1. you are what you are….no matter how far we travel or evolve we always find our way back to ourselves..I believe staying true to yourselves and within walking distance to your “roots” is always wisest. I love your name…just the way it is!

    • Henry,

      Your comment is lovely. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts for us during a really stressful time. We want to be accessible and open to everyone….and we happen to be quite attached to our name. We’re working on a tag line and a mission statement that will hopefully help clear up any misconceptions people might have. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support of our project!! ~erin

  2. Just keep pushing forward and putting your message out there. Actions are louder than words anyway. Thank you for what you are doing.

    • Sally K,

      Thank YOU for your support, your kind words, and for leaving us these thoughtful comments. It all means so much more than you’ll ever know.
      HUGS ~erin

  3. I love that the name will always remind you of how you started. I love this project and I love watching it grow. Name Schmame. Same Same.
    I don’t care about the name, I care about what you are doing. Thank you.

    • HouseTalkN,

      You are full of awesomesauce. Your comments made me cry. I love that you don’t care about our name, but care ENOUGH to see past “name Schmame” to see what we’re doing. YOU are a gem. YOU are the reason we keep going.

      And thank you again for your generous donation. We appreciate all of your support, and your kind words, more than you will ever know.


  4. Great post. Love that your “name” honors your origin. I also love that you haven’t excluded any because of your name. Thanks for being here.

    • Kimberly/Sperk,

      Thank YOU for being HERE!!!! And I’m relieved & thrilled to hear that you feel we haven’t excluded anyone w/ our name….because apparently we already have. So we’re working on a mission statement and a tag line (stay tuned!!) to remedy the situation and hope people will take the extra 5 seconds to get past out name & learn exactly what it is that we’re doing and what we’re about….


  5. I love this post Erin because I think, like everything else you have done, deciding to stick with your name is showing you are on a mission for change and nothing is going to sidetrack you on your way to your goal. So honored to watch you do this.

    • Jessica,

      I love you so much. And I’m HONORED that you are here and being supportive of us and what we’re doing. Proud to know you and call you my friend. I’m one lucky girl! xoxox

  6. Cheryl Kenter says:

    My dad was gay. He was married to my mother until I was sixteen when he left her for is boyfriend… He and Lorne were together until his death which was 33 years. I have to give my mom a lot of praise, she kept my dad and I close. She could have been bitter and destroyed our relationship but she was always a class act. It was not easy to deal with it back in the mid ’60’s because it was not something ever talked about in public. I did not know anyone else who had a gay parent. I am so happy it is much better for kids today and their parents are and can be open about it. We still have a long way to go, but it is so much better now.

    • Cheryl,

      Wow, so good to hear from you! My mom was the same way–a class act. She has only recently allowed herself to feel some bitterness now, long after all 3 of us have grown up, moved out/on…but I agree with you we still have a looooooong way to go. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment and hope to hear more from you soon!


  7. I’m so privileged to have found out about this project early enough to watch it grow!

    • Michelle,

      Thanks so much! Love hearing that positive feedback! We are growing more every day and love having people like you around! ~erin

  8. I think the name resembles where you started and I like that. And I think it’s perfect for where you are going! I’m so excited to continue along with your journey!

    • Mamaintheburbs,

      And we’re so happy to have you along with us for the journey! Thanks for reading and stopping by! Appreciate your support now more than ever! ~erin

  9. Erin. You know we talked about this. Personally, I think this post explains it all. The project started with you and Amie and your dads. Now, it has gotten larger. I’m so thrilled for you! Anyone who knows you knows that you are all about inclusiveness! They just have to look a little deeper. Maybe a byline could help clarify. Whatever you decide, this project is going to happen. It has to.

    • Renee,

      We are working on a tag line and mission statement that will be more prominently displayed on the site. And if people aren’t willing to take that extra 3 seconds to look, well, then we’ll work harder to help them see what we’re about. Time will tell, I guess. But we’re on it. THANK YOU! ~erin

  10. I agree with Katy, completely. You keep doing what you’re doing, because whatever you’re called, you’ve got the heart and passion to do big things, all of you.

    • Greta,

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Needed to hear that. I know not everyone agrees w/ us or you, but….it is our project, and if we’re willing to go the extra mile to see to it that people “get it,” then so be it. We appreciate all you have done and continue to do for us!
      xoxox ~erin

  11. I think you’ve got the right idea and when I heard this bit about how people think you’re being exclusive I thought it was BS. You didn’t ask for people’s opinions, but I say “eff that noise.” One thing I’ve learned about putting yourself out there and helping your community (whichever one)–somebody is always going to try to take away from your efforts without giving anything back. You don’t have time for those people. You only have time to move forward. Rock on, chica.

    • Actually, they did ask for people’s opinions. I wouldn’t have said anything and I support the project regardless, but when asked, I mentioned that at first I did wonder if it was inclusive then I saw some more information explaining that it was.
      However, I respect their right to keep the name as it is — heck, my blog name tells you nothing about my blog. That has its downsides, too, and a “branding expert” would probably freak out, but it also means I can write whatever I want to write about whenever I want to write about it. And my blog is doing just fine.

      • Alex,

        I love you. And thanks for the perspective, i.e. your blog….helps me feel a lot better. I’m so lucky to have you in my life and appreciate your thoughts on all of this.

        I know our name makes people wonder. We’re working on a mission statement and a tag line, and are just hopeful people will look beyond the name, at least for 3 seconds….then they’ll see….


    • Katy,

      Alex is right, we did poll people on FB to ask their opinions. And it’s so true—someone is always going to give us a hard time, someone will always be unhappy, but we’re learning that’s not OUR problem. It’s too difficult trying to please everyone all at once! AHHHHH!

      In town 4/4/ – 4/8, hoping we can meet up?!?! Know anyone I should talk to??? xoxoxoox ~erin

  12. An interesting and very real issue to have. Branding is everything, especially when you are fundraising and filming. After all, you aren’t going to just be talking to children who have Gay Dad’s. I have even thought about this, because I have friends who have come out with children who are mom’s and how it has affected their children, since you started this project. It’s tough to be in charge isn’t it?? This is just going to be one of the many many many many MANY decisions that will have to be made!!

    • Lee,

      You’re spot on. Branding IS everything. And yes, it’s really hard being in charge. I never imagined it this way. Soooooo many decisions, and it can get really emotional and confusing. We are working on a tag line and mission statement that will hopefully clarify things a bit for those who don’t want to take the time to delve into the site itself…we’ll see, I guess? Thanks for stopping by and leaving us some love! ~erin

  13. I’m proud of you, my friend – of your committment – of your strength and your true love of this project. I’m glad this weekend reinforced your belief in where you stand and where you are going. You are doing something amazing. Keep going. xoxo

    • Danielle,

      Oh my goodness, you’re going to make me cry. Thank you for your vote of confidence and for coming over to share your comments with us. We appreciate your belief in our project and I LOVE YOU! ~erin

  14. I love Rainbow Families!

    • Steven,

      Thank you for your input. It’s a difficult predicament—trying to convey so much w/ so few words, you know? And we also feel rainbow has been a bit overused….

      But we appreciate your support and thanks for reading & weighing in w/ your thoughts and ideas on this!!

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