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PFP Board Sets Goals for 2017

newboardPFP's new board of directors met on Sunday, January 29 in Jenkintown and came up with the following four goals for 2017. 

1. Hold a SCHOOL FAIR in the spring with representatives from public, private and charter schools and info on homeschooling options to help parents and prospective parents kickstart their school search process. We already have a date and a location! It will be held from 12-2pm on Saturday, April 29th at the William Way LGBT Center at 1315 Spruce Street. If you'd like to help Stephanie, Ruby and Sandra organize the event, please email PFP director Stephanie Haynes at More details on this soon!

2. Ramp up our POLITICAL WORK given the current climate by partnering with groups such as Equality Pennsylvania and doing as much as our nonprofit status will allow. Board members Paula and Adam are taking the lead on this. Sign up to help them by choosing the "Education and Advocacy" committee and see the bottom of this email for an action you can take now.

3. CREATE A FUND to help LGBTQ-led families who need it attend some of our paid events for free. Helping out with this goal will include naming the program, coming up with the parameters and raising the money to support it.  Sign up to help board members Terinae, Nijah and Kelly get this idea off the ground. Choose "Fundraising Committee."

4. Hold one or more SERVICE DAYS for LGBTQ families to give back to the community. Work with board members Paula, Sandy and Tariem on this project. One idea already is to host a dinner for Sage Table to help make intergenerational connections. Sign up for the Event Planning Committee to help with this goal.

If none of these ideas speak to you, but you'd like to help with the regular work of organizing events, planning our annual conference, doing membership outreach and more, sign up for one of our committees.

PFP Parents Named to Mayor's LGBT Commission
stephanie_haynesThe office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the members of the first Commission on LGBT Affairs in mid-February.

PFP is proud that our Executive Director, Stephanie Haynes (pictured) is among the appointees.

Stephanie has held a leadership role in PFP for nearly nine years and has been integral to our growth and the creation of some of our most popular programs, including the annual Family Matters Conference and Maybe Baby classes. PFP is lucky to have her on our team and now the whole city will benefit from her thoughtful leadership.

Other PFP parents on the 23-member commission include Lee Carpenter, Heath Davis, and parent and grandparent Kati "Jazz" Gray-Sadler.

In a statement, newly appointed Director of LGBT Affairs Amber Hikes said, "These 23 individuals represent some of the greatest, most dynamic minds of our community. I am grateful for their steadfast commitment to Philadelphia’s LGBTQ population. I look forward to serving with this vibrant team as we address the needs of our community and elevate the voices of our most underserved community members."

If there are city services that could be more welcoming to your family, please contact Stephanie and let her know the details as well as any other ideas you have to improve the life of LGBTQ-led families in Philadelphia.

Research Project Needs Participants
ROOTEDROOTED (Raising Our Offspring Together Every Day) is a research project seeking to better understand how families work together to teach their Black children about race. The researchers have contacted PFP to help expand the number of LGBTQ parents participating in their research.

They are looking for African-American parents and interracial coparents (see full list below) who are raising a Black or biracial child between the ages of 8 and 12. If that's you, ROOTED wants to talk with you and your family about what it is like to teach your child about race.

ROOTED2"Researchers and clinicians know a great deal about the types of messages that Black families tell their children as a means of helping them understand what it means to be Black, and to prepare them for discrimination. This is called racial socialization. However, we do not have a good sense of how parents communicate and collaborate with or support one another through this important parenting work," said Shawn Jones, researcher on the project. "We think this work is especially relevant in the nation’s current climate," he added.

They are currently seeking enrollment for the first study—ROOTED Mosaic—in which parents are from diverse family structures, including:

- Non-residential/single parents
- Extended family
- Blended/Step families
- Same-sex couples & LGBT parents
- Interracial couples

Participants will have conversations with their team and each other to provide their expertise on how they are raising their beautiful Black children. Parents will complete online surveys and then meet with their team for about 90 minutes. Each family will be compensated, and they will work within each family’s schedule to conduct the research at convenient times and locations.

If you have at least one child between the ages of 8 and 12 and are interested in finding out more, please contact the ROOTED team at or call Shawn Jones at 215-573- 9297 so that they can determine your eligibility.

Member Milestone

PFP Board Treasurer Sandy DiBerardino and her wife Denise celebrated their first wedding anniversary on February 20th and are excited to announce that they are expecting their first child on July 30th! Congrats Sandy and Denise!

If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at


IMG_6895Sunday, March 5: The New and Expectant Parent Group is holding a potluck at the home of Edith & Emily at 10am this Sunday in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. RSVP for the address and what to bring to

They will also be meeting April 2nd and May 7th.

Saturday, March 18: Meet up with other PFP families from 1-4pm in West Philly at Clark Park for playground time, foam sword battle and more.

Saturday, April 29: 

School Fair at the William Way Center from 12-2pm. 

Parents Night Out at Painting with a Twist! in Jenkintown. Get a babysitter and join us for a grownups-only painting party. 

Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21: Annual Great Wolf Lodge Trip. More details on our web site.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Three Things You Can Do to Support Transgender Students' Rights, from Equality PA

babybearWith the recent statement rescinding the guidance to follow Title IX and protect transgender students from discrimination, the Trump administration is sending a message to transgender kids that the President of the United States doesn’t have their backs.

Every student should be treated fairly and equally under the law, and protecting transgender students helps ensure that they have the same opportunity as their classmates to fully participate in school.

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind this guidance has no impact on schools that are already doing the right thing in line with this guidance – they can, should, and will continue to protect transgender students. (This includes the School District of Philadelphia, who has said they will continue to protect transgender students.)

Revoking this guidance is indicative of the administration’s disregard for transgender youth and the many challenges they face. While it may not have a legal impact, it sends an alarming message that bullying and harassment are ok.

The LGBTQ community will continue to fight until every child has a fair chance to succeed in school and prepare for their future—including students who are transgender.

Here are three things you can do now to support transgender students.

1. Call the White House and let them know that rescinding protections for transgender students is wrong. Call 202-456-1111. Here’s what you can say.

I am calling to oppose Trump’s decision to rescind the recommendations for schools to use Title Nine protections for transgender kids. This decision sends a message to kids that the President of the United States does not have their backs.

2. Organize an event near you to raise visibility on this issue, or let us know about an event that is already going on. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to organize an event. See below for a list of events around the state on the Equality PA web site.

3. Call your local school board and ask them to support transgender students by making a public statement saying that they believe that transgender students are protected by the Title IX rules.

Please reach out to Equality PA at for support. Thank you!


Philadelphia Family Pride
2017 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy DiBerardino, Treasurer

Gina Cline, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Terinae Holland, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Phyllis Chamberlain, Event Planning Committee Chair

Members-at-Large: Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Angel Brice, Bryan Berchok, Gregory Yorgey-Girdy, Joel Nichols, Nijah Newton-Famous, Ruby Augustus, Tariem Burroughs.

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