LGBTQ+ parents share family stories to inspire those who dream of having children Doubts, prejudice and bureaucracy are part of the dream of having children, unfortunately.
Sharing stories with strangers on the internet can help anyone who is in the middle of this path. The organization Gays With Kids (GWK), which supports prospective parents and their families, shares stories of encouragement on Instagram. It is an inspiration for everyone looking for a family.
The GAY BLOG separated some of these stories.
Salva and Joel, from Castellón, Spain
The couple’s adoption process took three years: “One day, a call and life was never the same. At first she was so serious, and a few weeks later she was the most smiling girl in the world.”
Erik and his husband, from New Orleans, USA
“Parenting itself is the wildest ride you can imagine. For some, the process of becoming parents is just as crazy. My husband and I adopted our three children and brought them home from the hospital.”
“The journey to becoming parents can be brutal. Trying to learn the basics in a few months can make anyone freak out. Add to that all the paperwork, home studies, certifications, background checks in addition to creating the baby’s nursery is almost maddening. “
Leon from the UK
Ten years ago, Leon set the wheels in motion, preparing his life to receive a child. Another decade later, in April 2019, his 20-year planning and goal became a reality: Leon ended the adoption of this 4 ½-year-old son.
“Since I was 18, I knew I wanted to be a foster parent”, said UK father Leon. “I wasn’t even sure I was able to do that as a gay man back then, but it was always something I wanted to do.”
Pedro and Jesus, Spain
“In Spain, there was a very difficult quarantine. The confinement lasted for almost three months, [mas] we were lucky to move to a bigger house with a pool and everything was easier. ”
“The girls were busy studying at home (teaching at home) in a virtual class, with the teacher and us helping a lot with homework …Now, the summer holidays are over, but it seems that everything is starting to go wrong again in Spain, we fear a new blockade. “
As we honor the start of Pride Month, now is not the time to move on to the next event and ignore what is happening around us. #PrideWasARiot and started with black and brown LGBTQ+ people facing injustice, inequality, as well as police harassment and brutality. We have a long way to go to true equality, and now is not the time to be complacent.