This Saturday, San Francisco-based nonprofit Our Family Coalition is sponsoring a free live panel discussion for LGBTQ+ families. Our Family Coalition is an organization dedicated to advancing equity for LGBTQ+ families and children through support, education, and advocacy.
The webinar, scheduled to go live from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time, aims to provide “a roadmap for queer families navigating the complex issues of homo/bi/transphobia, intersectionality, and social equity,” as stated on Our Family Coalition’s website. And the best part is the panelists happen to be some of queer parenting’s most outspoken pioneers.
LGBTQ+ historian, author, and filmmaker Robin Lowey will moderate the free webinar, which will feature community bridge builder Crystal Jang and LGBTQ+ rights pioneer Donna Hitchens. Jang and Hitchens were previously featured in Lowey’s 2017 book Game Changers: Lesbians You Should Know.
Hitchens (pictured above right), a longtime legal advocate for lesbian mothers, cofounded the National Center for Lesbian Rights in 1977. She and her wife, Nancy Davis, were one of the first couples to attain legal adoption as same-sex co-parents. Hitchens made history in 1990 when she became the first out elected lesbian judge elected in the U.S.
Jang (above left) became the first out lesbian Asian educator in the San Francisco Unified School District in 1990. She also cofounded the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community. Jang and her wife, Sydney Yeong, adopted a baby girl from China in 1996.
Webinar host Robin Lowey with her book Game Changers: Lesbians You Should Know
“A generation ago, in the face of legal barriers and social invisibility, LGBTQ families raised children by the power of love, imagination, and ingenuity,” Lowey said in a press statement. “Our kids — now young adults — have not only survived intact, they've thrived, not in spite of who their parents are, but because of them.”
Panel topics will include what it means to be a pioneering queer family; the superpower of growing up in a queer family; and a road map of perspective and positivity for today's queer families. A Q&A session will follow, along with a trivia game and prizes.
Click here or visit OurFamily.org to register for the free webinar. And if you’re not able to attend the live discussion, don’t fret — a recorded version will be available on this same web page by June 15.