NetworQ Social on Thursday!

Dinner and/or Drinks at 

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Tres Mexicanos Restaurant      

Thursday, August 21st @ 6 pm

 1800 E 23rd Street, Suite H,

Lawrence, KS 66046











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Croquet in South Park–good time!

Thursday evening a chilly but cheerful group of NetworQ-ers enjoyed several rounds–even though the forecast was for frost–a good time was had by all!


NetworQ Social @ Genovese–Thursday!

Since we all had so much fun last year, we’re bringing back Bunco Night. Bunco is an easy-to-play, very social dice-based game. No experience necessary. We will teach everyone how to play and provide prizes to the winners (and biggest losers).


That’s this Thursday, February 20th

Meet @  Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St., at 7 p.m.

Please bring snacks to share and your favorite beverage.

Bring It if You Can: Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to the event. All donations will be given to Just Food to help those in need in our community.

Hope we’ll see you there!

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

LGBT Family Research Project–Please forward!

Name: Alison Gash
Talk to us!: Dear NetworkQ:

I am a lesbian mom and professor at the University of Oregon. My colleague (also a lesbian mom) and I are working on a book project that explores how the current legal and social landscape regarding gay rights affects LGBT parents.  We are currently interviewing LGBT parents to get a sense of how parents protect their children (legally and socially) and present their families to friends, co-workers, doctors, teachers and other individuals who play a role in their family’s lives.  We are especially interested in reaching out to families who live in states that do not offer the benefits of marriage equality.  Would you be willing to forward the project description to your members–or post it to the website–so that those who are interested in participating can contact me?  We have done this with several LGBT family organizations on the East Coast and have gathered some critical and invaluable insights from parents.

If you have any questions about the project please email me at  I have written quite extensively on the topic of marriage equality and same sex parenting. If you are interested in seeing my work before forwarding the email you can check out two articles I wrote (one for Washington Monthly and the other for Politico).  I am happy to email the links to you.

Thanks so much for your help and consideration.

Alison Gash, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Oregon

Here is the project description:

We are Alison Gash and Judith Raiskin, professors at University of Oregon. We are working on a project about LGBT headed families. Specifically, we are interested in how marriage equality (or the lack thereof) influences how LGBT parents secure legal and social ties to their children and how they navigate legal and social hurdles on behalf of their kids. To identify how inconsistent or evolving understandings of LGBT headed families have far-reaching implications for LGBT parents in their efforts to raise their children we are collecting stories from a variety of families through in-person and telephone interviews. We are hoping that you will be willing to participate. No identifying information will be included in the final product and, of course, you are under no obligation to participate. If you are interested or have questions please contact me at Here is a brief overview of the project.

The topic of same sex marriage (and consequently LGBT headed families) has come to dominate the gay rights movement — and our understanding of gay identity — in recent times. The net result of this public debate has been both an increased acceptance of LGBT parents and their families as well as a more vehement and public opposition towards these families. As our country moves towards increased acknowledgement of and opportunities for LGBT families, the legal and social setting for LGBT parenting is changing.  This project seeks to understand how evolving legal protections and social acceptance of LGBT parenting, as well as across-state variation in legal and social safety-nets, influences how LGBT parents make decisions about having kids, raising kids, presenting their families, and protecting their relationships with their children.  Relying on interviews with gay, lesbian, and transgendered parents as well as gay rights advocates this project will supplement current literature by exploring how legal structures — or a lack thereof — influence, constrain, and promote certain perspectives and behaviors among gay, lesbian and transgender parents and couples.

NetworQ Thanksgiving Potluck–Tenth Anniversary already?


No football, no drunk uncles, no crazy cousins, just a nice dinner with your NetworQ family.

 Please join us for our Tenth Annual Thanksgiving potluck. The committee will be providing turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and rolls. You bring a side dish or dessert to share and your adult beverage of choice.
Everyone is welcome–NO reservations necessary!

This Thursday, November 21st @ 6:30 p.m.

 Bring It if You Can: Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to the event. All donations will be given to Just Food to help those in need in our community.

 Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars and start searching your closets for the perfect gift for our White Elephant Gift Exchange. It will be held Thursday, December 19th at Maceli’s.

Hope to see everyone at both of these great events!


Oread Hotel Rooftop Bar Get Together–Thursday, May 16th

Join your NetworQ friends on the 9th floor Terrace Bar on Thursday, May 16th @ 7pm.