Empower your children by connecting with similar families. Chicago play group for kids with lesbian and gay parents.

Howard Ludwig is a straight stay-at-home dad who visited a play
group hosted by The
Center on Halsted
. The Center provides local LGBT outreach
– and started the play group for lesbian and gay parents [and their
kids] three months ago.

Howard writes about his experience in the suburban Chicago news
source, SouthtownStar.com.

For the most part – this group doesn’t seem any different from
others. While hanging-out, Howard takes notice of subtle
differences between this group and similar ones with straight

He notes, “If I had run into this same group at the community pool
or a public park, I doubt I’d even notice. The children acted like
any other group of kids. The parents didn’t particularly stand out,
either. The bulk of the conversation was the typical play-group
chatter. We talked about family-friendly cars and the dilemma of
public or private schools.”

At the end of his piece, Ludwig eloquently observes
the power of lesbian and gay parents reaching out to each

In conclusion Howard says, “…something important was happening.
Many of the children may never even notice. Though some of them
might take a look around the room and realize they aren’t the only
ones with two mommies or two daddies. Feeling like you’re not all
alone isn’t subtle. It’s significant.”

[Crossposted at ProudParenting.com]