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ELIXHER | November 26, 2014

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Our Family: Onyx Keesha & Noble Julz

April 2, 2014 | 1

ELIXHER had the opportunity to chat with Atlanta-based life and business partners Onyx Keesha and Noble Julz about their blended family and “village living.”Read More

ESSENCE.com Features Lesbian Couple in “Mommy Talk” Column

September 19, 2013 |

In ESSENCE.com’s “Mommy Talk” column, readers get to meet Donyell Thompson, an attorney who is raising her adorable son along with her wife, Krista. Kudos, ESSENCE. Keep it up!Read More

JaChel and Micaela are EBONY’s ‘Coolest Black Family in America’

June 18, 2013 |

For their “Coolest Black Family in America,” EBONY.com features wives JaChel and Micaela. Editor’s Note: The beautiful couple was featured in ELIXHER’s ‘Our Family’ column back in 2011. Read More

PREVIEW: Staceyann Chin and Baby Zuri Featured in ELIXHER Magazine

May 21, 2013 |

In the inaugural issue of ELIXHER Magazine, we visit Staceyann Chin’s Brook­lyn home for an intimate photo shoot. The author and new mom talks about her first year of motherhood, how her dating and sex life have changed with a kid, and more. Read More

Our Family: Chwanda and Kacey

May 13, 2013 |

ELIXHER had the opportunity to talk to Chwanda and Kacey Frierson-Nixon, a lesbian couple who made national headlines when they embarked on an “I Do Marathon” to legally wed in eight cities in ten days blending their family of seven children.Read More

Love is All You Need | OUT Magazine

February 7, 2013 |

In their Love issue, nine couples join OUT Magazine in their annual paean to love, in all its glorious forms. One particular couple caught our attention. Meet Chwanda and Kacey.Read More

Inside the Life Of A Single, Lesbian New Mom

October 26, 2012 |

Jamaican poet Staceyann Chin opens up about motherhood as a single, lesbian parent. Read More

Our Family: Telle and Kelly

July 24, 2012 | 3

Our Family is a series that celebrates two-mommy families and delves into some of the challenges they face. The goal of the series is to depict same-sex parent families in a way that’s authentic and dispels myths associated with same-sex childrearing. This week we chat with Telle, 31, and Kelly, 45, about their blended family, newborn daughter, Zoey, and their decision to co-parent with Zoey’s biological mother, Ane, 30.

ELIXHER: How do you define “family”?
TELLE: Any group of people in a social structure that live together, grow together, and love together whether they are near or far, no matter what the circumstance. There are so many ways to define a family, but the way I define it is complete and unconditional love for my immediate family members and anyone that has taken on the role of a very close friend and confidant. Biology isn’t all there is to a family, and I’ve had friends who have felt more at home with my family than with their own. Family is my greatest source of love and strength.
KELLY: I define family as my close relatives; my partner and my partner’s close relatives. Zoey is the newest member of our ever-expanding family.

ELIXHER: Tell us a bit about your family.
KELLY: I have two grown boys, ages 27 and 28, three grandchildren, ages 6, 4 and 2. I identify as a “femme,” and I happen to be bubbly with a welcome and open spirit. I have a live-in-the-moment type personality. We live on the north side of Chicago. My oldest son, John, lives one floor below us in the same building.
TELLE: My immediate family consists of my girlfriend, my 4-month-old daughter, Zoey, and my daughter’s biological mom, Ane. I also have a dog named Voldermort. I have no biological children of my own, however, I consider Zoey to be related by a bond that is just as powerful; love. I’m a soft-stud lesbian who prescribes to an old school train of thought as it relates to my family and romantic relationships. I’m very big on chivalry — opening doors, pulling out seats, wining and dining, and treating my lady like a queen.

Although there is often criticism directed at lesbians who tend to “adopt heterosexual roles” in relationships, I must say that I’m proud of the butch-femme history and everything it represents. It has served the GLBTQ community well throughout the decades. It’s natural to want to mimic our parents healthy relationships, which is traditionally at the heart of the matter. A large source of my pride is derived not only from my connection to and my sense of family and culture, but also the community of butch women before me who pioneered a path that allows people like me to be whoever we want to be; without fear of rejection, disregard, or disrespect for who we are, and how we identify.

My girlfriend is a high-spirited woman. Her heart is as kind as her soul. With that said, we love a healthy debate every now and then, but I’m the highly competitive one in the family, and everyone knows it. My daughter’s personality is still developing, but she has a beautiful spirit that shines through more every day. She’s full of smiles, laughter, and surprises and every time I look into her pretty little face, I can’t help but think of how lucky I am. She’s a very happy baby. Zoey and her mommy split their time, 50/50, between grandma’s place and mine.

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Our Family: Ira and Malinka Hardy

April 5, 2012 | 9

Our Family is a series that celebrates two-mommy families and delves into some of the challenges they face. The goal of the series is to depict same-sex parent families in a way that’s authentic and dispels myths.Read More

Our Families: Featuring African American Families

October 20, 2011 |

In this video from “Our Families,” African American families share their personal stories with Basic Rights Oregon.Read More