Adoptions: What Same-Sex Couples Experience

Adoptions: What Same-Sex Couples Experience

Is it still difficult for same-sex couples to adopt a child in the United States? What are some of the most important statistics regarding LGBT adoption? Even if the laws have changed for the better in recent years, the process may be tough to grasp at first. If you wish to become an adoptive parent, explore our guide on what same-sex couples experience during the LGBTQ adoption process.

Should You Adopt?

It’s been a few years since marriage equality was introduced legally into the U.S. In 2015, the supreme court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages. However, even after several years, adoption is still a big concern for many same-sex couples. So what happens when same-sex couples want to adopt?

Primarily, anyone who adopts a child does so out of love. Prospective parents are always aware that family means more than human biology. And nowadays, there is more diversity in

The Pros and Cons of Open Relationships

If you are looking for open relationship advice, you’re in the right place. We will go through everything you need to know about it and what challenges you and your partner may encounter.

Even though open relationships sound fun, there are a couple of things you need to understand if you want to enjoy yourself and have a great time.

Open Relationship

Open relationships, otherwise known as non-exclusive, are types of relationships that are based on intimacy but are not monogamous. This means that the couple is together, but there is a possibility that they will share intimate moments with other people as well. Unlike a polygamous relationship or polyamory, the primary focus is on intimacy, and the couple is not required to engage with other people — they can if they feel like it.

This type of relationship can include anything from marriage to dating. It is a contrast …

Stages of Healthy Gay Relationships

Finding a perfect partner can be difficult sometimes. However, what happens when you stumble on them in one of your favorite LGBT places? Suddenly, the fireworks go off in your stomach. That’s the feeling we all know and love.

Once you get into a relationship, there are certain stages you have to go through to ensure that your relationship is healthy. Check out which stage you might be in right now.

The Beginning

Welcome to the beginning stages of your new healthy relationship! There are many things that are a part of this stage, and we’re sure you’re already familiar with some of them. If not, have no fear. We’re here to tell you all about it.

What does a beginning stage mean? Everything is perfect! You’re going on a lot of dates, and there’s a lot of romance involved. You know — rose petals on the bed, fancy dates, …

Financial Plan for LGBT Couples

Some Financial Advice for LGBT Couples

At first glance, it seems superfluous to have financial advisors for LGBT couples. What does sexuality have to do with any of it? Why would straight-couple budget control be different to how gays handle their finances? Well, you may say they aren’t, but the reality is that most same-sex couples face more obstacles than straight couples.

In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in the United States. Before that, LGBT couples couldn’t be legally recognized as a couple, and they simply didn’t have a financial plan of their own. In 2016, a year after the legalization, a survey showed that LBGT couples had fewer retirement and savings plans. Additionally, they usually didn’t have a will or estate plans, nor any form of life insurance. Well, it’s time we changed that. Let’s take a look at some money tips for gay couples!

All Married Couples Should

The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. — A Timeline

It’s become common knowledge that same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015. However, you may not be familiar with the full details of how this decision came to be. The struggle for marriage equality was a long, controversial, and even scandalous process. It lasted for many decades, and it has become a major part of U.S. history. Keep reading for a full breakdown of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. and explore the timeline of the most important laws and events. 

The 2015 Decision 

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States. for quite some time now after the Obergefell v. Hodges case in 2015. This civil rights case ended with a decision by the United States Supreme Court to make all same-sex marriages legal in all U.S. states. What’s more, same-sex couples gained the same rights, responsibilities, and federal benefits as opposite-sex couples. 

Essentially, the Supreme Court

10 Ways Modern Gay Relationships Differ From Straight Ones

We all like to preach that love is love and that all relationships should be the same. But that’s not exactly the case, is it? Alright, alright, don’t get your panties in a bunch! We didn’t mean it like that! All relationships are equally worthy (or should be) in the eyes of the law, and love really is love. The Supreme Court says so, and we wholeheartedly agree! 

But the fact remains that the dynamic of same-sex relationships is quite different than the one the majority of straight couples have.

Some of the differences are easy to explain. When no societal stereotypes are pressuring either of the partners, the way the couple goes about their daily life changes. Some traditionalists (and bigots) can’t seem to grasp this concept. 

Stereotypes, gender-specific (and oppressive) roles, and other nonsense that straight couples have to deal with aren’t exactly the main issue in same-sex

Why We’re Having More Same-Sex Relationships Than Ever

Data collected from 28,000 adults between 1989 and 2014 found that more and more Americans answered “yes” to this question. In fact, in the early 2000s, twice as many U.S. adults reported having had at least one same-sex partner in their lifetime as compared to the early 1990s. (The study, which I co-authored with Ryne Sherman and Brooke Wells, was published today in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.) The percentage of men who had had sex with at least one man rose from 4.5% to 8.2%, and the percentage of women who had sex with at least one woman went from 3.6% to 8.7%.

