Deb Quantock McCarey

Growing up transgender

One daughter explains her journey with her transgender identity.

On Their Own

When Eric Behrenfeld’s wife died of brain cancer more than three years ago, life was tough. But when the grieving husband learned his toddler, Owen, had autism, his toughest day got tougher. Even so, the Chicago blues drummer and percussionist fought off depression to parent Owen alone.

Life at its Fullest

Margaret Boyter-Escalona and Alejandro Escalona live in a big blue house on a tree-lined street in suburban Oak Park with a golden retriever, Niko, and two very active, bilingual kids, Isabela, 11, and Daniel, 13.

A Child of his Own

During thunderstorms, Marc, a single, 45-year-old gay dad from Chicago, spends sleepless nights in a cramped child’s tent comforting his toddler and loving it.

Riding free

After her second child was born, Blue Island mom Jane Blew Healy got a Christmas gift that changed her life
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