The Gay Fathers Project will be at New Haven Pride!

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The Gay Fathers Project is excited to be participating in Pride New Haven!  Look for our table at the Crown Street Block Party on Saturday, September 20th from 4 PM to 10 PM!  Crown Street will be closed to traffic from Church to Orange for our Pride New Haven celebration.

The Block Party will feature drag shows on an outdoor stage, vendors, local food trucks and games including twister and the famous Dunk-A-Queen booth. Stop by and say hello and sign up to participate in the Project!

Yale Club of San Francisco Talk August 24, 6:30 PM PST

Erin Burke will be presenting the 2014 Yale Club of San Francisco Summer Graduate Fellowship Talk entitled ”What about gay fathers? Hormones and fatherhood in male same-sex couples.”

The talk will be held August 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM at PaperG (530 Bush St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94108, map). 

This event is open to the public, but seating at PaperG is limited so please register here to attend. 

Family Week attendees, stop by to participate!

The Gay Fathers Project is in the For ‘n’ Aft room of the Provincetown Inn today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Stop on by to hear more about the Project or to participate!

If you can’t make those times, feel free to contact us (erin.e.burke@yale.edu) and we can arrange an alternative time.

Family Week starts tomorrow!

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The Gay Fathers Project is packing up and traveling to Provincetown, MA tomorrow for Family Week! Look for us at the Community Partners Exhibition during registration on Saturday and Sunday and at the “For ‘n’ Aft” room in the Provincetown Inn on Monday and Tuesday.

Family Week is run by the Family Equality Council and is a week full of activities and programs for LGBTQ parents, children, families, and friends! We can’t wait to meet everyone and hope to see you all there!

Our new partner COLAGE

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We are happy to welcome COLAGE as a new partner! COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. COLAGE is supporting the Gay Fathers Project in finding participants in the San Francisco area and beyond!

Our new partner outCT

The Gay Fathers Project is happy to welcome outCT as a new partner! outCT is a nonprofit organization based in Southeastern Connecticut. They are dedicated to building a community through educational, cultural and social programming that promotes acceptance, tolerance and understanding of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Check out their website for information and activities, like Pride at the Beach, which will be held this August. Thanks and welcome outCT!

One month until Family Week!

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Only one month left until Family Week in Provincetown, MA! Family Week is run by the Family Equality Council and is a week full of activities and programs for LGBTQ parents, children, families, and friends! This year, Family Week will be held Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 1.

The Gay Fathers Project will be participating in the festivities and looking for interested participants. Look for us at the Community Partners Exhibition during registration on Saturday and Sunday and at the “For ‘n’ Aft” room in the Provincetown Inn on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Gay dads’ brains take on mother and father functions

A new study from the lab of Ruth Feldman at Bar-Ilan University in Israel has shown that gay fathers’ brains take on both the social understanding and emotional processing associated with childcare. These functions are usually primarily activated in either secondary-caregiving fathers or primary-caregiving mothers, respectively. Gay, primary-caregiving fathers brains showed activation in both of these functions, suggesting that childcare experience can change the structure and function of the brain.  This exciting study is the first to investigate brain patterns in gay fathers.

To read a summary of the paper, click here. To read the entire paper, click here: Abraham et al 2013 (subscription required).