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Zach Wahls Releases Memoir, Challenges Perception of Family

You may know Zach Wahls from his impassioned address to the Iowa House of Representatives against a move to write discrimination into the state’s constitution by banning marriage for same-sex couples. 

The 20-year-old civil rights advocate is speaking out again, this time with a memoir, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family, about growing up in the American heartland with a two-mom family.

Wahls hopes his story not only inspires others to tell their own, but also challenges preconceived notions of what it means to grow up with gay parents.

“How can we hope to understand each other if we aren’t willing to engage each other?” asked Wahls. “If you do take the time to stop and ask questions… you’ll learn that there is far more that binds us, more that unites us, than separates us.”

Zach Wahls and his sister Zebby are just two of the over two million children being raised by same-sex couples. The number of LGBT-headed families continues to grow, as does our need to secure legal equality, fairness and respect for LGBT couples and their children.

Learn more about My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family and the other projects Wahls is working on at

HRC provides current resources that address the many potential paths to parenthood as well as issues around LGBT youth and families in schools. Find resources to help protect your family at

Watch Wahl’s appearance on the Daily Show last night: 

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