The Outspoken Generation
Family Equality Council's Outspoken Generation program strives to empower those with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents to speak out about our community’s families. Every day these young advocates are sharing their stories and advocating for family equality on the local, state, and national levels.
For over 30 years many of us have been raising our children to tell the truth, love their country, and be good neighbors. Today, our children are telling their own truths, helping to dispel hateful myths and misinformation about our families, and truly changing the national dialogue about real family values.
The Outspoken Generation program is co-chaired by Ella Robinson, daughter of the first openly-gay bishop, Gene Robinson, and internationally-recognized LGBTQ family activist, Zach Wahls.
Outspoken Generation Highlights:
- Outspoken Generation stories were used in Voices of Children, an amicus brief filed for the DOMA and Prop 8 cases; this brief was key to victory in the US Supreme Court. The Outspoken Generation’s influence is clearly shown in the opinion striking down DOMA where Justice Kennedy wrote: ”[DOMA] humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.”
- Members of the Outspoken Generation have had personal conversations with their friends, relatives, teachers, and colleagues about LGBTQ equality issues to help change hearts and minds.
- Press events covering the Supreme Court marriage cases, such as The Katie Couric Show, The Huffington Post, and NPR, featured members of the Outspoken Generation. Outspoken Generation members also spoke at the Supreme Court Rallies during the hearings and on Decision Day.
- The White House welcomed three members of Family Equality Council’s Outspoken Generation to a prestigious annual White House event for Emerging Leaders in the LGBTQ Community in the Fall of 2012.
- National Publications, such as The Advocate and Cosmopolitan Magazine shared stories of the Outspoken Generation members.
- The Outspoken Generation program received significant media coverage, in outlets including: Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, Towleroad, Good as You, & Joe.My.God.
My name is Zan Rabney, and I am thirteen years old. I was born at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, and I have lesbian parents. My mom Randy gave birth to me and my mom Fran legally adopted me right before my first birthday. I am told that my mom Fran was in the room when I was born and that she wanted a baby for a very long time. My parents were together for ten years before I was born...
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Being raised by two lesbian women isn't typically the norm for children growing up in the United States. However, for me, this has been my blessing. As a child, my parents were very transparent about the ways in which our family was different from others, and they warned me of the possible negative encounters I might endure because of this difference. It is not the gender of my parents that makes me feel unique, however. It is the experiences I’ve lived through the process of fighting to secure equal rights for my family that have greatly influenced my world-view.
We were living in Minneapolis at the time our son, Benjamin, began kindergarten. We loved our elementary school and especially the kindergarten teacher, who was the perfect person for easing us into public school life as gay dads living in a "non-gay" neighborhood of the Twin Cities.
One afternoon, Benjamin brought home a "back pack" memo stating that it was his turn to be "Star of the Week" . . .