In this month's episode of the Outspoken Voices Podcast, we're talking about using sperm donors, and the unique families and relationships that can emerge when "donor siblings" come into contact. We talk with Scott Brown from California Cryobank, Amber Leventry, a writer and parent from Vermont, and Emily McGranachan, Family Equality Council's East Coast Regional Manager.
In a disappointing setback to LGBTQ Mississippians and supporters of equality everywhere, the full court of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to rehear a case challenging the wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ bill, known as HB 1523, in the state of Mississippi. The bill was previously ruled unconstitutional by a lower court; a decision that was later overturned by a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals based on a technicality – the panel argued that because the plaintiffs had not actually been harmed by the bill they lacked the legal standing to challenge it – rather than an examination of the law’s constitutional merits. On Sunday October 1, the full 5th Circuit Court declined to revisit this earlier panel decision, meaning that the law will now go into effect early next week.
Today — September 23 — is Celebrate Bisexuality+ Day, a day for us to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, and the bisexual+ people in our communities. Despite comprising more than half of the LGBTQ community, bisexual people face significant disparities even in comparison to their gay and lesbian peers.
As Family Equality Council looks ahead to an exciting new period of growth, we’re delighted to announce that our long-time Chief Program Officer, Brent Wright, is moving into a new role as Chief Operating Officer this month.