Historically, it has been very difficult for many members of the LGBTQ community to have children, from facing legal discrimination in the adoption-and-fostering process to stigma on the playground. That’s why we’re grateful and happy to see so many celebrities who identify as gay, fluid, pansexual, asexual, intersex, genderqueer and nonbinary, start their families in any way they choose.
From adoptive mom and fitness guru Jillian Michaels to couples who went the surrogate route (we’re looking at you, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris!), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Hollywood parents who have spoken openly about their sexual identities — to their fans and their kids, to much support.
White Collar star Matt Bomer, who is married to publicist husband Simon Halls, joked that one of their sons once “came out to us as straight.” And Westworld actress Rachel Evan Wood shared what happened when she once asked her son if he would feel comfortable if she dated a woman, “He was like, ‘I think that would be amazing. That would be so cool!'” she told Self.
That’s some awesome parenting right there! So let’s celebrate all the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise non-conforming parents in our lives — oh, and we’re also pretty obsessed with the hetero celeb parents who are so supportive of their LGBTQ+ kids, too.
Read on for a list of moms and dads who are raising kids in the most inclusive and inspiring ways. Now, our only question is, could you please adopt us, please?
A version of this story was originally published in June 2020.