By: Joey Uva Enoch
This past Sunday, May 6, 2012, LGBTQ families around the world celebrated the first annual International Family Equality Day. The day of celebrations officially started off in Helsinki, Finland ending with the closing celebration in Los Angeles, California.
In celebration of the day, the Southern California Pop Luck Club held an International Family Equality Day Picnic for its members and other LGBTQ families at Lake Hollywood Park. Trevor and I attended with Grace to celebrate with the other members and families that came out. It was a beautiful afternoon and really great to see all the parents there with their children to celebrate the day. It was also nice to see those who had friends or extended family come with them in support; those individuals do a lot to help us make our voices heard.
Hopefully this yearly event will grow both globally and nationally in order to bring more visibility to the growing numbers of LGBTQ families and help pave the way for greater social acceptance and equality for all families. Our families and our children deserve that.
Video by: John Ireland, Pop Luck Club Member
How May 6th became International Family Equality Day:
In July 2011, LGBTQ family activists from around the world gathered for the first ever International Symposium of LGBTQ parenting organizations. The symposium provided an opportunity to establish ongoing international cooperation in areas such as research, visibility and advocacy, and the development of resources and programs for LGBTQ families worldwide. One of the key outcomes was the establishment of the first International Family Equality Day to take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
To read more and to see which countries participated in this global event you can visit - International Family Equality Day