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Old 08-20-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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Agreed, I know many more single parents that are much more fit at raising children than some couples......
All I know is that to actually have a child alone BY HER OWN CHOICE, she wanted her kids tons more than most moms I know.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:07 PM
 
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I don't necessarily want to live around other gay people. Just a respectful community *we keep to ourselves.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I don't necessarily want to live around other gay people. Just a respectful community *we keep to ourselves.
Really, you shouldnt have any problems in Dallas are the suburbs. The only place where it may be more of an issue is when you get out into the exurbs and small towns outside the main urban/suburban areas. I did know a gay couple that put their kids in Plano ISD and lived in Plano. They had no problems, they were accepted, their kids were accepted, and barring a couple of looks at the grocery store had no problems whatsoever.

They moved to Van Alstyne, a small town 20 miles north of McKinney and they have had some problems with discrimination, dirty looks, and comments. That said, they do say their neighbors are welcoming of them.

All in all, I think thats pretty much the rule in places like Dallas. The closer you get to the urban and suburban areas, the less people will care about things like two moms/dads raising a family. When you get out into the country, thats a different story.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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Blinkyman: tolerant meaning "not the moronic kneejerk bigots Texans are often portrayed to be on the national stage." You're over-thinking this.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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^This.

Schools aren't great in the affordable parts of Dallas, and you'll have to go way out to find acreage. Also, agree that Lake Highlands is where most lesbians with families are living.
I'll tell the ladies next door to me in 75007 this. I am sure they will move right away.

As for the OP, the younger the crowd, the more tolerant. This means the newer suburbs or the older areas of Dallas that are seeing in-fill by younger couples. Legacy, Austin Ranch, Uptown, and Flower Mound come to mind.

As for adoption. I am a former foster parent and while CPS is just fine with non-traditional couples, adoption is a VERY HARD road to travel. Myself and other couples experienced a lot of heartbreak with this. I would not recommend it for your first child.

I would think about raising your own kids from conception as the first choice. And then look into adopting younger siblings once you know parenting is for you and yours.

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Old 08-20-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I'll tell the ladies next door to me in 75007 this. I am sure they will move right away.
I'm sure they already know that Lake Highlands is a popular neighborhood for lesbians, nothing new:

Most affordable gay neighborhoods - Jun. 19, 2012

Plus, it was just a suggestion. I didn't say EVERY one has to live there.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! Your answers have told me what I already know – we won't have many problems if we're close to the city, but all in all I do feel better do have it reiterated.

If we do live a little further out (acreage), it'll be down the road several years and I'll hopefully have made friends from all around the area and not *have to* have much to do with my neighbors that don't approve. Even living back in MS we didn't get comments because we don't do much to give anyone the chance to comment on as we are mostly, now, either only together at home or out in the "city" anyway.

Now, if by 2015 (when we hope to move) we feel comfortable with the outlook legally – mostly concerning being able to adopt together (from foster care ideally) and things like being her next of kin, we'll be there with bells on!
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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I'm sure they already know that Lake Highlands is a popular neighborhood for lesbians, nothing new:

Most affordable gay neighborhoods - Jun. 19, 2012

Plus, it was just a suggestion. I didn't say EVERY one has to live there.
And thanks for that suggestion! I think it would be good for us to get a starter home in a friendly neighborhood for the first few years.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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FWIW: I have a female cousin who has a female "life-partner" and they have raised 3 kids....the last finishing high school soon. The irony is they took over the kids from distant non-blood relatives whose grandparents asked them if they would help because the married hetero-sexual biological parents (two sets) were either too dysfunctional / immature OR messed up on drugs to provide adequate care. They gave these kids a chance when they would've wound up either in foster care or worse... staying with the messed up parents and becoming clones of the same. Two are grown up...one in college, the other in the military and doing pretty good. The third is slogging it through Jr. yr in HS.

There are some folks who will say things when they see this but...and I truly believe this... well behaved kids in public make all the difference in the world and it doesn't matter if they are raised by circus clowns or lesbians... I really don't think you'll have any issues in Dallas. Maybe it's just the people I know and hang with but I seriously doubt you'll need to worry about this too much.

Good luck to you both!

P.S. Ask around about LoriLand.... when looking for a neighborhood. Seems a Dallas realtor named Lori was famous with the gay community in hooking folks up with houses in gay-friendly areas.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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FWIW: I have a female cousin who has a female "life-partner" and they have raised 3 kids....the last finishing high school soon. The irony is they took over the kids from distant non-blood relatives whose grandparents asked them if they would help because the married hetero-sexual biological parents (two sets) were either too dysfunctional / immature OR messed up on drugs to provide adequate care. They gave these kids a chance when they would've wound up either in foster care or worse... staying with the messed up parents and becoming clones of the same. Two are grown up...one in college, the other in the military and doing pretty good. The third is slogging it through Jr. yr in HS.

There are some folks who will say things when they see this but...and I truly believe this... well behaved kids in public make all the difference in the world and it doesn't matter if they are raised by circus clowns or lesbians... I really don't think you'll have any issues in Dallas. Maybe it's just the people I know and hang with but I seriously doubt you'll need to worry about this too much.

Good luck to you both!

P.S. Ask around about LoriLand.... when looking for a neighborhood. Seems a Dallas realtor named Lori was famous with the gay community in hooking folks up with houses in gay-friendly areas.
Thanks so much, BeenThereDunThat!
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