Ecuador's Constitutional Court Ruled In Favor Of LGBTQ Families

A seven-year-old girl will now have her name registered and recognized by the Ecuadorian government, and that has some fantastic repercussions for gay marriage in the country.

A historical Constitutional Court decision was made recently in Ecuador in relations to the rights of a young girl.

The court decided in favor of seven-year-old Satya Amani Bicknell Rothon who was in court to decide if her rights had been violated. The court ultimately agreed so and ordered the Civil Registry office to register the girl’s full name. That name includes the surnames of her two mothers.

Helen Bicknell and Nicola Rothon are the parents of young Satya and both were overjoyed to hear the news of their court win.

"We knew we were going to win, but we did not know when..." Helen Bicknell said Wednesday during a press conference. "This is the result of efforts of collective articulation, the Ombudsman activated a jurisdictional guarantee, but everything would not have been possible without the support of the organizations." 

But it’s not just the Bicknell Rothon family that’s celebrating. LGBTQ rights advocates are also happy to hear of the court decision.

By ruling to have Satya’s full name registered, the court is also recognizing the marriage between Satya’s mothers.

Judge Tatiana Ordenana, who made the groundbreaking decision, said all children have the right to be registered, no matter what type of family they come from.

In addition, José Luis Guerra, one of the Bicknell Rothon’s lawyers, says that this is a big step in recognizing diversity and LGBTQ families.

h/t: Telesur

Babies Galore: Lance Bass & Michael Turchin Are Ready For Parenthood!

Lance Bass and his super cute husband Michael Turchin are ready to take the next step in their relationship: parenthood!

“Just last week, [we] really started the process,” the former NSYNC star told Entertainment Tonight recently. “So we’re excited, and it’s going a lot faster than we ever thought, which is kind of freaking me out.”

The two have gotten very detail oriented about them becoming (actual) daddies.

"I thought we had a good, like, year to really choose things, but it’s happening so fast,” Lance said. “I mean, we’ve met with surrogates, we’re looking at eggs, we now have the person representing us, and contracts are being made, and it’s such a process that we had no idea existed. But it’s also fascinating too. It’s already amazing.”

Turns out parenthood was one of the many reasons why Lance married Michael in the first place. "I mean, the reason I wanted to get married to this guy is I know he’ll be an amazing dad," he also told Entertainment Tonight.

Lance and Michael got married back in December of 2014 which was televised for the world to see. He would be the fourth member from NSYNC to enter the world of parenthood, as Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirpatrick all have kids.  Your move... JC Chasez.




New Anti-Discrimination Campaign Uses Real Gay Parents As Its Spokespeople

A national ad campaign to fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation is using a real life family as the faces of the movement.

Jami and Krista Contrearas are a happy couple living in Oak Park, Michigan. The married couple, along with their two children, just want a chance at the American dream. To work, to succeed, to be happy, and to be seen as equal. Unfortunately, that’s not what they’ve been given.

Three years ago, the couple brought their then six day old newborn child to a local pediatrician. They were surprised when a different doctor walked into the room. Asking where they’re regular doctor was, they were told, “I'm going to be your doctor, your doctor prayed on it and decided she won't see you all today,”

While Jami and Krista aren’t new to being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, this was the first time that the discrimination was passed down to their children.

“We spoke to other people and they would say well they can’t do that… that’s not legal and we looked into it and it was legal,” Jami told local news source WXYZ.

In the United States, 31 states, including Michigan, still allow for discrimination in employment, housing, and social services (like restaurants or doctors’ visits) based on sexual orientation.

Due to this upsetting story, Jami, Krista, and their two kids have now become the faces of new ad campaign Beyond I Do, which hopes to bring to the public’s attention the fact that discrimination is still legal in a majority of the country.

You can check out more information about the campaign, facts on discrimination based sexual orientation, and more at Beyond I Do’s website.

h/t: WXYZ

Single Father Karamo Brown Had A Heart-To-Heart With Twitter About Parenting

We here at Instinct have already shared how much we love Karamo Brown (just look at all the articles we've written about him!), but WOW does this guy make it hard NOT to love him.

Acting as one of the new Fab Five, Karamo Brown has found that being on the road to produce Queer Eye is a challenging job. While he’s loving what he’s doing, he also feels bad about being on the move away from his sons. As a single father on the road, he can’t help but feel a little guilty.

As Karamo tweeted out yesterday (April 16), these feelings won't go away.

