Family Equality is thrilled to welcome Liz to our Program Department!
Liz Welch, Director of Family Week
Liz Welch (she/her) is the Director of Family Week at Family Equality. She has spent well over a decade advocating for gender justice and full lived equality for LGBTQ+ people at ACLU National. Her work on the LGBTQ marriage campaigns, religious exemptions around non-discrimination, and transgender justice have deepened her commitment to creating pathways for more people to live authentically.
Liz runs a successful consulting business directing some of the largest rallies at the U S Supreme Court in recent history. Her work in building community and elevating impacted voices is the common thread through her work in community theater, directing TedxTalks, grassroots activism and professional advocacy.
Residing in Montana has given her a deep appreciation for working in hard spaces where fewer resources are available when it comes to forming families and sustaining family bonds.
Liz loves to travel, garden, read and spend time with her daughter and her 3 (obnoxious, but very sweet) dogs.
Top 3 favorite podcasts, books, or TV shows?
It’s hard to choose a favorite. Right now I would say Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson, The Woman They Could Not Silence – Kate Moore and Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I’m fortunate to live in Montana so I love putting my feet in a cool river and enjoying the amazing state I live in. I am renovating my old 1930s bungalow and find that, between construction and gardening, it’s calming and centering to create beautiful, self-sustainable spaces. I also love to travel, cook, read and spend time with my daughter.
What drives you to do this work?
More than anything, I believe in a right to bodily autonomy, privacy and love. Creating a family at the time of your choosing and nurturing it through the years is something all people should have access to and be able thrive in.
Plus seeing a kiddo’s face at Family Week when they spend time with the other families that look like theirs is MAGICAL.
What does family equality mean to you?
When I think about family equality, the thing that resonates with me is the idea of intentionality. How families should have the ability and resources to create and sustain their families in a way that is very intentional and authentic to their own heritage and culture. We should not be striving for homogenous lives but rather the opportunity to create richer and fuller lives that speaks to each of us from a place of being whole.
Everything will work out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.
But also: “A party without a cake is really just a meeting.” – Julie Child