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New Year's Eve Eve at William Way!

neon photoPhiladelphia Family Pride will hold our New Year's Eve Eve Breakfast on Saturday, December 30th from 10am-1pm at the William Way LGBT Center - 1315 Spruce Street, Center City Philadelphia.

The theme for this year is NEON, so wear neon or white clothes or accessories or just come as you are and enjoy our wild decorations. We'll have one darkish corner with a black light, but won't darken the whole room so as to not scare the little ones.

This year's event is NOT A POTLUCK! That's right, we hired a caterer! Breakfast will include all the standard favorites - eggs, omelets, bacon/sausage, waffles, pancakes and more. Chef Ariq Barrett of Black Kidz Can Cook will be serving up the deliciousness including vegetarian and vegan options.

There will be crafts and games for all ages, a silent auction including Disney World day-hopper passes and our board election for 2018. 

Tickets are free for those who join or renew their PFP membership for 2018 or $5-$15/adult for everyone else. Kids of all ages are free. Get your tickets here
(both free and paid) and help us spread the word through our Facebook event.

PFP Winter Get-Togethers
PFP families got together for a new and expectant parent potluck on December 3rd (pictured) which was a lot of fun as always. See the upcoming events below for the group's next meeting on January 7th in South Philly.

On December 16, PFP sponsored a game at the AIDS Fund's Gay Bingo as well as held a grown ups night out at the event. PFP's Stephanie Haynes and Greg Hedler spoke on stage to the 500 person crowd about our group and Greg called the game we sponsored. 
Check below for events we have scheduled for 2018 and as always, please let us know if you have any ideas for PFP get-togethers.
Volunteer with PFP in 2018
Interested in volunteering with PFP in 2018? Join one of our committees and help with event planning, fundraising, education & advocacy and building our membership. Sign up here.


smithplayhouseSaturday, December 30: PFP's biggest social event of the year to ring in 2018 will take place this year on New Year's Eve Eve from 10am-1pm at the William Way LGBT Center. This is also our annual membership meeting where we will elect our board for 2018. Get tickets.

Sunday, January 7: Our new and expectant parent potluck will be held this month in South Philly at the home of Nisha and the twins. More info.

Saturday, January 20: Meet up with other PFP families with infants and toddlers at the popular Smith Playhouse in Fairmount Park. Last year's gathering pictured. More info.

January 24-28, 2018: The Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC will take place including a workshop session run by PFP entitled Queer Parenting 101. We're also partnering with the Family Equality Council on a session to help LGBTQ parents in other parts of the country organize their own local group.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

A Foster Family Story
by PFP parent Leigh Braden

fosterfamilyOn September 21, 2017 I attended a foster parent recruitment meeting at the William Way Center co-hosted by the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs and Philly Family Pride. 

This meeting was held to recruit potential foster parents from the LGBTQ community who would provide loving homes to LGBTQ youth. I attended as a representative of A Second Chance Inc., an organization I work with that specializes in kinship care. 

The organizers of the meeting had asked a panel of folks to speak about their experiences and share resources with the group - a foster care agency, LGBTQ foster parents and an 18-year old LGBT-identified youth named Frank.

The room fell silent to hear this soft-spoken, sweet, sad kid talk about how hard it had been for him in foster care, how he came to America from Indonesia fleeing persecution for being gay and how he had no family and wanted to be in a family. 

He talked about his love for music and how he had to sell his keyboard when he went into care and how he missed feeling comfortable and affirmed. I could feel tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I approached Frank after the meeting and asked if we could have lunch together suggesting that maybe I could help him with this situation and find hiim a better home.

Frank agreed and that same week we met. He told me more of his story and how he was in an accelerated high school program in Indonesia and graduated from school early, about the circumstances he lived in while in Indonesia and the kind of fear and discrimination he felt as a sexual minority.  

His father died when he was 4 years old and his mother plummeted into poverty and could not take care of her children any more. We talk for a long time. By the end of the lunch, I knew that we were the foster family that Frank needed. I knew that we could give him an affirming home. 

My wife Sophie and I talked to our 8 year-old son who loved the idea of having a big brother. We had Frank over for dinner and the decision was made to offer to be his foster family. He said yes and I sprang into action.

We were certified in a month to be foster parents for Frank. This is very fast, but as a person who works in the field I knew exactly what we needed to do and how to get it done quickly. 

Frank moved into our home October 27, 2017. 

He has integrated into our family and we care about him.  He is neither soft-spoken nor sad anymore. He is a teenager, which is fun and frustrating all at the same time. 

Frank is applying to colleges for the fall of 2018. I am teaching him how to drive, and Sophie and I are learning how to parent a teenager. Every day Frank sits at the piano in our home and makes beautiful music. We have high hopes for him and his future. 

If you live in Pennsylvania and are interested in becoming a foster parent for LGBTQ youth, contact Leigh at


Philadelphia Family Pride
2017 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy DiBerardino, Treasurer

Gina Cline, Secretary

Despina Kontos, 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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