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JUNE 2017
PFP Shows Our Pride in Philly Pride Parade

Philadelphia Family Pride marched in the Philly Pride Parade on Sunday, June 18th (which was also Fathers' Day) with a donated '78 Buick Station Wagon sporting wood side panels. Remember those?

Thanks to board members Tariem Burroughs and Adam Podowitz-Thomas and their families for leading the group and for everyone who participated!



Also special thank you to friend of PFP Colin Likens for loaning and driving the classic family car in the parade. (Photo below by Patience Owen - instagram chrysalisp3)


At the festival, PFP director Stephanie Haynes handed out stickers of the new rainbow flag, chatted with parents, prospective parents and grandparents and helped kids with crafts under the tent away from the hot sun.

Thanks to board member Bryan Berchok and family for helping at the booth and to all the PFP families who stopped by.

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We want your ideas for the PFP Conference!

toddlerpotluckThe 8th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place again this year at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

We are currently accepting suggestions and full proposals for conference workshops. New this year, workshop presenters will be offered a small stipend if their program is selected for the conference. Fill out this form with your ideas and proposals by Friday, July 14th.

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. The form has the rest of the info on the ways we will thank each sponsor including logo on promotional materials, program ad and more.

(Photo from a recent toddler "conference" at the new and expectant parent potluck.)

Member Milestones
Congrats to these two PFP young adults who graduated from high school this month.

On the left is Alex and parents Bill Stevers and Tom Radtke. Alex graduated from Springfield Township High School on June 14 and plans to pursue vocational training next.

On the right, proud parents Erika Miller and Tracy Smith and sisters Karlie and Raina celebrated Charles' high school graduation on June 15th from Cheltenham High School. He plans to attend Temple University in the fall.

We'd also like to extend excited congratulations to new PFP parents Sandy and Denise DiBerardino on the birth of their son, Leo Joseph DiBerardino. Leo was born on June 20, 2017 at 10:38 a.m., weighing 6 lbs 6 oz and measuring 18 in.

If you have a member milestone you'd like shared in a future newsletter, please email the info and photo to Stephanie at Thanks!


familyweekSunday, July 9: Join new and expectant parents and their infants and toddlers at a potluck in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia at the home of Leah and Julie. RSVP to for the address and parking info.

July 29th - August 5th is Family Week in Provincetown, MA sponsored by Family Equality Council and COLAGE. If your family is going, email so we can coordinate a meetup of PFP families.

Saturday, August 12: PFP's Annual Summer Potluck Picnic will take place from 11am-2pm at a local park. Suggest a location (with a pavilion, bathroom and parking) by emailing PFP director Stephanie Haynes or by replying to this email.

camping_group_smallAugust 18-20: Let's go camping! PFP's annual Camping with Pride trip will be held from August 18-20th at the Big Oaks Family Campground in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are tent sites and cabins available. More info.

Friday, August 25th: Dads, Pops, their kids and prospective dads are invited to Hawthorne Park in South Philly for an outdoor showing of the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie. More info.

Save these  dates!

The annual Trans Health Conference will be held September 7-9. PFP is sponsoring the event again this year. Reply to this email if you can work a shift at our table. 

Neighborhood Potlucks are back the weekend of September 15-16. If you'd like to host one of these regional events in your home, email Stephanie Haynes at with the date and time that weekend that works for you.

PFP's Annual Conference will be held Saturday, October 7. Make a weekend out of it with OutFEST taking place in the Gayborhood on October 8.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

New Board Member Profile: Tariem Burroughs 

tariemNew PFP Board Member Tariem Burroughs and husband Nick Wood have known each other for almost nine years. 

The couple met in late March, 2009 on Nick's birthday when a mutual friend asked Tariem to come to Nick’s birthday party. Nick now thinks of this as his best ever birthday present! 

Tariem (pictured, right at the National March for Equality and Unity in DC) works for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy as the Community Engagement Specialist.

In this role he oversees the Community Engagement course in the Masters of Urban Bioethics Program, executes and evaluates the service learning component of the medical school curriculum, and fosters and cultivates community partnerships in North Philadelphia.

tariem2Tariem has also just completed his certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is about to start his Ph.D. in Sociology at Temple University.

Nick is a psychologist and professor at Chestnut Hill College in the Masters of Psychology Program, supervises future psychologists at AIDS Care Group in Sharon Hill, and runs his own practice in town. He is also the Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center. 

The couple just celebrated their second anniversary last month with a trip to Dollywood, and currently live in West Philly with their dog Sam, and two cats, Fred and General. Tariem and Nick are avid concert goers and love to travel. This year alone they have a dozen concerts planned ranging from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga, U2, Dave Matthews, and Elvis Costello.
Tariem and Nick are prospective parents and have decided to adopt. "We are about half way through the home study process, which requires A LOT of information," Tariem said.

"It's been an exciting and anxiety inducing journey so far. We've learned a lot about each other, our parenting styles, taken a more in-depth look about who we are, our values, how we were raised, and how we would raise a child. It's a journey that we are happy to be on together," Tariem concluded.
Tariem and Nick's first PFP event was the conference last fall. "Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming at first.  This was mostly because we didn't know what to expect, but everyone we met that day was full of smiles, was super helpful, and we knew we'd like to be a part of this community," Tariem added.
"I decided to join the board to learn more about the process of adoption and to become a part of a community of people that is full of love and that understands the process of adoption, fostering and surrogacy. None of this is easy, especially in the current state of affairs. I know it sounds super cliche' but it does take a village to raise a child."

"I've worked with parents for the majority of my career and I know how important it is to have great support systems like PFP. I hope to spread that message to others by working with the group to plan events that are fun and useful. This year I hope to engage more, get out there, and wave my PFP flag proud to help build our family," Tariem said. (Pictured above leading the PFP group in the Philly Pride Parade.)

Welcome to our PFP family Tariem and Nick!


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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