Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. Typically, more than 1,400 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. The Center’s vision includes a thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments
September 28, 2021 Community After Birth
Life changes when you are a dad, and many times your support system and community will change. Come find out how to establish your community after baby is born or as your children grow. Hear from our partner organizations about resources available for gay families. Learn how to find local organizations and what types of resources are out there. From social activities to educational resources – find out what your family might benefit from.
This event is available to watch on demand here.
Meer Dan Gewenst is the rainbow families Dutch organization committed to assist existing and future LGBT families. The organization holds informative meetings about the legal, social, medical and scientific aspects of LGBT parenting. We also organize social events in the format of "speed dating" for those who are interested in co-parenting arrangements. In addition, we actively lobby to advance the rights of LGBT parents and their children, we promote awareness about these issues in the media. We offer information and facilitates interaction between prospective parents on our website, via newsletters, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
For over twenty years, Our Family Coalition has worked to advance equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy. Fortified by strong partnerships with our allies, and guided by community-based leadership, we seek to create an inclusive and just world where all LGBTQ families with children can see families like theirs reflected in the culture around them, and enjoy abundant opportunity to thrive as valued participants in our schools, institutions, and communities. We build community, increase understanding, and deepen social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Sara Coster from The Netherlands is boardmember of the Dutch foundation for rainbowfamilies “Meer dan Gewenst” (More than Wished for). Meer dan Gewenst is a well known foundation and represents a large community. We give a lot of information to LGBT’s who want to become parents, we organize speed dates for people who want to co-parent, we give a lot of interviews to national and international media, and also we have a strong lobby to the politicians, to try to get good laws for rainbowfamilies. Sara works as a rainbowfamily coach, she helps people who want or have a rainbowfamily. She has two children together with a gay couple, they co-parent (the children are one week at the fathers and the other week at Sara’s house), they are one family in 2 houses. Sara wrote a book about her co-parenting rainbow family (The Wish and The Fathers).
Jolie Holliman is Senior Director of DEI and Community Groups, at the Center on Halsted. She is a passionate advocate for marginalized groups. Her current focus is on embedding racial equity and inclusion practices at Center on Halsted. Jolie is a collaborative leader with strong and credible roots in the community. She has spent the last decade in senior leadership positions implementing innovative models for equitable healthcare and support services. She successfully led large-scale HIV and HCV clinical operations and developed strategic partnerships between minority community stakeholders, researchers, government entities and community-based organizations. Jolie has crafted the practice of grooming intergroup relations and applying conflict resolution strategies prior to polarization. She currently holds a seat on the Illinois Getting to Zero (GTZ) Implementation Council and co-chairs the Standards of Equity subcommittee.
Lisa Schuster, Director of Programming
Lisa joined the MHB team in January of 2018 as the Stage II GPAP Case Manager and has grown in her role to become the Programming Director. Lisa’s responsibilities include managing the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and Membership Benefits Program, developing and implementing content for educational programs, and working with partner organizations to help fulfill MHB’s mission. Lisa’s professional background is in business development and government contracting, and she also served as treasurer and financial planner for a local non-profit. Lisa was a gestational carrier twice for an international same sex male couple, and she lives with her husband and three children in Maryland.