There are LGBT moms raising families all over the country and the world. Queer women have been raising kids for decades, though more welcoming laws are making it more common. This list of well-known LGBT moms is more than 50 strong, and yet we know that for moms out there it can sometimes feel like they can be counted on one hand.
Everyone could benefit from more visibility, especially with researchers still having to run studies these days to prove to the disbelieving that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as those raised by straight people.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the queer moms out there! The pair met and fell in love in , Melton came out, and they wed in May The couple held a large reception in Houston two months later. Together for more than 25 years, they have raised four children, all now adults; two daughters who were adopted out of foster care, a third girl who came to live with them as a teenager, and a boy they informally took in who had been kicked out of his home for being gay.
Walter is national editor for The Cook Political Report and a Meet the Press regular known for bringing a knowing sense of humor to politics, and the same goes for her take on motherhood, raising their son, Caleb. The bisexual musician is also mother to two sons: Solomon, born in , to whom she dedicated her song of the same name, and Atticus, born in Together these moms to three kids dish out advice on motherhood on YouTube and on their website.
She and wife Danyelle married in , days after the couple graduated from West Point, and never looked back, sticking together through deployments, transition, and raising four children together. The experience of having son Calder was the impetus for Cholodenko's acclaimed film The Kids Are All Right, which she cowrote and directed. Their challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which they initially filed so that both could be recognized as legal parents to their children, was consolidated with cases from Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee and heard by the U.
Supreme Court, resulting in its landmark ruling in establishing the freedom to marry nationwide. Rowse and DeBoer married in August of that year. The bisexual singer also became a mom in , when she gave birth to daughter Petah Lucia DiFranco Napolitano. A son, Dante DiFranco Napolitano, followed in The Glee star, speaking with The Advocate following the couple's romantic engagement at Disneyland, was overjoyed to grow her family.
After marrying in their hometown on Long Island in , the mothers of twins Thomas and Kate coauthored a book fittingly titled Times Two: She lives in Ontario with her partner, university professor Chris Roulston, and is pictured here with her son, Finn, and her daughter, Una. Etheridge and former partner Julie Cypher are the parents of her older kids, fathered through a sperm donation from musician David Crosby, while Etheridge's twins are from the Grammy- and Oscar-winner's former union with Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Melissa is now married to Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem. Happy mom's day, Melissa! The Money Monster director, who recently received her first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, married actress Alexandra Hedison in Rhodes is the first child for Perry, the blockbuster producer of hits for stars like Pink and Gwen Stefani.
Jacques has been a Massachusetts state legislator and head of the Human Rights Campaign. They are parents of three sons: Chrisler once famously invited Tony Perkins, president of the antigay Family Research Council, to her family's home so he could see how a same-sex couple actually lived.
He didn't take her up on it. She also successfully argued against the nation's last standing ban on adoption by same-sex couples, struck down this year in Mississippi, where Kaplan handled a marriage equality case as well. Kaplan's wife, Rachel Lavine, is a longtime political activist, currently serving as a Democratic committeewoman in Manhattan. They are parents of a son, Jacob. Kaplan even quoted Jacob when arguing against Mississippi's marriage ban in , discussing the factors that would make the ban subject to a high level of judicial scrutiny.
She has two sons — Alex and Louie — with her longtime spouse, Megan Smith, the former Google executive and now chief technology officer of the United States , from whom she is now separated. Swisher lays it all out there, joking in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in about her taste.
I am her greatest disappointment in that regard. Brown has been married to conservationist Dan Little since , and together they raised his son and daughter from a previous marriage, Dylan and Jessie. Brown is running this year for election to a full term as governor; she would be the first openly LGBT person elected to the top post in any state New Jersey Gov.
Jim McGreevey came out as gay while in office — shortly before resigning in Maria Bello and Son Jackson In , Maria Bello came out to her son, Jackson, then 12, as being in a relationship with her best friend at the time and her now ex—Clare Munn. The two have been through a lot while starting a family in the public eye, raising their daughter, Sarah.
Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a political operative. This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child. She has also found happiness as a mother, giving birth to twin boys George Samuel and Everett Joseph in after marrying activist Lauren Blitzer.
They got married in Last year the couple welcomed their second son. Jacobson launched her own production company, Color Force, which has produced the Hunger Games movies.
Nixon brought two children from her previous marriage to the relationship, and in the women welcomed their youngest son, to whom Marinoni gave birth. Hollingsworth fought that battle not just for LGBT families across the state but for their own too. When Perry and Stier met, both had two sons from prior relationships.
For the past 17 years, they've raised the four boys together, sending off their youngest , twins Spencer and Elliott, to college in Rosen was formerly married to Elizabeth Birch, the onetime head of the Human Rights Campaign, and together they had twins Anna and Jacob. Ally is now mom to year-old Rebecca, who is queer and out.
Siblings Jill and Faith Soloway with Their Family Transparent creator Jill Soloway and their sister Faith, a writer on the show, draw on their experiences as children of a transgender parent for the acclaimed program. She married her wife, Alex, in — shortly before California voters temporarily revoked marriage equality with the passage of Proposition 8.
Wanda frequently works her happy family into her comedy sets, revealing that the twins sometimes scheme against her by speaking French with each other and their other mom, a native of France. At age 10, she became the youngest actor to even receive this honor. The entertainer has three children with ex-husband John McEnroe: Kevin, Dean, and Emily.