One Million Kids partners with Family Equality Council For Voices Brief

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One Million Kids For Equality joins the Family Equality Council in gathering stories for Voices of Children amicus brief ahead of this summer’s historic ruling on marriage equality.

The “Voices of Children” brief is known for having been mentioned by Justice Kennedy during oral arguments in the Windsor case that ultimately brought down the Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, the brief has continued to resonate with courts across the country – most notably when Judge Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals referred to it specifically, by name, in several instances.

“One Million Kids For Equality’s mission is to engage, educate and give kids a voice around equality. That being said, I cannot think of a better way to give kids a voice, than to partner with the Family Equality Council to get the kid’s stories in front of the Supreme Court. This is an amazing opportunity to change the lives of millions of children, parents, and families across this nation, and one we are proud to be a part of.” –One Million Kids Founder Brad Delaney

As part of this program, we are specifically looking for stories from the children of LGBT parents living in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, or Tennessee. However, children of any age and from any area who can clearly articulate their thoughts around this issue are welcome to share.

Additionally, we are seeking stories from LGBTQ youth who are able to talk about how the denial of marriage affects their feelings of self-worth, belonging, etc.

This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of history – but time is of the essence. All briefs are due by Friday February 27th and Family Equality Council has set a deadline of February 18th, 2015 to get stories in for review. If you, or someone you know lives in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, or Tennessee and is raising children, please direct them to the link below to get more information and share their story.

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Can “One Million Kids for Equality” Make a Difference?

Published on Mombian.

A new campaign launched yesterday with the goal of engaging one million kids—whether LGBTQ, children of LGBTQ parents, or allies—in advance of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

The campaign, One Million Kids For Equality, in coalition with The Personal Stories Project and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, has launched a temporary website, Facebook page and Twitter account, and promises more in the weeks to come. It explains on the website:

We each have a story. Many of us were bullied in school for being different, some of us have been teased for having two moms or two dads, and still others have been beat up for standing up for a friend or loved one. Each of us has a dream. Some of us want to be able to walk hand in hand with the person we love without being stared at, some of us want to see our two moms married in our home state, or for our dad to be able to keep a picture of our family on his desk without fear of losing his job. Whatever your story, we invite you to join us as we work to build a movement to show that We Are. We Love. We Stand. United.

The name of the campaign is a direct jab at two campaigns from the anti-LGBTQ American Family Association. Its One Million Moms campaign, which aims to fight the “filth” and “negative influences” of the media and society on children, is best known for trying to organize a boycott of retailer J.C. Penney after the company hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. The AFA launched the parallel One Million Dads campaign two days ago—one day before One Million Kids came to life.

It’s unclear exactly what One Million Kids has planned, but given how many young people have already spoken out for equality, whether in a brief to the Supreme Court, in person around the country, or as part of the Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day I host here every June, as well as in Gay Straight Alliance clubs in their schools, organizations like COLAGE and the Family Equality Council, and local groups like BAGLY (Boston Area GLBT Youth) , the campaign could be quite something. I hope it’s able to pull together all of the disparate threads of LGBTQ youth activism and direct them towards the marriage equality goal—and then (if I can speculate further) to additional goals such as employment nondiscrimination and transgender rights.

I know our kids are a powerful force. I can’t wait to see what more they can do.

LAUNCHED: One Million Kids For Equality

Published on Joe.My.God.

Via the Huffington Post:

The One Million Kids campaign launched Jan. 22 with the release of a new website, a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. Additional components will emerge over the coming weeks in an effort to give “kids, parents and allies a voice around LGBT equality,” according to founder Brad Delaney. The choice to name the campaign One Million Kids was “absolutely” an intentional one, especially in the wake of the One Million Dads news, Delaney said. “We hope that by adapting a similar name, we will be able to turn the conversation from one of hate to one of love and acceptance,” he said. He went on to note, “We foresee a day when a gay parent can put a picture of their family or partner on their desk at work without fear of being fired and the day when kids aren’t bullied by their peers for either being LGBT, being perceived as LBGT or having LGBT parents.”

