Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tell us what you want – what you really, really want

Hello, beautiful community!

We at Our Family Coalition are taking a long look at the local and national landscape, the work we’ve been doing locally, and the work that’s ahead of us. For over 20 years, we’ve been guided by a mission to ensure that LGBTQ families in the Bay Area and beyond get the resources, training, support, and advocacy they need to enjoy legal and social equity, visibility in our culture and our schools, strong bonds within our communities and with our allies, and strong families – regardless of who we are or where we live.

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The Spice Girls, imploring as only they can.

So, tell us what you want – what you really, really want! To help us focus this vision and set our course.

What direction do you think we should take? What issues, projects, resources should we put our efforts into, to make your family’s life fuller and more free? What matters to you most, what transformations in LGBTQ and LGBTQ family community feel the most pressing to you?

WE’VE GOT JUST THE SHORT SURVEY FOR YOU!

It’s short and sweet (an episode of your favorite show would take longer), and though it’s anonymous, you can choose to enter to win a $50 VISA gift certificate if you share your email and are open to follow-up questions.

What do you say?

[survey will be open through the end of the first week of April]

New GOP “license to discriminate bill reintroduced.” Act now.

The GOP is bound and determined to use the calamity of Trump’s presidency and their current House and Senate majorities to do as much damage to our communities as possible.  Yesterday brought another very consequential threat, and it must not go unnoticed.

Republican senators just re-introduced the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA). This news remains out of the media limelight today, but it’s huge: this bill would weaponize a narrow spectrum of conservative religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality, granting agencies across the country even more widespread license to discriminate against LGBTQ families, LGBTQ individuals, unmarried folks of all kinds, and a host of others. For example:

  • government employees could refuse to serve married same-sex couples and their families in critical ways such as not processing tax returns, visa applications, or Social Security checks;
  • employers could refuse to grant employees family or medical leave to take care of their same-sex spouses;
  • employers could fire an unmarried female employee for getting pregnant;
  • hospitals could refuse to allow visitation to same-sex partners and spouses;
  • social services like homeless shelters, drug treatment programs, and adoption agencies could turn away anyone who has had sex outside of a man-woman marriage; and
  • commercial landlords could refuse to provide housing to a single mother.

They’ve been at this for years, but ramped up big time when Trump took office. With last year’s Justice Department guideline on “religious freedom,” anti-LGBTQ discrimination became more than tolerated: it’s receiving tax advantages. The recently established federal “Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom” is meant to accomplish the same aims.

So now, GOP senators have re-introduced First Amendment Defense Act. It’s a body blow to LGBTQ people, to the separation of church and state, and to our constitutional democracy.

We at Our Family Coalition join with hundreds of partners across the state and nation to push back against ill-informed leaders who use religion as a weapon to hurt LGBTQ families and communities.

What can you do?

We cannot allow our communities’ rights to be rolled back to medieval times. Let us take action, let us pool our resources,  and let us be guided by our love – of our children and of justice.