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JUNE 2016
Staceyann Chin confirmed as conference keynote!

staceyann_daughterPhiladelphia Family Pride's is very excited to announce that our keynote speaker for this year's 7th Annual Family Matters Conference will be writer, activist and performer Staceyann Chin. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 9am-4pm.

Staceyann Chin, pictured right with her daughter Zuri, is a fulltime artist, resident of New York City and a Jamaican National. She has been an out poet and political activist since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off-Broadway to acting on stage and film, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence. 

othersideofparadiseHer book, The Other Side of Paradise (Simon & Schuster, 2010), is a memoir that details her childhood in Jamaica. 

Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice.

In Chin's current show, MotherStruck!, she sets forth her personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a "serious, stable financial set up," but wants to have a child.

Told through Chin’s uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from this profound experience.

Stay tuned for plans for a group PFP trip to see MotherStruck! while it's in Washington, DC this fall.


Workshop Ideas Requested

university-of-the-sciences-in-philadelphia-office 3Our 7th annual Family Matters conference is for LGBTQ parents, grandparents and prospective parents will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9am - 4pm on the campus of the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia.

The conference aims to reach LGBTQ parents from different experiences including adoptive and foster parents, single parents, prospective parents, trans-parents, partnered/married parents, grandparents, stepparents, and more.

We're looking for the best 10 or so workshop ideas. You can suggest an idea and we'll find a facilitator/panelists, or you could propose something to run yourself. Ideas that are specifically geared to LGBTQ-headed families or prospective parents will be given priority. Feel free to suggest more than one idea as well.

Workshops will be approximately an hour long and will take place in a classroom setting. As we strive to honor a range of voices and experiences, people of color and transgender persons are strongly encouraged to submit proposals and ideas.

Please submit your proposals and ideas via this link:
The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 15, 2016.

If you'd like to sponsor the conference, please click here for the levels available, vendor opportunties and more. Thank you!
Lots of fun June Events for PFP families

IMG_5788PFP was excited to participate in the Philly Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, June 12th, though it was a more somber occasion as the news of the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando reached us.

(See below for resources on how to talk to your kids about what happened, free counseling, scheduled fundraisers and more.)

Being with other members of the LGBTQ community served as somewhat of a reprieve to the grief we all felt. Families and PFP allies walked alongside the Pride@CHOP group through the Gayborhood, down Market Street and over to Penn's Landing.

At Penn's Landing, PFP once again hosted the Family Zone smack in the middle of the dozens of vendors participating this year and within view of the stage where we took in many performances, including the band BETTY, and even a wedding between friends of PFP Sherrie Cohen and Virginia Gutierrez.

pridefestivalThanks to everyone who participated and volunteered, with special thanks to Laura Zaylea, who was there to recruit people to be in her series of interactive videos "Building Blocks" about our families and stayed to the end to help Stephanie pack up. 

Also in June, PFP families (pictured, below left) went on a hike in the Wissahickon on Sunday, June 5th after meeting up at Valley Green Inn.

It was a beautiful day, though rain threatened, and the group spotted lots of wildlife from wood ducks to chipmunks. Thanks to PFP member Katy Chatel for leading the group.

Finally, big thanks to former PFP board chair Marc Berman and his family for hosting a pool party at their home in Lower Gwynedd, PA on Saturday, June 26th and PFP dad John Ferraro for bringing his delicious gourmet cupcakes. (photo below, right.)

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Service Opportunity: Backpack Challenge

backpackchallengeValley Youth House operates an annual Backpack Challenge as an opportunity for Philadelphia area businesses and residents to help these hard working young people in foster care have a successful school year. Their goal is to collect at least 3,000 backpacks (2,000 or more stuffed with school supplies) and raise $25,000.

PFP has signed up to be a collecting organization this year. To participate in this initiative, PFP asks interested members and friends to collect school supplies for foster children July 19th through August 19th. Collect any of the supplies listed on the checklist in your home or drop them off at PFP summer picnic August 13 at Freedom Playground.

Contact PFP board member Paula Estornell for supply pick up or for any questions.


new_expectant_juneSunday, July 17: New and expectant parent group potluck in Mt. Airy. More.

Tuesday, July 19: Backpack Challenge begins! See above article.

Saturday, July 30: Kid-friendly PFP Happy Hour at the pop-up beer garden at Clark Park in West Philly, followed by Shakespeare in the Park.

Saturday, August 13: PFP's Summer Picnic will be held at the Freedom Playground in Haverford, PA.

Hero_Home_Slider_Pixar_Sulley_9_0 2Saturday, August 20: Join PFP as we explore the "Science Behind Pixar" exhibit at the Franklin Institute with a special group discount.

August 19-21: Camping with Pride returns for another fun weekend of tent camping and sleeping in cabins at Wading Pines in New Jersey. 

Monday, August 29: Join PFP families at the first ever official LGBT Pride Night at Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the Nationals.

Our Maybe Baby groups for prospective parents have finished for the summer, but if you are interested in the classes for the fall, please check our web site and get on the "interested" list to reserve your spots.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

In Remembrance
Philly Family Pride would like to acknowledge the victims of the attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12 and extend heartbroken and heartfelt condolences to their friends and families. Rest in Power.

More info & resources:

In Praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club,

In Songs, Stories, Latino And LGBT Voices On How The Orlando Attack Feels Personal, NPR

Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Discussing Orlando with Children and More on Talking with Children About Orlando,

Resources after Orlando, a list of free local counseling services, Mazzoni


Pulse Victims Fund, set up by Equality Florida

Pulse Employee Recovery Fund,

Pop-Up Pride: Showing Our Love, July 5, 2016, 5-8pm

Philly4Pulse Fundraiser, July 21, 2016 7pm-11pm


Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy Gilardi, 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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