Jennifer moderated the panel on July 12, as lesbian and gay family equality activists from around the world, hosted by R Family Vacations, met in Florida for a week of discussions in the first ever International Symposium of LGBT Family Organizations. The symposium was part of an effort to increase international cooperation among LGBT family organizations worldwide, led by Family Equality Council, America’s foremost advocate for LGBT families, the Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA) and the Canadian LGBT Parenting Network based in Toronto. The group of organizations decided on several cooperation initiatives, and the establishment of an “International Family Equality Day” to take place on May 6, 2012.
Among the topics discussed:
- The state of LGBT family rights and acceptance across different cultures.
- LGBT family rights in the European-wide level versus national legal and political level.
- Tips for forming effective family associations.
- Adoptions in the USA and how Europeans may be able to adopt American children.
The panelists included: Jennifer Chrysler (Family Equality Council), Jake Pyne (Canada – The LGBT Parenting Network), Carolina Nogales Menayo (Spain – GALEHI), Didier Disenhaus (Belgium – L’association Homoparentalités), Marion Gret (France – APGL), Juha Jämsä (Finland – Sateenkaariperheet).