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 YouJoe.My.God, The Take Away, & CBN News.
Outspoken generation co-chairs Zach Wahls and Ella Robinson

Danish Supermodel, Josephine Skriver, Joins the Outspoken Generation Program

posted on Thu, Apr 3 2014 9:48 am by Cindi Creager, Creager-Cole Communications

Danish Supermodel, Josephine Skriver, Joins Family Equality Council’s Outspoken Generation® Program



Its important for me to use my voice to help the world understand and become more open minded about LGBTQ families.

Washington, DC, April 3, 2014- Family Equality Council®, the national organization which connects, supports, and represents the estimated three million parents who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in the United States and their six million children of all ages, today announced that Danish supermodel, Josephine Skriver will join its Outspoken Generation® Program, which empowers those with LGBTQ parents to speak out for their families.

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Becca Gorman Gets Outspoken for Change

posted on Tue, Feb 18 2014 5:24 pm by Outspoken Generation Member Becca Gorman

Our newest Outspoken Generation member, Becca Gorman, is making strides towards equality at the age of 15. She might be young, but her advocacy to get Apple to change their definition of the word "gay" on their Dictionary Application hasn't gone unnoticed by Apple, news crews, and especially by Family Equality Council. Becca has proven that she is a true advocate for our community.

She needs your help though; read and SIGN HER PETITION TODAY!

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My "Normal" Everyday Life With Lesbian Parents

posted on Wed, Dec 4 2013 10:05 am by Outspoken Generation Member Zan Rabney, Age 13

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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Outspoken Generation Google Hangout

posted on Mon, Jul 22 2013 11:49 am by Elizabeth Hurley

Please enjoy my video about the Outspoken Generation! I had lots of fun making it and if you want to learn more about the program click here!

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Zach Wahls Speaks From The Floor Of The DNC

posted on Thu, Sep 6 2012 6:44 pm by Sean Carlson, New Media Manager

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