“As children, we are not allowed to express our disagreement, pain and confusion,” Stefanowicz explained. “Most adult children from gay households do not feel safe or free to publicly express their stories and life-long challenges; they fear losing professional licenses, not obtaining employment in their chosen field, being cut off from some family members or losing whatever relationship they have with their gay parent(s). Some gay parents have threatened to leave no inheritance, if the children don’t accept their parent’s partner du jour.”
Susan Pennock has been engaged in community development for over twenty years. The focus of her work has been focused on solutions and support for children and families impacted by poverty, primarily engaged in developing collaborative community of faith and school partnerships. Susan has a heart for rural communities and believes relational collaboration is key to providing relevant support and creating change at the state, regional, and local level. Susan is a facilitator, trainer, program developer, and mentor/coach at the local, state, and national level. She is currently an independent consultant, primarily engaged in work with the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church and LeaderComm. Additionally, she provides training to schools, churches, communities, nonprofits, and agencies. Susan and her husband live in Aiken, South Carolina and have four children.