Gay Adoption

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Pride And Joy: Book Review

Gideon Burrows | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Gideon Burrows

Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Parents Sarah Hagger-Holt and Rachel Hagger-Holt (Pinter & Martin, 23 Feb 2017) In contr...

10 Common Adoption Misconceptions Quashed

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

In the last few years, the UK has seen a huge increase in those applying to become adoptive parents. This has led to a misconception that there is no longer a need for adopters to come forward. Sadly, this is wrong.

Our Adoption Journey - for LGBT Adopt and Foster Week

Nick King | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nick King

Families come in all shapes and sizes these days. Those with two Mums or two Dads are increasingly familiar. We have met with nothing but kindness, tolerance, support and, sometimes, admiration. The number of children needing new, loving, strong, stable 'Forever Families' grows daily.

Family Court Magistrate Sacked For Gay Adoption Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A Christian magistrate who has been sacked after opposing adoption by gay parents during a BBC interview has labelled the decision "intolerant" and is...

Sacked Christian Magistrate Stamps Feet Over Gay Adoption Row

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK

A Christian magistrate from Kent was struck from the bench on Thursday after appearing on national TV last year to voice his opposition to adoption by...

Two Men and Two Babies

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

What strikes me about these two men is that between them they run a tight ship, there are no blurred boundaries and they have huge hearts. Love isn't a soft emotion, compassion and love are strong courageous and determined.

Could Tim Farron Have Answered 'That' Question About Gay Rights Any Better?

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.

Asa Bennett

Back Same Sex Marriage? This Gay Ukip MEP Thinks You're An 'Equality Nazi' | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics

Gay marriage supporters are "equality Nazis" who helped push through something that only matters to "some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal froc...

'Neglectful' Parents Fail To Block Adoption By Gay Couple

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK

Two Slovakian parents have failed in their bid to block the adoption of two of their sons by a same sex couple in Kent. The Catholic couple, who ar...

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

Being a Good Parent Has Nothing to Do With Being Gay or Straight

Jacob Tas | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacob Tas

Parents tend to want the same things for their kids - to grow up healthy and happy. Simple. But what do children want from their parents? For thousands of children in the UK who need to be adopted or fostered every year, all they is want parents who will love and care for them.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Adoptees' Worst Fear Will Likely Come True

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

What if Valentine's Day, or relationships in general, were a stark reminder of the most painful and distressing events that you ever experienced? What if they triggered a trauma so terrifically challenging that it forever altered your approach to life? Welcome to Valentine's Day, and relationships, for adoptees.

'Gay' Is Just an Adjective

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Anyone who grasps the issues knows that the adopters are not (normally) the cause of the child's trauma. The most devastating trauma stems from the splitting of parent and child. Adoptees are afflicted by separation trauma. There is no such thing as 'given-to-gays' trauma.

Why Is There So Much Confusion Over Gay Adoption?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A gay couple have said they were forced to travel to England to adopt following confusion over the law in Northern Ireland. John Davis and Jason Sc...

Government Fund for Adopters - Commendable or Glaringly Inadequate?

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Abuse and neglect have obvious emotional, physical and psychological costs. The monetary impact is more challenging to analyse and anyone who does so risks vitriolic accusations of being as cold, insentient and azoic as the calculator used to make their estimates.

Any Day Now: Gay Rights & Alan Cumming in Glittery Drag

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

We chatted about the current climate of LGBT rights, how Fine managed to avoid Hollywood clichés, and finally, what its really like working with "whip-smart" actor Alan Cumming:

Judging What Pope Francis Says

John Sargeant | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

While the pope judges legislation to give gay people rights as the work of the evil one, I will not be joining the chorus singing his praises. Never judge Pope Francis by the headlines - the devil is in the detail...

Adopting the One You Love

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Dr Michael Petry

There is a scene in the movie Behind the Candelabra where Liberace (played by Michael Douglas) takes his young lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) to a l...

Marriage Equality and Gay Parenting Are Great - But Now I Feel Under Pressure to Conform

The Guyliner | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

I don't know why I don't want to get married; I just don't. Whether it's because a failed marriage sounds much more scarring than a broken relationship, or I'd die at having to bring lots of people together to homage to me, I'm not sure, but the concept has never appealed.

Adoptees: Lucky Escape or Forgotten Victims?

Ben Acheson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Adoption is widely regarded as a perfect arrangement for all parties and whilst it does generally benefit everyone involved, it is naive, one-dimensional and even dangerous to assume that it is a purely positive event without repercussions.

'I'd Rather Have A Straight Child'

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 18.01.2013 | Home

Celebrity Big Brother's Rylan Clark has revealed he would rather have a straight child. Rylan made the admission during a conversation about gay a...

Gay Adoption Is Not Abusive But Mr McKenzie of UKIP Your Beliefs Are

Alice Grist | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

We live in a society replete with divorce and as such any extra bit of kissing may well do some to enhance a child's experience of life and of caring, trusting relationships. Kissing in front of a child does not amount to abuse. That abuse is only visible if you are wearing the blinkered shades of fear, hatred and prejudice.

Ukip Candidate Criticised After Condemning Gay Adoption

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics

Winston McKenzie, a Ukip candidate for Croydon North, has sparked outrage after insisting it was "not healthy" for a child to be adopted by a gay coup...

Catholic Charity May Close Adoption Services Over Gay Couples Ruling

PA | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK

A Roman Catholic charity said it might close its adoption services after a tribunal ruled that it cannot refuse to help gay couples adopt. Catholic...