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Mother’s Day for Gays: Yay or Nay?

Seems like it was just yesterday that Obama caused Anita Bryant clutch at her pearls in horror by issuing a Mother’s Day proclamation that recognized gay moms.

Well, actually, it was a year ago. And now it’s time once again to turn to the mom in your life and say, “hey, thanks for letting me crash at your place.” After all, she’s the one who made you gay (though whether it was with genes or by being withholding we’ll never know).

Yes, yes, of course Mother’s Day is just a made-up holiday. But so is Christmas. Besides, you don’t need an excuse to call your mom. The question is, what are you going to get her?

Fortunately, Autostraddle has a fabulous roundup of some excellent mom-gifts, from the book by Ellen’s mom to Wanda Sykes’ “Ima Be Me” to a Rachel Maddow Mug. And Feast of Fun touches on moms in their recent interview with Peaches Christ, in which Peaches recommends a few films about motherhood. Among them: the Alien franchise.

Obama’s proclamation this year was a bit more muted when it came to lesbians: “Whether an adoptive mom or grandmother, mother or partner, the women who raise us show us that no hurdle is too high, and no dream is beyond our reach. As sons and daughters, we show our gratitude for the women in our lives who care for us, shape our values, and set us on the path to a limitless future.” he wrote. Still, not a bad sentiment.

So, Queerty readers, how do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Or do you even celebrate at all?

By:           matt baume
On:           May 6, 2011
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  • 7 Comments
    • Jaroslaw
      Jaroslaw

      The woman who started Mother’s Day never became a mother herself; although she obviously really loved her own mother.

      Having kids is a ton of work, so yeah, for one day, acknowledge everyone as long as they don’t mind.

      May 7, 2011 at 6:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid
      divkid

      i’d celebrate it with a cluster bomb and a length of cheese wire.
      [relax...you just imagined i said that]

      what can i say, we’re not close.

      May 7, 2011 at 10:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yaël
      Yaël

      I treat Mom to a dayspa: facial and massage and a couple pops of champagne: it’s a slightly covert maneuver in that she spends a half day yammering in someone else’s ear about her long list of imaginary grievances.

      Love her to pieces but I think she’s happiest when whining.

      We sneak sippy cups of margaritas into the movie theatre afterwards and remain plastered throughout dinner.

      May 7, 2011 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaliberGuy
      CaliberGuy

      Teasing her about getting her a Dodge Challenger (if only I had the money) instead getting he a nice plant to go in the pot she wants, washing and detailing her car and planting some plants for her.

      May 8, 2011 at 12:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid
      divkid

      my mother studied at the joan crawford academy of childcare, which is located in the wire coat-hanger district of the city.

      wow i think my gay score just went up with that reference — finally full membership!

      May 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      Happy Mothers day to all the wonderful moms out there.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      “Whether an adoptive mom or grandmother, mother or partner, the women who raise us show us that no hurdle is too high, and no dream is beyond our reach…”

      And yet, President Obama seems to have no great qualms about keeping the dreams of those partners very, very far out of their own reach.

      Casually dismissive, as usual.

      I understand the hostility of Republicans more than I understand the hypocrisy of Democrats.

      May 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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