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Join us January 2nd!

imagplaygroundJoin PFP to celebrate the New Year, this time on MONDAY, JANUARY 2ND (the observed holiday) from 11am-2pm at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood. We invite LGBTQ parents and caregivers, prospecitve parents, grandparents, allies and all ages of kids to attend.

The address is 4101 Freeland Ave. There are two free parking lots - one on either side of the building as well as free street parking.

This year we're having a PAJAMA PARTY! Kids, and adults if you'd like, should wear party-appropriate pajamas.

Please bring a vegetarian dish that serves 6-8 to share. No meat please to respect the synagogue's wishes. Suggestions include cheesy egg casserole, waffles, bagels and shmear, donuts, hash browns, muffins, etc.

PFP will provide paper products, beverages, a yogurt and granola buffet and ice cream sundae bar (at 1:30pm).

kidsDVDsFor our SERVICE PROJECT this year, we ask that folks bring kids' DVDs your family is done with that we can donate to the video library at CHOP. At the event, we'll have a table where kids can create drawings for the residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments for LGBT elders.

ENTERTAINMENT this year will be free play and some building contests with a borrowed set of the Imagination Playground (pictured) courtesy of The Play Cafe in Ardmore.

COST for the event is free for PFP members and $10/family for non-members. You can pay your 2017 membership dues at the door. (Reminder that suggested dues are $40/year for families, $25/year for prospective parents.) Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

We will also hold a SILENT AUCTION to raise money for PFP for 2017 during the event. If you'd like to donate an item for auction, contact board chair Kelly Durand at

Finally, this event is also our annual membership meeting where we'll hold ELECTIONS to vote in our board members for 2017 and get feedback from members on ideas for the new year. 

Creating Change Conference Jan. 18-22nd
william-barberThe annual, national LGBTQ Creating Change Conference hosted by the LGBTQ Task Force will take place in Philadelphia on Jan. 18-22nd. The event will be held at the Philadlephia Downtown Marriott.

The organizers are looking for folks to volunteer at the event and/or to offer rooms in their homes for folks attending the conference. More on becoming a community housing volunteer.

This year's keynote speaker is civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber (pictured) who electrified the crowd at this past summer's Democractic National Convention. 

In 2013, Barber began organizing weekly “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh against Governor Pat McCrory and the legislature’s attempts to roll back major advances in civil rights, education, healthcare, and voting rights.

The protests began with a small group of clergy and activists and grew to thousands the following months. The Moral Monday protests have since inspired similar movements in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and elsewhere, in response to lawmakers seeking to deny historically marginalized communities their basic rights, legal protections, and critical human services.

Previous conference keynote speakers include actress/activist Laverne Cox, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President Thomas Saenz, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, and Civil Rights icons Coretta Scott King and Dolores Huerta.
Participants Needed for Research Regarding African-American Lesbian Families’ Lives

pajamapartyPFP member Brie Radis is looking for research participants for her social work doctorate dissertation. She's engaging in a qualitative study to give a voice to Black lesbian partnered mothers with school-aged children within 50 miles of Philadelphia.

"There is not enough research on LGBT families of color and their experiences. The study looks at family resiliency and culturally sensitive definitions of safety and risk," Brie said of the study.

It is a participatory action research project consisting of two interviews and photovoice and all participants will be compensated $25 per interview. This study was approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board) at the University of Pennsylvania. Please contact or 610-203-0672 to participate and feel free to pass this info along.

(Pictured: Board member Nijah Newton-Famous and her wife Janice at the 2016 New Year's Brunch - in their pajamas!)


668934943330118944-1511-winterfestpreview-3603.fullSaturday, 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. Our table seats are sold out but you can still buy balcony seats for $25. The event benefits the AIDS Fund.

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.

Saturday, January 14: Get together with other PFP families at the Winterfest at Penn's Landing for ice skating, games and fun in the winter lodge. (pictured)

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.

Saturday, January 28: Old fashioned letter writing and advocacy party. Details to be announced.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Where to shop this year?

While finishing your holiday shopping, please keep in mind the following information and guidelines for having a social impact with your gift-buying dollars.

present_pile1. Buy Local - According to the Sustainable Business Network, for every For every $100 you spend at a locally-owned business (as opposed to a non-locally owned retailer), $25 more dollars are circulated throughout the Philadelphia economy.

If each of Philadelphia’s 1 million adult residents diverted just $100 of their holiday spending to buying locally, we’d have an influx of over $25 million dollars that would otherwise be lost to outside suppliers, services, and investments. Consult their directory for more info.

2. Support local craft fairs - Don't overlook the local craft fairs going on this time of year where you can buy unique, handmade gifts and support local artisans. One such event is the Go West! Craft Fest this Sunday, Dec. 18. There is also a Christmas Village at Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall through Dec. 24.

3. #EverythingAtTarget - In response to a transphobic, conservative boycott of Target, there is currently a push to buy "everything at Target" to support them through the boycott. That's an easy one, right?

4. Amazon Smile - For Amazon customers, reminder to choose a Smile organization to benefit from your shopping. We'd like to humbly suggest Philly Family Pride. :)

5. There's an app for that - For those politically-inclined, there is a new "Boycott Trump" app for your smart phone that helps you keep track of the 250 companies with ties to the Trump organiation. The app is free and available for iphone and Android users.


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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