What’s In a Name?
 

At some point, all parents have to ask themselves the same question: “What are we going to name our child?” Even older children who are adopted might want to have their name changed (or not), and parents will need to consider the best option for their child and the family. For same-sex parents, it’s really ...

When Not Everyone Is Supportive

Andy Miller sat down with I’m From Driftwood to share the ups and downs of his and his partner’s adoption experience. And while there were a few bumps in the road, he says everything turned out just fine. The video appeared in The Huffington Post. No one’s given an easy ride when a child enters the world. ...

Not Nice Behavior
 

Andy Miller talks about how the actions of anti-LGBT Texas legislators affect his family in this Op-Ed to the Austin American Statesman newspaper. Originally appeared in the Statesman on March 29, 2015. The alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and like most families, our mornings are hectic, filled with showers, breakfast, negotiations (“Yes, you may have a playdate ...

No Fear
 

When Brian and I were dating, just getting to know one another, we spent hour after hour talking, usually when we were running while training for the Austin Marathon. It was actually good for keeping our pace. Too fast, and talking wasn’t possible. Those talks were typically about things happening in the present or our hopes ...

Love Glue
 

Like many gay dads, Brian and I were more than a little nervous when it came time to register Clark for Kindergarten. Sure, he had been in daycare, then pre-K, and all went without a hitch. He was made to feel welcome and I can’t recall ever being made to feel different because of our ...

Loving Halloween More Than Ever

All my life, I have loved Halloween. I know that’s nothing special, especially for gay men (or boys). For many of us, the chance to dress up, pretend to be someone else, express ourselves in creative and fanciful ways was something we eagerly awaited all year long. For me, it was always the chance to ...

Matt’s Parents
 

We knew we wanted to be a part of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (AGLIFF) from the time we co-founded The Handsome Father. For years, Brian and I would go to the festival and watch films (mostly documentaries) about men who were adopting children or making co-parenting arrangements with women and talk about what it ...

I Am My Own Father
 

We’ve all said it at one time or another. You know what I’m talking about. Remember, back when you were a kid, you swore out loud like your life depended on it. You meant for it to hurt them, but you also believed in your heart that YOU would be different. “When I have a ...