Strong Family Launch

Austin nonprofit celebrates launch, aims to build strong families for LGBTQ youth

New Austin nonprofit aims to build strong families for LGBTQ youth

Strong Family Alliance launch event
Janet Duke, David Wolfson, Laura Yeager, Stacy Armijo, Joan Swartz, Shailagh Clarke. Photo by Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic
Strong Family Alliance launch event
Shailagh Clarke, Kendra Wright, Janet Duke, Jen Smith. Photo by Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic
Strong Family Alliance launch event
Local organizations Out Youth and Human Rights Campaign were also in attendance. Photo by Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic
Strong Family Alliance launch event
The Strong Family Alliance is a new Austin-based nonprofit. Photo by Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic
Strong Family Alliance launch event
Strong Family Alliance launch event
Strong Family Alliance launch event
Strong Family Alliance launch event

What: Strong Family Alliance launch event

Where: Departure Lounge

The lowdown: Members of Austin advocacy organizations, donors, and volunteers gathered last week for the launch of a new Austin-based nonprofit, the Strong Family Alliance. The organization, founded by Janet Duke, aims to "save lives and preserve families by supporting parents of children in the LGBTQ community."  

The launch event included a panel discussing different aspects of the coming out experience. “Coming out doesn’t just happen to the child, it happens to the family. Parents often worry whether to tell their friends and family that their child is LGBTQ. It’s our goal to help parents see the coming out as a process for both the parent and child,” said Duke in a release.

The event also served to introduce the organization's inaugural National Parents Coming Out Day on October 12. Held the day after National Coming Out Day, the purpose of the day is for parents to come out as an ally to support their LGBTQ children. 

Who: Janet Duke, Ransom Duke, Johanna Duke,David Wolfson, Laura Yeager, Stacy Armijo, Joan Swartz, Shailagh Clarke, Jen Smith, Nathan Smith, Sarah Kapostasy, Kendra Wright, Kirk Wright.