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APRIL 2017
School Fair Fun at William Way!

FriendsSelect_parentPhiladelphia Family Pride was proud to present a School Fair for LGBTQ Communities (and Allies!) on Saturday, April 29th from 12-2pm at the William Way LGBT Center in Philadelphia.

This event featured representatives from 18 public and private schools that cover all ages and grades as well as information on homeschooling, plus a representative from the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

This free event was well attended and intended for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, LGBTQ kids and youth as well as allies.

Click here for a photo album of the event.

We published an accompanying school fair booklet that we handed out in print at the event and is also now available for download as a PDF here. The booklet includes a list of participating schools and a spreadsheet showing each school's LGBTQ-related policies, trainings, etc. We'll have more copies available at the upcoming Philly Pride Festival on June 18th.

Many thanks to our community partners the William Way LGBT Community Center and Equality Pennsylvania and media partner Philadelphia Gay News for supporting this event.

Also present was PFP friend Rachelle Smith and her Speaking OUT! Queer Youth in Focus photography book.

Thank you to schools that registered and supported our event. Public schools indicated by italics. Bolded schools were able to sponsor the fair. 

18157730_1562696170409913_4857928283691795517_nAbington Friends - 3 years old - 12th grade

Children's Community School - 18 months through 5 years old

Crefeld School - 7th - 12th grade

Friends' Central School - Nursery - 12th grade

Friends Select School - PreK - 12th grade

George School - 9th - 12th grade

Germantown Friends School - K - 12th grade

Greene Street Friends School - PreK to 8th grade

J.S. Jenks Academy of Arts & Sciences - K - 8th grade

Lansdowne Friends - PreK - 6th grade

McCall Elementary & Middle School - K - 8th grade

Media-Providence Friends School - 3 year olds - 8th grade

Meredith School - K-8th grade

18221727_1562696033743260_6440689285685205209_nMiquon School - Ages 3-12, Nursery through 6th grade

The Philadelphia School - PreK - 8th grade

Philly Free School - Ages 4-19

Plymouth Meeting Friends School - PreK - 6th grade

Powel Elementary School - K - 4th grade

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy - Single-sex PreK–8, Coed 9–12

Stratford Friends School - K-8th

Thanks again to everyone who made this event possible! 
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Grown-Ups Night Out at Painting with a Twist
Painting with a TwistMost of our events are all ages, but occasionally we'll have a "grown-ups night out." Saturday, April 29th, a few PFP board members and spouses got together at the Painting with a Twist in Jenkintown to drink, eat snacks and make art!

Our teacher was Jess who rocked the art instruction and the Gay 90s Spotify play list! He was great leading everyone through their "family tree" painting with names spelled out in the branches. Some folks had such long names they decided to combine canvasses!

These get-togethers are a great chance for current, expectant and prospective parents to mix and mingle and actually have a full conversation! 

Our next "grown-ups only" event will be Monday, June 12 for the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret show at Fringe Arts at 8pm. Buy your tickets here and let Martha super-fan and PFP Director Stephanie Haynes know to look for you by emailing her at Some folks may also decide to have dinner together first at La Peg.


PotluckSunday, May 7: Get together with other PFP parents at a new and expectant parent potluck at the home of Christina and Melissa. This group is getting together monthly and meets at someone's home. Email the hosts for the address and parking info. More. (Pictured, a potluck from the fall.)

Saturday, May 13: PFP is happy to support the Families Againt Bullying event put on by Fifty Shades of Purple from 1-4pm at the William Way Center. More info and tickets on the Facebook event.

Thursday, May 18: Sign up for a SAGE Table intergenerational meal and break bread with all ages of LGBTQ folks for lunch or dinner. Details here on the SAGE web site.

GWLSaturday-Sunday, May 20-21: Annual Great Wolf Lodge Trip.  The deadine to reserve a room with the group has passed, but you can still book directly with GWL and let PFP Chair Kelly Durand know you're going. (Pictured, last year's dinner.)

All of June: The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a "30 days of Gay" series of events during Pride Month. Check out the schedule online here.

Saturday, June 3rd: For prospective parent gay men, we're holding a "Maybe Baby Brunch" at the William Way Center with info about adoption and surrogacy from 12:30-3pm. More info coming soon.

Sunday, June 4th: 
Get together with other PFP parents in June at a new and expectant parent potluck at the home of Adam and Stephen. Details to come.

MGCSunday, June 11th -The Equality March for Unity and Pride is taking place in Washington, DC. If you'd like to travel down together with other PFP families or meet up while there, email PFP board member Adam Podowitz-Thomas at

Monday, June 12th, 8pm: PFP adults are getting together to see Philly's "Drag Queen King" at Fringe Arts for the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret (pictured). Get your own tickets online here, let Stephanie know you're going and meet the group there! (We'll make a few tickets available on a "pay what you can" basis. Email Stephanie for details.)

Sunday, June 18th - Philly Pride Parade and Festival. This year the parade starts with a 1.5 mile fun run! PFP will be participating in the parade and again host the Family Zone at the festival.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Henry Sias in historic run for Court of Common Pleas

henrysias 3On Tuesday, May 16, voters in Philadelphia will have a chance to make history when going to the polls for the Pennsylvania Primary Election.

Attorney Henry Sias is a judicial candidate for the Court of Common Pleas. If he wins the primary and goes on to be elected in the fall (usually a shoe-in for Democrats in the city), Henry would become the first trans male judge in the country.

Sias graduated from the Yale University School of Law in 2005 and moved to Philadelphia in 2007.  He joined the Philadelphia-based firm Blank Rome LLP and went on to clerk for two state Supreme Court justices: James J. Fitzgerald 3d and Jane Cutler Greenspan.

He later clerked for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Barbara McDermott and Kenneth Powell. He also founded the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, a nonprofit legal-aid organization informally known as the Expungement Project.

The Philadelphia Bar Association has also recommended Henry for the Court of Common Pleas. See their full list of recommendations here.

Read more about Henry Sias in this GPhilly interview and in an article in the PGN.

Find out more about judicial elections in the city 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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