Regardless of different legal, political and social circumstances around the world, the dramatic increase in the numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and queer (LGBTIQ*d) people choosing to raise children is a global phenomenon. The International Family Equality Day (IFED) was launched as a sign of solidarity and strength and to promote equality for all families. On 6 May 2012, several events were held throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. Families, friends, interested parties, experts from government agencies and other institutions as well as politicians and representatives of all parties were invited to celebrate the rainbow of families and the family diversity in our world. This international day of rainbow families not only puts a spotlight on sexual orientation and gender diversity within a family, but also provides LGBTQ parents and their children, as well as straight allies with the opportunity to celebrate their family and community.
Read Press Release: International LGBT Family Organizations Announce “International Family Equality Day” for 2012