The Advocate: Resistance Fighters Require Self-Care

Read the original piece here by Gabriel Blau In our new normal, every day brings new threats to our civil liberties. The attacks and potential attacks are too numerous to keep track of. This week, in addition to weakening our stand in the international community, right here at home the administration is weakening our commitment
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Pride 2016 and Being an LGBTQI and Adoptive Parent

I’ve been loving the work of the Donaldson Adoption Institute more and more as I continue to get to know them. In 2014 I started getting to know their then new CEO April Dinwoodie. We hit it off immediately, talking about the challenges of supporting families, discrimination, LGBTQI issues, and promoting healthy dialogue on both legal
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LGBT Issues on MSNBC, Gabriel Blau

Watch: MSNBC and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

I was honored to sit down with MSNBC’s Frances Rivera on May 15th to talk about LGBTQ issues and the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). WE had a great conversation, and an opportunity to remember that we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to securing lived and legal equality for LGBTQ
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LGBT Families share advice

In The Advocate: 10 Tips for Starting LGBTQ Families

With the world changing rapidly (as it always is) and LGBTQ families becoming more and more common, there’s still a need for sharing our stories and our advice. Talking about who we are, how we got here, and what we’re experiencing, is an important way to support each other. Parenting is hard enough, parenting as
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An Evening for Homeless LGBTQ Youth in New York City

On a rainy evening a week ago, a hundred or so folks packed into a beautiful home in Chelsea to support a deserving and hard working organization: The Peter Cicchino Youth Project. PCYP provides free legal services to NYC’s homeless youth, helping them with the big issues, and the small issues. Access to legal services is a critical
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WATCH: Let’s Adopt Reform Town Hall in NYC

On November 4th, 2015 The Donaldson Adoption Institute kicked off National Adoption Month and a national town hall tour called “Let’s Adopt Reform.” The event, hosted by Bank Street College of Education, and simulcast online, had hundreds of participants. The panel was hosted by DAI’s CEO April Dinwoodie, and moderated by CNN’s Michaela Pereira and included five panelists
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Mississippi Same-Sex Couples Ask Court To Order Equal Adoption Rights

A motion seeking a preliminary injunction was filed Friday by two married couples with children in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Mississippi Department of Human Services, the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law banning adoption by same-sex couples. Mississippi is the only state left in the nation that bans gay couples from adopting without
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Yahoo: ‘Families Like Ours:’ When Kids and Same-Sex Parents Come Together in One of America’s Gayest Towns

For a lesbian family living in a small Midwestern farming town — West Point, Ind., population 594 — the Buckles-Rausch clan is extremely fortunate: They have a close group of friends, supportive families, nondiscriminatory work environments, and an open and affirming church where moms Angie Buckles and Annie Rausch were just married, on July 11,
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The Telegraph: Gay marriage opponents refuse to give up fight

The Supreme Court judgment which legalised same-sex marriage across the United States is facing a backlash from conservative and Christian groups. Legislators in some states are drawing up proposals to weaken the ruling, while elsewhere gay marriage opponents are creating administrative roadblocks to try to prevent same-sex weddings taking place. Gabriel Blau, Executive Director, the Family Equality
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SCOTUS Ruling’s Littlest Winners: Children of LGBTQ Parents

Gabriel Blau, executive director of the Family Equality Council, speaks with TIME about what the same-sex marriage decision means for families with LGBTQ parents By Kirsten Salyer TIME: What do you think of the Supreme Court ruling Friday that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states? The Supreme Court made the right decision. It
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