NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Reclaiming Diversity

July 27, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

As I began collecting background research for National Parent’s Day and the vast diversity of families in the United States, I kept running across amazing articles and resources–too many to use for just one post. So here you are: a round-up of interesting programs, articles, and very cool maps–all in the interest of reclaiming National Parent’s Day. 

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force produced a series of maps depicting the legal protections for LGBT families across the nation.  They include relationship recognition laws, foster care laws, and adoption laws.
  • The Task Force has also joined forces with the Equality Federation, The National Black Justice Federation, the Williams Institute and many more in endorsing the new campaign, Our Families Count, to be launched next month.  The Campaign is in response to the fight for same-sex married couples to be recognized in the 2010 Census. Now that the battle has been won, the Campaign is spreading the word and raising the visibility of LGBT families.  Read about it here at the Bilerico Project.
  • Another fabulous source of support for queer families is the families program at the NYC LGBT Community Center. The program offers support groups, articles, legal guides, and much more.
  • The Center’s Terry Boggis is featured in this fascinating article about lesbian couples who get pregnant together (i.e. both women pregnant at the same time!).
  • The Barnard Center for Research on Women hosted an amazing conference on Assisted Reproductive Technologies.  On their website you can view videos of the talks. The topics range from “Disability and New Kinship Imaginaries” and “the Psychic Connection of Transnational Adoptions” to “Policing Wombs.” 


Pulling together this forum has reminded me of not just the beautiful diversity that is the American family but also the endless creativity we employ in purposefully forming our own families.  This short list just barely skims the surface (and is totally queer-centric and NYC-centric).  We haven’t talked about multi-racial families, transnational families, or families for which we don’t have language to describe (yet).  What is your experience with, family, parents and diversity? Please share your thoughts, stories, and any excellent links below in comments!

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