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Family Equality Council’s “Night at the Pier” for LGBT Advocacy

Night at the PierShady Grove Fertility was honored to be a sponsor of the Family Equality Council’s “Night at the Pier” – a night to celebrate 30 years of supporting the LGBT community. Last night’s event celebrated the strides the community has made toward full equality.

The Family Equality Council is the leading national advocacy group for over one million LGBT families, raising two million children. They have taken historic steps to recognize the changes that need to take place in order to break through state laws with policy amendments and acts to allow partners to be parents. The organization’s impact has been felt nationwide, including recently expanding their Washington, DC office to advance federal policy agendas.

Dr. Gilbert Mottla at Family Equality Council's "Night at the Pier"
Dr. Gilbert Mottla was joined by his wife and Barbara Cohen, LCSW-C at Family Equality Council’s “Night at the Pier”

Last night’s celebration, held at Pier Sixty in New York City, raised approximately $800,000. Shady Grove Fertility teamed up with the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. to support the event. Gilbert L. Mottla, MD, along with his, wife, Barbara Cohen, LCSW-C, and Michelle Melvin – all hailing from our Annapolis office – attended the event. Even a couple who sought treatment with Dr. Mottla traveled to support the LGBT community.

Clay Aiken - Supporting Family Equality CouncilVictor Garber - Support Family Equality CouncilOn a stargazing side note, Clay Aiken and Victor Garber were there too. Sorry no autographs this time… Celebrity or not, nearly 800 people joined together to stand up for those who want to raise a family, just like everyone else. Last night marked 30 years of progress, and the best is yet to come.

Through our donor egg and gestational carrier programs, Shady Grove Fertility offers several family building options for the LGBT community.

 > Read “What’s the Difference Between a Gestational Carrier & a Surrogate?”

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