The Year in Culture

It's the year of the "gaybie:" Elton John is the latest proud parent

It's the year of the "gaybie:" Elton John is the latest proud parent

Elton John
Elton John is part of the gaybie craze.

Congratulations Elton John and David Furnish on the new addition to your family! We're wondering if you're planning to ask good pals Lynn Wyatt and Lady Gaga to be the godmothers?

And we're also wondering, at your age, why did you decide to become parents?

The news that John and Furnish welcomed an infant son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, on Christmas Day is the latest example that 2010 is the year of the "gaybie." 

Seems like just about every gay man and lesbian is rushing to adopt or have a child via a surrogate. While the repeal of  "don't ask, don't tell" and debate over gay marriage have dominated the headlines in 2010, the stealth story of the year has been the rising number of gay and lesbian households with children.

It's the topic of movies (The Kids are All Right), television shows (Brothers & Sisters) and conversation in Houston social circles, where some gay society figures are new parents and Mayor Annise Parker and her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, have teenage children.

I have never quite understood why my fellow gays and lesbians would want to have children. I love spending time with nieces, nephews and the children of close friends — and then sending them home to their parents. 

But a lot of people obviously feel otherwise. And I say, more power to those willing to take on such a life-changing responsibility .

According to Us Weekly, John and Furnish decided to pursue their dream of becoming parents with the help of a surrogate after their bid to adopt a Ukrainian baby and his HIV-positive brother was rejected by officials in the former Soviet republic earlier this year.

"David always wanted to adopt a child and I always said 'no' because I am 62 and I think because of the traveling I do and the life I have, maybe it wouldn't be fair for the child," John told reporters at the time. "But having seen (the Ukrainian baby) today, I would love to adopt him. I don't know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David's heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home [together]."

But will the Rocket Man change diapers?


Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of articles CultureMap will be running this last week of 2010 on The Year in Culture. The stories in this series will focus on a key point or two, something that struck our reporting team about the year rather than rote Top 10 lists or bests of.

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