September 2, 2015

Matessa, Nonprofit Support Same-Sex Parents and Families

Written by Michelle Sullivan, Columbus Monthly
Joe Matessa, left, with his husband, Billy Molasso, and their sons (PHOTO: TESSA BERG) Joe Matessa, left, with his husband, Billy Molasso, and their sons (PHOTO: TESSA BERG)

When Joe Matessa, Delta Sigma (Bowling Green), and his husband, Billy Molasso, decided they wanted to adopt children, they knew they'd need to move someplace where laws were favorable to same-sex parents. Before leaving Chicago for Washington, D.C., six years ago, they happened upon Rainbow Families DC, an organization that offers support and education to LGBT families.

"They gave us so many resources we needed to start that process," Matessa says. So when he and his family—which had doubled in size—moved to Columbus two years ago, Matessa wanted to offer that same help to families here.

Enter Family Pride Network, which debuted at this year's Pride Festival.

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