The LGBTQ+ Families We Love Following on Instagram

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  • Feature Images By: @javonizkarisma, @jake_graf5, @kayceepugedalascano, @krystian_gabrielle, @terrell.and.jarius, @raffinee, @McHusbands, @babybaileymamadrama & @in_lithdrawl

We don’t often think of Instagram as life-changing, but if you use it right, all that scrolling can amount to a healthy shift in perspective. After all, beyond the swoon-worthy photos of impeccably styled apartments and cute furry friends lies an opportunity to observe the way people live their everyday lives. 

Representation matters. Visibility makes a difference—even in our social media spaces. That’s why we like to keep our feeds very diverse and inclusive, including plenty of accounts from the LGBTQ+ community. Showing support from social is one small step we can take as part of a larger plan to continue fighting for the rights of all, no matter who they love.

To that end, we’ve rounded up nine totally joyful Instagram accounts that show LGBTQ+ families doing what families do best: loving one another. Read on for some of our favorites.

 

1. Javoni Karisma | @javonizkarisma 

Follow Javoni and her wife Stevi (@bindi_dot) as they navigate life with their two little ones. Javoni’s feed is brimming with love and adventure—full of tender family moments and snaps from their pre-pandemic travels across the globe. 

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B L A C K + M O T H E R ✨

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2. Jake Graf | @jake_graf5

Take a peek into the lives of British actor and transgender advocate Jake Graf, his wife Hannah, and their sweet baby daughter. Here, you’ll be treated to plenty of adorable family photos and insights into Jake’s life as a transgender dad.

 

3. Kaycee Pugeda-Lascano | @kayceepugedalascano 

With this account, twin mama Kaycee invites us into her day-to-day with wife, Kim, and their baby girls. Stop here for sweet baby photos and a look behind the scenes of the couple’s YouTube channel, where they document their love for one another and the highs and lows of raising twins.

 

4. Krystian M. | @krystian_gabrielle

Raise your hand if sometimes all you wanna see is a photo of a joyful family loving on their toddler. If so, this account is for you. Scroll through Krystian’s feed, and you’ll find endless snaps of her beautiful little family—her wife Caitlyn and their toddler son—in moments of pure happiness together. Krystian also lets followers in on the struggles of raising a biracial son in our current cultural climate.

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My wife and I are in an interracial marriage and have a biracial son named Grey. I have often felt like people try to make me feel like my son isn’t Black and that was hard for me as a mother. I felt I needed to prove my son was MY son. I did not want people to comment on his appearance. I did not want people to tell me how beautiful his curly hair was. That all changed one day. I knew my son had his beautiful curly hair because of ME, I knew my son looked the way he did because of ME. I took a hard look at myself and I knew I needed to be strong not only for my son, but for myself. The awkward looks while breastfeeding didn’t bother me anymore. The comments made at the grocery store rolled off my back. While being a black gay woman raising a child has been revolutionary, it has also been thought-provoking. I have been asked very personal questions and quite frankly some people have made a mockery of my motherhood journey thus far and it has caused me to take a step back and reevaluate society. Black LGBTQ+ people continue to experience bias, discrimination and prejudice at all levels. This does not only affect the LGBTQ+ community; this is something all black people are faced with daily. Sadly, this has become a part of our lives. While many have tried to cast their prejudice on me, and my son solely based on skin color, others have been a strong ally for my family. Please don’t assume anything about anyone’s family. You don’t know their story. You don’t know what they endured to get there. You don’t know what criticism they are faced with every day. So instead of passing judgment, please educate yourself. Educate yourself about the Black LGBTQ+ community and be an ally. Happy Pride 🏳️‍🌈

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5. Terrell and Jarius Joseph | @terrell.and.jarius

If you don’t feel your heart swell with happiness after a quick scroll through this feed then it’s time to check your pulse. These two dads document their day-to-day lives with their two extraordinarily cute children—and they also speak out on issues of social justice and what it means to belong to two vulnerable communities.

 

6. Raffinee | @raffinee

A California-based mom of 3, Raffinee fills her Instagram feed with sunshine-y shots of her wife Micaela and their 3 toddlers (who are 7.5 months apart!). Warm, uplifting, and always encouraging, Raffinee’s words often advocate for the visibility of LGBTQ families. She also invites readers in with her personal stories of coming out and conceiving via IVF.

 

7. Erik and Adam McEwen | @McHusbands

The McHusbands, partners Erik and Adam McEwen, created an Instagram feed that’s essentially happiness overload. If you need a good, joyful cry, look out for their video of meeting their newborn twins for the very first time.

 

8. The Baileys | @babybaileymamadrama

Christina and Katie Bailey are moms to two young daughters, Kennedy and Charlotte. Follow them on Instagram to for more on their love story, reciprocal IVF journey, world travels with two little ones, and plans to welcome a third baby.

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Happy 2nd Birthday to our baby Charlotte! 🎉 You aren’t a baby anymore but to us, you are still the cute little baby in our family 😍 We love you so much! This past year has been filled with so many memories. Charlotte has always been a little fighter from the beginning. She scared us in the beginning when all the blood test results showed a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy was in our near future. Then we had a scare back in December. Both scares just show us her strength. She is one tough girl! Charlotte smiles the most when she is either doing something mischievous or being a little comedian. She keeps us on our toes daily. Her smile is contagious. She loves to copy her sister. She eats more than anyone else in our family and I have no idea where all that food goes! She is still wearing 12 month clothing but she has a big attitude for her little self. She is so smart! We never know what she will say next as her vocabulary continues to grow. She enjoys learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, etc with her sister. I know Charlotte could probably pass for one right now, but she is officially a spunky two year old as of today! We took these photos awhile back for their birthday invites (a party that is postponed currently). Scroll over to see the many adorable faces of Charlotte 👉 We love you girl! Keep being strong 💪 • • • • #Lovewinsalways #lovemakesafamily #lovehasnolabels #lesbianfamily #lesbianmoms #lgbtqfamily #ssparents #lovehasnogender #thisislove #twomomfamily #loveconquersall #twomoms #loveislove #mrsandmrs #findyourhappy #ivfjourney #equalitymatters #bornperfect #equallove #twomomsquad #reciprocalivf #terribletwos #quarantinebirthday #birthdayquarantine #toddlerbirthday

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9. Laurie Kingman-Lithgow | @in_lithdrawl

Follow Laurie and her wife as they raise a gender neutral daughter, Finley—who has the coolest style!—in Columbus, Ohio. Last month, the couple announced they’re expecting a baby boy later this year.

 

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