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Gay & Married: Welcome to the Family

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As we celebrate Pride Month at the Institute, and the newly official Illinois legislation allowing same sex couples to marry, we are also gearing up for our Circle of Knowledge event taking place this Thursday, June 5th, at the Center on Halsted.


With increasing numbers of same-sex couples becoming legally married, questions arise: Are those couples better off once they’ve tied the knot? Will legal marriage somehow destroy the freedom and flexibility of creating relationships without the imposition of mainstream norms and expectations within the constraints of “traditional” monogamy? Will these marriages offer the protective health benefits — psychological and physiological — that research has long associated with heterosexual marriage? And what about the extended families of LGBT couples? Will they embrace their same-sex family members’ relationships sooner rather than later under this new law?

To address these types of questions, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and healing families from all walks of life, has partnered with Equality Illinois to present the Circle of Knowledge talk, Gay & Married: Welcome to the family. This event, hosted on June 5th at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL at 6:30 p.m., will feature a panel of four Family Institute expert clinicians discussing the questions, challenges and opportunities that follow in the wake of this momentous cultural shift.

“I want people who come to the program to gain a much better sense of the challenges that married gay people are now facing,” says Aaron Cooper, PhD, staff clinician at The Family Institute and event panelist. “And I want our participants to come away with a much better understanding of some approaches to handling those challenges.”

In addition to Dr. Cooper, the event will feature Family Institute staff clinicians Cheryl Rampage, PhD, Shayna Goldstein, LMFT, MSMFT, and Steve Du Bois, PhD, Morgan Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow. The event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeurvres, followed by the panel presentation.

The event will be held at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL. Tickets cost $50 each and can be purchased on The Family Institute’s websiteor by calling 312-609-5300 ext. 480. Attendees should register in advance, as space at the event is limited.

To register for this event, visit our registration page.

To learn more about our Circle of Knowledge Event Series, visit our events page.


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