2018 Family Matters Conference a Success!
The 9th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference took place at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Over 120 adults and nearly 40 kids and youth attended.
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This year's keynote speaker was Naomi Washington-Leapheart. Her talk was entitled, “Queer Parenting as Revolutionary Spiritual Practice.” She inspired us with the metaphor of "drowing doesn't look like drowning" as a way to survive and help each other. Photo by Stephanie Haynes
There were 14 workshops and panels on everything from the basics for prospective parents, to groups for trans parents and one for single parents, to political and legal updates on the state of the LGBTQ movement.
Parents also got some good information on "Limiting Screen Time for Your Family" and "Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender." Many thanks to all the presenters for their time and attention. Photo by Kelly Burkhardt
Free chair massage was provided by Thom Duffy as well as a free raffle for a night at a local hotel. Congrats to the winners of the night at Hotel Monaco - Noraline and Sporadic! (Photo by Stephanie Haynes)
The 22 kids 0-6 years old had a great time with the staff from St. Mary's Nursery School and were entertained with a music class with Chris of Rhythm Babies. They also got some outside time playing on the quad in front of the building. Photo by Kelly Burkhardt
COLAGE volunteers were on hand with programming for kids and youth 7-14 years old. We had 16 youth in this space this year - the biggest participation yet!
From the COLAGE report: "Some youth were so excited about what they were learning during the day that they carried a paper and pen with them everywhere and wrote down a ton of notes during the day during discussions and other workshops."
Many thanks to our sponsors for this year's event. Our conference would not be possible without their support. We had 21 sponsors tabling this year, including Premier Sponsors American Reading Company, Fairfax Cryobank, Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia. Pictured: Friends Central, photo by Kelly Burkhardt.
We're in the process of setting the date for next year's event, our 10th, so watch for that "save the date" soon. If you'd like to help plan next year's conference, please reply to this email or contact Stephanie Haynes at email@example.com.
Scroll down to see more photos from the day, including some great family portraits... all by the fabulous photographer Kelly Burkhardt!
Other Fun October Happenings
In addition to our annual conference, PFP held a couple of other get-togethers during the month of October.
On Sunday, October 7, PFP again ran the Family Zone at OutFEST in the Gayborhood. OutFEST is the country's biggest Coming Out Day festival, and we're happy to support the event with an area for kids to play, jump in a bounce house, make duct wallets and color fall-themed coloring sheets.
Several families met up at Philadelphia's Smith Playground on Saturday, October 20. It wasn't easy to keep folks together in such a big place (or get a photo), but everyone had a great time at this Fairmount Park treasure.
Saturday, November 3 - Join PFP at Pep Bowl in South Philly for an afternoon of bowling from 2-4pm. We've rented out the whole place! Get your tickets here.
Sunday, November 4 - PFP's potluck group for families of young children is meeting again from 10am-12pm this time in Bucks County. RSVP in the Facebook event for the exact address.
Saturday, November 17 - Another potluck is meeting in Mt. Airy for single LGBTQ parents and their kids from 10am-1pm. RSVP for the address.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.
More photos from the 2018 PFP Conference!
Photos by Kelly Burkhardt
Philadelphia Family Pride
2018 Board of Directors
Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Chair
Nijah Newton-Famous, Vice-Chair
Gregory Hedler, Treasurer
Ruby Augustus, Secretary
Despina Kontos, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair
Gina Cline, Event Planning Committee Chair
Tariem Burroughs, Fundraising Committee Chair
Terinae Holland, Membership Committee Chair
Members-at-Large: Julie Assis, Angel Brice, Bryan Berchok, Leigh Braden, Ana DelCorazon, Chloe Harris and Gregory Yorgey-Girdy.
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