Dana Rudolph

Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian (, a GLAAD Media Award-winning blog and resource directory for LGBTQ parents. Please join her on June 4 by posting on social media for #LGBTQFamiliesDay.

Back-to-School Tips for LGBTQ+ Parents

Back-to-school time can be daunting for any parent, as we leave our children to the care of others and subject to peer circles that we can’t fully control. LGBTQ+ parents may have particular concerns, too, about how welcoming and inclusive the

After 303 Creative: Inequality and the Harm to Children

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in 303 Creative v. Elenis was “profoundly wrong,” wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent, where she also pointed to the harmful message the ruling sends to children with same-sex parents.

The Queer Family Podcast' Showcases Beautiful, Unique Stories of LGBTQ+ Parenthood

When Jaimie Kelton launched a podcast for queer families in 2018, she thought, “This would be a fun side project.” Now, 11 seasons later, she’s interviewed hundreds of queer families, published a book based on many of their stories,

An Invaluable New Resource for Donor-Conceived People with LGBTQ+ Parents

COLAGE, the national organization for people with LGBTQ+ parents, recently released an updated edition of its groundbreaking guide for donor-conceived people with LGBTQ+ parents. It’s an invaluable resource for youth and young adults—but also feels

What LGBTQ+ Families Should Know For Back-to-School Time

As school-related anti-LGBTQ legislation and policies continue to rise, what should LGBTQ+ parents know about recent moves and how to protect their families? Two experts from Family Equality shared their thoughts with me. The number of legislative

Back to School: 9 Queer-Inclusive Picture Books For LGBTQ+ Kids

Back-to-school time is here, so why not get your kids in the mood with some LGBTQ-inclusive picture books set in schools? There are now many such books, but here are a few of my favorites, across a variety of identities, that focus on first days of

This Drag Queen Has a Message For Hateful Republicans Banning Minors From Drag Storytimes

Politicians in Florida and Texas have recently proposed banning minors from drag performances, including storytimes for children. There have been demonstrations by white supremacists at drag storytimes in California and North Carolina. Drag queen and

Mombian: College Application Tips for LGBTQ+ Families

Ah, spring! Time of flowers, birdsong and, for many of us parents and our children, college visits. My own son went through the college admissions process a couple of years ago. While I am in no way an expert on the topic, I thought I’d share a

Censoring the Censors: How You Can Fight Back Against Conservative Attacks on Inclusive Books Across the Country

Preschooler Heather is no stranger to opposition. Lesléa Newman’s 1989 “Heather Has Two Mommies,” the first picture book to depict happily coupled same-sex parents and their child, faced opprobrium from conservatives since

Mombian: An Open Letter to Joe Biden from a Lesbian Mom

Dear President-elect Biden: I'm writing you this open letter as you prepare to take office as president. My son was just a few months too young to vote in the last election, but watched it with great concern, for its results would directly impact

Mombian: 2020 LGBTQ Parenting Year in Review

In a year like no other, LGBTQ families, like all others, struggled with the physical, mental and economic challenges of the pandemic. And with children of LGBTQ parents much more likely to live in poverty than those with non-LGBTQ parents, the

Mombian: The Day After the Election, a Crucial SCOTUS Case on LGBTQ Foster Care Rights

We are about two weeks away from the 2020 elections. A case that the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing the day after the elections, however, has me as concerned as the elections themselves, for it goes to the heart of how our country treats its