By Brandy Black
We have exciting news! The Next Family will be attending the 2017 Impact Awards hosted by Family Equality Council!
If you’re not sure what the awards are or who Family Equality Council is, let me break it down. Family Equality Council is one of our favorite non-profit organizations because they “connect, support, and represent the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children.” In basic terms, they are an organization that fights for the equality of all modern families, but especially LGBT families.
The video below gives a little more background on the history of Family Equality Council:
As for the Impact Awards, Family Equality Council hosts them every year as a way to honor individuals and companies who have made contributions and have supported the well-being of LGBTQ families. In the past, they have honored such people like Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, former football player Chris Kluwe, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, as well as companies and shows like Honey Maid, “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and NBC.
This year’s honorees are Target, the creators of the Amazon Series, “Transparent,” and Johnathan Murray (creator of MTV’s “The Real World” and documentary series “Born This Way”) and his husband Harvey Reese.
Not only will we get a chance to meet the honorees because we’ll be on the red carpet, but we’re also excited that we will be meeting Sarah Toce, Editor-in-Chief of The Seattle Lesbian, and Kersh Branz, the founder of the Facebook group “Queer Mamas*” and the founder and photographer of The Pride & Joy Project (a photo series of queer mothers and their families).
The event is on March 11 in Los Angeles, and we’d love to see you there supporting LGBT families (though be aware that the tickets are a little pricey!). Click here to buy your tickets.
To learn more about our involvement with the Impact Awards, how much we love Family Equality Council, and how our hearts go out to transgender youth today, watch our latest video below: