From my parentsociety.com website blog:
I will never forget my first Father’s Day as an out, gay dad looking
for a card that would fit my new identity. The year was 1999, and my
first foray into my local Hallmark card store proved, well, fruitless.
Granted, they had plenty of Father’s Day cards. There was a card with a
picture of a dad washing the car with sons; some cards had a dad fishing
with sons and daughters; and there were other cards that had dads
getting a tie in a gift box from his wife with some kind of comic line
when you opened the card.
Venturing forth to other card shops, looking among all the cards from
various companies that stocked these shops, I found no card that
appropriately captured the theme of how normal it is for children to
have two gay dads celebrating Father’s Day in modern American society.
The card industry — along with newspapers, magazines, movies,
television, music, creative visual arts, and other cultural venues that
feed the American psyche — had established that heterosexuality was the
norm, the gold standard of parenting, and all other forms were an
aberration, if not deviant. After all, Mother’s and Father’s Day cards
with two lesbian moms and two gay dads simply didn’t make card companies
money. Feeling alone and dejected, again, I simply went home and made
my partner Dean a “Dads’ Day” card.
Link to article http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/fathers-day-cards-welcome-gay-parents/
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