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We are a network of gay men who have children living with us or apart from us. Some of us are divorced, some separated, and some still married. Some of us are in committed relationships with other men. Our peer meetings provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming forum for talking about the issues that affect us. These are open to anyone who fits our profile. This is the heart of what the Gay Father's group does. We also have regular social events and other benefits of membership.

Peer Meetings

Our meetings provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming forum for talking about our issues of gay fatherhood, including coming out, divorce, sexuality, and relationships with children, partners, and spouses (current or ex).

Social Activities

We also offer a regular schedule of social events. These events are friendship-oriented, designed to help build a supportive circle in which to socialize.

Resources

We work to provide valuable resources to our members to assist in learning about issues that may affect your families.

Yahoo Groups

When your membership application is accepted, you will gain access to the Gay Fathers’ Yahoo Group. This online group allows us a very simple way to stay in touch while maintaining confidentiality.

About

Who We Are

Gay Fathers of Greater Chicago was founded in 2014 with a membership of 5 men. We are a network of gay men, many with children living with us or apart from us, some contemplating having children, and some partners of men with children. Some of us are divorced, some separated, and some still married. Some of us are in committed relationships with other men. GFGC works to educate its members, the media, and the public about issues surrounding being gay and also being parents. We try to promote a positive image of gay fathers. GFGC is managed by a volunteer Steering Committee whose officers are elected each February. Steering Committee meetings are open to all members. The organization is entirely funded by membership fees and voluntary meeting contributions.

  • Family Life

    An estimated 37% of LGBT-identified adults have had a child at some time in their lives.

  • Households

    More than 125,000 same-sex couple households (19%) include nearly 220,000 children under age 18.

  • Adoption Increase

    As reported on the 2000 Census, about 65,000 children lived with same sex parents. In 2012, 110,000 live with gay parents, over a 100% increase.

  • Cultural Families

    Two-thirds of male same-sex couples who are raising children were reported to be Hispanic.

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Monthly Meetings and Get-togethers

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