As you might expect, all of his followers and fans (and even some strangers who just happened to come across the tweet) shared words of love and acceptance back at the rising star.

We at Instinct Magazine have to, again, express how much we love Karamo Brown for how goal-driven he is while still keeping his humanity and down-to-earth personality.

We know his sons are honored to be his children and we’re sure that they love their dad for the work that he is doing.

Steve Coogan And Paul Rudd Learn How To Play House In New Film "Ideal Home"

A new trailer is out for a film about a gay couple learning how to parent.

Ideal Home stars Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as a celebrity chef named Erasmus and his directing husband named Paul.

The two fight often and live a hectic life but they ultimately love each other. Things change for them though after finding out that Erasmus has a 10-year-old grandson named Bill (played by Jack Gore). Now, they have to change their lives and learn how to raise the boy right.

The movie first premiered in February at the 2018 Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney and its now having an official release in theaters starting June 21.

Along with Netflix gay teen rom-com Alex Strangelove, it seems that this summer will have some interesting films starring gay characters. We’re looking forward to them.


These 7 Instagram Accounts Celebrate Gay Dads And Their Kids

A couple days ago, I posted an article explaining that gay marriage is not the anti-thesis of marriage (as one internet troll announced). In that post, I also shared some wonderful posts celebrating gay marriage, gay love, and gay parenting.

That said, I realized that there is always room for more posts focusing on these topics, so that’s what this post is trying to do.

But what’s better than just talking about how gay parents are great? Showing you. And thanks to Instagram, I can do just that.

With the help of Instagram account, Gays_With_Kids, I’m happy to share with you seven Instagram accounts that show the wonderful love a gay parent can have for his children.

  1. @Hunterbigham & @Johncmartell

​Hunter and John are a gay couple who have raised three wonderful children. The power couple are two married men who love to travel, model on occasion, be together, and to spend time with their kids.​


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  1. @JackyRusli​

Jacky Rusli is a family man from Indonesia who works in design and advertising. Because of that, he is able to support his family of three while also being able to work with amazing people like Nyle DiMarco.


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Waking up to this little sunshine #newyorkcity #morning ↔️ #swipe

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Cold but beautiful day #centralpark #newyorkcity ↔️ #swipe

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  1. @Kevincarroleary & @briankesser

Kevin and Brian are a happy couple who are proud to have two wonderful sons. On top of that, they also pride themselves in teaching their kids a strong moral code. “Say thank you, help others, be kind, do your best, and don't look down on people,” says Kevin.



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  1. Jbabs245

This isn’t the first time that Jason Babcock and Adam Gentile have shown up in an Instinct Magazine article. After having their son Tristan, the two decided to expand their family even more. But then imagine their surprise when they found out they were going to have triplets!

  1. @terrell.and.jarius

Terrell and Jarius are also a couple that we’ve talked about before on Instinct. Back in December, we shared the news of the couple sharing their twins with the world. After failing to having a child before, the two were surprised to accidently have two children. And, they plan to adopt/foster sometime in the future.


When neither of your children want to cooperate for the selfie #Family

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  1. @daddydaddykids​

These Philadelphia residents are proud of the family they’ve grown through fostering and adoption. Greg and Paul are so proud that they want to share their stories of happiness with the world through a forum and brand called “DaddyDaddyKids.”



#flyeaglesfly #mybabyboy

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  1. @ShaunT & @scottphotobombs

Lastly, we have Shaun T and Scott who were blessed with twins late last year. The two are used to being in the limelight, with Shaun being a fitness guru with connections to the Williams sisters, but they have never known a glory that's close to the joy of being a parent.


Papa duty is real and LOVING it!

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There are many more dads and their kids where that came from.

If you're looking for more gay dad Instagram accounts, start by going to Gays_With_Kids. That account shares pictures and accounts of proud papas with their kids regularly. Check that out, and see how short it takes before you crack a smile.

Couple Devastated After Being Rejected By Foster Agency Because They're Gay

As gay marriage is now legal across all 50 states of America, it seems that the next issue that LGBTQ couples are fighting for is the right to parent.

We’ve already talked about the growing struggle between right wing politicians, LGBTQ couples, and adoption agencies in Georgia (with tv/movie creatives also getting involved), and now it seems a similar struggle is surfacing in Pennsylvania.

The trouble started when a lesbian couple went to an orientation meeting for a foster/adoption agency. Magan Paszko and her wife drove to Elkins Park in Philadelphia to participate, but were quickly told that they weren’t welcome.

