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Japan Rainbow Camp

2020 U.S. – Japan Rainbow Camp for LGBTQ Families
By Angeline Acain

Although Japanese LGBTQ families don’t share the same freedoms as Americans, there are organizations in Japan working to change that. Nijiiro Diversity and partner groups, Good Aging Yells and Nijiiro Kazoku are working to improve the lives of LGBTQ families in Japan. Established in 2013, Nijiiro Diversity was the first organization in Japan to address workplace issues for LGBTQ people and remains a leader in LGBTQ rights activism. In 2015, Nijiiro Diversity published, LGBTQ Guide for Workplaces, and in 2018 they published, Transgender Workplace Handbook. The group also provides research, educational training, and consulting, and has worked with universities, government agencies, and 160 corporations including Goldman Sachs, Nissan, Panasonic, and Sony.

In October 2021, the group’s organizers held an event originally called, 2020 US-Japan Rainbow Camp, targeting LGBTQ families and LGBTQ youth that are interested in raising children. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Osaka in October 2020.

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Rainbow Families Conference

(Washington, DC) – Rainbow Families is proud to present their annual family conference – Together Again – a tradition for LGBTQ+ families, parents, and prospective parents taking place at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 14th, 2022. The day-long event will feature informative workshops, an award ceremony, inspiring speakers, and community building.
Additionally, today the nonprofit organization announced the recipient of their 2022 ‘Hero of the Year’ award, Naseema Shafi, CEO of Whitman-Walker Health, to be presented at the conference. This is in recognition of her leadership and service to improving the health of all LGBTQ+ people, and not only maintaining, but growing, services for our community during the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Tribute to Kristi Parker of Liberty Press

By Angeline Acain Sadly, the LGBTQ community has lost a valuable asset. Kristi Parker, Publisher, Editor and owner of Liberty Press passed away of a stroke on March 10, 2018, she was 49. Liberty Press covered the local LGBTQ news and events of Kansas. A free magazine distributed in Kansas, Parker had been publishing for […]

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Gay Parent Magazine Cover Family Featured on Pops Web Series

Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman and their son Jonathan were the cover story of our September-October 2016 issue #108 (see image on left). On November 23, 2017 the family was featured on Pops, a weekly web series exploring fatherhood as experienced by Black men. In the video, the family talks about their open adoption while […]

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Stonewall Makes History Again: Becomes First National Park Site Dedicated to LGBT History

New York, N.Y. – After more than two years of building strong public support in the community, across the nation and in Congress, National Parks Conservation Association celebrates President Obama’s historic designation of Stonewall National Monument, the first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. To coincide with national LGBT […]

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GPM included in Japanese book: Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom by Mariko Sugiyama

The first book in Japan on the subject of LGBT parenting was recently published (see cover on left). Compiled and written by Asahi Shimbun reporter Mariko Sugiyama, the book is titled Same sex couples and their children: The American Gayby boom. The book features 20 families that were formed through foster care and adoption or […]

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For the 3rd Year Gay Parent magazine Part of Japan Youth Study Tour

For the third year in 2016, the group, LGBT Youth Japan, met with Gay Parent Magazine’s publisher and editor Angeline Acain in New York City. The group is a Tokyo based organization educating Japanese youth about the LGBT support systems employed by other countries. Their goal is to help guide Japan towards becoming a society […]

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MotherStruck! Starring Staceyann Chin, Single Mom Tour de force

By Angeline Acain MotherStruck! Staceyann Chin’s one-woman performance at the Lynn Redgrave Theater is a tour de force. Chin is exciting to watch as she moves up and down between the audience, red Mohawked shaven head, muscled torso, arms gesticulating. Then skillfully using a minimalist set stage, slithering with legs up mimicking self-insemination. Her words […]

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Martina Navratilova Marries Julia Lemigova

Martina Navratilova married longtime partner Julia Lemigova in New York City on December 15, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray officiated. In attendance were actress Brooke Shields, tennis legend Chris Evert and Lemigova’s two daughters. Navratilova proposed during the US Open last September, in a moment that was telecast on the Jumbotron at […]

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Gay Parent magazine Publisher/Editor Angeline Acain Honored by Queens Pride House

  On December 6, 2013 The Queens Pride House honored Angeline Acain, Publisher, Editor and owner of Gay Parent magazine at their 16th Anniversary Celebration in Jackson Heights, New York City. Acain was recognized for her work with Gay Parent magazine and the Queens Pride House LGBT parents and families group. Pauline Park, Queens Pride […]

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