DURHAM, N.C. — Activist Henry Amador was recently added as a member of Family Equality Council’s Southern Advisory Council.

Amador said that he was selected “because of the advocacy work I have been doing on behalf of my organization DADsquared. Family Equality Council’s message is completely in-line with much of what I believe in, ensuring rights and protections for all LGBTQ families and, most importantly, in community building.”

A certified holistic life coach and specialist in advanced life skills, Amador also pens DADsquared, a parenting blog and runs a Meetup for gay fathers in the Triangle. He and his husband were the first same-sex couple to jointly adopt a child in Broward County, Fla. —setting legal precedence, the organization said.

The council shared, “His clear leadership skills, belief in service and passion for building and strengthening the LGBTQ community will certainly aid us with working towards a better world for all our children, as well as connecting and securing our families in the South.”

“My family just recently went to our first Family Week in P’town [Provincetown] this summer. Family Week is hosted by FEC and is a yearly, week-long gathering,” Amador said.

He added, “We met many families that only see other families like theirs once a year, I think many of us forget that we do not all live in Blue areas with lots of gay families around. That’s why building community and connecting families is one of my missions in life. No child, growing up with sam- gendered parents, should ever feel alone.”

Last year he hosted the Triangle’s first-ever gathering to celebrate International Family Equality Day and on May 3, 2015, he plans on making that event larger, trying to surpass the 50 families that attended in 2014.

With this new affiliation, he feels that his work for LGBT rights takes on new legs, having the resources of FEC behind him.

“Building the gay dad community in the triangle will never stop being a main focus, after all it’s what I live right?” he concluded.

Amador’s family made the November/December 2014 cover of Gay Parent LGBT magazine. It can be read at gayparenting.com.

info: familyequality.org.

[Ed. Note — The original version of this article incorrectly attributed Amador and his husband with significant work in another community organization. This was not accurate. We regret the error.]

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Lainey Millen

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