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Back to School: GLAAD Video of LGBTQ Families in Florida Speaking Out about Legislation Targeting Classrooms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and Equality Florida are releasing video of LGBTQ families and educators in Florida speaking out about returning to school today with new laws in effect targeting them.

Newsrooms can download the videos, scripts, additional interviews, stills and graphics to include in their back to school coverage.

LGBTQ people and families in Florida speak out about the impact of anti-LGBTQ legislation in class as students go back to school.
LGBTQ people and families in Florida speak out about the impact of anti-LGBTQ legislation in class as students go back to school.

New laws are banning LGBTQ-related conversation in class, books are removed from shelves and state leaders are targeting evidence-based healthcare, despite the fact that every major medical association supports it as safe and lifesaving for transgender youth.

GLAAD’s poll of LGBTQ and ally voters in Florida finds 71% believe the laws’ intent is to attack LGBTQ people; 70% say the laws are emotionally damaging to children.

The poll shows 77% strongly agree it’s more important than ever to vote as human rights for women and LGBTQ Floridians are being taken away by elected state officials, and that 67% are “extremely motivated” to vote in the midterm elections.

77% of LGBTQ and ally voters have an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The 2018 gubernatorial race was decided by 32,463 votes out of 8+ million. LGBTQ and ally voters are positioned to make a decisive difference in Florida’s election this fall. (Read the pollster memo.)

“Florida’s LGBTQ and ally voters must send an unmistakable message that they are not going back in the closet or back in time,” said GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis. “Discriminatory, defamatory and dangerous rhetoric and behavior must stop now.”

“It is imperative that Floridians use the power of their votes to hold Governor DeSantis and his allies accountable for the hate they unleashed on our state,” said Equality Florida Press Secretary, Brandon Wolf.

4.6% of Floridians are LGBTQ; 24% of LGBTQ Floridians are raising children.

About Equality Florida:
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Visit eqfl.org or follow Equality Florida on Facebook and Twitter.

About GLAAD:
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. Visit www.glaad.org, connect on Facebook and Twitter, contact: press@glaad.org


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LGBTQ+ 2nd Parent Adoptions – What You Need to Know

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dr. Kelly about legal issues LGBTQ+ persons should be aware of in 2nd parent adoptions building their family.  

We welcome your comments and questions. 

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Family law throughout the United States and Canada can vary from state to state.  LGBTQ+ persons desiring to build their family by whatever means can face challenges not necessarily faced by heterosexual families. Many states have recently updated their laws to address the past challenges while other states still remain behind the times. At the moment you choose to build your family, it is important to gain a full understanding of the Family Laws in your state and seek a licensed attorney to help you protect your legal connection rights as a parent or guardian of a child you care for and love and the rights of the child.    

Some issues to be informed about: 

If unmarried yet have a life partner, do your state laws allow can co-adopt simultaneously? 

Similarly, if unmarried and using an egg or sperm of the partner do your state laws allow both to be added to the birth certificate or not? If using an egg or sperm donor, what if any rights might the donor have or not? 

What is your desire? Legally recognized parents or guardians bare the financial responsibility of the child.  

Benefits of having the legal connection to the child: 

Ability to make healthcare, education, wellbeing, and other decisions on behalf of the child. 

Ability to pass assets to the child easily in the event of the death of a legally recognized parent or guardian. 

Custody and visitation – If currently married or in a relationship and you have formed a bond with the child, yet the adult relationship dissolves having the legal right to continue a relationship with the child. 

The ability to add the child to your health insurance plan.  

Dr. Kelly is not an attorney, yet represents a vast network of licensed attornies throughout the United States and Canada. Reach out to Dr. Kelly to learn how for a low monthly subscription, you can have access to licensed attornies for both personal and business issues.   https://outburo.com/profile/kellyclark/  

Join us OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies, and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality-focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  

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Family Equality Calls For Unity This Parents’ Day

NEW YORK, July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of Parents’ Day this Sunday July 25, Family Equality is calling on Americans to join its mission in advocating for every LGBTQ+ person to have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family.

With 63% of North American LGBTQ+ millennials considering becoming parents for the first time or having more children (Family Equality 2019 LGBTQ Family Building Survey), the preconceived notion of what a family looks like in America is continuing to evolve as the country moves forward—slowly but surely. Unfortunately, the LGBTQ+ path to parenthood is still full of undue complications and discrimination; for example, 11 states have laws allowing adoption and foster care agencies to turn away qualified LGBTQ+ parents.

Following the recent six-year anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision resulting in the right to marry nationwide, Family Equality members are calling on Americans to join them on their next mission of equality: helping the LGBTQ+ community navigate the journey to parenthood. The nonprofit is asking Americans to support legislation such as The Equality Act and the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act—two critical pieces of LGBTQ+ legislation that would remove barriers to the LGBTQ+ community’s path to parenthood.

Developed alongside creative agencies TBWAChiatDay New York and Furlined, Family Equality has created Love, Lawyers & The Government, a warm and endearing short film intended to serve as a catalyst for this continued movement. Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of Glory, The Switch, Office Christmas Party, Distant), the film uses a memorable and engaging approach to explain the obstacles LGBTQ+ people and couples go through to build a family. Will Speck is part of a same-sex couple and an adoptive family, himself, making this film and message particularly important.

Stacey Stevenson, Family Equality Chief Executive Officer, notes, “Throughout the adoption process, people in the LGBTQ+ community face state-endorsed legal obstacles, colossal financial burdens, and discrimination that the majority of straight parents do not. It takes time, money, and energy for members of this community to become parents. But, most of all, it takes courage.

It’s our hope that Love, Lawyers & The Government will shed further light on the inequities of the journey to parenthood in America. It’s a monumental struggle for these parents-to-be. But it’s a struggle many are simply not aware of,” continued Stevenson.

To join Family Equality in garnering support for nationwide protections for LGBTQ+ people and their families, please visit action.familyequality.org.

About Family Equality 

Family Equality advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality believes every LGBTQ+ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at familyequality.org.

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