Rachel Epstein (PhD) is a longtime LGBTQ parenting activist, educator and researcher and the founding coordinator of the LGBTQ Parenting Network at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. She has published on a wide range of issues, including assisted human reproduction, queer spawn in schools, gender and pregnancy, adoption, and the tensions between queer sexuality, radicalism and parenting. She is editor of the 2009 anthology, Who’s Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting (http://threeoclockpress.com) and her doctoral dissertation explored LGBTQ people’s experiences in fertility clinics. She was the 2008 winner of Community One Foundation’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award, recognizing her leadership and pivotal contributions towards the support, recognition and inclusion of LGBTQ families in Canada and recently received the Barbara Gittings award from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists.
The Ontario legislative assembly just unanimously passed The All Families Are Equal Act, a new family law that offers a more inclusive understanding of what makes 'family.' This much-anticipated legal reform marks a leap forward in Ontario's recognition of a broader range of families.
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