November-December 2017 issue #115

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Our November-December 2017 issue #115 marks Gay Parent Magazine’s 19th Anniversary! On the cover of our milestone issue we feature Rob Scheer and his family. As a former foster child Scheer once had all his belongings in a plastic trash bag. Now he is working to change that with his nonprofit Comfort Cases. Read about how his husband Reece convinced him to start their own family through foster/adoption.

November is National Adoption Month and in addition to Rob Scheer we feature other families that have built their family through adoption including Shannon Smith and Ross Stencil of Connecticut and Stephanie White, a lesbian single mother of seven adopted boys in California whose son Rueben with Down syndrome made the high school cheerleading squad. “Our varsity team is made up of 27 girls and Ruben,” said Jill Clark, head coach of the Patrick Henry High cheerleading team. “He brings extra personality to the team. He has his own special magic that brightens up everybody.” Also, included in this issue is a list of LGBTQ friendly agencies that can assist with building your family through adoption.

How does a parent explain the current ominous state of affairs in the Trump era to their children? Erik Sosa-Kibby’s son, Cole asks if they are going to be deported. He thinks that because Trump doesn’t like Latinos, and because he and his brother were adopted by two dads, they may have to go back to Guatemala. In a period when laws protecting LGBTQ people are being threatened, read about Sosa-Kibby’s conversation with his sons.

Other family stories include Tanisha and Tiffany Johnson, the women lived on opposite ends of the continent and Instagram brought them together as a family. Another couple that used to live on opposite ends of the continent is Valerie Interrante and Laurie Bertolacci. Meeting through Donor Sibling Registry, Interrante and Bertolacci met because their children shared the same donor.

It wasn’t until Lori Henriksen was an adult that she realized her mother was a lesbian. In her essay, My Mother. My Foundation., Henriksen puts together the pieces of her life.

Like each September-October issue, our November-December issue also features a directory of LGBTQ friendly private schools. In this issue they are located in CA, CO, CT, DC, IL, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, and WA. Included are day and boarding schools, schools for just boys or just girls, schools for children with learning challenges and multilingual schools. Looking for a LGBT friendly independent school for your child in one of these areas? Then this is the issue for you.

Editorial contributors to this issue include Gary Hurtubise, Mark Maxwell, Abigail Mnookin and Rich Valenza. 80 pages, newsprint, order now.

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