Rainbow Families is proud to share the news that Michele Zavos was awarded the prestigious Justice William J Brennan Jr Award on June 11 by the DC Bar. The honor is presented biannually to a DC Bar Member in recognition of "outstanding work toward furthering the public interest and equal justice."
Michele has dedicated her work to securing the civil rights of LGBTQ folks, and we couldn’t be more pleased that she received this well-deserved recognition. She is one of the founding members of Rainbow Families/Maybe Baby and donates significant time to volunteer at Rainbow Families programs.
In May of this year Michele was also awarded our first annual Rainbow Families HERO AWARD, honoring those in our community who go above and beyond to support and advocate for us.
Rainbow Families is excited to announce the continuation of our very popular monthly Surrogacy/ART Support Group, which after taking a summer break will resume in September of 2019.
We are also delighted to announce two NEW support groups which will add tremendous value to our community as well:
Pregnancy & New Parent Support Group
Adoption Support Group (details will be posted in July)
Tune in to this important presentation on What being Out Means in an LGBTQIA+ Interracial Adoptive Family, featuring Rainbow Families Board Member Beth Wheeler and Rainbow Families past-Board President Tony Hynes.
Inside Out LGBT Radio wants to hear from you. Join us live Tuesday, June 4th 2:00-3:00pm EST
Tony Hynes, author and interracial adoptee of same sex parents, hosts a show that will cover what it means to exist as an LGBTQIA+ Interracial adoptive household for parents, adult adoptees, and adopted children. This show will examine how coming out, as well as being out, is multifaceted in this type of family structure. Guests and adoption experts Beth Wheeler, a White adoptive parent of two African American boys, and Schai Schairer, a Haitian adoptee, will talk about how to make connections across difference, the importance of parenting for queer and trans openness, how microaggressions highlight the double and triple consciousness parents and adoptees need to possess in order to navigate through life, and the real and perceived dangers their families endure as members of marginalized communities. The guests will tell us what pride in their families means to them, what it might mean to adopted children from these backgrounds, and the increased importance of implementing a model of Tolerance, Acceptance, Inclusion, and Advocating (TAIA). (Schairer, Wheeler, 2019).
Tune in LIVE this Tuesday and every Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm EST by going to WWW.WPFWfm.org or WPFW 89.3FM.
Share Your Family Story to Celebrate #LGBTQFamiliesDay
We're seeking a few good individuals!
For over 20 years, Rainbow Families has been the region's most significant source of support, events, and education for LGBTQ+ families and prospective families.
As a non-profit organization, Board Members serve on predetermined term lengths, and as those terms expire we invite new people to join our Board. This ensures continuity and a healthy, well-run organization.
What are we looking for? Passion for the LGBTQ+ family community. A commitment to diversity and inclusion. And your unique talent - Fundraising? Accounting? Marketing? Training? Lots of great contacts? A desire to make a difference?
Sounds interesting, but... Don't worry, we won't bite! Let's talk about it. Answer this quick questionnaire, and one of our fantastic Board Members will be in touch!
We have new openings coming up this summer!
The Rainbow Families Board of Directors and Staff are delighted to announce the launch of our College Scholarship Program.
In the coming weeks, we will provide more information including what scholarships are available and how to apply.
Plans are to present the scholarship awards at our Fall Fundraising Gala in November.
Business Owners! Supporting higher-education for our youth is a fantastic investment! Scholarships are presented in the name of each Corporate Sponsor; please consider funding a Rainbow Families college scholarship in your company's name. EMAIL our Executive Director for more info!
We are excited about our new relationship with Great Wolf Resorts, and particularly their Williamsburg VA property.
We have a Rainbow Families weekend scheduled for November 1st, and have been given a huge discounted rate just for us...$150 per night plus tax (the normal rate is around $280). This is open to members, allies, relatives, BFFs, chosen family. This will be a true family fun weekend.
Rainbow Families relies on the selfless generosity of our partners, volunteers, and donors. Without them, we couldn't provide the services our community finds so valuable.
Today we recognize just one of those volunteers: Dr. Julie Bindeman, PSY-D.
Dr. Bindeman's DC-area practice specializes in reproductive challenges (infertility, pregnancy loss, post-partum issues) depression, anxiety, self image, and more. She runs our monthly Conception Support Group, now with the highest regular attendance ever. Hats off to Dr. Bindeman with our sincere gratitude for all you do.
Dr Bindeman can be reached at 301-468-4849
November is National Adoption Month! Join Rainbow Families on for Adoption Information Night for LGBTQ+ prospective parents. This event starts at 7 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Thanks to the wonderful folks at the DC Center for hosting this annual event.
If you have considered parenthood, and have thought about adoption as a path-to-parenthood, then this event is for you! Come learn about domestic infant adoption, older child adoption, and foster-to-adopt. Meet other LGBTQ+ parents who are going through the adoption process. FREE information and inspiration! No commitment necessary!
Rainbow Families is committed to providing our community with a wide variety of services - including support, advocacy, education and information. Along these lines, we identified a need for some legal perspective on issues that affect our LGBTQ+ family community.
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Michele Zavos, long-standing LGBTQ+ activist and attorney, will be providing a twice-monthly legal column for Rainbow Families.
Read her introduction here.
Thoughts from Michele
Hello all – This is the first installment of my bi-weekly legal column for Rainbow Families. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an attorney who has been working in and for our community for almost 40 years. My firm, Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC, practices in MD, DC and VA. I started the first Maybe Baby group with my then partner in 1982 and our daughter was born in 1985. I built the second-parent adoption practice in DC and MD in 1994, when these adoptions were first allowed. I have done over 1000 adoptions in those two jurisdictions, and my firm does so called
“step-parent “ adoptions in Virginia. I helped the DC City Council change laws to benefit our community with regard to divorce and adoption, and I have represented thousands of clients in my career, many of them in our community. My passion has always been our families.
In this column I intend to keep you up-to-date on the law, where I see it going, and how you and your family can protect yourselves in this dangerous political environment.
Stay tuned! Michele
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