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Family Equality Council: The 30 year-old organization reflects on it’s purpose of achieving family equality.

Members were notified this Tuesday via email from the Executive Director:

Dear Supporters,

I am very excited to announce Family Pride is officially changing its name to Family Equality Council.

For almost 30 years, we have been an organization dedicated to the issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents. Together we have built strong communities of LGBTQ parents, we have raised the visibility of our families and our lives, we have defeated scores of anti-LGBTQ family legislation and we have made schools safer for our children. We are proud of our history and all that we have accomplished together.

While we continue to have pride – in our work, in our families, in our children – our new name more accurately reflects our purpose: achieving family equality. Our new name and expanded vision reinforce our commitment to working across communities and issues and to joining forces with other progressive advocacy groups to create meaningful change for all loving families.

In order to better capture the full breadth and scope of our work and our collective vision of a world that treats all loving families equally, we thought it was important to change our name; and we believe the name Family Equality Council successfully captures and communicates our mission, our history and our future.

Although our name has changed, our mission remains the same – to achieve equality for all loving families. Family Equality Council will continue to build community, to educate the country about our families, to ensure that accurate research about our families is accessible to wide audiences, to make schools safer for our children and to push for strong public policy that supports our families.

As we embark on this new phase of the organization’s growth, I want to thank each and every one of you for being with us every step of the way. It is your ongoing support of the organization that allows us to do the work of changing the way our families are treated and it is your support that will ultimately allows us to achieve the equality we know our families deserve.

I invite you to visit our new website. This website was built on a blue print created by our members earlier in the year. The Family Equality Council website is truly your website, built around your needs.


Jennifer Chrisler

Family photos: Family Equality Council Gallery

6 thoughts on “Family Equality Council: The 30 year-old organization reflects on it’s purpose of achieving family equality.

  • Big Mommy

    My first interaction with the FEC was this summer, at Family Week. The group’s fantastic regardless of the name it uses.

    See you in Provincetown (for next year’s Week) Helen, Margo, and Celia!

  • Anonymous

    I think all glbt persons should thank Family Equality Council for its long and hard work for glbt families. Queer families are fragile. Their children are more subject to hurt and prejudice. I wish the council would do more work to help them.


  • Anonymous

    The Family Equality Council is to be commended for its continued focus on recognizing, supporting, and nurturing the family unit. The family is the basis for a strong and vibrant society, regardless of the sexual makeup of that family. All families encounter challenges and GLBTQ families, in particular, are often sorely tested, usually on a daily basis. Keep up the good work — whatever your name!

  • FamilyMan

    I’m unclear on the reason for the name change, but – whatever. Keep up the good work!

    Member since 1999

  • MammaMia

    Any progress is a good thing. Family Pride has succeeded and evolved. It’s name should keep pace with it’s growth.

    Peace to all

  • Momsinthetub

    I like the organization – although my 1st Family Week was a disaster because of “r Family Vacations”. The week was a mess, but Family Pride/Family Equality Council does great work.

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