Katie Couric


The award-winning journalist and bestselling author produced and narrated the 2017 documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric for National Geographic, which helped raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of issues facing the LGBTQ community.

2018 Hostetter-Habib Family Award:

Dana Rudolph


The Hostetter-Habib Family Award is given in honor of Alex Habib, Mark Hostetter, and their entire family in recognition of their extraordinary dedication to and support of Family Equality Council’s mission.

This award recognizes those who share an unwavering commitment to Family Equality Council’s core values: love, justice, family, equality. Recipients will have demonstrated this commitment through work on the front lines to advance equality for all loving families.


Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian, an award-winning blog that since 2005 has offered a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources for lesbian moms and other LGBTQ parents.

She created and hosts the annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day (relaunched this year as #LGBTQFamiliesDay), encouraging hundreds of bloggers to contribute posts in celebration and support of LGBTQ families. She also writes one of the longest-running LGBTQ parenting columns for several LGBTQ newspapers around the country.

In addition, Dana has worked in Internet strategy, content, and marketing since the first dotcom boom, at a startup, a Fortune 100 corporation (where she was also the first leader of the firm's LGBTQ employee resource group), and a non-profit. Her current day job is as the online content manager for the Wellesley Centers for Women's National SEED Project, which promotes educational equity through peer-led conversational communities.

She balances parenting, job, and blogging in the Boston area with her spouse of 25 years and their 15-year-old son.

Each LGBTQ family is different—but we are also a community of families, strengthened by sharing stories and information. I’ve been honored to play a part in that and am grateful to Family Equality for all they do to bring us together and help us thrive.
— Dana Rudolph


The Ric Swezey Memorial Fund Story Library


Established in 2017 to honor the memory of one of our dearest friends, the Ric Swezey Memorial Fund supports Family Equality Council’s video library, telling the stories of everyday LGBTQ families in their struggle for lived and legal equality.

At Night at the Pier, we are proud to showcase the inaugural content produced with the support of the Ric Swezey Memorial Fund.