New Website Supports Gay Dads
Celebrate Father’s Day by visiting Gays With Kids, a website designed to help gay dads navigate fatherhood. Launched by real life married couple, dads Brian Rosenberg, 49, and Ferd van Gameren, 54, Gays With Kids serves as a resource guide, a place to network, to offer or seek advice, and to share stories.
The website’s press release states that "the online community aims to normalize the experience of gay parenting," which will include "in-depth reporting on topics of interest to gay dads, many of which are typically not covered in mainstream media. Gays With Kids also inspires a whole new generation of gay men who are interested in raising children."
Rosenberg and Gameren met in Boston in 1993. In 1999 they relocated to New York City, emigrating to Toronto in 2009 because they wanted to be legally married - Canada legalized gay marriage at the federal level in 2005.
"We got married on June 20, 2013," Rosenberg told SFGN by phone. "One week later, the Supreme Court threw out the Defense Of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 (California’s gay marriage ban)." He laughed at the irony of their timing. Though happily ensconced in Toronto at the moment, Rosenberg said that a return to the States wasn’t off the table.
The couple has three children. Levi, their five-year-old son, was adopted. Twin four-year-olds Ella and Sadie were conceived through surrogacy.