Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ Families in the DMV
Director of Community Engagement & Program Coordination
Tony Bonetti joined Rainbow Families as Director of Community Engagement and Program Coordination in 2015. Tony brings a strong background in the non-profit sector and a passion for community engagement. Previously, Tony worked as the Director of Community Impact for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. There he worked to foster community based collaborations to drive systems change to end homelessness. He holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in sociology and public policy from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut.
Tony is a Welcoming Schools National Facilitator for the Human Rights Campaign. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Comfort Cases, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and empowering children entering foster care by providing them with a case full of essential items. Additionally, Tony is active in his daughter's school Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) and currently serves as PTSA President.
Tony and his husband, Matthew, have been partnered for 15 years and married for 11 years. They live in Kensington, Maryland with their 11-year-old daughter, Audrey. Tony is proud to have been a stay-at-home dad prior to joining Rainbow Families, and is excited for the opportunity to use his knowledge and experiences in his work with Rainbow Families.
LaToya Jayson is a new intern at Rainbow Families for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is currently attending Gallaudet University to pursue her Master of Social Work. Her interest in the Deaf community started at Anne Arundel Community College when she took an ASL (American Sign Language) class for a psychology requirement. From there, her interest in ASL became a commitment to advocate for the Deaf community. In 2014, LaToya graduated from Towson University with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Deaf Studies. Her passion for advocacy grew throughout her academic and professional career.
While working within the Deaf community, LaToya saw the need for improved access and inclusiveness for Deaf LGBTQ+ individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. She has an desire to become an AASECT-certified (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapist) counselor because she wants to help spread acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community and awareness of various issues that affect the community, while also branching out into sex therapy to promote having a healthy sexuality (mentally, physically, etc).
LaToya's goals for interning at Rainbow Families are to use her observations and experiences to become a better, stronger ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, especially within the Deaf community.