In a single picture, Hibma, Thompson and Genhi are lying in mattress. Hibma is cradling Genhi’s foot in 1 hand, and holding Thompson with the other as they each seem lovingly at her. It is a tender minute that is common to any new mother or father.

The e-book is notable, much too, for its variety, each in who Heynen photographed and the variety of their stories — as there are a lot of roads to fatherhood.

For Hibma and Thompson, their road was by adoption by way of a opportunity concept on social media.

Devon Gibby’s path was one particular that some may well contemplate to be additional regular: He married a lady, and they had kids. As time wore on, even so, Gibby’s acceptance of himself as a gay male collided with his marriage and his Mormon religion. Yet, he reported it improved practically nothing for him about getting a father.

“I’ve constantly preferred to be a father,” Gibby said. “The concept of getting youngsters with a different guy was not even an possibility to me. Consciousness is not generally there when you just really do not have other role types that are gay mother and father.”

Devon retains a birthday current for his son in front of his condominium in Salt Lake Town.Bart Heynen

Gibby’s tale is explained to throughout five images in the book. The 1st shows Gibby at 8 decades old in a relatives photo. The second is a portrait where he seemingly blends into the large Utah landscape. In the third, he exudes optimism as he’s about to make his weekly journey from his condominium in Salt Lake City to Logan, Utah, where his young children dwell with his ex-wife. In the fourth, Gibby is investing time with his small children in a hotel, as that’s their ritual. In the fifth, Gibby is silhouetted against the late-working day solar, a deeply contemplative and evocative image that speaks to his journey.

His hope is that his tale can assist individuals who may well be having difficulties like he did just before he came out, especially for all those dwelling in pieces of the country in which acceptance is harder to come by.

“I would just hope that people today would see me, another person living in Utah, and be capable to relate to that and obtain some inspiration in that to be who they are,” Gibby reported.

The e book encompasses a broad assortment of tales with a common thread: adult men who adore and care for their children. 

“I really do not wake up wondering, ‘Oh, we’re gay dads,’” Thompson said. “It’s a labor of really like. You are not actually thinking about identity.”

Alternatively, he stated, he’s typically targeted on “everything that any mother or father has to worry about, like, “How do I get her to university on time? Does she have cleanse garments? What is she wearing?”

Dennis combs Elan’s hair at property in Brooklyn, N.Y.Bart Heynen

What distinguishes the book, also, is how seemingly common the images are. Gentlemen participate in with their youngsters. They get all set for the working day. They travel. They chill out. They eat. They live their life. In several techniques, they are no various than any other loved ones.

What sets some of these families apart are the strategies in which they arrived to be, and Heynen does incorporate some of the females who were being important in assisting these family members get started. 

“They are critical in the feeling that without them, there would be no gay dads,” Heynen explained. “It would be very disrespectful just to have only these dads. I can convey to with various families that they are continue to so influential.”

Most likely the most stunning tale is that of Matthew Eledge and Eliot Dougherty. They received married in 2015 and started exploring the procedure of setting up a spouse and children two years later. Yet, mainly because they stay in Nebraska, the prospect of obtaining to navigate adoption agencies as a homosexual pair in a conservative state appeared insurmountable, so they set their sights on in vitro fertilization. 

“When we first started out undertaking meetings with our IVF medical professional, it started to arrive with each other,” Eledge explained. “But it was definitely challenging. Eliot’s a hair stylist. I’m a instructor. It is not like we have these truly beneficial fields that we get the job done in. As we were being attempting to research for choices, our relatives members stepped in.”