International Family Equality Day:
May 1, 2016

Family Equality Council is thrilled to once again join our partners across the globe in celebration of International Family Equality Day (IFED) – a world-wide celebration of the LGBTQ parenting and family community. 

In 2015, we celebrated with partners in 32 countries and 67 cities. This year, Family Equality Council will celebrate the fifth annual International Family Equality Day on May 1, 2016, with a variety of community partners and events across the U.S.A., welcoming several new international partners. 

All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). Yet, each of these “rainbow families” have very different "lived equality" experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence.

By celebrating International Family Equality Day, Family Equality Council and our partners across the globe raise awareness among politicians and the general public about the need for equal treatment and recognition for all families, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity of their family's members.

Families all over the world are invited to join us in celebrating the International Family Equality Day on May 1, 2016 - this year we're especially thrilled to welcome new LGBTQ parent support groups from Australia, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Russia and the UK (Brighton)!

IFED events can be in whatever scale is right for your community - a meet-up picnic for families in the park, a beach day, a play date in the park ... or dinner out with your own family. Please be sure to check this page for the latest information on events or contact a member of our regional team (listed in the column to the right) about planning a celebration in your area!

Click on your region to find activities near you!

East Coast Region

West Coast Region

Midwest Region

Southern Region

If you are interested in hosting an event near you, please reach out to the Regional Contact for your area.

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Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin; plus Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming

Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; plus Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah; and the six inhabited U.S. territories – American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Wake Island

Connect with the International LGBTQ parenting community - join the International Family Equality Day Facebook group! 



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