Back-to-school ABCs from a lesbian mom

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 12:15pm

LGBT parents’ fears go beyond kids being harassed because of who we are, but these basic principles can help same-sex families navigate My son is about to start fifth grade. I’m excited to shop for school supplies with him and thrilled that he’s growing and learning — but like many parents, I also wonder what the [...]

Guarded hope

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 12:00pm

Gay man aims to win back guardianship of partner after sister-in-law tore apart couple of 34 years   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Months after going public with his story of being forcibly separated from his partner of 34 years, Lon Watts is raising money and working with an attorney to help them reunite. In [...]

‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ author reflects on 25 years

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:45am

  Lesléa Newman writes about happy families, functional relationships and well-adjusted children. That’s earned her a place on the American Library Association’s list of most banned writers. Author of 60 children’s books, Newman wrote the iconic Heather Has Two Mommies in 1989 so her friends’ children could read a story about themselves. But she said [...]

‘You need to fight’

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:30am

LGBT parents who seek custody are starting to win — even in Texas courts   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor TYLER — After 14 years of marriage and two kids, Scott Morrison found himself fighting to see his sons. Following a divorce in 2009, Morrison came out to his sons, now 12 and 14, and his [...]

Chaos in Tejas

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:15am

Dallas couple’s case illustrates confusion created by high court’s marriage rulings   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When Chris Chapo moves to California in August, he’ll still be married to his husband, Don Chapo. But Don, who plans to remain in Dallas for the time being, won’t technically be married to Chris. That’s because California [...]

COVER STORY: Rainbow gatherings

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 8:45am

LGBT parents say support groups allow kids to see that their families are normal   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor CARROLLTON — As Monica Moran and Alma Garcia played with their daughter Sarayu at W.J. Thomas Splash Park on a hot July day, they said they were glad other LGBT families were out in the sun [...]

Doc breaks fundraising record

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 at 11:45am

    A documentary detailing the importance of marriage rights and wills in the absence of them recently broke a fundraising record. BRIDEGROOM: An American Love Story will chronicle Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom’s six-year relationship and Bridegroom’s sudden death. Crone was left to mourn without a will, no access to medical records and [...]

Finding a way without a will

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 at 11:30am

Woman continues 3-year fight to keep E. Dallas home after lesbian partner of 23 years died, estranged family members stepped in     ANNA WAUGH  |  Staff Writer After losing her partner of more than two decades and surviving terminal cancer, one East Dallas woman is fighting to hold onto the life the couple built [...]

Family Life Resource Directory

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 at 11:15am

    Adoption Resources • ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL Jody Hall, LLC International Adoptions for the LGBT community 972-231-2933 AdoptMeInternational.org • FAMILY TO FAMILY ADOPTIONS Pregnancy & Adoption Center 1000 Austin Street, Suite B, Richmond, TX 281-342-4042 Fam2Fam.org • FERTILITY SPECIALISTS of TEXAS Jerald Goldstein, MD 214-750-5500 FertilityTexas.com • HOPE COTTAGE Leslie Clay Pregnancy & Adoption Center [...]

Gay couples must prepare to protect estates

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 at 11:00am

    DEAR LEGAL VOICE: My partner and I have been together for almost 17 years.  We own several homes together, we have joint bank accounts and investments, and we also own separate life insurance policies with each other as beneficiaries so that in the event of an untimely death, the surviving partner is protected and financially secure. [...]