7th Family Matters Conference Best Yet!
Philadelphia Family Pride held our 7th Annual Family Matters Conference for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents and kids of all ages on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia.
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With 120 adults and over 40 kids in attendance, 22 sponsor tables, 12 exciting workshops for adults, COLAGE programming for kids and child care by St. Mary's Nursery School AND an awesome keynote speaker in Staceyann Chin, this was hands down our best conference yet!
That doesn't even include the perfect space and generous hosts at the University of the Sciences. Free, ample and close parking, delicious all-you-can-eat dining hall brunch, a gorgeous space for the event and student volunteers all made this our best location yet, so....
We are planning to hold next year's event in the same space! The date for the 8th annual Family Matters Conference is Saturday, October 7, 2017. Save the date in your calendar now!
Many thanks to all the PFP board members, planning committee members, volunteers, presenters, sponsors, kids and attendees for making this space for our families possible.
At the end of the conference, we held a drawing to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Palomar for those who completed the sponsor table rainbow raffle card. Congrats to our winners Sarah Brewer & Naomi Bates!
More photos in a gallery on our web site.
NOTE! Annual Potluck on *Monday, January 2nd*
It's nearly time for our annual potluck to welcome the New Year. Since the observed holiday in 2017 is on Monday, January 2nd, we've decided to hold our event on that day. (If you show up the day before, we won't be there.)
So, join us for a potluck brunch on Monday, January 2nd from 11am-2pm at Mishkan Shalom in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share.
Watch your email and social media for more details coming soon.
When is it again? Monday, January 2nd from 11am-2pm. Thank you!
Fall Events Bring LGBTQ-led Families Together
In addtion to our annual conference in October, PFP families also got together at Linvilla Orchards on October 1, OutFEST on October 9, and Diggerland USA on October 15.
The new and expectant parent group continues to meet and got together on Sunday, October 23 at the home of Skyler and Amber in Glenside (see adorable photo). How cute are the costumes?
Finally, this past weekend, about 10 families got together at the home of Paula and Jen in Ardmore for a pre-Thanksgiving potluck and much-needed post-election community. (Photo below - the kids were playing in the next room.)
Get More Involved in PFP
Do you want to help make our great organization even better? We're looking for folks with ideas and enthusiasm to join our friendly, talented, hard-working board for 2017.
Responsibilities include attending nine board meetings a year (locations rotate), participating in planning discussions and attending major events.
Find out how giving a few hours a month makes a big difference for LGBTQ prospective parents, parents, grandparents and our kids.
We especially encourage prospective parents, single parents, trans parents, grandparents and people of color to apply.
For more information on various board positions, or to submit your name for nomination, please contact PFP Board Chair Kelly Durand by December 15.
Sunday, November 20:
International Transgender Day of Remembrance at the William Way LGBT Center from 6-9pm.
Saturday, December 3: Join PFP parents and kids 35lbs and up at Philly Rock Gym in Wyncote at 827 Glenside Ave. from 11am-1pm on Saturday, December 3.
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 AIDS Fund. (pictured)
Monday, January 2nd: Join us on Monday, January 2nd, for our annual beginning of the year brunch from 11am-2pm at Mishkan Shalom. Note the date is the observed holiday this year.
Mondays, January 16 - March 6: The "Maybe Baby" class for GBTQ men will run on these Monday nights at the Rittenhouse Square office of Hornstein, Platt and Associates and include information and speakers on topics of adoption, surrogacy, legal considerations and more.
The "Maybe Baby" group for LBQ women and trans communities will be held Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia in Center City. The enrollment is currently filling. The group will begin when we have enough participants. (But don’t delay, it’s nearly full!)
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.
After the Election:
Things LGBTQ Families Should Know Now
by Attorney and PFP parent Tiffany Palmer
No one can take away your marriage.
If you are married, no President can “undo” that legal status. There is no realistic possibility that anyone’s marriage will be invalidated. The law is strong that if a marriage is valid when entered, it cannot be invalidated by any subsequent change in the law. People who are already married should know that that their marriages cannot be invalidated or erased.
If you are LGBTQ and not married now, but concerned about your ability to marry in the future, it is highly unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse its very recent decision in Obergefell that found the marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, resulting in recognizing the right of all same-sex couples to marry. Yes, there will be at least one U.S. Supreme Court vacancy to fill in the new administration, but it is important to remember that slot was held by Antonin Scalia, the most conservative justice, and he was on the court when the same-sex marriage case was decided. The doctrine of stare decisis—which means that courts generally will respect and follow their own prior rulings—is also very strong, and the Supreme Court very rarely overturns an important constitutional ruling so soon after issuing it. In addition, while the new administration is very conservative, Donald Trump has not indicated any intention to try take away the freedom to marry.
No one can take away your adoption.
Adoption laws, like most family laws, are based on state law, not federal law, so the election should not impact adoption laws. If you are LGBTQ and have an adoption decree making you a legal parent to your children, no Presidential or federal government action can take that away. Adoption decrees are meant to be permanent court orders that cannot be changed or undone in the future. Whether you are a birth parent or an adoptive parent, you have constitutional rights and your rights cannot be removed without due process of law and a legal basis to do so (such as abuse or neglect). A recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision in V.L. v. E.L. held that adoption decrees will be given “full faith and credit” under the United States Constitution, meaning they must be recognized in all 50 states. So even if another state changes its law to deny adoptions to LGBTQ families and you then move there, your adoption decree will still be recognized. This is why adoption decrees are so important and valuable to LGBTQ families. They provide permanency and security for your family.
Families who have adopted children from another country should confer with an adoption attorney to ensure that the immigration and citizenship status for their children is secure. Some international adoptions require a Registration of Foreign Adoption action or a re-finalization of the adoption in the United States to confer U.S. citizenship to the adoptee.
Read the rest of the article on the Jerner & Palmer web site.
Also see their article entitled "After the Election: Things Trans People Should Know Now" by Benjamin Jerner.
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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