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JULY 2016
Camping Trip Deadline August 5th
tentsJoin PFP at our annual camping trip at Wading Pines Camping Resort the weekend of August 19-21, 2016 in Chatsworth, New Jersey.

The campground is a one hour drive from Philly and offers swimming, playground facilities, and canoe/kayak rentals. We will have a group of tent sites that can be reserved directly through us, but there are also cabins available if preferred. 
One tent is allowed per site.

wadingpinesFamilies can contact the campground directly about cabin availability at 1-888-726-1313. Cabin rates can be found here on their web site

If you’d like to attend please email PFP Vice Chair Sandra Telep. In your email, please include the number of people in your family, your names and the ages of any children. Deadline to RSVP is this Friday, August 5th.

The cost for the weekend ranges from $80-$128 depending on the number in your group. See our web site for more details and payment instructions. This is 20% off their regular prices.

New to camping? Don’t have a tent or camping gear? Don’t worry! There are several PFP members who are experienced campers and have extra gear to lend.

Contact us ( with any concerns/needs and we can connect you with a camping mentor or the equipment you need. This would be a great first camping trip for kids and adults alike!

PFP families in Provincetown for Family Week

metcalfefamilyPast PFP Board Chair Doug Metcalfe and his family (among many others) visited Provincetown, MA last week for the annual Family Week and sent in this report.

Family Week is a truly wonderful experience! Nearly 500 LGBTQ families from across the country meet up in Provincetown for a week of fun, friendship and community.

The Family Equality Council organizes such an amazing week that includes fun social events, meet ups, and educational programs.

COLAGE [who will be at this year's PFP conference] provides exceptional programming for kids ages 7 to 18.

Our family loves the beach party! The family parade on Friday afternoon is so much fun and it's very empowering to see so many LGBTQ families in one place. Family Week is something every LGBTQ family should experience.

New and Expectant Parent Potluck

PFP families who have babies or who are expecting (whether pregnant or waiting to adopt) got together on Sunday, July 17th at the home of Sam and Heath in Mt. Airy. They had lots of fun playing inside on the blanket and outside in the little baby pool. Watch for info on the next get-together, and thanks to Sam and Heath for hosting!
Member Milestone
Congratulations to PFP members Terinae Holland and Aniesha Herder on the birth of their son, Justus Eli Holland-Herder. He was born 06/10/2016 2:50pm. Weight 7'13 length 20.5. He joins big brother Josiah Holland and big sister Qaaniesha Holland.
If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at


summerpicnic2015July 19-August 19: Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge: collect school supplies for foster kids. See our web site for more details. 

Saturday, August 13: PFP's Summer Picnic will be held at the Freedom Playground in Haverford, PA. Bring the school supplies you've collected for Valley Youth House!

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

Saturday, August 20: Meet up with PFP families at the Franklin Institute to visit the "Science Behind PIXAR" exhibit with discounted rates. 

PHILLIESMonday, August 29: "Pride Night" at the Phillies. Join PFP families at Citizen's Bank Park for the first LGBT night at the ballpark. More.

Saturday, September 17: Story time at the Big Blue Marble book store in Mt. Airy.

Saturday, October 29: Save the date for this year's PFP Family Matters Conference with keynote speaker Staceyann Chin! Registration opening soon.

Our fall dates for our Maybe Baby groups for prospective parents will be announced soon. 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.

Our Kids are Awesome, or
the Photo that Almost Wasn't

Philadelphia Family Pride is not a political organization and does not endorse candidates for office. This story of Harper (who has two moms) and her persistence to get a photo with Hillary Clinton is too good not to share. Enjoy!

This article is excerpted from Philly Magazine. Link at the end to the full article.

harper_hillaryHarper Leary really wanted to meet Hillary Clinton. So when the presidential candidate and her large entourage went to McGonigle Hall at Temple University on Friday afternoon for a speech, the 10-year-old Penn Charter student and one of her moms, Marion Leary, pedaled their bikes up to see her. Alas, they arrived a little late.

“By the time we got there, it was already pretty full,” says Harper, who lives in Northern Liberties. “So we had seats in the back, and I knew the chances were slim that I would get to meet her.”

While they waited, the two chatted with neighbors and friends. Eventually, the program began, with vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine taking the stage to rally the troops.

“People came out and talked about why Hillary is a really good person to run for president and what she would do that would help the country and help others,” Harper told us from Bethany Beach on Sunday, where she is vacationing with her other mom, Lara Kelly. “After a while, she came out, and it was just really nice. I loved hearing what she had to say. I believed most of the things she said.”

Once the speech was over, Harper knew what she had to do.

“I started running down the steps,” remembers Harper. “And my mom yelled, ‘What are you doing?’ I told her I was going to try to meet her. Mom said, ‘How?’ I said, ‘I have no idea!'”




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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