We’re All Right
February 25, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
LGBT families are coming under attack in states across the country – whether through legislation attempting to block or rescind equality, or dangerous political rhetoric from anti-LGBT politicians. These words and actions have a real impact on families headed by loving LGBT parents, and a new HRC project – We’re All Right: Kids of LGBT Parents Speak Out – is giving those families a chance to show that they aren’t all that different from other families. “We’re all right.” It’s a message that sounds self-explanatory, but many anti-gay groups push harmful messages, saying children who are not raised by a married mother and father will grow up with hardships and problems.
The campaign features video messages from Zach Wahls, the Iowa college student who made an impassioned plea to the state legislature supporting marriage equality, Peter Hams, whose two moms were among the first married when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, and Abby, a college student whose dad came out to her when she was about 13. In his video, Peter says: “It’s pretty simple…you just want to be loved and protected by your family. That’s it…if you have that, then you’re just fine.” Visitors to the campaign’s site, www.hrc.org/allright, are encouraged to submit videos of their own. Stories like those featured can change the country, one video at a time. Here’s how you can help:
- If you have LGBT parents, record a video with your story and upload it to YouTube, then post it on our wall.
- If you don’t, please share these videos with your family, friends and colleagues.
Take action and help spread awareness that LGBT families are not all that different than any other household. Visit www.hrc.org/allright today.