Who We Are

Creating a world where everyone can experience family.

Founded in 1979 at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Family Equality has spent more than 40 years ensuring that everyone has the freedom to find, form, and sustain their families by advancing equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

About Us

Family Equality exists to create a world where everyone can experience the unconditional love, safety, and belonging of family.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone has the freedom to find, form, and sustain their families by advancing equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

We will be outspoken changemakers, creating an equitable LGBTQ+ family narrative, through advocacy, community, and education.

Our History

Family Equality was founded as the “Gay Fathers Coalition” in 1979 at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights by gay fathers who bravely left their heterosexual marriages to pursue their truth—and who were, as a result, denied access (not to mention parenting privileges) to their children.

In the 1970s, Family Equality’s founders could scarcely imagine the possibility of LGBTQ+ people consciously and intentionally forming their own families. Today we are driven by that same truth-pursuing spirit, fighting to ensure that every LGBTQ+ person has the freedom to find, form, and sustain a family.

Our Values

Our values are the guiding tenets of the organization. They reflect how we strive to go about our work and conduct ourselves.

Our Priorities

To advance toward the goals set forth in our mission and vision, we’ve identified key strategic priorities for the years ahead.

Photo of Stacey Stevenson with son, London, speaking in front of the Supreme Court.

Our CEO

To advance toward the goals set forth in our mission and vision, we’ve identified key strategic priorities for the years ahead.

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Join the movement for LGBTQ+ family equality by taking action today. Together, we can achieve full lived & legal equality for LGBTQ+ families!

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