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New Service Offers Legal and Fertility Resources for LGBTQ Parents and Parents-to-Be

New Service Offers Legal and Fertility Resources for LGBTQ Parents

A new service, founded by a queer mom and attorney, aims to provide LGBTQ parents and prospective parents with family building resources and a personally vetted directory of family lawyers.

Gena Jaffe (L), wife Jordana (R) and their two children. Used with permission.

Gena Jaffe (L), wife Jordana (R) and their two children. Used with permission.

Gena Jaffe, a Philadelphia-based lawyer and mom, founded connecting rainbows after posting on social media about her and her spouse’s own journey to parenthood and receiving lots of questions. She told me via e-mail, “My wife and I have openly shared our fertility journeys on Instagram, as well as the second parent adoption process we had to go through. As a result, I have received a ton of questions over the years. While I am a practicing attorney, I do not specialize in estate planning or adoption, so I could never help anyone who came to me. Further, fertility is near and dear to my heart, and I feel a special connection to all those going through the treatments.”

After Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court last October, too, Jaffe said, “I started to talk more on my Instagram about the things same sex families should consider putting into place, God forbid same sex marriage was overturned.” She realized many prospective LGBTQ parents were encountering both a lack of information and misinformation. “I cannot even tell you how many people told me that lawyers either (1) would not work with them because they were a same sex couple or (2) gave them completely false information,” such as telling them that being on the birth certificate is enough to grant full legal rights to both same-sex parents. (As I’ve said myself many times, it’s not.) Jaffe then got the idea “to create a directory of attorneys across the US and Canada who specialize in working with LGBTQ+ couples on fertility law, adoption and estate planning.”

The LGBTQ Law Association already maintains a Family Law Attorney Directory and Family Equality has an LGBTQ+ Family Building Directory of fertility clinics, cryobanks, midwives, doulas, surrogacy clinics, and more who have completed one or more of the organization’s Open Door Professional Training Courses, but Jaffe says her directory will be different in having both legal and fertility resources in one place. In addition, she said, “My database will be unique in that it will be personal. I am limiting how many attorneys I recommend so that I can ensure that the people listed are (1) well-versed in working with the LGBTQ+ community and (2) it’s not overwhelming for people to decide who to call. I have garnered trust with my audience over the years, so they can feel confident in whom I am recommending.”

She explained further:

I will be capping it around five lawyers per state (in the larger states)—closer to three in the smaller states. I want to take the stress, overwhelm + research out of the equation for the individuals who are coming to the site. I am personally speaking to every lawyer who is listed on the site. I want to get a good sense of who they are, how they operate and how they will care for my community. I don’t need someone who has the most experience. I want someone who is not only competent but also compassionate. Someone who gets the younger generation.

The new website will include not only a directory of lawyers and fertility resources, but also expert interviews and a blog where “families can share their own fertility or adoption journeys, coming out stories and transition experiences.” She asserted, “I believe education is empowering, and I want to help people understand the journey and what to expect. My vision is that this space will help people feel less alone in whatever it is they are going through; a space where they can find comfort and hope.”

Informative and trustworthy resources are vital for us LGBTQ parents and parents-to-be. That’s why for years I’ve also maintained my own Mombian Resource Directory—which is in some ways a meta-directory of resources like connecting rainbows and the other directories mentioned above—on LGBTQ family building, legal issues, raising kids, caring for ourselves, and more. I appreciate that Jaffe is bringing her professional expertise to bear in offering LGBTQ folks a more focused approach to finding legal and family creation help, and I look forward to seeing how her site evolves.

Fired Ivanka reportedly considering multiple reality TV offers because of course she is / Queerty

Fired Ivanka reportedly considering multiple reality TV offers because of

Well, that didn’t take long.

Less than 48 hours after Donald Trump was declared the loser in the 2020 presidential election, his daughter Ivanka is already cutting her losses and plotting her next career pivot.

For the past four years, Ivanka has served as senior advisor to her father, during which she has made a fool of herself in front of international leaders and racked up no shortage of ethics complaints.

But now that she’s about to be out of a job, she’s said to be weighing several reality TV offers.

“Reality TV made this family superstars,” a top TV insider tells OK! magazine. “It was appearing on The Celebrity Apprentice next to their father, Donald Trump, that made Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric into primetime stars.”

“Ivanka is the family member that is getting the most offers, including interest from Dancing With the Stars. The real question isn’t if the show wants her, it is if Ivanka will want to hit the ballroom floor now that she is one of the most famous daughters in the world.”

Another source claims, “Ivanka is getting more offers than she has ever received in her life. She could have her own primetime cable show if she wanted it.”

But the source says the fist daughter “isn’t interested” in doing Dancing With The Stars. She’s way classier than that!

“She isn’t opposed to going back to reality shows. After all, her dad became the President after his reality show. But the shows she is looking to create are much more similar to The Celebrity Apprentice and Shark Tank than Dancing With the Stars.

“She knows that what she does right now will determine her future for years to come.”

Twitter has a lot to say about Ivanka’s impending reality TV/DWTS pivot…

Related: Melania is reportedly “counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce”

‘Good Kisser’ offers fresh take on lesbian romance – Lesbian.com

‘Good Kisser’ offers fresh take on lesbian romance – Lesbian.com

San Francisco, CA – Wolfe Video, the largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films, today announced the early digital release of Wendy Jo Carlton’s critically acclaimed feature film, Good Kisser.

The film will be available for purchase and rent on May 19, 2020 ahead of its DVD release set for June 16th, 2020. Good Kisser will stream on a variety of digital platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, VUDU and WolfeOnDemand.com.

From award-winning writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton, (Easy Abby, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together), comes this fresh, romantic ride, brimming with mind games and erotic tension.

Kate and Jenna want to spice up their relationship by opening it up to a third and plan a date with the enchanting Mia. Jenna becomes enthralled with Mia’s sexual confidence and charm, and as they spend the evening dancing, drinking tequila, and sharing secrets, the women become entangled physically and emotionally. But what was intended as a night of fun soon exposes the cracks in Kate and Jenna’s relationship. Careful what you wish for.

Written and directed by Wendy Jo Carlton, who has been making female-oriented queer movies for two decades, Good Kisser features an ensemble cast starring Kari Alison Hodge, Julia Eringer, Courtney McCullough, and the feature debut of Rachel Paulson (younger sister of actor, Sarah Paulson).

“It’s amazing to work with Wolfe to share my new feature romance with the world, as their prowess will help us reach an audience that is hungry for more quality queer cinema,” says Wendy Jo Carlton.

“We have wanted to work with Wendy Jo Carlton for years and are glad to have that opportunity with the release of her sexy new film, Good Kisser. We are excited to share her portrayal of an authentic lesbian experience with our loyal Wolfe audience,” says Kathy Wolfe, CEO & Founder at Wolfe Video.

Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless, in 2009. Her second feature, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, is said to be the first lesbian RomCom musical, with film critic Roger Ebert giving it a glowing review, and AutoStraddle.com listing Jamie and Jessie are Not Together as one of the “Top 100 Lesbian Movies of All Time”. Her award-winning lesbian web series, Easy Abby, received 50 million views online, and is now an Original Series on Revry.tv.

Wendy Jo Carlton is an Associate Producer on the award-winning documentary, Circus of Books, executive produced by Ryan Murphy, on Netflix (2020).

Follow @goodkissermovie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest release updates.

Watch on WolfeOnDemand.com.