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Hurricane Sandy

Certainly our thoughts are, for the most part, with the many people affected this week by the superstorm.  There seems so little to say, in the face of such extensive hardship and destruction.

Here at RainbowWeddingNetwork, we have contacted many of the wedding professionals we are aligned with, who are based in NJ and NYC.  Happily, most have responded that they are okay.  A few emails are still unanswered... which of course brings concern.

It seems as if any small effort we extend to help can not possibly be enough.  This brings another realization - obviously if each of us helps in a small way, we can in fact collectively make a big difference.

Our team here at RainbowWeddingNetwork has looked into donating to some of the LGBT community centers in NJ and NY that may have been affected, but instead we have decided that a more immediate (but perhaps sometimes overlooked) need is to offer assistance on behalf of the animals and pets that have also weathered this storm.

We'll be sending a donation to the Humane Society early next week. We'll include 50% of all the donations we receive for Expo ticket reservations this week and through the weekend.

Thank you for your help.

 

 

New Book about Gay Dads!

For many years, my partner Cindy & I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Abbie Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University.  She has dedicated herself, through the past several years, to legitimizing LGBT families and individuals through research.  By quantifying the experiences of LGBT parents and prospective parents, she and her staff are building real statistics that support us, as individuals, and also legitimize our minority to the broader general public.  It is research like hers that news outlets sometimes quote, to help people understand that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are perfectly well-adjusted, healthy, loved and happy!

Recently, Abbie has published a new book, available through Amazon.  I encourage those interested to check it out, or feel free to email Abbie if you have any interest in possibly participating with her upcoming research projects!
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Gay-Dads-cover, copyright A Goldberg


When gay couples become parents, they face a host of questions and issues that their straight counterparts may never have to consider. How important is it for each partner to have a biological tie to their child? How will they become parents: will they pursue surrogacy, or will they adopt? Will both partners legally be able to adopt their child? Will they have to hide their relationship to speed up the adoption process? Will one partner be the primary breadwinner? And how will their lives change, now that the presence of a child has made their relationship visible to the rest of the world?

 In Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, Abbie E. Goldberg examines the ways in which gay fathers approach and negotiate parenthood when they adopt. Drawing on empirical data from her in-depth interviews with 70 gay men, Goldberg analyzes how gay dads interact with competing ideals of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering and accommodating heteronormative “parenthood culture.” The first study of gay men's transitions to fatherhood, this work will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those in the social sciences to social work to legal studies, as well as to gay-adoptive parent families themselves.


Abbie E. Goldberg, Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Clark University
950 Main St.
Worcester MA 01060
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508.793.7289

Click here to visit Amazon and check out the book!

 

Gay & Lesbian Greeting Cards

www.Homoquotables.com came to national attention a few months ago as a site offering gays and lesbians a place to find that rare product: a romantic, tender card to express deep feelings for a partner. The interest in these cards is booming, and founder Dan McLellan believes that stores across the country will soon be stocking them.

The cards showcased on Homoquotables.com are rare in the marketplace. The full line of 24 cards is targeted not only to gays and lesbians in love with their partners, but also to family members who want to send their gay and lesbian loved ones appropriate wedding, anniversary, and birthday cards. Loving sentiment is captured in stunning black and white photography and all cards are printed on high quality paper. Online cards can be customized to suit the buyer's needs.

McLellan says, "Right now our cards are being carried in Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia, Blue Stocking in New York, and Boulder Bookstore. I'm hoping to interest a national chain so that gays and lesbians and their families across the country will have easy access to tasteful cards. I want people to be able to pick up a card for a gay or lesbian loved one's birthday, or wedding, or any other occasion, without any hassle."

www.Homoquotables.com
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303-817-5055

 

What's Ahead for Prop 8

Found this article today from SF Chronicle writer, Bob Egelko.  It is in-depth yet succinct, and gives a really informative overview about Proposition 8 and where it's headed as the Supreme Court considers hearing the case.  I recommend the few minutes' investment in giving it a read!

http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Highest-court-to-decide-on-gay-marriage-3894340.php

 

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