International Family Equality Day: May 4, 2014

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

This year, Family Equality Council will celebrate the third annual International Family Equality Day on May 4th, 2014, with a variety of community partners and events across the U.S.A.

Please be sure to check this page for the latest information on events, to RSVP, and to contact us about planning a celebration in your area!


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Join 2014's Special Guest: Josephine Skriver at the New York event.

Family equality is international - click here to read more!


2014 U.S.A. events include:

Austin, Texas - Family Bowling Outing

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 11am - 2pm CDT
Location: Dart Bowl: 5700 Grover Avenue, Austin

Let's get together, bowl, eat enchiladas and celebrate International Family Equality DayCheck the Dart Bowl website for price and driving directions, but plan for approximately $9 per person for two hours of bowling (food and drink not included).

Please click here for more information and to RSVP.


Bay Area- Our Family Coalition's LGBTQ Family Night

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 5pm - 9pm PST
Location: Berkeley Downtown YMCA, 2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

This will be an action-packed event! LGBTQ parents and children will get to enjoy each other’s company and countless activities including swimming for all ages, kindergym, games for older children, sports, arts and crafts, and loads of entertainment! Registration is required. This event is free and open to the community. 

Please visit www.ourfamily.org for additional details and to register.


Boston, Massachusetts - Big Apple Circus Show

Date: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 
Time: 6:30pm EST 
Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston

The circus is in town! Family Equality Council is proud to partner with The Big Apple Circus for a special International Family Equality Day discount package. Bring the whole family to catch the high-spirits and pulse-racing thrills of the World’s Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under the Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside! At just $27 for your ticket plus the circus meal package when you buy your tickets online using the discount code: equality, it's sure to be an International Family Equality Day that your family won’t forget.
Discount available on green, blue, and yellow colored seats, saving you up to $50 per ticket.

Buy Your Tickets!


Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Children's Museum

Date: Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Time: Museum opens at 10:00am, Group Photo at noon followed by refreshments
Location: Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier - 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3428

Join us for playful activities that celebrate all families! Chicago Children's Museum is proud to partner with Family Equality Council in hosting International Family Equality Day for the second year in a row. Come celebrate with us and help increase visibility of the LGBT parenting and family community. 

This event is presented in partnership with Center on Halsted.

For questions, please contact Brett Taylor at BrettT@chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

 


Dover, New Hampshire– Indoor Family Fun & Games

Date: Sunday, May 4th, 2014 
Time: 1pm – 4pm EST 
Location: Twice the Fun, 881 Central Ave

Twice the Fun is the ultimate play zone for kids ages 12 years and under. Join us on the 4th at this fabulous indoor play space for a celebration of our families in honor of International Family Equality Day. Additional details and RSVP link to be announced soon.

This event is sponsored by:

 


Durham, North Carolina- DADsquared IFED Celebration!

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 3pm - 6pm EST
Location: Eno Trace Club House (4916 Shadebush Drive)

DADsquared is hosting a community event to celebrate International Family Equality Day in Durham. All families are welcome to join for fun and games; please bring a dish to share, and DADsquared will provide beverages.
To RSVP or for more information contact Henry Amador at info@dadquared.org.

This event is sponsored by:


Los Angeles - Pop Luck Club's Games and Potluck

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 11am
Location: Lake Hollywood Park (3200 Canyon Lake Drive)

Meet at 11am at picturesque Lake Hollywood Park for the 3rd annual International Family Equality Day! Bring a dish to serve eight (no desserts, please). There will be plenty of games and arts and crafts for the kids. Click here for more information and, please contact John Ireland at John@PopLuckClub.org or 213-840-3593 to RSVP. 


Madison, Wisconsin- Families in the Midwest

Dates: May 2nd – 4th, 2014
Location: Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713

Families in the Midwest is Family Equality Council's new annual destination event for parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), their children, extended families, prospective families and friends in the Midwest. Beginning Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, there will be a wide variety of family activities, programming and just plain FUN, for all ages! Parents and other adult attendees will discover a number of opportunities to build community with one another and to learn more about some of the issues facing our families today. 

This event is sponsored by: 

          


Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Time: 3:30-6:30pm CT, Group Photo at 4:30pm
Location: West Picnic Shelter, Como Park - 1431 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN

Family Equality Council, in coordination with All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church, is hosting the 2014 annual family gathering at Como Park in St. Paul.  We have the west picnic shelter on the park grounds reserved for this joyous event.  A group photo will be taken at 4:30.  Bring your family, a desire to have a great time, and snacks if desired.  This family event offers fun for all ages: playground, miniature golf, Como Zoo & Conservatory, and reconnecting/meeting new friends and families. 


Nashville, TN- Nashville Celebrates International Family Equality Day

Date:  Sunday, May 4th
Time:  Noon
Location:  Cedar Hill Park, 860 W. Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN

We’ll have some giveaway goodies.  You’ll need to bring food and drink for your family.  We’ll be in one of the shelters and then we’ll let the kids play at this amazing park.  The fun kicks off at noon with the picnic and then there will be activities until 3 pm for families to enjoy.

This event is sponsored by:
Nashville and Beyond


New York, New York - Family Playdate to Celebrate Equality

Time: 11am - 2pm EST
Location: Heckscher Playground, Central Park (62 Best West & Center Drive)

Family Equality and our partners in New York are excited to bring our 3rd annual playdate to celebrate family equality in NYC. Bring a picnic lunch and mingle with other New York parents as your children enjoy the largest playground in Central Park. At 2pm, join us on a trip to the Central Park Zoo!

Don't miss out -- special guest, Josephine Skriver, is reading of one of our favorite children's books, Bob The Ladybug: Bob's New Pants

This event is outdoors and subject to weather cancellation

In proud partnership with:

        

 


Orlando, Florida – Orlando Gay Parents Celebrate International Family Day 

Date: Sunday May 4th
Time: 10am
Location: 3701 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach 

Join Orlando Gay Parents along with Family Equality Council's new Southern Regional Manager, Tatiana Quiroga, and her family for a day of fun in the sun on the beach! We'll stake out a fabulous spot for our group to be able to all set up together, celebrate our families, and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Bring your own coolers, chairs, umbrellas, canopies, etc.


Check out some photos from the 2013 International Family Equality Day Celebrations!




2013's Special Guest: Ash Beckham

Social media star and advocate, Ash Beckham gave a live video address on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Ash Beckham is an energetic and dynamic public speaker. Her message of acceptance went viral earlier this month; her YouTube video, “I am SO GAY” has garnered 350,000+ view in less than 2 weeks. By blending honesty and humor, Ash delivers unforgettable talks about LGBT acceptance. Through a personal connection with her audience, Ash inspires people to individually change and be part of a bigger societal shift toward conscious word choice.
 

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CONTACT:

Southern Region Staff Contact:

Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager 
tquiroga@familyequality.org

East Coast Staff Contact:

Brent Wright, Director of Programs
bwright@familyequality.org

Midwest Staff Contact:

Kim Simes, Midwest Regional Manager
ksimes@familyequality.org

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Connect with the whole International Family Equality Day community by joining the International Family Equality Day Facebook group!

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International Family Equality Day 2013 Report

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