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The Parent Rap

Dana has a post about the Motherhood Manifesto from Moms Rising, and she’s urging LGBT parents to be a voice in the parents rights movement.

I think it makes sense for LGBT parents to become involved in the parents’-rights movement so it becomes a voice for all parents, not just non-LGBT ones. As I wrote before, I think the parents’-rights movement needs to do more to be inclusive of LGBT families, but we should also extend a hand from our side and show them how we can work together to accomplish our separate, but linked, goals.

Good idea. After all, we’re parents, and anything that’s got to do with parents has to do with us and our kids. And the more visible we are, the more chance we have of finding common ground. It means being engaged and being out, just in a matter-of-fact way about being LGBT parents.

It reminds me of something I read in Abigail’s book. (Abigail, whose dad is gay, blogs at Damn Straight, BTW.)

Being profiled in the paper simply because I was from one of those famiiles is progress, but not success. Success will be when a child with LGBT parents can be profiled for some other reason, and the mention of his or her family can be referenced without sexual orientation becoming the main focus.

To that end, I’ve been doing a bit of that myself this week when I participated in a conference call for “parent bloggers” (We’re not all “mommy bloggers, OK?) hosted by Revolution Health. Full disclosure, Revolution Health is a client of my company, and in the course of planning the call someone said “Hey, we’ve got a blogging parent right here!” So, I joined the call. You can check it out here.

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