Almost all of this increase is due to more people having sexual partners of both genders—bisexual behavior. People generally felt freer to have sex with both men and women if they chose. Acceptance of same-sex sexuality also shot up, with 49% saying it …

The American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline

This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from 1924 to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; the first civil unions; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York; and more.

1924

The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country’s earliest known gay rights organization.

1948

Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, revealing to the public that homosexuality is far more widespread than was commonly believed.

1951

The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization, is formed by Harry Hay, considered by many to be the founder of the gay rights movement.

1955

The first lesbian-rights organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis, was established in San Francisco in 1955.

1956

The Daughters of Bilitis, a pioneering national lesbian organization, is founded.

1958

Joe …

Types of People on Grindr

The Guys You’ll Meet on Grindr

Grindr came out in 2009, long before many of its users. It was supposed to be Tinder for gay men. And that’s exactly what it is, with members using the dating app to hook up with guys nearby. Basically, as Billy Eichner put it, Tinder is a lot of straight people pretending it’s for dating, but really using it for sex. On the other hand, Grindr is for gay guys who are not pretending it’s for anything other than meeting up and having sex.

Grindr devs may have initially envisioned they would facilitate meetups within the gay community where guys from different walks of life would get together for a picnic and romantic strolls. However, Grindr has turned out to be a different kind of app. You’ll be hard-pressed to point at someone who could proudly say: “I met my partner on Grindr.” That

What’s in a Name? — Changing Last Names in Same-Sex Marriages

Traditionally, in opposite-sex marriages, women took on the last names of their husbands. This practice is common in most countries, including the U.S. However, times have changed, and this situation can be a bit complicated for same-sex couples. So how do same-sex couples change surnames, and is the process any different compared to opposite-sex marriages? Have a look below to find out! 

Why Is It a Big Deal? 

Newlyweds always get confronted with the question of last names. In heterosexual relationships, the decision for a woman to change her surname often revolves around ideology. However, many say that LGBTQ couples who marry have to consider lengthy family nomenclature, as well as a lack of tradition. The matter can be quite complicated to some couples, especially if they’re not familiar with marriage laws or if they’re not set on their decision. 

Of course, same-sex marriages have been fully legal in

How to Strengthen Your Relationship If You Are in a Same-Sex Relationship

Whether you are in a lesbian or gay relationship, there are numerous ways to make it stronger. Here, we will go through the easiest ways to strengthen your relationship and make everything more enjoyable for you and your partner.

Being in a relationship should be pleasurable, beautiful, and full of love. So, take your time, and start building something incredible with your partner.

View Your Relationship Just Like a Straight-Relationship

One of the first mistakes gay couples make is to think that they have an unusual relationship. But in reality, they don’t. Each relationship is about people who are into each other and feel a certain level of trust and commitment. Heterosexual couples are no different than gay and lesbian couples, and you should always remember that.

Of course, we don’t say that it won’t be challenging. It is not a secret that society often deems gay relationships different, even …

Preparing for Your First Gay Date

Going on a date can seem scary, but there are a couple of things you might do to ensure that you and your partner have an incredible time. Of course, these aren’t set in stone. Each person is different, and you should do what you and your date find pleasurable and fun.

Date Location

One of the first things you need to do is plan a location for your date. Based on your personal preferences and what you know about your date, you should have at least some ideas. While it is possible that the other person would suggest something as well, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared and plan a few locations.

That doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you should focus on a place where both you and your partner would feel comfortable. While the first impression is essential, you don’t need to go somewhere extreme and …

Anal Hooks: A BDSM Guide

Did you know that anal hooks were invented in Neverland? Apparently, there was a battle between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Peter yelled out, “You won’t get away with this, Captain Hook!” To that, the captain responded, “Oh, yes, I absolutely w— Wait, did you just call me Captain Hook? Because of the hand?! Wow! I mean, my mom has passed away too, why don’t you call me Captain Dead Mom as well?” To save Peter from appearing insensitive, Tinker Bell conjured an anal hook. That, to be honest, backfired and sparked an entirely different, yet equally awkward conversation.

It’s been years since this (may or may not have) happened, and today anal hooks are used all over the world, not just Neverland. Once you look up an anal hook and see what it looks like, it’ll be clear to you why we call it like that and what it’s

Hot or Cold: How do you Like Your Glass Dildos?

People have been into temperature play for ages. While more extreme temperatures are common in BDSM, you can find elements of this sex play anywhere. To make everything even more exciting, you can add toys to ensure that you have an unforgettable night. 

We will cover here everything you need to know about temperature play, how to do it, and if there is something you need to be careful about. 

What Is Temperature Play

Temperature play is a form of BDSM in which a person uses heat or cold to stimulate neuroreceptors in the body. That can increase skin sensation and can be quite thrilling if you are into it. You have probably seen in movies how couples use ice or hot wax during foreplay, and that is exactly what temperature play is. Or at least a part of it. You can also use various toys for temperature play, and