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Family Equality Council

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Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Community Coalitions, Education, Educational Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Family Equality Council's mission is to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sunnie K-P

Board Member

Rating: 5

Family Equality Council has impacted my family immensely. When we attended Family Week for the first time three years ago, my daughter was so thrilled to see families like hers. It has become an annual tradition and she talks about it all year long!

We are thankful for the political and legal advocacy and resources that Family Equality Council provides. We have attended many of the programs regionally and attended webinars provided. It is the only national organization specifically representing and supporting families like mine.

I am honored to be able to serve families like mine as a Board Member and am passionate about Family Equality's mission. We love Family Equality Council!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family Equality Council is the nation's preeminent nonprofit organization that protects and defends the rights of LGBTQ families. From Family Week, the largest annual gathering of gay families in the world, to the halls of Congress, where the FEC team continues to work to pursue justice through initiatives like Every Child Deserves a Family Act, the organization is an under sung hero at the forefront of the fight for just and lived equality. Bravo, FEC, and thank you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Family Equality Council is dedicated to insuring legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families like mine and to celebrating all families. My Rose & Sam were born via a gestational surrogacy. It was my greatest dream come true, and it could not have happened if the Family EWquality Council did not pave a way forward. Gestational surrogacy was a good solution for me, but it is cost prohibitive for many. Making sure every LGBTQ person gets to realize the dream of parenthood is why I got involved with the FEC. I also admire Stan Sloan, our executive director because he challenges us to do more, and, in turn, this passion will benefit our entire community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been a part of Family Equality Council for as long as I can remember. As a child I attended Family Week and Families in the Desert every year. It is because of such programs that I have been introduced to some of my closest friends to date. When I was older, I joined the Outspoken Generation, partly because I felt called to speak up about my experience as a transracial adoptee and daughter of two loving fathers, but also as a way to give back to the amazing the work this organization continues to do everyday to protect, fight and bring about equality for our families. For all these reasons, I am giving FEC a truly deserving 5 star rating!

1 Tonya A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I first experienced the life-changing magic of Family Equality Council events, programming, and resources many years ago on an R Family cruise. Family Equality Council provided programming for parents and kids of all ages to learn and connect on that trip. Many sessions were incredibly moving and every session was a wonderful learning opportunity. We knew right then that we needed to stay connected with Family Equality Council.

We continue to support Family Equality Council by attending events, spreading the word about their important work, donating, volunteering, and everything in between. While our town in Indiana is generally a supportive community, the same can't be said for all of Indiana or for many areas in our country. We rely on the resources and policy work of Family Equality Council to help ensure the fight continues for the lived equality for LGBTQ-headed families in every corner of the US,

I'm incredibly grateful for Family Equality Council. The tireless work by their team has enabled much progress to be made but we have lots more to do. I look forward to seeing what the future holds and I know Family Equality Council will be on the front lines.

1 Sarah T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Equality Council helps families of all kinds and their programming is absolutely needed in today's world. Whether it's getting families together for vacation, doing charity work together, releasing podcasts that benefit everyone, or simply being there to answer questions, Family Equality Council is invaluable to families like mine and yours, regardless of how modern they are :)

1 Bethany S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Family Equality Council has served as an invaluable resource for our family. Because of their work, LGTBQ families are able to form our families with critical legal protections, have the opportunity to meet other LGBTQ families, and find resources as we raise our children. The FEC continues to fight for full equality for all families, ensuring that LGBTQ parents and their kids can live full, meaningful lives without fear of discrimination and retribution.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are indebted to Family Equality Council for providing our two-dad family so many terrific experiences that have helped our now 9- and 10-year-old kids develop positive understandings of the many ways in which love makes a family. Not only do they provide opportunities for us to build a community with other LGBT-headed families, they also work tirelessly to educate others about the benefits of inclusivity and hetero-normative privilege.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

When I descend the steps of our family home each day, I am reminded of our first Family Week visit to P-Town more than 10 years ago. Friends we traveled with had made us a keep-sake photo collage box filled with memories from the week and it hangs on our staircase wall. In one photo, our eldest child, now 13 years old, is wearing rainbow-colored beads, a unicorn painted on her cheek. She is surrounded by other giggling children, all sporting the same beads. She belongs. She is part of something. Since that time, we’ve added two more children and we continue to attend FEC events and our children get it that they are going to be some place special every time.

2 Anne H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Attended family week in P-town for the first time this year, it was one of the best weeks of my life. Love this organization and all they do to bring together families across the nation in love support and action.