Families: Gay Parenting: Rainbow Network

As gay families increase, so do support services designed just for them

Ten years ago, when Aimee Gelnaw and her partner Margie Brickley first took their son Zach, now 17, to Provincetown, Mass., the reception they got from beachgoers in the gay summer resort town was distinctly chilly. The Gelnaw-Brickleys still vacation in Provincetown, but now they beach, bike and attend social and educational events with hundreds of other families that look a lot like theirs. Provincetown's annual Family Week, launched in 1995 with 45 families, draws more than 400 each August.

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