordable child care negatively affects the way families form and fathers engage with their kids. If high-quality child care were part of the public education system, dads and moms would face fewer financial barriers, giving all families more room to flourish.
Let's remember that women can't "lean in" until men share the care, and men won't do this until workplaces adopt family-friendly policies and tackle the flexibility stigma that renders them impotent.
Almost a year after my mother passed away, I confided in him that sometimes I still craved a mother's opinion or even the chance to talk about makeup or fashion trends. He joked that on even hours he was mom and on odd hours he was dad. He managed to possess a certain resilience that made us feel like, no matter what, we would be okay.
I witness Ezekiel's first Father's Day in a Philadelphia hotel room. I surmise that there are numerous others within our community celebrating this first today, one pinnacle amongst the many precious firsts that transgender men experience throughout our gender transitions.
Yesterday, on Father's Day, I had the honor of serving as the community keynote for UCLA's 21st Annual Pilipino Graduation. This role is meant to addr...
Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo For many family members...
The prominent display of Father's Day cards was almost empty. Almost. There were four, maybe, five cards left. TOTAL. Not four, maybe five, sentiments. Not four, maybe five, varieties. Not four, maybe five, flavors. Four, maybe five, cards. TOTAL.
Type Rider returned to the High Line this past Saturday under gloriously clear, calm skies. It was the day before Father's Day, which - despite its ...
Hip Hop music is sometime accused of being tone deaf on important social issues. Not only in their music but also their actions these fathers and many more like them within the Hip Hop community show is the private choice of fathering your children will have a very public impact.
There we sat, changing their outfits, brushing their "hair," with me doing my best falsetto voice, as we all got ready for the prom. My daughter, Kirsten, was giggling at me not so much for the voices, but for the fact she had put a lovely purple bow in my hair that matched Malibu Barbie's hair ribbon. We were having a blast!
Although many might think we've moved beyond our historical reluctance to value fathers' parenting, the reality isn't so rosy. By narrowly defining their value by how much money dads' make, we not only diminish fathers, but we also short-change society.
Fathers Love Differently. When I first really got to know my dad I was sixteen. My mom had died in August, my brother was starting University out Ea...