WATCH: Out.com: Jussie Smollett Praises Lee Daniels as His ‘Gay Father’

Last night, during the Family Equality Council’s 10th annual Night at the Pier, the organization dedicated to advocating for LGBTQ families honored filmmaker Lee Daniels who is also an openly gay father of twins. It seemed especially appropriate since his most recent hit, the TV show Empire, depicts a family with an openly gay son, Jamal, played by gay actor Jussie
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Playbill: Family Day OUT Event Welcomes LGBT Families and Allies to Aladdin and Lion King On Broadway

Playbill will celebrate its second annual Playbill Pride initiative with Family Day OUT, a June 13 event that invites LGBT families and allies to attend special performances of Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway. “We are proud to partner with Playbill on this event,” adds Gabriel Blau, Executive Director of Family Equality Council.
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USA Today: Gay marriage controversy focuses on children

WASHINGTON — It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? The judge who wrote the decision upholding gay-marriage bans in four Midwest states gave at least some same-sex couples a shout-out last fall, even while ruling against them. His ruling is being appealed to the
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LGBT families voice their concerns

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Greater Lafayette’s LGBT community held a town hall Monday evening to give people a chance to ask questions and talk about their experiences. The event was aimed towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families and their children. Parents as well as panel members said that the real victims would be children
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Yahoo! Parenting: Daughter of Two Moms Comes Out Against Gay Marriage

A South Carolina woman’s new essay about being raised by her lesbian mom contains a surprising revelation: she opposes marriage equality. “Gay community, I am your daughter. My mom raised me with her same-sex partner back in the ’80s and ’90s,” writes Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old mother of four, in The Federalist. “I’m writing to you because I’m
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WATCH: Family Equality Council Honors Glee, Modern Family and the Normalization of LGBT Families

It’s hard to imagine it now but on March 1, 1994, ABC aired the highly controversial episode of Roseanne in which Roseanne Barr kissed Mariel Hemingway. Eight days later, ABC launched These Friends of Mine, starring Ellen DeGeneres, in which both the actress and the character came out three years later. The gay envelope was pushed in 1998 with Will & Grace on NBC. Glee on Fox
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Glee Stars Perform At Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner

The event was hosted by Sandra Bernhard, and included performances from Maxine Nightingale, Cheyenne Jackson and Glee cast members Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Becca Tobin and Alex Newell. Also in attendance were Lance Bass, Matt Bomer, Shannon Beador, Beau Bridges, Jason Collins, Wilson Cruz, Eileen Davidson, Camille Grammer, Max Greenfield, Ty Herndon, Dot Marie Jones, Michelle Lee, Steve
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Washington Times: Gay couples’ children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringings

Most of the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their parents’ inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a “quartet of truth,” according to their
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LGBTQ Plight Highlighted During National Adoption Month

Family Equality Council has announced its 2014 “Allies for Adoption” Campaign to coincide with National Adoption Month in November. The initiative will draw attention to the obstacles LGBTQ people confront when trying to secure legal ties for their families. In the majority of states across the country, LGBTQ people encounter barriers when trying to adopt
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