EDUCATING, CONNECTING and SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES
RAINBOW FAMILIES NEWS
On Wednesday September 11, 2019 employees of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association selected Rainbow Families as their partners for their 9/11 Community Day of Service.
We gathered to clean Oxon Run Park in Southeast Washington DC with great impact!
We were further honored to receive a major grant from BCBSA, which will help us continue the good work we do for LGBTQ+ families.
THANK YOU, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association!
We are pleased to announce, Rainbow Families has been approved and will be included on the upcoming CFC Campaign! Federal employees will have an opportunity to help support the good work we do through this program.
Our Campaign # 72636
What is the CFC? The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States. The mission of the CFC "is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all".
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
5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #309
Washington, DC 20015-2604
P: (202) 747-0407
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