Monthly Archives: February 2019

Urge Congress to advance the FAMILY Act Today!

Our Family Coalition calls on Congress to advance the the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a major piece of legislation reintroduced in Congress on Feb 12 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with the goal of establishing our nation’s FIRST federal insurance program for paid family and medical leave.
Senator Gillibrand at a podium bearing the sign Pass the #FAMILYAct

This LGBTQ-inclusive measure would ensure employees have access to 12 weeks of partial income if they take time off to care for a health problem of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner, the birth or adoption of a child, or military caregiving and leave purposes.

The proposal also makes leave available to every individual regardless of the size of their current employer or whether such individual is currently employed by an employer, self-employed or currently unemployed, as long as the person has sufficient earnings and work history.

We at Our Family Coalition believe that the FAMILY Act is a huge step forward to addressing our country’s paid family and medical leave crisis and that – when it becomes the law of the land – it will benefit working people, our families, businesses and our nation’s economy.

The National Partnership for Women & Families prepared a fact sheet on the bill.

Please contact your Congressional representative at the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to support the FAMILY Act today!

Pass the #FamilyAct!

Guess who we’re honoring at this year’s Night Out!

We are so glad to announce another Our Family Coalition Night Out, this year slated for Friday, April 26, 2019, at the InterContinental San Francisco.

For over a decade, Night Out has been the only Bay Area event designed to celebrate LGBTQ families, our champions, and our allies. Hundreds of the most committed leaders and partners in the LGBTQ family justice and education movement gather to celebrate, revive and envision.

Elected officials, corporate sponsors, community partners, schools, and major donors join in celebrating our families and our accomplishments, and together marshal the resources to ensure Our Family Coalition’s bright future.

I’m also thrilled to announce the inspiring advocates we’ll be honoring this year:

  • Zach Wahls, Iowa Senator, will receive our Luminary Award, for his clarion-clear voice and potent advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ family and gender equity coast to coast.
  • Alison Collins, San Francisco School Board Member and community organizer, will receive our Community Partner Award for her dedication to educational equity for all.
  • Amplify will receive our Corporate Impact Award for their exemplary, pioneering work in inclusive education.

All sorts of leading companies, organizations, and individuals have already committed to making this year’s event a huge success, including  Brio Financial, Pure Storage, Amplify, Northwest Surrogacy Center, Reproductive Science Center, California Teachers Association, Marin Country Day School, and many more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now! Check out the details here.

Please email Jenny Raviv at your earliest convenience if you’d like to join these champions for LGBTQ families and inclusive education, or click on the Become a Sponsor button below. The benefits are many, not least of which is great visibility and participation in this one-of-a-kind Bay Area tradition.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you on April 26 at the InterContinental San Francisco to celebrate these inspiring leaders and our collective achievements on behalf of LGBTQ families, our allies, and our community. It’s an evening of inspiration not to be missed.