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Family Equality Council records

 Collection
Call Number: MS 2000

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the records of Family Equality Council, a national advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents, guardians, and allies. Materials in the collection consist of correspondence, annual and quarterly reports, articles and clippings, board of directors records, event records, financial and fundraising records, publications, subject files, and electronic files. The collection is particularly strong both for its documentation of the group's activism and advocacy efforts, as well as its efforts to provide community for and document the everyday lives and experiences of LGBTQ families.

Correspondence in the collection consists primarily of communication between board members and staff of Family Equality Council, as well as outgoing correspondence to supporters and constituents. Annual and quarterly reports provide the most extensive documentation of the organization's activism and advocacy efforts. Audiovisual materials in the collection consist of a copy of "Proud Families," an educational recording produced by Family Equality Council as a resource for LGBTQ parents. The Board of Directors records provide extensive documentation of the organization's development and evolution, including its expansion and merger with Rainbow Families, as well as its many organizational name changes.

Event records primarily document Provincetown Family Week, an annual vacation gathering for LGBTQ families in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This event, sponsored by Family Equality Council, provides LGBTQ parents and their children with opportunities to gather, socialize, and network with one another. The success of this event prompted Family Equality Council to sponsor similar events in other parts of the country, such as Family Pride in the Desert and Saugatuck Family Week, which are also documented in these records. Other event records document conferences organized by Family Equality Council, as well as the organization's participation in the Millenium March on Washington in 2000. Financial and fundraising records consist of budgets and financial reports, as well as grant applications and donor files. Newsletters in the collection provide further documentation of Family Equality Council's activism and advocacy efforts, and also more generally document the experiences of and issues faced by LGBTQ families from the 1980s through the early years of the twenty-first century. Publications consist of educational books and pamphlets produced by Family Equality Council for LGBTQ parents and their children. These cover a variety of issues, including healthcare access, schools and educational issues, and childrens' books for LGBTQ families. Subject files consist of an assortment of materials related to Family Equality Council's mission and activities.

Electronic files consist mainly of videos, photographs, and promotional material for conferences and Provincetown Family Week. Dates for electronic material were taken from the media labels, which were created by the Family Equality Council.

Dates

  • 1977-2014

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creator(s) of this collection for unpublished works they have authored or otherwise produced. After the lifetime of the creator(s) or until January 1, 2039 (date), whichever comes first, copyright passes to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were the gift of Family Equality Council, 2014.

Arrangement

The materials are arranged according to document type.

Related Materials

Related material: Rainbow Families Records (MS 2006).

Extent

11 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

15 Gigabytes (2 3.5 floppy disks, 5 DVD-Rs, 6 CD-Rs, 2 optical drives (15 gigabytes))

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.2000

Overview

This collection consists of the records of Family Equality Council, a national advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents, guardians, and allies. Materials in the collection consist of correspondence, annual and quarterly reports, articles and clippings, board of directors records, event records, financial and fundraising records, publications, subject files, and electronic files. The collection is particularly strong both for its documentation of the group's activism and advocacy efforts, as well as its efforts to provide community for and document the everyday lives and experiences of LGBTQ families.

Biographical / Historical

Family Equality Council is a national advocacy organization dedicated to securing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents, guardians, and allies. Family Equality Council has its origins in the Gay Fathers Coalition, an organization founded in 1979. In 1986, the Gay Fathers Coalition expanded to include lesbian mothers, prompting the group to rename itself the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI). In 1998, GLPCI changed its name to the Family Pride Coalition in order to include bisexual and transgender parents among its members and constituents. In that same year, a group of youth who had been involved with Family Pride Coalition established a separate advocacy organization for the children of LGBTQ parents, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE). In 2007, the Family Pride Coalition merged with Rainbow Families, and in that same year renamed itself again as Family Equality Council.
Title
Guide to the Family Equality Council Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Matthew Gorham and Christine Connolly
Date
September 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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