Monthly Archives: May 2018

Oh, What a Night Out!

Dear beloved community:

What a night! Thanks to all who made this year’s Night Out gala an unprecedented success. Hundreds of community leaders, sponsors, and donors came together to honor leadership, celebrate, and give very generously to help ensure we can sustain and expand our critical work.

We kicked off the evening by honoring SalesforceAssemblymember Evan Lowand Abundant Beginnings, for their exemplary work as allies and champions on behalf of LGBTQ families and the broader LGBTQ community.

At Night Out, we also premiered our 2018 video Making History: Our Family Coalition and the FAIR Education Act. Please take a look and let us know what you think! I hope you’ll be inspired by our Coalition’s efforts to advance LGBTQ-inclusive education in CA.

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As you know, OFC is in a critical moment in our work and in our movement to advance equity for LGBTQ families and our children. We have accomplished so much in the face of a hostile political climate and know that our efforts are needed more than ever as we face daily threats to our hard won gains. We thank our generous Champions whose support helps make our work possible: Brio Financial Group, The California Endowment, Ettinger Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Fertility Center, Pure Storage, and Target. We also express deepest gratitude for all of our sponsors and donors. Please visit our website to check out the stellar list of Teacher and Advocate-level sponsors as well as more details about our honorees.

Finally, we are excited to report that the donations in the room exceeded our goals, and we will honor this generosity through continued, vigorous advocacy, education, and community-building!  Your generosity and commitment has and will continue to help make all this difference.

Yours with gratitude and renewed determination,


Renata Moreira
Executive Director

P.S. If you were not able to join us at Night Out, please enjoy it vicariously by checking out our online Night Out 2018 photo album. And we invite you to give what feels good to you. All funds benefit LGBTQ families, our allies, and the millions of California schoolkids who will be learning LGBTQ-inclusive history because of your support.

New attacks against LGBTQ families & our community (under the guise of “religious liberty”)

Yesterday the Trump administration took another step toward conservative, evangelical theocracy.

Thanks to a sensational news day, this year’s declaration received less attention than last year’s “Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” But it’s no less concerning, since it continues to embolden and empower those who would weaponize religion against constitutionally recognized protections, pointedly of LGBTQ people and our families.

In a thorough piece covering the announcement, Daily Beast journalist Samantha Allen sets yesterday’s Executive Order in context, and conveys statements from  our colleagues at the ACLU and Lambda Legal, who are watching this closely. Allen notes:

Much like the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, the new White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative does not amount to major new policy—although Trump promised in his remarks Thursday morning that it will “help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities, and our great country.”

Overlooked in so many treatments of this subject is the fact that 81% of Americans believe the law should not allow companies or other institutions to use religious believes to decided whether to offer a service to some people and not others (per the ACLU, here). Likewise overlooked is the fact that a majority of LGBTQ people nationwide consider themselves active members of a faith community, most of them Christian (13% Evangelical, per the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study here). That said, LGBTQ Americans are far more likely to be “unaffiliated” with a faith than other Americans. And too many of us have experienced exclusion from faiths in which we were raised. None of this dampens the vibrancy of the many open and affirming congregations that are home to so many of us.

The application of “religious liberty” arguments thus far have proved that these gestures are designed primarily to provide cover for unconstitutional denials of service (details in the recent report, Religious Refusals in Health Care: A Prescription for Disaster).  As always, we’ll remain alert along with our allies, and confident that our greatest power lies in our love. Please help us amplify the true stories about our families and our faiths. What do you believe in? What does freedom for and freedom from religion mean to you? Send us your words or join the Speakers’ Bureau; contact us at media@ourfamily.org.