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Conference Programming Announced: Registration Now Open

Usciences lobbyPhiladelphia Family Pride will host our 8th Annual Family Matters Conference on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am-3pm at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. This is the same awesome location as last year's event!

Registration is now open!

This one day conference is for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, grandparents and our infants, toddlers, kids and youth of all ages.

The day will kick off at 9:30am with keynote speaker Heath Fogg Davis. His talk is entitled "Parenting Through the Bureaucracy of Gender."

Heath is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (NYU Press), a book that offers practical guidance to individuals and organizations on how to develop trans-inclusive policies that are institutionally smart.

Becoming a Foster ParentThe conference will also have three workshop session blocks with five choices in each session.  Highlights include:

- Multiple sessions for prospective parents on assisted reproduction, surrogacy, adoption and a screening of the documentary "Building Blocks" by PFP parent Laura Zaylea.

- Knowing Your Rights: Protesting and Police with the ACLU of Pennsylvania's Naiymah Sanchez

- Update from Harrisburg with Rep. Brian Sims

- Parenting workshops including "Maintaining Intimacy for LGBTQ Parents", "Adoption, Race and Privilege: Learning to Be Better Parents".

A complete list of workshop titles, schedules and presenters can be found here.

Child CareCOLAGE will again be providing programming for kids and youth ages 7 – 14 years old. Older teens are welcome to join and help the COLAGE organizers with the elementary and middle school aged kids.

Child care for 0-6 year olds will be available on site, including a "Family Play Time" session with PFP board member and CHOP social worker Greg Hedler.

Our conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many sponsors. Please consider sponsoring the event this year at the most generous level possible. Fill out this form to register as a sponsor. All levels include a table at the event.

Thank you to these sponsors who have already committed to supporting this year's conference as of August 30, 2017:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Fairfax Cryobank
RMA of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Gay News

Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Dennis Debiak, PsyD
Fairmount Pediatrics
Germantown Friends School
Jerner & Palmer, PC Services
Turning Points for Children

A Baby Step Adoption
Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families
The Philadelphia School
Therapy Center of Philadelphia

ACLU of Pennsylvania
Gay Parent Magazine
National Adoption Center
Walnut Psychotherapy Center

PFP Summer Fun in August
August was full of fun PFP get-togethers. Trans and genderqueer parents met up in Clark Park on Sunday, August 6. Watch for more meetups for this group in the coming months.
trans meetup

On Saturday, August 12, PFP families gathered at the South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood, PA for our annual summer potluck picnic. There was a big Alex's Lemonade Stand event at the park at the same time, so the group got to partake in a lot of fun, extra activities and donate to a good cause at the same time.
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The annual Camping Trip the weekend of August 18-20th turned into an unexpected adventure. After all the planning and preparation, we arrived to find a confederate flag flying out front of the campground and many confederate flag items for sale in the gift shop.

The group discussed the options and decided to leave and have dinner at a nearby restaurant (pictured below). Ultimately we let the campground know that we wouldn't be staying and why.

We headed home with very disappointed children but had a good opportunity to have some conversations about how doing the right thing isn't always the easy thing. Then some folks were able to make last minute reservations at a NJ state park and salvaged the weekend.

There are a few camping opportunities coming up for folks who were on this trip or for those who couldn't make the August weekend.

The Corraggio family will be camping at nearby French Creek State Park the weekend of September 9-10 and invite other queer families to join them. E-mail Jem at to coordinate.

PFP families are also invited to join the DC Rainbow Families group at their annual camping trip November 10-12th at YMCA Camp Tockwogh in Worton, Maryland, about a two hour drive from Philly. See the group's Facebook event for more info. 

Member Milestones

Congratulations to PFP parents Nicole and Angel Molinari on their wedding. They were married on Friday July 28th at Aulettos in Deptford, NJ.


PFP parents Heath Davis and Samantha Korn and 2 year-old big sister Ty welcomed new baby boy Sasha Rey Korn on August 11. Congratulations!

Heath and Sasha

Congratulations to PFP board member Greg Yorgey-Girdy, his husband Paul and big sister Bella on finalizing the adoption of Xander and Trevor on August 16th.


Diane and Kristin Ponist celebrated the adoption of three kids who they'd been fostering for three years on June 23rd of this year. You can read more about their families' journey on their blog:

ponist family



Summer PotluckThursday-Saturday, September 7-9: The Annual Trans-Health Conference will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. PFP is sponsoring the event again this year. Reply to this email if you can work a shift at our table one of those days.

Friday - Sunday, September 8-10: Another queer camping trip will take place at nearby French Creek State Park, coordinated by the Corraggio family. 

Sunday, September 10: The New and Expectant Parent Potluck this month will meet at the home of Junior and Tina in West Philly at 10am. RSVP to get the exact address.

Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17Neighborhood Potlucks will take place in and around Philadelphia. Find one near you. If you'd like to host, reply to this email.

Sunday, October 1: The New and Expectant Parent group will meet for their monthly get-together at the Parks on Tap in Port Richmond, hosted by Noelle and Carolyn from 4-6pm.

Saturday, October 7:

PFP's 8th Annual Family Matters Conference will be held from 9am-3pm. More info and to register, click here. 

Philly Trans March 2017 will take place from 3-6pm, starting at Kahn Park in Center City, 1111 Pine Street.

Sunday, October 8: Philly's Annual LGBTQ block party celebrating National Coming Out Day, OutFEST, will take place in the Gayborhood in Center City. Stop by the PFP Family Zone at Spruce and Camac Streets. 

Adams_FamilySunday, October 22:
 The New and Expectant Parent group will meet for their annual Halloween potluck party at the home of Amber and Skyler in Glenside, PA at 10am.

Sunday, October 29: Enjoy a local production of "The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy" in Langhorne, PA. Former PFP Board Member Bob Quintana has been cast as Gomez Addams. The show is 90 minutes and G-rated. More info.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

PFP Family Summer Photos
Whether on vacation, on staycation or just a day at the beach, PFP families know how to enjoy the summer! 
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firsttripshore mini golf


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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