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June 16, 2017

When my daughter was born I implemented a strict "no princess policy." That is to say, I made it clear that growing up she would at no time be called a "princess" — either as a nickname nor as a term...

March 24, 2017

Last weekend my husband and I, and six of my family members, joyfully took my 3-year-old daughter to see Disney’s new live-action take on its classic cartoon Beauty and the Beast. Not only was I excit...

February 28, 2017

Hello, my name is Brian Andersen and I’m a flamboyant homosexual — a proud flamboyant homosexual. From one flamey gay to another, I want to thank Ross Mathews for his recent thoughtful, measured, and...

January 18, 2017

Last year on a lazy Saturday, as I lounged on the couch watching Steel Magnolias for the 20th time with my sleeping daughter cuddled besides me, I received the following terse text from my husband:

“Sh...

November 21, 2016

The morning after the 2016 presidential election I told my husband, “Well, it’s been nice being married to you these past three years.” He kissed me sweetly, deeply, and didn’t respond.

Aside from this...

September 22, 2016

Last year, when longtime X-Men character Iceman came out as gay after more than 50 years of Marvel Comics history, I, along with many of my fellow gay geeks, was elated. In that moment I felt as thoug...

August 16, 2016

“That’s Donald Trump,” the little squeak of a voice said next to me as she drank her milk. While the duck-lipped Trump blistered and blustered loudly throughout the minute-plus morning show clip, I tu...

December 25, 2015

I never thought I’d have kids. When I came out to my mother her only lament was, “And you would have made such a wonderful father too.”

With that winning response she was able to pass along both a comp...

November 10, 2015

My name is Brian Andersen and my husband and I are apostates. At least, that's what the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church) has labeled us — thanks to our...

September 24, 2015

A few days ago I stumbled upon a rather vindictive online attack against my family and me. A Mormon blogger and pundit spitefully titled his post “Yes, your gay family is as fake as the day is long” w...

March 19, 2015

Dear Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana,

As a gay parent to a wonderfully delightful 14-month-old daughter, I wanted to personally address your recent comments. 

I’d like to state that I agree with you...

February 19, 2015

Recently an antigay group in Ireland revealed its campaign against same-sex marriage with the absurd tagline, “Should Children be Exposed to the Sounds of Sodomy?” Yes, you read that right. The sounds...

October 31, 2014

I wouldn’t say I’m ugly. But I’m certainly not Instagram bathroom underwear selfie hot either. Nowhere near that, actually. I’m what people of my generation would refer to as an “Average Joe,” or as t...

August 7, 2014

My husband and I welcomed our wonderful, gorgeous daughter this past January via surrogacy. She’s been a precious, magical addition to our lives from day one. While we assumed our roles as parents to...

May 23, 2014

The day I bought my first X-Men comic was also the day I planned to commit suicide. Junior high was hard for me as a skinny, effeminate, brace-faced, four-eyed, closeted, comic book–reading 12-year-ol...

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