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Queer Parents Sent Us Their Cutest Family Photos And WOW I'm Emotional

"We don’t have to have given birth to them, or have known them from birth, for them to be a part of us."

We asked queer parents in the BuzzFeed Community to send us their cutest family photos in celebration of Pride. Here are their wonderful responses:

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My wife, my son, my loves, my world. —janelannl

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My wife and I met in 2007 and were married in 2013. We started trying for a baby in late 2014 with frozen sperm. After several failed attempts we switched to a known donor friend. In 2017 we welcomed our adorable, sweet, and very energetic baby girl. It's been nonstop ever since. —octaviacady

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The fam going to P-Town in 2016 —jonathant402cdaa43

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My wife and I met in 2011, got married in 2014, and met our beautiful children in 2016. We were lucky enough to get to adopt them that same year. Our kids are fearless in their creativity, expression, and love.

We sometimes get asked if it’s weird not having known our kids since birth. To that I like to paraphrase from one of our kids’ favorite books, A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary. Our kids grew in our hearts. We don’t have to have given birth to them, or have known them from birth, for them to be a part of us. No matter how it begins, a family is a family is a family. —fpgirl12

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Fatherhood through surrogacy is a legal landmine, the biggest expense of your life, and half the world is against you — but if you make it through to the other side, it’ll be the biggest reward of your life. —Salim

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This is my mom and her amazing wife at their wedding! They celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary in December! My mom was diagnosed with fibromyalgia early in their relationship and my stepmom has been my mother’s rock ever since. They’re a great balance and I’m proud to have them as parents. —bnashan

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My sister, our moms, and me. I’ve had two moms since I was 4 years old and I wouldn’t want it any other way! —katelynk4aba06dcf

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Neither of us benefited from consistently having our fathers in our lives and it has always been our dream to raise a family together in a loving, two-parent household. As a same-sex couple of color, we knew our journey would provide unique challenges, but we were ready to face them head on. In late 2016, after 10 years together, we decided to take a leap of faith and began the adoption process.

Three months later (highly unusual), our son Timothy joined the Seigler-Carter family. He giggles when we are showering him with kisses and is not easily moved by traditional kiddie games — definitely a strong personality! He also enjoys going out with his daddies for brunch. It is often said that fairy tales don't exist, but this is definitely as close as it gets. —Richard & Carlos

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Here's our little trio on our family spring break trip to see Hamilton this year! My wife and I surprised our kiddo with tickets for Christmas. —louises44bd7f322

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I’m a lesbian and a single mom (by choice, and with no plan to change that anytime soon, if ever) with a 4-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. Their dad is a close friend of mine from high school, and he and his family are a huge and very important part of our lives. I consider many of his family members my closest friends and our biggest support system way more than my own relatives are.

I haven’t been in a serious relationship since my son was very young, so it’s been just the three of us for almost all of their lives. It’s been both incredibly amazing and, at times, incredibly difficult. There are definitely days when I feel overwhelmed and outnumbered, but my kids are amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing about our family. —evilashe

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Sebastian is a non-verbal autistic boy who also has a rare chromosome deletion and sensory processing disorder. He requires around-the-clock care. The stress can get overwhelming and crazy. But even when everything is going wrong, I know I have everything I need and our life together is perfect. It’s as simple as that; we have all we need! —Jorden and Shane

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My wife and I and our 3-month-old daughter. She is the light of our lives and the baby we prayed and prayed to have! —anikkam2

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Here's my wife, Mande, and our two kids Lorraine and Maddox. —shannonc47d5a5f87

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Myself, my cousin, and my moms, Mel and Barb. They raised me together and I wouldn't be half the woman I am today if it wasn't for them. They're a constant inspiration and the reason I'm as politically active as I am today. —tanajam

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Here's my wife, Holly, our youngest son, Ethan, and me. Ethan is from my previous marriage, but he calls her mom and loves her to pieces! —s4a3b25277

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I was raised by two incredible women, and my father is a gay man who is kind of like an uncle figure in my life. This is a picture of me and all four (yes, four) of my parents after a wonderful dinner. I’m eternally grateful to be surrounded by such love and support. —katel45b3367a8

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My wife and I have been together for almost 12 years. After failing to succeed by trying on our own to have a baby we decided to try IUI. After four rounds we had no luck, so we decided to give IVF a try. Thankfully my wife's insurance helped. After two rounds we had a positive pregnancy test and welcomed our baby boy into this world in 2016. Fingers crossed that we welcome his brother and sister into this world in October. —teamashley

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