Our LGBTQ Book Launch Party

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Carrie Southworth, Founder, Dr. Harvey Karp, Editor-in-Chief, Nishad Chande, Founder, Bobby Benfield, CEO, Lucy Southworth Page, Co-Host and Zem Joaquin, Co-Host 

by Sara Garrity, MSW

Last week we launched our LGBTQ Family Story. To celebrate, Twigtale enthusiasts Zem Joaquin, Lucy Southworth, and Anne Wojicicki hosted a fantastic party, held at Obvious Ventures offices in San Francisco. 

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Lucy Southworth Page, Co-Host, Carrie Southworth, Founder and Zem Joaquin, Co-Host

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Lucy Southworth Page, Co-Host, Carrie Southworth, Founder and Zem Joaquin, Co-Host

And it couldn’t have been more exciting.

Zem Joaquin and CEO Bobby Benfield welcomed the attendees and spoke to why Twigtale’s mission inspires them. Founder Carrie Southworth discussed why the new LGBTQ title was such an important addition to our library. Finally, Scott Efler and Geoff Gaspar addressed the crowd about contributing their family story to create the sample book. They explained one of the tasks recommended to them during the adoption process of their daughter Lillian was to construct a personal family story.  They were told to decide how to tell this story to their future child.  And amazingly, the Twigtale book was exactly the story they always imagined they would tell.

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Carrie Southworth, Founder, Larry Page, CEO of Google, Geoff Gaspar, Senior Project Manager, Razorfish Commerce, Lillian Effler-Gaspar and Scott Effler, Senior Technical Evangelist, Salesforce. 

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Carrie Southworth, Founder, Larry Page, CEO of Google, Geoff Gaspar, Senior Project Manager, Razorfish Commerce, Lillian Effler-Gaspar and Scott Effler, Senior Technical Evangelist, Salesforce. 

Twigtale’s latest book is a place for LGBTQ parents to write that story without compromise. It is a story parents will enjoy writing, children will enjoy reading, and families will connect with.

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Ev Williams, CEO of Medium and Zem Joaquin, Co-Host

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Ev Williams, CEO of Medium and Zem Joaquin, Co-Host

We were delighted to celebrate with all of our guests, including Larry Page, Ev Williams, James Joaquin, Jason Calacanis, Lynn Jurich, Brad Murray, and Julia Hartz. 

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Brad Murray, Cofounder of Tatcha and Lynn Jurich, Cofounder of Sunrun 

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Brad Murray, Cofounder of Tatcha and Lynn Jurich, Cofounder of Sunrun 

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & President at Eventbrite, Inc.

Photo Credit: Nicole Vancura, Drew Altizer Photography R-L: Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & President at Eventbrite, Inc.

Founder Carrie Southworth said it best, "We were so pleased with the warm reception for Twigtale, particularly around this new story.  Twigtale's mission is to help parents raise happier, healthier children through the power of personalized storytelling.  We think this new book is an important addition to our collection because of its message that all families are both different and alike.  Whether two moms, two dads, one mom or two grandparents – every family has a story.  We help tell it.”