Residence Inn by Marriott is collaborating with Mombian.com and the Family Equality Council to host a travel-focused Twitter party on November 6 for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents.
Mombian is a lifestyle site for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents offering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources for all our varied roles. Founder Dana Rudolph will also be partaking in the event. Families and experts representing the LGBT community are due to participate in a conversation that aims to provide travel resources and tips, as well as stories of inspiration.
“We want the event to be conversational and informative. While we have several experts from the Family Equality Council participating, they’re very approachable—and that’s the tone we really want to set,” Rudolph told 429Magazine. “We hope people will jump in with their own stories and ideas so that we can all learn from each other. We also have a few prizes that we’ll be offering in order to keep things fun.”
Prizes include two signed copies of Cat Cora’s Classics with a “Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes cookbook” and a grand prize of a Residence Inn gift card valued at $250. Cora was named Residence Inn’s “Resident Mom of the Year 2013″ and is raising four kids with her spouse, Jennifer.
According to Rudolph, the Residence Inn PR team invited TravelingMom for the Twitter party because they regularly host travel-focused Twitter parties and had both the technical infrastructure and a travel-focused audience (LGBT and otherwise) to make the event an even bigger success. She added that while the event is geared towards LGBT parents, allies who want to share and learn are also more than welcome.
Rudolph also expressed how important it was to provide this sort of information and support for LGBT parents and parents of LGBT children.
“Even with the repeal of part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), states can still have differing laws when it comes to recognizing same-sex couples and our families,” she stated. “Our relationships still aren’t honored in most states—that means that in many cases, a non-biological, non-adoptive parent’s rights aren’t honored, either. Nor do all states have laws that prevent discrimination against LGBT people in public accommodations, and even in ones that do, LGBT people and our families may still be the subject of ignorance and bias. Crossing state or country lines can mean a very different set of protections.”
Top experts from the Family Equality Council will also be in attendance. They will answer questions and offer their perspectives. Family Equality Council is a national advocacy organization committed to securing legal and social equality for families with parent(s) who are LGBT. Director of Public Policy Emily Hecht-McGowan will offer legal insight, and Midwest Regional Manager Kim Simes will share her travel tips.
The conversation will be hosted by TravelingMom.com, a multi-platform media company dedicated to making the family travel experience more enjoyable.
For more information about this event, including details on prizes available, click here. Between 9:00-10:00pm Eastern time, on November 6, participants can follow and join in the conversation with the Twitter hashtags #RIFamily and #TMOM.