Awkward Questions – Part 2

  Welcome to Part Two of our “Awkward Questions” series. In these posts we dig into some common questions that LGBTQ parents have, but often feel awkward asking. If you missed it, you can read Part One here. As always, in cases where I’m quoting people from Facebook groups that I’m a part of, I have spoken with the original poster and received their permission to share their posts here. Today we’re going to look…

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How to Teach Children About Social Justice

  NOTE: I originally published this piece on 2/26/18 on my other blog, This Family Is Sacred. *** Our church struggled today to “teach children about social justice.” Let’s try again. First, teach them about God. Walk with them in the woods, holding their hands against the bark of living trees. Scoop the worm up with a gentle palm, feeling her living muscles pulse as she moves. Watch for the chipmunk, bright and quick. Their…

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Awkward Questions – Part 1

  Welcome to our first installment of “Awkward Questions.” Here we address some of the questions that often come up for LGBTQ parents. And while the questions themselves aren’t “awkward,” sometimes asking them can feel that way. To address these questions I tap into the queer networks I’m lucky enough to be a part of, my own experience, and the wisdom of Google. In cases where I’m quoting people who have shared in Facebook groups such…

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On Being “Baba” in Public; or I’m Not Abducting this Child in the Grocery Store

  He rides in the grocery cart, his sprawling three year old frame almost too big for the seat. Up high, his face is closer to mine. We carry on a conversation as we turn, aisle by aisle, through the store. He pulls off his purple hat, handing it to me. I stuff it in by back pocket and ruffle his hair. We stop to watch the lobsters. We ponder five different kinds of tomato…

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