My name is Zan Rabney, and I am thirteen years old. I was born at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, and I have lesbian parents. My mom Randy gave birth to me and my mom Fran legally adopted me right before my first birthday. I am told that my mom Fran was in the room when I was born and that she wanted a baby for a very long time. My parents were together for ten years before I was born...
I've just finished one of the funniest children's chapter books of 2013, and I'm laughing all the way to the computer to write about it. Tim Federle's hilarious middle-grade novel, Better Nate Than Ever, is equal parts Glee and Modern Family (Jesse Tyler Ferguson's review blurb even appears on the cover page). My funny bone can't wait to see what comes next from Mr. Federle.
As we move into the week of Thanksgiving I can’t help but focus on all the things for which I am thankful. I have read numerous posts from my friends about their daily messages of thankfulness, I have heard stories on the news about people being thankful and there are the always inspiring stories of those paying it forward this time of year. As I reflect, I could echo many of those same sentiments – however what keeps pushing to the forefront of my mind is two very brave women for whom I am thankful.
Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court issued a very positive ruling protecting the parental rights of two lesbian parents, one who is the birth parent and one who is the biological parent. The Court concluded that parental rights are based on an individual taking on parental responsibilities for a child, not solely upon whether a person shares a biological relationship with the child.
In this case, a lesbian couple had a baby through assisted reproduction, with one woman carrying the egg of her partner, making one woman the biological mother and the other the birth mother. Several years after the child was born, the relationship between the two women ended and the birth mother asserted that her former partner should not be treated as a parent to the child, but only as an egg donor. Under Florida law, this would mean that her partner had no parental rights to the child.
Today, for the first time in history, the U.S. Senate will vote on a fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act – the federal bill prohibiting discrimination again lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace. The LGBT community has been fighting for workplace protections for the past 40 years, but this is the first time the full Senate will vote on a bill that includes not only protections based on sexual orientation, but also includes explicit protections for gender identity as well
At the foundation of a happy and healthy family is economic security – the ability to earn a living and the economic stability to provide for a dependent partner and children. Equal access to employment opportunities and benefits is key to economic security, yet only a handful of states have laws that specifically ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In 29 states you can be fired for being LGBT and in an additional 4 states, where there are workplace protections based on sexual orientation, there are still no protections for transgender employees.