Today, June 1, is not just the beginning of the month where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and those who are identified as transgender and queer celebrate their pride. It also marks the 17th annual LGBTQ Family Day: a day to celebrate many types of families in every state and almost every county in the United States, where LGBTQ + people live their authentic lives.
This event is the brainchild of the award-winning LGBTQ + parenting site. MumbaiIs sponsored by Family equality, PFLAG national, Glad, GLBTQ Legal Advocate and Defender (happy)And Collage. The aim is to raise awareness of the diversity, challenges and joys of all LGBTQ + families that exist throughout our society.
Take part, be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or any other gender identity or sexual orientation; Anyone and anyone who supports the LGBTQ + family is welcome to participate.
- Post, tweet or share a message or photo on any social media platform with the hashtag #LGBTQFamiliesDay
- Follow the hashtag #LGBTQFamiliesDay and share stories, photos and thoughts from other participants.
LGBTQ Family Day started in 2006 as blogging for LGBTQ Family Day. The event is held in early June, deliberately smack-dab between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, to honor parents identified as mothers and fathers, but also to highlight that not all families fit the traditional structure of one mother and one father.
Dana Rudolph, founder and publisher of Mumbai, said in a statement: “This is a day to celebrate our whole family and to show our mutual commitment to learn and support each other as we work towards a shared vision of inclusion and equality for all.”
“For almost two decades, Family Equality has enjoyed the partnership with Mumbai for #LGBTQFamiliesDay, and this year it seems to be more important than ever,” said Stacey Stevenson, CEO of Family Equality. “At a time when we are fighting hundreds of legal attacks on our youth and families across the country, #LGBTQFamiliesDay reminds us that no matter what Florida or Texas politicians say, our existence is a gift, and we should not celebrate. Just for a day or a month, but all year. “
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “When our kids were younger, my wife and I had a hard time finding content where our kids could see families like their own.” “The visibility of LGBTQ families is crucial, not only to provide moments of connection to our families, but also to humanize our families to the world at a time when attacks on LGBTQ individuals and families are on the rise. On this year’s LGBTQ Family Day, let’s send a loud message about the beauty and diversity of the LGBTQ family and pay tribute to Mombian and other LGBTQ media outlets that keep our visibility at the forefront and center throughout the year. “
“LGBTQ Family Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor our family’s many wonderful ways,” said Polly Crozier, Senior Staff Attorney (happy) at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. “We are delighted to be partnering with Mumbai to highlight the diverse story of our families and to ensure that all of our families deserve to be celebrated and protected under the law.”