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