A Year in Review

In 2022, we saw 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states across the country. The highest court in the nation overturned nearly 50 years of precedent and signaled additional threats to our fundamental rights. Through it all, Family Equality has been on the frontlines fighting to protect and support our families.

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Families posing in front of the Washington Monument
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Protecting LGBTQ+ families

In 2022, we saw unprecedented attacks on our youth and families, from Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law and copycat bills across the country to state officials in Texas ordering Child Protective Services to investigate parents who allowed their children to receive gender-affirming, life-saving medical care.

Rest assured: Family Equality fought back. We joined Florida families and partner organizations in challenging “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” in court, and we created Path2FamilyEquality, a digital crisis hub for LGBTQ+ families fleeing their homes or desperately seeking ways to keep themselves safe in the current political climate.

All the while, we kept our eyes on the Supreme Court, who, in overturning Roe v. Wade, signaled threats to our relationships and marriages. We hosted webinars and created toolkits to provide our families with the urgent answers they needed. We’ve worked to get federal legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act passed so we can be protected no matter what the future holds.

Another aspect of developing our capacity as an organization is recognizing where we can represent our families more effectively. The Family Equity Justice Project is an effort by us to increase visibility and self-advocacy for BIPOC families and families that are geographically, structurally, and socioeconomically diverse. Our initial survey opens in 2023, and we expect it to have a notable impact on our programming, policy, and advocacy efforts.

Building Connection

2022 was a year for the record books! After two long years, Family Equality was thrilled to welcome families, community members, and supporters back to many of our beloved events.

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Super Evenings in Support of Our Work

Together, we raised more than $1,400,000 for Family Equality at our Night at the Pier and LA Impact galas!

Family Week in Provincetown

Almost 600 families joined us from 35 states and 9 countries for our annual Family Week in Provincetown!

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Family Equality at the White House

From the White House lawn, Family Equality participated in the time-honored Easter Egg Roll and witnessed the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Evolving the Organization

None of this movement-shaping work could be done without an all-star team!

In 2022, Family Equality renewed our focus on nurturing a supportive, inclusive workplace filled with passionate advocates.

To that end, we…

Looking Ahead

2022 was a year of transformation for Family Equality. We grew. We pivoted. We fought. But the work doesn’t stop here. The state-sanctioned attacks on our youth and families aren’t slowing down, and the Supreme Court has already signaled threats to additional freedoms like marriage, intimacy, and more. The dangerous policies and rhetoric coming from our elected officials has trickled down: School boards and political pundits are crafting harmful narratives about who our families are, LGBTQ+ centers have been vandalized, Pride parades are being targeted, and doctors providing gender-affirming care have been threatened. We’re fighting a well-funded anti-LGBTQ+ machine the likes of which we haven’t seen in years — and the only way we’re going to change the tide in the year ahead is if we all work together.