The Gay Baby Boom

“America’s got a bad case of gayby fever,” writes Thomas Rogers at Salon, who says that the gay parenting boom is reshaping the American family.

According to a 2007 study, more than one in three lesbians has given birth and one in six gay men have fathered or adopted a child. The same studied showed that more than half of gay men and 41 percent of lesbians say they want to have a child.

Pop culture is keeping up with the trend. The Sundance hit “The Kids Are Alright,” starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as gay parents, is already getting buzz as the “must-see” movie of the summer. Hit TV show “Modern Family” features gay parents. Dan Savage’s memoir “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant” has just been turned into an off-Broadway musical.

And celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken, Rosie O’Donnell, Melissa Etheridge serve as the unofficial spokespeople for gay parenthood.

Now a new book, “She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood” by Amie Klempnauer Miller explores the subject of gay parenthood.

“It’s no longer that bizarre to know somebody who has gay and lesbian parents, or a gay and lesbian person with a child,” Klempnauer Miller told Salon. “And the numbers are going up. According to the census there are about 270,000 kids with gay and lesbian parents.”

Now if ony the laws would support these families. If they’ve got the same responsibilities (changing diapers, volunteering at school and everything else), gay parents should have the same legal and custody rights as straight parents.

Call me a dreamer, but I’m sorta hoping The Gay Baby Boom leads to The Gay Marriage Boom.

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