Tatiana Quiroga is the Southern Regional Manager for Family Equality Council, a non-for-profit that serves the LGBTQ Community. She has quite a story to tell from how her and her wife struggle to have a family, fighting the court system to be legally married and both being legally called the parents of their children, to helping others in the LGBTQ Community who struggle with the same issues. Please see the links for Family Equality Council at the end of this article.
Where do you live? Orlando, FL
How do you identify? Lesbian, Latina, wife and mom
What has been your biggest struggle? Creating my family. There is nothing easy, cheap or accidental about most LGBTQ families. We do not have the privilege of an “oops”. My wife and I started dating in 2004. Before Marriage Equality, we had to travel to Massachusetts to get married in 2009. Then, we begin trying for a baby. After almost a year of fertility treatments, my wife became pregnant. Her pregnancy was smooth and our first son was born healthy and happy. However, since our marriage was not legally recognized in FL, I had to complete a Second Parent adoption, which turned into a legal battle. The first judge assigned to us had a history of anti-LGBTQ rulings and we were faced with the real possibility of being denied. After much back and forth, she luckily stepped aside and agreed to no longer hear LGBTQ cases. We were very proud that our case had impacted the future of other LGBTQ cases in our area. We always knew we wanted more children so we began trying for another. We never anticipated the emotional journey with fertility treatments we would have to endure. Almost 2 years and IVF treatments later, we finally conceived our second son. In addition, the pregnancy was uncertain and scary, full of miscarriage threats and possible medication complications. Thankfully, our second son was born healthy and happy, also. Being years passed and our marriage was now legally recognized, I was able to do a Step Parent adoption, a much cheaper and easier process. This time, our experience was a smooth and joyful occasion.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Manifesting my dreams and creating a family!
What are your hobbies? I recently join the Board of Directors for Zebra Coalition, a local non-profit in the Orlando area who assists and supports young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with programs to guide them to recovery and stability.
What color of the rainbow are you? Pink glitter!
What do you do for work? I’m the Southern Regional Manager for Family Equality Council, a national non-profit that serves LGBTQ families. Family Equality Council is changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated. I have the privilege of supporting LGBTQ families, helping others create their own families, providing resources for LGBTQ parents and community building for the LGBTQ community. The work that Family Equality Council does is so important and I am grateful to have found my dream job.
What is your relationship status? Married
What have you learned about yourself since you came out? I can achieve anything!
Who has been the most influential person in your life? My wife. She’s given me the strength and encouragement to take big risks, to celebrate my achievements and enjoy the little things. She is my best friend, my soulmate, my partner in crime and the love of my life. She is the person I’m thankful to see before I go to sleep at night and the person I’m excited to see when I wake up. Together, we can conquer anything!
What advice would you give to your LGBT family? Go to any extent that you can to protect the rights of your family and relationship. At Family Equality Council, we encourage parents to seek all the legal means to protect their rights and their children’s rights as a family.
If you had 24 hrs to live, what would you do? Spend every remaining second with my wife and family.
Tatiana Quiroga, MA | Southern Regional Manager
TQuiroga@familyequality.org | 646.880.3005 ext. 111
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