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Gay Adoption Pioneers

From left Roger Grape, Lucas Grape-Krueger and Steve Kreuger. Photo by David Taffet of the Dallas Voice.

Eighteen years ago National Association of Social Workers member Roger Grape, MSW, ACSW, DCSW and husband Steve Krueger in Texas were one of few gay couples who had adopted a child, according to this article in the Dallas Voice.

Now their son Lucas Grape-Krueger is leaving home for college, making Grape and Krueger one of a growing wave of gay parent empty nesters.

“I know we’ll get through it fine,” Krueger said.

“We’re having date nights again,” Grape said.

Although they joke now and Lucas has grown up to be a great young man, the road wasn’t easy. Some pediatricians refused to treat Lucas, saying they would not work with a family with gay parents. Lucas was a school athlete but the YMCA refused to give them a membership so the family joined the Jewish Community Center.

“Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I can’t be a parent,” Grape said.

Cheers to Dallas Voice for running this piece.

Social worker are committed to equal treatment for all, including lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers Diversity and Equity Web page by clicking here. And to read profiles of GLBT social workers click here to go to NASW’s “Help Starts Here” 2011 LGBT Pride Month Celebration.

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