Christina Ricci, and Melissa Etheridge Attend Family Equality Council’s “Night at the Pier”
In my early childhood, I lived in a small village in Honduras that was as homogeneous as it gets. Everyone looked the same. and all the families pretty much had the same makeup. Every child for the most part had a mother and a father as well as extended family including grandparents. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I saw families that were a bit different. And it wasn’t until my late teens that I knew someone whose parents were of the same sex. Growing up in NYC, its part of life. I just accepted my friend’s parents and spend time at their home. It wasn’t a big deal and it was just the way it was.
For others, the process to accept families who look a little differently than their own is a lot more difficult. The children from those families sometimes are not accepted by the community. Luckily, there are people and foundations who work tirelessly to improve to make sure no children suffers because of the views of the others. One such foundation, is the Family Equality Council, an organization that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated – especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It also supports and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children.
Earlier this week, the Family Equality Council hosted its 8th Annual “Night At The Pier” event at NYC’s Pier 60 event. I was so happy to attend the seated dinner. I saw so many loving people discussing their families. And was there to see Christina Ricci, Dan Bucatinsky and Melissa Etheridge, who arrived with partner Linda Wallem as well as performances from Deborah Cox and Cindi Lauper. The evening also included a procession of speeches and awards. This year, Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the federal marriage equality case before the Supreme Court case, an award to lawyer Roberta Kaplan; Darryl Roth presented the Hostetter-Habib Family Award to Jennifer Chrisler. Lastly, Actor/writer/producer Dan Bucatinsky was honored for his ongoing efforts to advance the rights of LGBT families in an award presented by Singer Melissa Etheridge and actress Linda Wallem.
Take a peek at some red-carpet shot from the evening: Photo Credit: WireImage/Jamie McCarthy.