its name to Family Equality Council.
For almost 30 years, we have been an organization dedicated to the
issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents.
Together we have built strong communities of LGBTQ parents, we have
raised the visibility of our families and our lives, we have
defeated scores of anti-LGBTQ family legislation and we have made
schools safer for our children. We are proud of our history and all
that we have accomplished together.
While we continue to have pride – in our work, in our families,
in our children – our new name more accurately reflects our
purpose: achieving family equality. Our new name and expanded
vision reinforce our commitment to working across communities and
issues and to joining forces with other progressive advocacy groups
to create meaningful change for all loving families.
In order to better capture the full breadth and scope of our work
and our collective vision of a world that treats all loving
families equally, we thought it was important to change our name;
and we believe the name Family Equality Council successfully
captures and communicates our mission, our history and our
Although our name has changed, our mission remains the same – to
achieve equality for all loving families. Family Equality Council
will continue to build community, to educate the country about our
families, to ensure that accurate research about our families is
accessible to wide audiences, to make schools safer for our
children and to push for strong public policy that supports our
As we embark on this new phase of the organization’s growth, I want
to thank each and every one of you for being with us every step of
the way. It is your ongoing support of the organization that allows
us to do the work of changing the way our families are treated and
it is your support that will ultimately allows us to achieve the
equality we know our families deserve.
I invite you to visit our new website www.familyequality.org. This
website was built on a blue print created by our members earlier in
the year. The Family Equality Council website is truly your
website, built around your needs. Take a few moments to:
Ask the experts. Get answers to your toughest questions.
- Read real
research. Search through the 30 years of social science
research about our families.
your family story. Learn how to change hearts and minds with
cohesive message planning.
with other parents. Find local parents groups in your
Browse our website and read about the name change. Send me your
thoughts and questions. This is our movement and together we can
change the world.