Sep 032012

You’re invited to come hear an All-Star Panel of Experts on the topic of “What Happens after ‘I Do’?” An evening of practical advice about your legal rights, family planning options, and much, much more! It’s all FREE, at the LGBT Center on West 13th Street, from 6-8pm.

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Read about our speakers!

Kendra Eash, Diana Jerman, and Hannah Fishman are co-founders of the LGBT parenting site They started the site in July 2011, after Diana, Hannah, and several of their friends went through the process of starting a family and were disappointed with the lack of online resources. While the LGBT Center had great resources and classes regarding starting a family, they realized there was not a comprehensive online outlet to help expectant families through the same challenges they faced, and It’s Conceivable was born. Since launching the site, they have gotten hundreds of stories and responses from around the world. Diana and her wife have twin toddlers; Hannah and her wife have a 1-year-old daughter, and Kendra and her partner are, er, thinking about having kids someday, if they can get through planning their wedding first! All three live in Brooklyn.

Brian Edwards is a college administrator, freelance photographer, and blogger. He has blogged for So You’re Engayged, GLAAD, and The Huffington Post, and is a founder of The Gay Wedding Experience and the Family Values Campaign. He and his husband, Tom Privitere, were legally married in New Haven, CT in September 2010 and had their wedding ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico October of that same year. This summer, Tom and Brian made national news after they learned one of their engagement photos had been stolen and used in anti-gay attack ads 2000 miles away in Colorado. Tom, Brian and their photographer, Kristina Hill, are currently exploring their legal options with the assistance of the civil rights law firm, The Southern Poverty Law Center.
Twitter: @BJEPhotography

Irna Gadd, LCSW, has been in private practice in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and supervision in Manhattan for over two decades.  She works with adults in the LGBTQ community, and has a deep understanding of the experiences of depression and anxiety associated with various life transitions. She is the Secretary of the Board of The Association of Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapists (ALGAP). She is the Co-Director of the 2-year Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in New York, where she teaches and supervises. She supervises at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC) in New York. She has taught at Hunter College’s Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling, and at the School of Visual Arts. You can reach her at 212-388-9841while her website is under construction.

Christopher S. Goeken is an attorney and activist who has worked in progressive circles and the LGBT community for many years.  Christopher was the downstate political director for the New York State Senate Minority Leader, and served as Vice Chair of the state’s largest consumer advocacy group. He was the Communications Director for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, one of the largest and most influential groups in state politics. Christopher assisted in the legal challenge to onerous changes in asylum law while with the ACLU Immigrant’s Rights Project. He has worked on electoral and issue campaigns throughout the state. He is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Christopher was honored for his work in the LGBT community by the Brooklyn Borough President in 2002 and by Immigration Equality for his pro bono activities in 2006. He can be reached at

Charlie Maffei is a professional matchmaker for men and women from all walks of life. With his reasonable membership fees and reputation for personalized 1 on 1 service, MEN and WOMEN both STRAIGHT and GAY are flocking to Charlie for guidance in finding love. Charlie prides himself on 1 on 1 contact with every single client and works personally with him OR her to help find their perfect match. Having been in a relationship with his husband of 22 years has not only given Charlie the knowledge of how to find the perfect match, but just as importantly, how to keep it.  Many of his past clients actually turn to Charlie for ongoing relationship advice. For insight into his dating advice, you can follow his Weekly Blog AND Daily Inspirational quotes on his website

Cathy Marino-Thomas lives with her wife, Sheila and daughter Jacqueline. (12 yrs old.)  Sheila and Cathy have been together 18 years.  They had a Union Ceremony in 1995, registered as domestic partners in the state of New York in 1996 and married in Massachusetts in 2004. Cathy has worked on the issue of marriage equality and off since 1998.  She was Executive Director of Marriage Equality NY for 3 years (2005 – 2008) and Board President for 6 years.  Cathy now serves as Co-President of Marriage Equality USA. Cathy speaks all over the country about the rights, privileges and obligations that protect families only through the right to civil marriage. Prior to working with Marriage Equality New York, Cathy spent many years as a Buddy in the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) Buddy Program visiting countless people afflicted with HIV/AIDS and assisting them with daily chores, advocacy and information. Her family and love for her wife motivate her to continue to pursue a legal right to marry.

Gregory L. Matalon is a lawyer at Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP, where he specializes in estate and gift taxation, estate planning and administration, tax controversy resolution, and not-for-profit corporate and tax law. He is a member of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York, Inc. (“LeGaL”), where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Practitioners Committee. He lectures widely on legal issues of concern to the LGBT community. Recent talks include “Same Sex Marriage and Taxes,” ““NYS Same Sex Legislation and Estate Update,” and “Marriage, Divorce, Estate Planning & Employment Issues For Same-Sex Couples.” He also serves on the Board of the Lutheran Schools Association and was a Member of the 2011 Supreme Court Independent Judicial Screening Panel. He can be reached at

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