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A Real Life Family Living 'the New Normal': Armando Correa and Gonzalo Hernandez

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Armando Lucas Correa and Gonzalo Hernandez are just one example of millions of real life families in the U.S. who demonstrate that same-sex parents are raising their families with the same love and compassion as straight parents.  Audiences will soon get to see another gay couple, Bryan and David, trying to start a family with the help of a surrogate when NBC’s The New Normal starts next week. 

Armando, the Managing Editor of People en Español, always dreamed of becoming a father, as did his partner Gonzalo who works as a photographer. The couple currently lives in New York City and has been together since 1985. They had first looked into adoption before deciding on surrogacy. Their first child, Emma, was born in 2006 with the couple’s twins, Anna and Lucas, following in 2010 from the same surrogate. Despite the struggles, both financially and emotionally, Armando says the journey to find his children has strengthened his faith.

That journey of disappointment, surprise, heartache and ultimately triumph inspired Correa to pen the Spanish-language book En Busca de Emma: Dos Padres, Una Hija y el Sueño de una Familia (In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family).  Emma’s favorite bedtime story is En Busca de Emma, a shorter and simpler version Correa wrote specifically for his daughter chronicling her story, including pictures and words from friends and family.

“Up until now we have not had a problem… I always say that I don’t have problems, it is other people’s problems whether they accept us or not,” Correa said in a 2012 interview with Univision.

The New Normal premieres Monday, September 10 at 10 pm after The Voice on NBC, but you can watch the pilot now on NBC’s website. GLAAD will be partnering with Equality Utah and Utah Pride Center to host a panel discussion and screening for Utah residents following Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate KSL-TV’s decision to not air the series. Watch the trailer for The New Normal below.

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