A national LGBT group is calling on LGBT parents and students to photograph exclusionary or discriminatory school applications and documents that they come across.
The Family Equality Council calls the campaign “Snap It & Send It.”
Participants are asked to take photographs with their mobile phones of documents that overlook the variety of families in the United States, specifically households with LGBT parents.
FEC says too many schools – as well as affiliated after-school and pre-school programs – send out forms that ask for a child’s “mother” and “father,” ignoring other family structures.
“This isn’t just about LGBT-headed families – this is also about outdated systems that don’t accurately reflect today’s families,” said FEC programs director Brent Wright. “Whether we’re LGBT parents, single parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, or foster parents – we all deserve to be recognized.”
Wright said non-inclusive forms wrongly suggest that only children with a mother and a father are eligible to file the form and access the service and also send a hurtful message to kids and adults.
FEC is working with some federal agencies to create templates for inclusive forms after identifying just 70 acceptable forms in a survey of 20,000 applications.