Love. Justice. Family. Equality. Those are the beautiful and moving words you see when you go to the website of one of our favorite nonprofit organizations, Family Equality Council.
This Saturday, November 8th FEC is hosting an event highlighting their southern initiatives in Atlanta. Not only is the evening designated as a fundraising event but also as a “friendraiser,” an opportunity to share all the good work they do with a larger audience.
Certainly a lot of good has been done but there’s still more to be accomplished, especially in the south. For example, according to Family Equality Council, LGBTQ parents raising children live in 93% of all US counties but we also live in the highest proportions in the states with fewest protections for LGBTQ people. As a result, Family Equality Council now has placed staff in the south who are working along with rest of their national team to build programs and advocacy that support LGBTQ-headed families across the region.
Recently they’ve piloted a new project in Mississippi, providing a free legal clinic for LGBTQ low-income families — a project they hope to replicate across the southern states. Elizabeth Haranas says, “Our goal is to introduce Family Equality Council to the locals, sharing with LGBTQ community and allies in Atlanta the programs we offer and the exciting plans we have for the south in the coming year and beyond.”
If you live in Atlanta or happen to be passing through the city this Saturday, they’d love to have you. Don’t live in Atlanta but want to find a way to get involved? Family Equality Council is always seeking volunteers. In the South, they’re launching the Southern Advisory Council and are looking for people interested in becoming a member. If you’d like more information, please contact Tatiana Quironga TQuiroga@