“The trainer approached us, and she was really nice, but she told us, ‘I just want to be upfront. This organization has never placed a child with a same-sex couple,” Paszko told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “She told us she didn’t want to waste two hours of our time.”

It seems that Bethany Christian Services, the agency Paszko and her wife were applying to, and another agency called Catholic Social Services have a strict policy of rejecting LGBTQ parents.

While the Bethany Christian Services was “polite” in its rejection and gave the names of other agencies, their act does nothing but harm Philadelphia children desperately in need of a home.

Philadelphia is currently seeking out more people to become foster parents, yet Christian organizations like Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services are rejecting LGBTQ people who want nothing more than to help.

Outside of talk of discrimination and going against the needs of children, this act is also against government policy.



As Mary Catherine Roper, the deputy legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, told the Inquirer:

 “A government doesn’t get to use a contractor to implement religious programs and when you start saying, ‘We’re running this as a religious program such that we won’t take you because you don’t fit our religious view,’ then the city is paying for a religious program, and that’s a problem under the First Amendment.”

On top of that, Bethany Christian Services collected $1.3 million from the government last year for operating foster homes covering 170 children. Thus, the government is financially backing this organization that’s used religion as its focus for the past 75 years.

On top of this, there seems to also be a layer of hypocrisy in Bethany’s actions.

Due to Pennsylvania’s state code, LGBTQ children can’t be discriminated against by foster/adoption agencies. This has led to Christian organizations like Bethany working with LGBTQ youth while later rejecting LGBTQ adults.

In response to all this, Currey Cook, the head of Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-home Care Project, said:

“How do you pretend you can simultaneously say we serve all youth and do a good job serving all youth while at the same time you’re saying same-sex couples are not real parents, are not good parents?” Cook said. “LGBT youth who have faced so much isolation, stigma, prejudice in the system are left wondering, ‘What’s going to happen if I come out, and I’m being served by parents or an agency that basically says trans parents, LGBT people, aren’t good parents?'”

As the Inquirer reports, Paszko and her wife are now in the process of becoming foster parents with the help of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, but they can't help feeling distraught by the earlier rejection.

h/t: The Philadelphia Inquirer

TV Show Producers Threaten To Boycott If Georgia Passes Its Anti-Gay Adoption Bill

TV makers are taking a stand against a ridiculous religious freedom bill.

As we reported a couple days ago, some politicians within the American state of Georgia are trying to pass a religious freedom bill. If passed, State Senate Bill 375, or the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” would let adoption agencies use their religious beliefs as an excuse to reject gay couples looking to adopt.

The official reasoning for this bill is that it's to protect adoption agencies from being discriminated and persecuted for not approving of gay couples and gay parents.

That said, many have pointed out that no such problems have been reported by adoption agencies. As such, the bill is just an excuse to open a window for discriminating against gay people, and making adoption harder for them.

Despite those protests in the State Senate, the bill ultimately passed on a vote of 35-19. Now, its on its way to the State House of Representatives.

In the meantime, showrunners and producers of popular tv shows are saying they might pull their show productions from the state as a result.

Atlanta, Georgia has become a major spot for Hollywood productions. Not only do multiple tv shows like Queer Eye, The Walking Dead, and Black Lightening, film there, but major movies like Black Panther film there as well.

Due to this, Georgia makes about $7 billion a year from productions and filming. But, all that could come crumbling down thanks to Bill 375 and the words of Ben Wexler.

Ben Wexler is a producer who’s worked on shows like The Grinder, Community, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Arrested Development.

After hearing about Georgia State Senate Bill 375, Wexler tweeted out the following, “To my fellow showrunners: if this dumb bill becomes law, let’s be done filming television shows in Georgia.”

Soon, other tv executives/creatives like Difficult People creator Julie Klausner, Difficult People star Billy Eichner, Starz’s Spartacus creator Steven DeKinght, and When We Rise creator Dustin Lance Black were agreeing with Wexler.


In addition, many have asked the creators of the Walking Dead, which is probably the biggest tv show filmed in Georgia, and Marvel Studios to share their thoughts on the situation.

Meanwhile, many LGBTQ advocates are expressing how unjust Bill 375 really is. For instance, Marty Rouse, who’s the national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, said:

“Plain and simple – SB 375 is discrimination dressed up as a ‘solution’ to a fake problem.”

“It creates an unnecessary hardship for potential LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents in Georgia and primarily harms the children looking for a loving home.”