Southern Events

Central Texas LGBTQ Family Potlock- Austin, TX 

Date: May 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Pease Park- 1100 Kingsbury St., Austin, 78703

Join LGBTQ families for the 4th Annual Central Texas LGBTQ Family Potluck. Enjoy meeting other LGBTQ parents while the kids play on the playscape, run on the splash pad or bike/trike on the concrete. Bring a dish to share. BYOB (beer or baby bottle). All LGBTQ parents (or potential parents) welcome!

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Family Weekend at Gay Days Orlando

Dates: May 30 - June 5, 2017
Location: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida 

Family Weekend at Gay Days Orlando is Family Equality Council’s annual long weekend event for area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) parents, their children, extended families, prospective families, and friends. Each year, we partner with the Gay Days and Orlando Gay Parents to bring family activities, programming and community building for this fun-filled weekend. 

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Men Having Babies South - 2017 Surrogacy & Gay Parenting Conference

Dates: June 10-11, 2017
Location: Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central, 7800 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 75240. 

Men Having Babies (MHB) is an international non-profit organization that has helped thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents. Our 2nd annual Dallas conference will be offered at an extended two day format, featuring practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from the USA and Canada at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations.

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National Equality March - Washington, D.C. 

Dates: June 11, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Join Family Equality Council on June 11th for this historical National Equality March in Washington D.C.

It's sure to be a critical opportunity to make your family’s voice heard, to truly stand and be counted, joining thousands of other families and LGBTQ community members from across the country.

Exact logistics are still underway, as the National Equality March organizers confirm and finalize event details on the ground – register TODAY to be sure that you stay up-to-date!

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St. Pete Pride- St. Petersburg, FL

Date: June 23-25, 2017
Location: Grand Central District- 2800 - 2200 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Join the fun at PRIDE with Family Equality Council at Florida’s largest Pride celebration. 

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Dates: September 10, 2017 - 11 AM-2 PM
Location: Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Connect with other LGBTQ families in Hillwood's urban oasis at this family celebration. Festivities typically include:

• Pack a picnic from home or purchase food from the café's express menu to enjoy on the magnificent lawn.
• Play games on the lawn, including hula hoop, badminton, and jump rope.
• Practice your putt on the Putting Green.
• Get your face painted with your favorite garden critter.
• Try on costumes from a collection of hero's capes, royal crowns, knight's shields, and more.
• Create an art project of your very own to take home and discover Hillwood's treasures with an art search activity guide.

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Dates: September 29-October 1, 2017
Location: Camp Tockwogh, 24370 Still Pond Neck Road, Worton, MD 21678

Rainbow Families Sixth Family Camp Weekend will be held at Camp Tockwogh (about a 2 hour drive from the DMV). Camp Tockwogh is a 309-acre family-friendly campground located on the Chesapeake Bay. Since the first camp weekend in 2011, nearly 100 parents and their children have annually attended Family Camp Weekend!

Family Camp Weekend provides LGBTQ families with the very unique opportunity to forge personal connections and build community with one another. Together, parents and children spend the entire weekend enjoying the outdoors!

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Dates: November 4, 2017 - 11 AM-3 PM
Location: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 202120

Join LGBTQ families from the DMV area for a fun-filled day at Cox Farm’s Pumpkin Madness! Fun for all ages, Rainbow Families Annual Family Outing to Cox Farm includes pumpkin-smashing, hayrides, live music, farm animals, a corn maze, hill slides, and lots of other activities. Be sure to bring your used Jack O'Lanterns so they can be smashed and recycled!

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Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia & the six inhabited U.S. territories - American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands & Wake Island     

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