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Family Equality Council applauds President Obama for signing executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors and transgender federal employees

posted on Mon, Jul 21 2014 9:42 am by Cindi Creager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2014
Contact:Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications 
(646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com

Washington, DC- Family Equality Council applauds President Barack Obama for signing an executive order today that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and that bars discrimination against federal employees who are transgender.

Statement from Executive Director, Gabriel Blau

“With the stroke of a pen this morning, President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to equality. At the foundation of every happy, healthy family is economic security – the ability to earn a living and the economic stability to provide for a dependent partner and children. Through this executive order, the President ensures protections for many of the LGBTQ families we serve so that they may better provide security and stability for their loved ones.

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Family Equality Council Applauds President Obama’s Announcement on Executive Order Banning Discrimination for Transgender Federal Workers

posted on Tue, Jul 1 2014 1:45 pm by Cindi Creager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
Contact: Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications
(646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com

Washington, DC- Family Equality Council®, the national organization which connects, supports, and represents the estimated three million parents who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in the United States and their six million children of all ages praises President Barack Obama, following yesterday’s announcement at a White House LGBT Pride reception that he will issue an executive order that bans discrimination against transgender federal employees. 

“At the White House last night in a room full of LGBTQ advocates and allies, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated his commitment to equality by announcing that he will bar the Federal Government from discriminating against transgender federal workers,” said Executive Director Gabriel Blau. “This President has done more for our community than any other, and yesterday, as we gathered in the East Room of the White House to celebrate LGBT Pride, he proved it once again by outlining yet another plan to ensure protections for the LGBTQ families we serve— including transgender parents— so that they may better provide security and stability for their loved ones.”

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Family Equality Council Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling by Supreme Court

posted on Mon, Jun 30 2014 12:19 pm by Cindi Creager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2014

Contact: Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications
(646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com

Washington, DC- Family Equality Council®, the national organization which connects, supports, and represents the estimated three million parents who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in the United States and their six million children of all ages, today reacted to the United States Supreme Court Ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

“Today’s Supreme Court Decision declares that ‘closely held for-profit corporations’ run by owners with ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ are exempt from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that employer-provided health insurance include access to contraception,” said Family Equality Council Director of Public Policy, Emily Hecht-McGowan.

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CARE WITH PRIDE™ On Target To Deliver More Than $500K to LGBT Charities

posted on Fri, Jun 27 2014 10:00 am by Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson’s Anti-Bullying Campaign Enters Third Year with Additional Partners 

New Brunswick, NJ, June 24, 2014 –Johnson & Johnson’s corporate-wide anti-bullying and LGBT equality initiative is expanding as it kicks off its third year in June.  Since 2012, donations raised through CARE WITH PRIDE™ have supported PFLAG’s anti-bullying efforts and this year, The Trevor Project and Family Equality Council are newly added beneficiaries.  By the end of 2014, it is projected that CARE WITH PRIDE ™ will have raised more than $500K for our LGBT charitable partners since the program’s inception in 2012.

The theme for this year’s program is “Caring for All Families” and emphasizes cultivating respect and equality for the LGBT community, specifically in school systems.  Bullying, in particular, is a common concern for most families. The unfortunate reality is that nearly one in 3 students report being bullied during the school year.1  For LGBT students, it’s even worse.  Eight out of 10 LGBT students report having been verbally harassed at school, while four out of 10 have been physically harassed at school.2  Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment.3  And most alarming, LGB youth are four times more likely, and questioning youth are three times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.4

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Provincetown’s Family Week to Include First Gay Family Travel Expo

posted on Thu, Jun 26 2014 12:27 pm by Steve Brister

Contact: Steve Brister (Founder): Steve@GayFamilyTrips.com, 844-429-3264 ext. 701
Maddie Goodwin (Project Manager): maddie@gayfamilytrips.com, 844-429-3264 ext. 703

 Gay-friendly destinations and businesses being brought together by GayFamilyTrips.com

June 23, 2014 (Austin, Texas) – GayFamilyTrips.com, a new travel website for LGBT parents and their families, has announced that it is organizing the first ever Gay Family Travel Expo during Provincetown’s 2014 Family Week. The Expo will take place from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1 at the Provincetown Inn and all Family Week attendees will be invited to attend at no charge.

Family Week, organized by the Family Equality Council and COLAGE, brings together over 500 families to participate in recreational activities, workshops, and events such as a beach bonfire, parade and family dance. 

The Travel Expo will take place in conjunction with Family Week’s popular family dance and will feature up to 20 travel-related businesses that are specifically interested in reaching out to LGBT parents and their families. Destinations, hotels and resorts, and other travel-related businesses have been invited to exhibit. Businesses can choose to send a representative to staff a table or can opt to have GayFamilyTrips.com staff distribute materials on their behalf.

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