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We previously reported on the new HBO documentary, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr., a passion project for his son, actor Robert De Niro. The documentary not only discusses the artistic merit of the late painter, but also his homosexuality. A new clip from the film, which premiered last night, highlights some of De Niro, Sr.'s diary entries regarding his sexuality.
Here is just one excerpt:
If God doesn't want me to be a homosexual, about which I have so much guilt, he will find a woman whom I will love and who will love me, or at least create an interest in women [as] sexual partners.
De Niro reveals that he discussed the issue with his mother on several occasions, but never with his father. "I was his son. I was the last to know," he says. He also mentions the dissolution of his family and his father's new life in New York City.
De Niro says he kept his father's studio intact to help his kids know what their grandfather did.
"I realized how important it is for children to appreciate the things that your parents did if they want to share them with you," he says, choking up. "Cause I regret certain things with my parents...that I didn't follow through on."
Watch the emotional clip, AFTER THE JUMP...
Antoine Dodson, who shot to fame via the 'bedroom intruder' news blooper that went viral on YouTube which now has more than 57 million views, and renounced his homosexuality in a Facebook post last May, is now a father.
Dodson tells TMZ ... he believes living a gay lifestyle is wrong and anti-religious, but he would love his son regardless. He says, "I wouldn't be shocked because I lived that life before," adding, "I would try and get him help."
Dodson continued, "Even if he couldn't be fixed it doesn't matter because I still support him no matter what."
A new study reveals how the brain activity of mothers and fathers reacts to a baby's cries, and also reveals that gay fathers display brain activity which resembles that of both a mother and a father, Reuters reports:
In the 20 mothers in the study, all primary caregivers, watching their babies triggered heightened activity in the brain's emotion-processing regions, particularly in a structure called the amygdala, which was five times more active than at baseline.
"These are regions that respond unconsciously to signs of an infants' needs, and that derive deep emotional reward from seeing the baby," Feldman said.
For the 21 heterosexual fathers - who were very involved in raising their baby but whose wives took the parenting lead - watching their infant increased activation of cognitive circuits, particularly a structure that interprets a baby's cries and non-verbal cues. It is the region that knows which squirm means "I'm about to scream" and which means "change me."
But studying the brain activity of gay fathers revealed an interesting pattern:
The 48 gay fathers raising children with their husbands seemed to be both mom and dad, brain-wise. Their emotional circuits were as active as those of mothers and the interpretive circuits showed the same extra activity as that of heterosexual fathers'.
More data showed that the more time a man spent as a primary caregiver, the stronger the connection between the emotional and cognitive structures of the brain. This was heightened in the gay parents.
We all know that same-sex penguin pairings have shown themselves to be proud, and successful, parents to little penguin chicks. Zoos around the world, from China to Ireland, Israel to New York City, have reported on the happy duos. Now, a couple of avian papas, Jumbs and Kermit, are raising a youngster abandoned by its mother after the father refused to help incubate the fragile egg. According to zookeepers at Wingham Wildlife Park, the two dads are doing a bang up job.
BBC News reports:
Park owner Tony Binskin said: "These two have so far proven to be two of the best penguin parents we have had yet."
Jumbs and Kermit were first seen pairing up in 2012, leaving two females without mates.
"Whilst it was nice to see two of our birds pair up, it actually meant that we were left with not two but four birds unable to reproduce within our collection," Mr Binskin said.
In fact, the male-male pair was part of the reason Hurricane, the quick-to-leave father of the new chick, was brought into the zoo, to reproduce with the female penguins. Despite the ensuing difficulties, zookeepers are happy to have the devoted dads amongst their penguin population.
Mr Binskin said: "Whilst pair bonding often results in no result other than eliminating those two animals from the breeding population of that species, in captivity it can have greatly positive effects.
"We are still very much starting our breeding efforts with this species, and this is only our second year of breeding, but having such good surrogate parents available should we need them is a huge bonus for us."
Cheers to Jumbs and Kermit!
Photo via Wingham Wildlife Park.
Frank Lowe, the parenting writer at The Advocate, has started his own weekly web-series called Driving Mr. Briggs in which he will drive and talk with his precicous young son Briggs.
In the premiere episode, Briggs mentions that he’s just shared an innocent first kiss with a lady friend of his — they bonded over monster trucks. Frank also discusses how to share cookies and reminds his son just how beautiful he is.
Regarding the series, Lowe says, “The premise is essentially just me driving the little man around to various places and at various times. We have hilarious banter in the car, and he often tells me off, which is priceless. I hope it does well, and again, would love for it to inspire gay youth to start families.”
Watch the episode AFTER THE JUMP…