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Conference Early Registration Deadline Oct. 1
university-of-the-sciences-in-philadelphia-officePhiladelphia Family Pride will hold our 7th Annual Family Matters Conference for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents and kids of all ages on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the McNeil Science and Technology Center (pictured) at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia near Clark Park.

The early registration deadline is October 1. You have until midnight this Saturday to register with the early bird rate of $20/adult for PFP members and $30/adult for non-members. So if you know you are attending and just haven't registered, please register now!

After Saturday, the registration rate will go up to $30/adult for members and $40/adult for non-members. Kids are free. Registration includes lunch and child care. COLAGE will be there for kids 7-18 years old. Babies, infants and kids 0-6 will also have a child care area full of fun activities and opportunity for outside play.


You've probably heard that Staceyann Chin is our keynote speaker, but if you haven't gotten a chance to look at our program offerings for adults this year, here's a list. Those sessions specifically designed for prospective parents are marked with an *.

Morning Section 1:
LGBTQ Babymaking Options*
Social Justice and The Family
On the Journey to Parenthood*
Just Between Dads

Morning Section 2:
Connecting with your Kids
Adoption Options*
Becoming a Foster Parent*
Beyond Marriage Equality: a Legal and Legislative update

Afternoon Section:
How to be a Trans Ally
Telling Your Family's Story
Donor or Dad?: Choosing a known donor or co-parenting arrangement*
Queer Parenting 101

Attendees can choose from one workshop during each section or choose to take a break in our "Treat Yourself" space to sample acupuncture, get a massage or just relax in a giant bean bag, courtesy of Yogibo.

Many thanks to our sponsors this year. So far the list includes:

American_Reading_Company_Logo_White_on_RedPREMIER: American Reading CompanyFairfax Cryobank and RMA of Philadelphia

PLATINUM: Friends’ Central SchoolGermantown Friends SchoolPhiladelphia Gay News

RMA-Jefferson-4C_taglineGOLD: Camp HighlightDC Berman LawDennis Debiak, Psy.D.Jerner & Palmer, PCSurrogate Services InternationalTurning Points for ChildrenYogibo

SILVER: Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ FamiliesCreative Business Accounting & Tax ServiceDonor Sibling RegistryFairmount PediatricsFamily Equality CouncilHotel PalomarNortheast Treatment CentersPlymouth Meeting Friends SchoolThe Philadelphia SchoolWalnut Psychotherapy Center

BRONZE: Drucker & Scaccetti: Tax WarriorsNational Adoption CenterRainbow Wedding NetworkTabernacle United Church

If you would like to sponsor the event, please fill out this form or email Stephanie Haynes at for more information. The deadline to sponsor is October 14.

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Three Fun Get-Togethers in September

potluckThank you to everyone who participated in one of our three PFP events in September - all the weekend of the 17th-18th.

First up, we got together at the Big Blue Marble Book Store in Mt. Airy for a story time and crafts. 

Thanks to PFP board members Paula Estornell and Joel Nichols for setting it up. A favorite book read at the event was "Worm Loves Worm." The craft - decorating book bags - was also popular. 

On Sunday, the new and expectant parent group got together for their monthly potluck (pictured), this time at the home of Edith,  Emily and baby Evelyn in their home in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.

IMG_6857Thanks to the great members of this group for keeping these going! Their next get-together is on October 23 (see Upcoming Events below). 

Finally, Sunday afternoon we had our rescheduled Parks on Tap fundraiser at the Mount Pleasant Mansion in Fairmount Park near Smith Playground.

Many thanks to the families who attended and to special guests Rep. Brian Sims and City Councilwoman Helen Gym for stopping by to show their support of LGBTQ-led families.

Maybe Baby Classes Set for Fall

image1_295Therapy Center of Philadelphia and Hornstein, Platt and Associates, in partnership with Philadelphia Family Pride, are holding two eight-week "Maybe Baby" classes for LGBTQ communities considering parenthood this fall.

The groups are being generously sponsored by RMA at Jefferson. Thank you!

The class for GBTQ men will meet at the Rittenhouse Square office of Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 255 S. 17th Street, Suite 1010 on Monday nights from 6-7:30pm from October 17 to December 12 (except October 31).

This class will be led by Chris Wilson, MFT, MEd, LMFT, CHES. To register or for more information contact Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 267-507-1310.

