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Celebrating National LGBT Pride Month

In Community by Elizabeth Stephenson

For many, it seems like we are living through a period of darkness and conflict. The Internet has given rise to an unprecedented level of anonymous hatred and vitriol. Further, it seems that political discourse on both a state and national level has been incredibly polarizing with neither side of the political spectrum recognizing any form of common ground. At New Direction Family Law, we seek to defy hatred and negativity, and to celebrate the positive. June is National LGBT Pride Month and we are proud to celebrate this month with the North Carolina LGBT community. The History of LGBT Pride Month Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s anti-gay sentiment was codified in laws across the country and there was little cohesion or unity among LGBT people and groups to advocate …

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Raising Children in a Home with Two Moms or Two Dads

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

Non-traditional families are no longer the rarity they were just 25 years ago. Today, it is not unusual for a child to be raised in a family with same-sex parents. These families face most of the same issues that traditional families face. But there can still be added stresses for children with two moms or dads. Not all of society has embraced same-sex marriage, and the children that are raised in such a family can be subject to ridicule, rejection, and discrimination. The children may not experience this ridicule until middle school, when some classmates start learning and exhibiting the prejudices of their parents. It’s important to have open and honest communication with your children. Without that, you won’t know when they may be facing ridicule or discrimination. And if …