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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Opinion in Newsday: Supreme Court decision is just the beginning for LGBTQ families

It was a dream they’d been holding on to for such a long time, even on days when things felt utterly hopeless. But now it could come true. They could each walk through the doors of their schools, greet their friends after summer vacation and proudly announce that their parents were married. In the wake
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Blau: Children’s voices illustrated need for marriage equality

By Gabriel Blau Attorney General Eric Holder recently said the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages — following the Supreme Court’s decision not to review three appeals court rulings overturning marriage bans. Beyond Holder’s action, I was moved by his words: “Within hours of the decision, same-sex couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin
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Op-ed: How the Voices of Children Have Helped Turn the Tide on Marriage Equality

I was heartened to see Friday’s statement by Attorney General Eric Holder announcing that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages happening in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review three federal appeals court’s rulings that overturned marriage bans for same-sex couples. Beyond Holder’s action itself I was struck by
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Op-ed: When A Trip to Provincetown Helps Moms And Dads Find Strength

LGBT families might be the norm on television and even in real life, but when they get together it becomes an empowering moment. Every day the staff and volunteer leaders at Family Equality Council wake up with pretty much one thing on our minds: working to make life better for millions of families with LGBTQ
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Op-Ed: Who Is Sticking Up for Southern LGBT Families?

A few weeks ago, a man set fire to the home of a lesbian couple and their children in Miami. After he was arrested for the crime, he told police he despised lesbians and thought they did not deserve to have children. As I’m the head of a national organization that looks out for the
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Opinion in Newsday: Why same-sex couples need two-parent adoption rights

As a married gay man in New York raising an adopted son with my husband, and as the leader of a national LGBT organization, I am concerned that the current patchwork of sometimes insufficient marriage and adoption laws across the country discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender couples and our children. No family’s security should
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