Happy Gay Father's Day

With Father's Day coming up and in the spirit of equality it should be acknowledged that dads come in all shapes and sizes. Recently it seems as if gay dads have become more visible in our society and these men should recognized right alongside their straight counterparts. In keeping with this a growing number of gay male celebrities have been making news of late for taking the necessary steps to have children and form their own families; no mommy required.

One such high profile celebrity is actor and former "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka. The couple's fraternal twins; a boy named Gideon Svott and a girl named Harper Grace, were born via surrogate in October 2010. Another example is Latin singing sensation and former Menudo member, Ricky Martin who publicaly came out in 2010 courtesy of a personal post on his website. Martin became a single father when his twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, were born in 2008 using a surrogate.

Perhaps one of the most famous gay couples raising children is superstar Elton John and his Canadian born husband David Furnish. The couple welcomed their first child, son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, on Christmas Day in 2010. The pair then went on to use the same surrogate to give birth to their second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, in 2013.

Other notable gay fathers include actor Matt Bomer who has three sons, outspoken journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller have one adopted son, Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright and Leonard Cohen's daughter have a daughter, former "Law & Order: SVU" actor BD Wong and long time partner Richie Jackson are the parents of a son, fashion designer/director Tom Ford and husband Richard Buckley have one son, Oscar nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels and ex partner Billy Hopkins adopted Daniels' niece and nephew, gossip guru Perez Hilton has a son, and "American Idol" runner up Clay Aiken is the father of a son.

So say it loud, say it proud, "We're here, we're queer, and we know all about child care!"


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