Family Equality Council Continues Growth Naming New Communications Director

Chicagoan Anthony Martinez Appointed to Fill Senior Leadership Position

Chicago, IL ● August 9, 2016 — Family Equality Council, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ parents and their children, appointed Anthony Martinez as Director of Communications.

“We are eager to welcome such a capable and strategic mind to our growing team,” said Stan Sloan, executive director of the Family Equality Council. “Anthony brings a wealth of knowledge from his past work and shares my vision of bridging the worlds of people who are in need and those who are able to help them.”

Martinez will be responsible for creating and implementing an organization-wide communications strategy supporting an array of initiatives and programs, including ground-breaking policy and programmatic work that focuses on the interests of the country’s three million LGBTQ parents and their six million children.

Martinez has over a decade of experience in communications, non-profit management and LGBTQ advocacy. After founding an LGBTQ direct-action non-profit, LGBT Change, Martinez was engaged as the Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), an Illinois LGBTQ policy and advocacy organization instrumental in the passage of marriage equality in Illinois. He was also a spokesperson and senior communications staffer for Illinois Unites for Marriage, a coalition comprised of national and local organizations that fought for marriage equality in Illinois.

Most recently, Martinez was the Director of Communications for FashionBar, a consulting firm that seeks to build Chicago into a fashion capital. In that role, he advised fashion designers on communications and brand strategy, focusing on digital media, with the goal of increasing the designer’s market share.

Martinez, a past recipient of the Windy City Times “30 under 30” award, said he is excited to take on the challenges of his new role. “The movement for LGBTQ equality has seen amazing strides, but the real tests lie ahead,” he said. “As we have seen in this election cycle, there are real and deep societal divides that we must bridge in order to achieve equality for all. Family Equality Council is building those bridges for LGBTQ people and families with the work we do in communities across the nation.”

A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Martinez will be based in Chicago.

Media Contact
Anthony Martinez
Director of Communications
Family Equality Council
312.863.9632 – mobile

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About Family Equality Council:

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For over 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.