“A Night At The Pier”

Tom Bourdon
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Family Equality Council has grown into one of the foremost LGBTQ organizations in the nation, and the only one focusing exclusively on families.

Think fast: In three words, what do Kim Kardashian, Cheyenne Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Julie Bowen, and Kyle Richards have in common?  Family Equality Council!  These celebs were just a small handful of supporters and influencers who attended Family Equality Council’s 2017 Impact Awards, helping give much deserved attention to an organization that has been fighting for the rights of LGBTQ families—and creating opportunities to bring us together—since 1979.

We are welcoming the FEC’s new CEO, Stan Sloan, as one of our contributors to the Prowdr team.  We are grateful to have this partnership.

Family Equality Council originated as the Gay Fathers Coalition, a grassroots group of gay dads in search of community and support after coming out, leaving their straight relationships, and subsequently losing virtually all access to their children. Over the years, the organization expanded its scope and constituency to include all members of the LGBTQ community, and was renamed “Family Equality Council” in 2007.  This incredible non-profit has blazed a trail for LGBTQ parents fighting for their right to protect their families and live their truth openly.

Family Equality Council has grown into one of the foremost LGBTQ organizations in the nation, and the only one focusing exclusively on families.  Their work has impacted the lives of LGBTQ families nationwide: they have successfully combated discriminatory legislation at the local, state, and federal level; advocated for laws that expand our community’s access to all avenues of family formation; and played a major role in securing federal marriage equality.

The world has changed dramatically for LGBTQ individuals and families since Family Equality Council’s founding in the late 1970s.  Indeed, we’ve made great strides in the past 3 decades, from securing marriage equality to expanding LGBTQ parents’ legal rights to their children to expanding quality cultural representation across all forms of media.  But clearly there is still so much work that still needs to be done.  FEC aims to boldly build on this foundation of progress, working to realize a future where all LGBTQ families, regardless of creation or composition, live in communities that recognize, respect, protect, and celebrate them.  In order to do that, they need our support!

We couldn’t encourage you enough to get to know and support Family Equality Council.  If you’re going to be in the NYC area on May 8th, you will definitely want to consider attending their annual “Night at the Pier” fundraiser!  Not only might you get the chance to rub shoulders with the “who’s who” of entertainment and LGBTQ families, but more importantly you’ll have a chance to support all of the essential work that FEC is doing to protect our community.

At this year’s Gala Family Equality Council are honoring the ABC miniseries When We Rise, which chronicles the rise of the LGBT rights movement, and Orlando mental health specialist Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, who led the LGBTQ community’s response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016. Learn more about the Gala and get your tickets at www.familyequality.org/pier.

Thanks for all you do, Family Equality Council…you couldn’t possibly make us any Prowdr!

Through strategic legal advocacy, public education, and community-building among LGBTQ parents, caregivers, and youth across the country, FEC advances full legal and lived equality for the families it represents.  Their educational and community-building programs and events serve over 20,000 LGBTQ parents, caregivers, and children annually, and their growing online resources on everything from state policy to navigating the school system as an LGBTQ parent provide families with the vital information and guidance needed to thrive.

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