Family Diversity Projects (FDP) is a non-profit organization (501c (3) devoted to educating people of all ages about the full range of diversity. Family Diversity Projects creates traveling photo-text exhibits, books, and curriculum to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, bullying, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, and disabilities of all kinds.
Family Diversity Projects has created seven award-winning traveling photo-text exhibits that tour communities nationwide and internationally. YOU CAN BRING one or more of the easy-to-display exhibitions to your community venue: school (K-12), college, house of worship, library, workplace, corporate headquarters, conference, etc.
There are two primary contributors to the work of FDP:
Peggy Gillespie is the Co-Founder/Director of Family Diversity Projects. She is a certified social worker and was the first Assistant Director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical Center. A graduate of Smith College with a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Gillespie has worked as a freelance journalist for the past fifteen years. She has written major feature articles for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Redbook, Yoga Journal, and New Woman. She is the Editor-in-Chief of all of Family Diversity Project’s exhibits and books. In addition she is the co-author of Less Stress (Signet) and the autobiography of choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones entitled Last Night on Earth (Pantheon).
Gigi Kaeser is an early childhood educator and photographer. She is Co-Founder/Director of Family Diversity Projects and the photographer for all of their projects. She has had photographs published in Teaching Tolerance Magazine, the NAMI Advocate, Rethinking Schools, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe among others.
General Advisory Board (Partial List)
Those listed below have served in an advisory capacity on one or more FDP projects.
- Dr. Michael Adee, Founder and Former Ex. Director, More Light Presbyterians, Director, Global LGBT Faith Project of the Horizons Foundation
- Macky Alston, Film Director of Love Free or Die
- Virginia Casper, Director, Infant and Family Development Programs, Bank Street College of Education
- Debra Chasnoff, Filmmaker/Director of It’s Elementary and That’s a Family
- Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng, Episcopal Divinity School, author Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology
- Kate Clinton, Comedian
- Jennifer Crisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council
- Margery Dimond, educator and activist for LGBT rights
- Bishop Yvette Flunder, City of Refuge Church, Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
- Dr. Frederick Frese, Board member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
- Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Director of Diversity Project at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
- Rev. Darlene Garner, co-founder of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays
- Rodney Glasgow, Head of Middle School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, D.C., founder and current co-chair of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- Dr. Sharon Groves, Religion and Faith Director, Human Rights Campaign
- Rev. Candy Holmes, Public Policy Minister for Marriage Equality for the Metropolitan Community Churches
- Kay Redfield Jamison Ph.D, Professor, Professor and Co-Director, Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins University. Author, An Unquiet Mind
- Kevin Jennings, Founder and Former Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educators Network (GLSEN). Executive Director, the Arcus Foundation
- Bill T. Jones, Choreographer/Director, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
- Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- Joy Ladin, Professor, Yeshiva University, Author: Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders
- The Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd, CEO, MA Episcopal Diocese
- David Lohman, Institute of Welcoming Resources & Faith Work Coordinator for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
- April Martin, New York, NY, Author, Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook
- Rev. Irene Monroe, Theologian, scholar, author
- Jay Neugeboren, Author, Imagining Robert and Transforming Madness
- Lesléa Newman, Northampton, MA, Author: Heather Has Two Mommies
- Sonia Nieto, Ph.D, Amherst, MA, Author: Affirming Diversity
- The Very Rev. Katherine H. Ragsdale, President and Dean, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
- Donna Redwing, Executive Director, One Iowa
- Rev. Jane Spahr, Presbyterian minister and activist
- Lesley Stahl, New York, NY, News Correspondent, 60 Minutes
- Lynn Sullivan, Director of Community Equity at the Yale Divinity School, Yale University.
- Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Faith Work Director, Institute for Welcoming Resources, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley and Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley, Co-Pastors, Covenant Baptist UCC Church, Washington, D.C.