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After Orlando, 21 photos of gay dads and their kids to help you smile again

It takes a special kind of commitment for gay men to become parents, which is one reason they deserve to be celebrated this Father's Day. What's more, many gay couples adopt from the foster care system, helping hard-to-place kids find permanent homes.

To honor these devoted dads — and provide some uplift after the tragedy in Orlando — we've collected 21 photos of thriving families from the website Gays With Kids. These dads span the globe and show that love comes in all forms.

And if you really want to pull out the tissues, check out Gays With Kids' series "Then and Now" about how some of these families came to be!


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Anwar and Patrick with Ravi and Zora in Oakland, California.


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Brian and Alberto with Nico in Illinois.

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Matthew and Harold with Randall, Jeremy and Mattie in Newton, Massachusetts.


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Robert and John with Julianne and Jack in New York City.

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Justin and Brian with Trenton in San Pablo, California.


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Juan and Patrick with Lorenzo, Liam, Lily and Leo in Florida.


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Michael and Vincent with Lydia and Kian in New Jersey.


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Ben and Chet with Emma, Sophia and Dominic in Minneapolis.


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Armin and Joe with their twins in Boston.


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Darrin and Sandy with Reichen, Sophie, Wolfgang, Ava and Michaela in Nova Scotia, Canada.


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Josh and Stephen with Rowen in Portland, Maine.


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James and Jimmy with Hayden James in Castro Valley, California.

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Michael and Steve with Serenity, Emilio, Yasmin and Billy in Colorado.


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Jonathan Doria Pamphilj and Elson Braga with Emily and Filippo Andrea in Rome, Italy.


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Jason and Patrick with Marian and Betty in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Dell and Robert with Heiress in Tennessee.

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Todd and Javier with Tatiana and Ethan in Denver, Colorado.


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Brian and Ferd with Sadie, Levi and Ella in Toronto.


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Jay and Alvin with Preston in Bethesda, Maryland.


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JR and Jim with triplets Campbell, Travis and Piper in Los Angeles.


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Mark and Lance with Beckett in Columbus, Ohio.