Apr 8, 2012

Family Equality Council: "The Outspoken generation"

Family Equality Council - "the national organization that connects, supports and represents the two million children in this country being raised by parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender" - launched a new project, titled "The Outspoken Generation. From their page:

The program is designed to empower these young adults to raise their voices in support of LGBT families by speaking publicly at community events across the country, in front of local, state and national legislative bodies, and directly to the media.


Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler said the program was borne out of conversations with LGBT families over the last year. However, she said the need for the initiative became increasingly clear following recent news that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) considered a strategy of recruiting the children of LGBT parents to criticize their own families. It’s clear that NOM will stop at nothing in their efforts to demonize LGBT parents, and their malicious attempts to spread misinformation about these families will not go unanswered.

“We are now seeing the first generation of children, who were lovingly raised by LGBT parents, coming into young adulthood,” said Chrisler. “We know, from our conversations with these young people and from our experience with them, that they are terrific kids who are thriving and succeeding in life by any measure you choose to use. Many of them are now telling us that they are eager to tell the truth about their families. Who better to refute the myths and lies of hate groups like NOM than our grown up children?”

I love the idea and can't wait to see videos of kids with same-sex parents. Here's a great video from Zach Wahls - one of the two co-chairs of the program, who became famous after his speech in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee.

Here's a bit more about him and the initiative, as well as a link to his Iowa speech, from Huffpost.

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