‘And Tango Makes Three’ Authors Have Baby of Their Own

Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, the authors behind the gay penguin children's book And Tango Makes Three, now have their own child, City Room reports:

Gemma "In February, the gay couple, who live in the West Village, had their
first child. The baby, Gemma Parnell-Richardson, was born to a
surrogate mother, the egg fertilized by sperm from one of the men.
(Which one was left to chance.)…Gemma was born in Massachusetts because the state allows both fathers’
names on the birth certificate without an adoption process. (In
addition, New York State does not allow women to be paid to be
surrogate mothers.)"

According to the American Library Association, more attempts were made (by right-wingers angry with the book's message about successful gay parents) to remove And Tango Makes Three from library shelves in 2006, 2007, and 2008 than any other book.

Tango And Tango Makes Three tells the story of how Roy and Silo, in an attempt to raise a child of
their own, try in vain to sit on a stone so it will hatch
. When zookeepers notice this, they
give the two gay penguins an egg from another mother that has no bird
to care for it. Roy and Silo then take turns sitting on the egg until
they have a chick. The story is true and based on two chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan.

City Room writes: "On Saturday, Mr. Richardson and Mr. Parnell read their book in Chicago for Banned Books Week,
an annual event the association sponsors to draw attention to issues of
intellectual freedom. 'Unlike gays in the military, gays at the altar,
the government is squarely behind us this time; the Constitution is
squarely behind us,' Mr. Richardson said. This year, the birth of Gemma gave their annual reading special
resonance, the men said. 'Two plucky characters want something that
seems totally out of reach,' Mr. Richardson said. 'They try and try and
try and ultimately they succeed.'"

Congrats guys!


  1. Wheezy says

    Adoption is difficult, expensive, and heart-breaking (30% are disrupted when the mother decides to take back the child). Not every child in foster care is available for adoption. Foster care is supposedly temporary until the parents or another family member can take the child, which means many children are unadoptable even though they likely will never return home. Of the ones that are available for adoption, many have severe disabilities from drug and alcohol abuse. Not to mention the ones who’ve been traumatized by prolonged abuse and neglect. Most people are not trained or able to care for a special-needs child.

    Foreign adoption can cost from $35-50,000, Gay couples or singles may not legally be able to adopt domestically or at all in foreign adoptions.

    However, you can outsource your surrogacy to India for under $10-12,000 you can have a baby that is your own healthy, biological child nobody can take it away from you.

    In the U.S. surrogacy runs about $35-50,000….about the same as adoption of a healthy newborn through a private adoption agency/law firm.


  2. says

    Great Post…..

    I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

    Thanks for sharing….

  3. Thank you! says

    From all us Gay parents out here – THANK YOU!!! Thank you for writing this story. Our children need to read about all different kinds of families. I am a teacher – discrimination of all kinds is unacceptable.
    My daughter just wrote a book for her creative writing class in high school. It is a children’s story called “My Other Mother” – she was inspired by you!
    Thank you !!!
    congratulations on your beautiful daughter – may the world she grows up in be much more accepting than the world we grew up in!

Leave A Reply