Episode #10: Donor Siblings: Creating Families and Relationships

posted on Tue, Oct 10 2017 8:53 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

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.

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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law to Take Effect Following Circuit Court Decision

posted on Wed, Oct 4 2017 7:45 am by Julie Kruse, Federal Policy Advocate

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.

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Author in the Spotlight: Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds

posted on Mon, Oct 2 2017 2:13 pm by Family Equality Council

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Celebrate Bisexuality+ Day! Five Resources for Bi+ Visibility

posted on Fri, Sep 22 2017 8:21 pm by Family Equality Council

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.

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Family Equality Council Announces Appointment of Brent Wright as Chief Operating Officer

posted on Fri, Sep 22 2017 3:25 pm by Family Equality Council

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.

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Poll: Americans Oppose LGBTQ Discrimination by Federally-Funded Adoption Agencies

posted on Fri, Sep 15 2017 12:51 pm by Julie Kruse, Federal Policy Advocate

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Protecting LGBTQ Students: 5 Tips for Effective Advocacy in Your School District

posted on Fri, Sep 15 2017 11:37 am by Guest Post: Mary Rohmiller, Esq.

In this guest blog post, attorney Mary Rohmiller reflects on her children's school district's experience following a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to our school district's non-discrimination policy for students and employees. Mary offers five helpful tips for parents considering getting involved in similar efforts in their own districts.

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Author in the Spotlight: Michelle Darné

posted on Fri, Sep 15 2017 10:01 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

This month, Southern Regional Manager Tatiana Quiroga interviewed author Michelle Darné about her new book Parent Deleted.

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Episode #9: Planning for College

posted on Tue, Sep 12 2017 8:49 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

On this month's Outspoken Voices podcast, we talk to three financial professionals about how to plan and save for college. All of our guests make an effort to ensure financial planning and advice are accessible to members of LGBTQ families. Listen and learn their tips for investing in your children's college education.

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Episode #8 (Part 2): Stories Behind the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

posted on Thu, Aug 24 2017 10:50 am by Shelbi Day, Senior Policy Counsel

This month we're focusing our attention on the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (or ECDF) – a bill that was recently introduced in Congress that would eliminate state laws, policies, practices and procedures that exclude potential adoptive and foster parents because of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Passing ECDF would dramatically increase access to permanent, loving homes for foster care children.

In Part 2 of this two-part series, we talk to guests Kristopher Sharp and James McIntyre, who both aged out of the foster care system without finding forever families or permanent placements. Kristopher and James talk with Senior Policy Counsel Shelbi Day about the challenges they faced growing up in foster care, and how they have continued to become powerful advocates for reform in the child welfare system.

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