Their website is here. (Tipped by JMG reader Mike)

Pro-LGBT Campaign One Million Kids Launches Ahead Of Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

Published in The Huffington Post.

Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming ruling on same-sex marriage, a group billing itself as “an organization of folks from all walks of life” who support equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has launched.

The One Million Kids campaign launched Jan. 22 with the release of a new website, a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. Additional components will emerge over the coming weeks in an effort to give “kids, parents and allies a voice around LGBT equality,” according to founder Brad Delaney.

“Some of us identify as LGBT, some of us are allies, others grew up in families with loving, committed same-sex parents and ALL of us believe in full equality,” organizers wrote in press materials. “Whatever your story, we invite you to join us as we work to build a movement to show that We Are. We Love. We Stand. United.”

One Million Kids makes its virtual debut just one day after One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association best known for threatening to boycott JCPenney after the retail group hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, announced the creation of One Million Dads.

Described as a group “for all men, not just fathers,” One Million Dads is a conservative website “that will encourage, motivate, and teach so men will have the leadership skills needed to disciple their family, church, and country,” according to One Million Moms’ Director Monica Cole.

The choice to name the campaign One Million Kids was “absolutely” an intentional one, especially in the wake of the One Million Dads news, Delaney said.

“We hope that by adapting a similar name, we will be able to turn the conversation from one of hate to one of love and acceptance,” he said.

He went on to note, “We foresee a day when a gay parent can put a picture of their family or partner on their desk at work without fear of being fired and the day when kids aren’t bullied by their peers for either being LGBT, being perceived as LBGT or having LGBT parents.”

Head here for more forthcoming information on One Million Kids.

One Million Kids for Equality Launches Before SCOTUS Ruling

Published in The Seattle Lesbian.

One Million Kids For Equality, in coalition with The Personal Stories Project and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center, have officially launched a historic and very ambitious campaign to engage One Million Kids ahead of this summer’s historic ruling on marriage equality.

The campaign started Thursday with the launch of a temporary website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Over the coming weeks, organizers will be launching a full website that promises “many additional ways to get engaged.”

The website’s tagline reads: “One Million Kids For Equality is an organization of folks from all walks of life who support full equality for the LGBT community.”

Organizers say: “Some of us identify as LGBT, some of us are Allies, others grew up in families with loving, committed same-sex parents, and ALL of us believe in full equality.”

They continued, “We each have a story. Many of us were bullied in school for being different, some of us have been teased for having two moms or two dads, and still others have been beat up for standing up for a friend or loved one. Each of us has a dream. Some of us want to be able to walk hand in hand with the person we love without being stared at; some of us want to see our two moms married in our home state, or for our dad to be able to keep a picture of our family on his desk without fear of losing his job. Whatever your story, we invite you to join us as we work to build a movement to show that We Are. We Love. We Stand. United.

Join the conversation online by tweeting @kids4equality or liking their page on Facebook via facebook.com/kids4equality.

A mailing list has also been established via the website: Onemillionkids.org.

One Million Kids For Equality Launches Historic Campaign

The campaign starts today with the launch of a temporary website, a Facebook page and a Twitter page. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a full website with many additional ways to get engaged.

“One Million Kids For Equality is an organization of folks from all walks of life who support full equality for the LGBT community.”
Some of us identify as LGBT, some of us are Allies, others grew up in families with loving, committed same-sex parents, and ALL of us believe in full equality.
We each have a story. Many of us were bullied in school for being different, some of us have been teased for having two moms or two dads, and still others have been beat up for standing up for a friend or loved one. Each of us has a dream. Some of us want to be able to walk hand in hand with the person we love without being stared at, some of us want to see our two moms married in our home state, or for our dad to be able to keep a picture of our family on his desk without fear of losing his job. Whatever your story, we invite you to join us as we work to build a movement to show that We Are. We Love. We Stand. United.”

Join the conversation online!

Tweet us at @kids4equality

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