As an LGBT family we are very grateful for the online community that we have joined and created. When we first launched our blog in 2011 we were aware of a few lesbian couples. That was it. We started with an aim to share our life, our experiences and our challenges. Initially for our family but over the years our community has expanded.
For anyone who has joined us for the whole journey you will know that things haven’t always been easy, but looking back it’s been an amazing journey. We have had experiences we’ve learnt from, some that we have grown from and others that we have been lucky enough to have. The one constant has been the fact that we have been fortunate enough to have our experiences at a time when the LGBT community has had more rights that we have ever been before.
When we first got together a same-sex couple could not get married. However we were able to get legally married in 2014, and that’s what we did. If you haven’t check out our wedding posts here: Wedding Posts
It wasn’t until a few years ago that LGBT couples having children was acknowledged. Followed by things put in place to have both parents on the birth certificate (this isn’t the case in a lot of places and the USA currently does not acknowledge Annabelle as an American citizen despite her American Mama being on her birth certificate – details here). Our entire fertility treatment experience was positive. We were both treated as parents-to-be. And thankfully we could both walk in and have our names on Annabelle’s birth certificate, no questions asked. Details on our fertility journey are here.
The reason for this post is two-fold. Firstly we want to highlight that our blog is jam-packed with posts about our experiences in the hope that it helps someone. Secondly because we wanted to highlight two resources we have found really useful.
The LGBT Tribe Mummies: The website for this amazing resource will be launching soon. In the meantime find them on Instagram. You can read about their mission in this Diva article here. Put simply their purpose is to educate, share and celebrate. Their feed is jam-packed with LGBT families sharing their experiences. From pregnancy announcements to birth stories the resource allows you to see and learn from others.
The other website we often refer to is: LesBeMums. This two Mum family often keep us up to date on Queer content, what’s going on in the LGBT community and How To Guides for creating inclusive content.
If you want more blogs to check out, see our last post where Vuelio shared their top 10 LGBT blogs.
This year is our first year without going to a Pride. Prides for us have always been about being visible. Visible to others but also being part of a visible group. Often we are the lone lesbian couple. Annabelle doesn’t know any other two-mum families and so for us Pride is important. When there is no Pride we have to rely on our community, online, to be visible. It is very important to our family, but also to remind others that LGBT families don’t always have the same rights as others. Our journey is still full of battles to be fought.
Search Pride for all our posts on the Prides we have attended.
However while Covid has us in lockdown we are still celebrating. We are still teaching Annabelle what Pride is about. Still reminding ourselves of it’s importance. We marked Pride on the 27th of June with an art session, dividing toys into colours (did you know each colour represents something? The full article is here. Rainbow pizza making and dance party.
Here’s the main part: