LGBT Parents

A network for lovely LGBT parents & those thinking about becoming parents!

Welcome!

If you are looking for a network of friendly LGBT parents to enjoy play dates with, to share experiences, ask advice, and show your children that they are not alone, then join us. 

Whether you have children or are thinking about it, join us!  It is free, all we ask is that if you have an event or meet up, if you could post it on the site then it means it's worth us continuing with the site.

Enjoy!

love

Claire, Lynne & Alex 

When using this site please be aware that all opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not those of lesbiangayparents.ning.com as a whole. Lesbiangayparents.ning.com does not accept liability for opinions expressed.  We are not a qualified support group, nor can we provide professional advice.  Note, we do not accept liability for meet ups, we simply co-ordinate them.

Top tips from our members on becoming an LGBT parent

Some new members have joined who are planning to start their own families soon. We asked current site members for their tips or suggestions about becoming LGBT parents, and here are their responses…

“Be prepared to be asked a lot of questions by people. Some you shouldn’t feel compelled to answer but I think it’s worth just being prepared. I remember being asked how I felt about not being biologically connected to my son soon after he was born. I said he was my son and that hopefully he would pick up some of my traits and mannerisms as he grew which would help him to feel even more connected to me which he has! Sometimes people don’t mean to be insensitive but they can be.”

“Talk about how you will discuss LGBT issues early on, before they come up with your child. We knew how we were going to approach this very early on, which seemed a bit premature, but it meant we could talk about it openly with our child from a very young age. We felt much more relaxed when topics did come up, and that made it less of an issue.”

“Get on with it, it might take a lot longer than you anticipate!”

“Have a resilient and strong support network, be it friends, family or a combination of both, remember everything is a phase and this too shall pass and the next challenge will begin, and don’t be afraid to ask people to do practical things once baby is here like wash up, laundry, cook meals…”

“Don’t think you can’t still have a life in the first year, still go out for meals and holidays as it’s easier when they are small and not really in a routine! Also if you’re going to consider antenatal groups factor in if they cater to same sex families and ask if there are other same sex couples going. They were an epic fail for me, but at the same time useful for my partner as it’s lonely on mat leave on your own.”

“We’ve always been careful with the language we use – we would never refer to our child as not having a father, but as having two mothers. It seems rather inconsequential, but actually I think that being told you are lacking something, as opposed to just being different might have an impact.”

“It’s not always an easy journey, but it is so, so worth it!”

“Try to get involved and close to a group of friends or other people that have babies/toddlers of the same age. We joined a local group and that has been invaluable! Whilst we found it a little hard and forced at first especially as we were the only same sex parents in the group, it has been so good for us having the support and advice of people who have babies growing up who are the same age.”

“I don’t think anything can prepare you for this!”

“Sleep or rest when your newborn does, and if someone bitches about the state of your house tell them to clean it!”

Forum

Bany fussy around men!

Started by Sonia Harris in General. Last reply by Sonia Harris Aug 11. 5 Replies

Hi help/advise needed. Our little girl seems to be going through a phase of crying whenever a man talks to her. My mum says it's because there are no.men at home (not sure what we can do about that) she spends time with her grandad and uncles/boy…Continue

Needing support from people who won't judge....!!!

Started by JBET in General. Last reply by maria Jul 17. 6 Replies

Hi thereI am Jane, 41 from Leeds... I have been married for 19 years to a man ( who is still a lovely friend) but we divorced last year.. I have three wonderful children... 17,15 and 4..I fell in love also last year to a female friend of mine who…Continue

Child care / camps?

Started by Katie Westoll in General. Last reply by Lynne - Co-creator Jun 30. 1 Reply

Hello everyone, We're moving to York on August 1st from Canada. We have a 6 - almost -7 year old daughter who is excited/worried about the move. She is a friendly, creative kid who is shy for about 5 minutes before making friends. On Aug 4, I am in…Continue

Casting for docu-series on parents/parenting

Started by Lynne - Co-creator in General Jun 27. 0 Replies

Here's a request for anyone interested..."Magilla Entertainment is now casting for a docu-series that tells the stories of new parents as they navigate diapers, 4 AM feedings and everything in between. Are you and your spouse preparing to welcome…Continue

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Meet ups

Posted by Emma on April 24, 2016 at 10:00 1 Comment

Hi i me and my partner would like to meet up we other gay parents. We are expecting our first child in October. We dont know of any other gay parents in our area. We would like to know others thoughts on some worries we have and get some advise. If anyone could help please can you get in touch we are near basildon in essex. thank you xx

Tips for new LGBT parents

Posted by Claire - Co-creator on April 13, 2016 at 18:47 0 Comments

Some new members have joined who are planning to start their own families soon. We asked current site members for their tips or suggestions about becoming LGBT parents, and here are their responses…

“Be prepared to be asked a lot of questions by people. Some you shouldn’t feel compelled to answer but I think it’s worth just being prepared. I remember being asked how I felt about not being biologically connected to my son soon after he was born. I said he was my son…

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Pop'n'Olly

Pop’n’Olly began as a YouTube channel featuring stories for children on LGBT-related topics, created in a fun and accessible way. 

Episode titles include ‘What does your family look like’ and ‘A gay fairy tale for children – Prince Henry’.  Founder Olly Pike has now developed books, videos and a set of educational resources for children, all delivered in a simple and humorous style, some of which are being used in primary schools. Definitely worth a watch!    

For more details, visit www.popnolly.com or subscribe to the YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/popnolly.

'Made with Pride' TV interview

New gay TV show 'Made with Pride' recently covered the LGBT parents' website.

Presenter Peter Darrant spoke with us about the creation of the site, and its continued growth across the UK. "It's been really great to see LGBT parents emerge as a demographic in society," said Lynne.

A really great piece of positive coverage for alternative parents and families, and a great programme for the community.

Same-sex parenting documentary

A new film about same-sex families, told from the perspective of the children, was released in the UK at the start of May.   'Gayby Baby' is an Australian documentary - see the official trailer below.  According to the film's website:

Kids being raised by same-sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide. We are in a Gayby-Boom. But who are these kids? What do they think about having same-sex parents? And do they face different issues to other kids? At a time when the world is debating marriage equality, these questions are more pertinent than ever. Told from the perspective of the kids, Gayby Baby is intimate and sometimes humorous account of four children and their families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spO0mKq3vhc

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