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Register Now for 2018 Family Matters Conference 

The 9th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9am-3pm. Registration is now open!

This year's keynote speaker will be Naomi Washington-Leapheart. Her talk is entitled, Queer Parenting as Revolutionary Spiritual Practice.” She’ll touch on what keeps us whole, alive, and grounded in this political climate, and what it means to survive –  and how survival is an act of resistance. Read her bio.

WorkshopThere are also 14 workshops and panels planned for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. (Photo of last year's conference by Kelly Burkhardt)

- LGBTQ Baby Making Options
- Limiting Screen Time for Your Family
- Trans and Genderqueer Parent Conversation Hour
- Legal Challenges to Our Families
- Maintaining Intimacy for LGBTQ Parents
- Finding and Maintaining Safe Spaces for Our Families
- Domestic Adoption Options
- Talking to Kids About Sexuality and Gender
- Getting Your Legal Ducks in a Row
- Self Care for Single Parents
- Political Advocacy for the LGBTQ Parent
- Becoming a Foster Parent
- Donor Sibling Registry
- Queerspawn in the Family: A LGBTQ+ Parent and Queerspawn Dialogue

Free chair massage will be provided as well as a drawing for a free night at a local hotel. We also have four passes for Disney World that we will auction off to the highest bidder. (This will be a silent auction at the registration table.)

The cost this year is a "pay what you can" sliding scale from $1 to $50 per adult. The fee includes child care, lunch, and parking. Kids of all ages attend free of charge. 

child careOn site child care for those 0-6 years old will be provided by the staff from St. Mary's Nursery again this year. COLAGE will be on hand with programming for kids 7-14 years old. (Photo by Kelly Burkhardt)

Many thanks to our sponsors (so far) for this year's event. Our conference would not be possible without their support.


American Reading Company
Fairfax Cryobank
Main Line Fertility
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Germantown Friends School
St. Mary’s Nursery School


Dennis Debiak, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Donor Sibling Registry
Fairmount Pediatrics
Jerner & Palmer, PC
Turning Points for Children


A Baby Step Adoption
Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Family Equality Council
Modern Eye
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Thom Duffy Massage Therapist LLC


Gay Parent Magazine
Hornstein, Platt and Associates Counseling and Wellness Centers
Open Arms Adoption Network
Philadelphia Midwife Collective
Refuge Midwifery
Tabernacle United Church

Want to sponsor the conference this year? Go here to fill out a form to sponsor and to pay for your support.

Please help us spread the word about the event through our Facebook event.


District Court Grants PFP's Motion to Intervene in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

After the city of Philadelphia learned in March 2018 that two of its foster care providers would not license same-sex couples to be foster parents, the city ceased referring children to these agencies. Catholic Social Services (“CSS”) and four of its foster parents, represented by counsel from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, sued the City of Philadelphia asking the court to order the city to renew the agency’s contract. CSS argued that its right to free exercise of religion and free speech entitled it to reject qualified same-sex couples because they were same-sex couples, rather than for any reason related to their qualifications to care for children.

On June 8, 2018, the ACLU and the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit that represents and advocates for children in the foster care system, and Philadelphia Family Pride, a nonprofit membership organization of LGBTQ+ people and their families, whose members include same-sex foster parents and prospective foster parents. The motion to intervene argued that Child Advocates and PFP and the people they serve would be harmed by a ruling in favor of CSS, and asked the court to allow them to participate in the litigation as defendants in order to protect their interests. The district court granted that motion to intervene on August 14, 2018.  Read more on the web site.

Biggest Foster Parent Recruitment Event Yet

fosterparentrect8_2018On August 16, 2018, PFP held the largest foster parent recruitment event yet at the Penn LGBT Center in conjunction with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Mayor's Commission for LGBT Affairs.

Over 50 prospective parents packed the room to hear from DHS about the requirements and process for becoming a resource parent, and then held a lively discussion with a panel of LGBTQ foster parents and a former foster youth. Thanks to all who supported and participated in this event! 

The next foster parent recruitment session will be part of our conference on October 6, followed by another informational event the last week of October.

Event photo by Stephanie Haynes

Member Milestone

nicole and familyHappy Adoption Day to Nicole and Angel Molinari, on the adoption of Alivia Rose Jamiyah Molinari (the little one, front row center) on September 5, 2018 bringing them to a family of six.

Pictured here with Hon. Judge Francine Axelrad in Camden County, NJ. She joins big brother Shawn (8), and big sisters Lily (7) and Aziyah (5).


If you have a member milestone for a future newsletter, please email us at or reply to this email.


summer picnic 2017September 15: Meet up with other PFP families at the South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood from 10am-12pm. Watch the Facebook event for weather updates.

September 14-16th - PFP goes camping, this year to Mauch Chunk Lake near Jim Thorpe, PA. Tent sites, cabins and a nearby RV park. The park has swimming, boating and fishing.  More info.

linvilla-orchard-apples-600vp-587x0September 22: It's fall, which means Apple Picking time at Linvilla Orchards! Meet up with PFP families at the apple picking station at 11am, and then explore Pumpkin Land, the corn maze and more. More info.

September 23: The new "Babies Born in 2018" potluck group is getting together at the home of Rachelle and Megan in South Philly from 11am-1pm. RSVP to for the address.

Save these dates:

October 6: PFP 9th Annual Conference! 

October 20: Meetup at Smith Playground in Fairmount Park

November 3: Bowling Party at Pep Bowl

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Calling all future LGBTQ+ leaders!

Photo-Jun-07-4-37-58-PM-2-700x400Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Board member for one of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ organizations? Do you want to learn critical skills and leadership styles to become an effective change-maker in your community?

If you answered yes, consider applying for the Office of LGBT Affairs’ LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline. The Community Leadership Pipeline, beginning in late October 2018, is a recruitment and enrichment initiative focused on increasing the number of LGBT people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders serving in board leadership positions at Philadelphia’s LGBT organizations. 

The Community Leadership Pipeline is free for all participants and works to remove any financial or social barriers holding anyone back from participating in LGBTQ leadership positions.

Over the course of six months, participants will engage with a curriculum that will help them develop strategies, skills, and resources to strengthen their ability to be an effective Board member. Some of the training topics include:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Finances and development
  • Personal branding
  • Public relations

At the end of the pilot program, each successful participant will receive a stipend and will be offered a position serving on one of 12 organizational boards. All Boards will waive any financial expectations for serving on the Board for the first year.

The Community Leadership Pipeline pilot program is hosted in partnership with the LGBT Affairs Commission, DVLF, Independence Business Alliance, and William Way Community Center.

The Community Leadership Pipeline program is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Applicants must be 18 years or older and should anticipate to spend about 3 hours a day once a month to attend trainings. Anyone interested in participating in the LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline pilot should submit an application by October 1, 2018.

Philadelphia Family Pride is one of the 12 organizations that will be holding a spot on our 2019 board for a graduate of this new program.


Philadelphia Family Pride
2018 Board of Directors

Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Chair

Nijah Newton-Famous, Vice-Chair

Gregory Hedler, Treasurer

Ruby Augustus, Secretary

Despina Kontos, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Event Planning Committee Chair

Tariem Burroughs, Fundraising Committee Chair

Terinae Holland, Membership Committee Chair

Members-at-Large: Julie Assis, Angel Brice, Bryan Berchok, Leigh Braden, Ana DelCorazon, Chloe Harris and Gregory Yorgey-Girdy.

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