Meeting Archive:
Webinar on LGBTQ Family Topics: Nurturing Relationships Between Parents

Meeting Description:
Maintaining loving relationships with a partner or spouse while rearing children is a Herculean task; the joke is that parenting is not for “sissies.” Well, now that queer folk have been out doing this for years, the joke might be wearing thin. We live in a culture that tells us relationships are about passion, and loving, affectionate, intimacy; parenting is more about tasks, organization, anger management, and an exhausting level of chores. On top of this LGBTQ parents have often been deeply invested in our cultural communities (sexually, politically, and socially), whereas parenting often means we spend more time at the PTA and soccer field than at gay pride marches. How do we maintain our loving connections, find time for each other, and take care of the many responsibilities that challenge us as parents?
The workshop will outline some helpful hints, as well as offer solace for those of us committed to maintaining and nurturing our love in the midst of the chaos of parenting.
Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Claudia Stallman
 Presenter Information
Ari Istar Lev
Speaker Photo

 Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW-R, CASAC is a part-time lecturer at the State University New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare and is the Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). She is also an adjunct at Smith School of Social Work, Empire College, and the Rockway Institute, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Ari  is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting and The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS), in Albany, New York ( She has authored numerous journal articles and essays including two books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families winner of the American Psychological Association (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006.