Family Town Hall to be held in Ferndale Sept. 14

By |2005-09-01T09:00:00-04:00September 1st, 2005|News|

FERNDALE – The first-ever town hall meeting on LGBT family issues is coming to Ferndale. Triangle Foundation is the lead sponsor of a town hall meeting in Ferndale that will bring together LGBT community leaders and the larger community to discuss the myriad of issues surrounding LGBT families.
Triangle has worked with organizer Shannon Cuttle to produce this community event free to the public with the hopes of educating the community, linking community resources and discussing the needs of the LGBT community in terms of family issues. Family issues have been paramount since anti-gay activists around the country have led multi-million dollar campaigns to ban or restrict legal rights for same-sex couples in marriage, benefits and parenting. Last year, Michigan voters passed a constitutional amendment limiting the definition of marriage to between “one man and one woman.” New legislation and litigation has spurred greater awareness of LGBT families.
“Family issues are on the forefront for a lot of people,” said Sean Kosofsky, director of policy for Triangle. “LGBT people order our families in similar and in different ways. We need a forum to discuss those dynamics and communicate face-to-face about the changing climate for our families.”
The Family Town Hall will feature speakers from Triangle Foundation, Metropolitan Community Church, Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center, We Are Family, PFLAG Downriver, Ruth Ellis Center, Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality, U of M LGBTA Resource Center, Fran Brown from Joe Kort & Associates, Ferndale Mayor Robert Porter, Ferndale Mayor Pro-Tem Craig Covey, and Shannon Cuttle. Topics will include Proposal 2, adoption, custody, foster care, health care, safe schools, social groups, marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits.
The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Gerry Kulick Community Center at 1201 Livernois in Ferndale. For more information contact [email protected] or call 313-537-3323, ext. 105.

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