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

These Father's Day photos of gay dads and their families show that love comes in all forms.
/ Source: TODAY

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!


Anwar and Patrick with Ravi and Zora in Oakland, California.Gays With Kids


Brian and Alberto with Nico in Illinois.Gays With Kids

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


Robert and John with Julianne and Jack in New York City.Gays With Kids

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Justin and Brian with Trenton in San Pablo, California.Gays With Kids


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


Michael and Vincent with Lydia and Kian in New Jersey.Gays With Kids


Ben and Chet with Emma, Sophia and Dominic in Minneapolis.Gays With Kids


Armin and Joe with their twins in Boston.Gays With Kids


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


Josh and Stephen with Rowen in Portland, Maine.Gays With Kids


James and Jimmy with Hayden James in Castro Valley, California.Gays With Kids

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


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


Jason and Patrick with Marian and Betty in Charlottesville, Virginia.Gays With Kids


Dell and Robert with Heiress in Tennessee.Gays With Kids

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Todd and Javier with Tatiana and Ethan in Denver, Colorado.Gays With Kids


Brian and Ferd with Sadie, Levi and Ella in Toronto.Gays With Kids


Jay and Alvin with Preston in Bethesda, Maryland.Gays With Kids


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


Mark and Lance with Beckett in Columbus, Ohio.Gays With Kids