The "Maybe Baby" group for queer, lesbian or bi women and transgender communities will run Wednesday nights from October 19 - December 14 (except November 23).

The group will be co-facilitated by Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC and Sheri-Ann Cowie, PhD. To sign up, contact them at 215-567-1111.

DrGutmann_croppedCost for participation for the full 8 weeks is $240/couple ($120/individual) for PFP members or $320/couple ($160/individual) for non-PFP members. Those not already PFP members can join for $25/year.

There will also be a $40 intake session fee. Participants will also receive free admission to this year's PFP conference October 29th.

"Maybe Baby" offers an 8-week experience that will provide information from legal, financial, fertility, adoption and medical experts, as well as emotional, social and community support around becoming a parent. 

Speakers will include Dr. Jackie Gutmann from RMA (pictured) as well as other professionals and current LGBTQ parents. Participants will finish the eight weeks with a sense of their options, how to navigate the process as an LGBTQ person, and connections with those on a similar journey.

Member Milestone
Congrats to PFP Executive Director Stephanie Haynes and wife Vicky Kresge on the 20th anniversary of their commitment ceremony on September 14, 2016. 
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If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at


Diggerland-BackhoeAdventureSaturday, October 1: PFP trip to Linvilla Orchards for apple picking and a hay ride to the Witch's House (not scary!).

Sunday, October 9: Family Zone at OutFEST 12pm-5pm, Spruce and Camac Streets.

Saturday, October 15: Like construction vehicles? You'll LOVE Diggerland USA in West Berlin, NJ. Join PFP for our annual visit with discounted tickets. 

Sunday, October 23: Another new and expectant parent potluck, this time in Glenside, PA.

PGN group photoSaturday, October 29: This year's PFP Family Matters Conference with keynote speaker Staceyann Chin will take place at the University of the Sciences from 9am-4pm! 

Mondays, October 17-December 12 for GBTQ men and Wednesdays October 19 - December 14 for LGBQ women and trans communities are the dates for this fall's Maybe Baby 8-week classes for prospecitve parents.

Saturday, November 12: Potluck lunch in Ardmore at the home of Paula and Jen. Bring a side dish or dessert and trade recipes with other families ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Saturday, December 17: Get together with other parents and prospective parents at a Grownups Night Out at Gay Bingo! The theme is "Jingle Bell Rock" for the holidays. Tickets are $30 and benefit the A.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

From our Blog: Recommended List of Picture Books for Queer Families

bigbluebooksThe following list was compiled by PFP board member and Free Library of Philadelphia employee Joel Nichols.

Let us know in the comments on the blog post if there are other books you’d put on this list!

In addition to Amazon, please check your local bookstore such as Bindlestiff Books in West Philly, Big Blue Marble Book Store in Mt. Airy or Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room in Center City.

Story of Ferdinand:  Leaf, Munro 1936
Little Blue and Little Yellow:  Lionni, Leo 1962
Where the Wild Things Are:  Sendak, Maurice 1963
A Color of His Own:  Lionni, Leo 1975
The Paper Bag Princess:  Munsch, Robert 1980
Tacky the Penguin:  Lester, Helen 1990
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed:  Chodos-Irvine, Margaret 2003
The Family Book:  Todd Parr 2003
The Sissy Duckling: Fierstein, Harvey 2005
Rosie Revere Engineer: Beaty, Andrea 2005
10,000 Dresses:  Ewert, Marcus 2008
(Some disagreement on our board over this book. What do you think?)
My Princess Boy:  Kilodavis, Cheryl 2009
Cinnamon Baby:  Winstanley, Nicola 2011
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild:  Brown, Peter 2013
Wild:  Hughes, Emily 2013
Not every princess:  Bone, Jeffrey and Lisa 2014
This Day in June:  Pitman, Gayle E. 2014
Jacob’s New Dress:  Hoffman, Ian and Sarah 2014
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress: Baldacchino, Christine 2014
Happy in Our Skin:  Manushkin, Fran 2015
Red: a Crayon’s Story:  Hall, Michael 2015
Worm Loves Worm: Austrian, J.J. 2016


Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy DiBerardino, Treasurer

Joel Nichols, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Gregory Girdy, Event Programming Committee Chair

Bryan Berchok, Member-at-large

Nijah Newton-Famous, Member-at-large

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