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MAY 2017
We want your ideas for this year's PFP Conference

Usciences lobbyPhiladelphia Family Pride will again hold our annual Family Matters Conference on the beautiful campus of the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia, this year a couple of weeks earlier on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Save the date!

Submit your ideas and proposals now for this year's conference workshops on this online form. We're looking for fully formed proposals as well as thoughts on sessions you'd like to attend. If you know who would be great to lead the session, let us know that. If you don't know, we'll find someone!

Want to sponsor the conference? There's a form for you, too! Our sponsors make this event possible. There are lots of levels to choose from and all come with a table at the event.

Finally, want to help choose a conference theme, keynote speaker and select from the programming proposals (among many other conference-related tasks)? E-mail conference organizer and PFP director Stephanie Haynes to join the Conference Planning Committee at

Photo from 2016's conference by LesBeReal Radio.

PFP Supports Community Events
_DSC3965-1PFP Director Stephanie Haynes (pictured) attended a "Families Against Bullying" community awareness event sponsored by Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying on Saturday, May 13th at the William Way Center. (Photo by Liz Reasey)

The group also coordinated the onsite child care space to support the recent "Community Conversation" hosted by the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs event, also held at William Way. We plan to help with child care coordination at future conversation events all over the city.

Coming up, PFP is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Alternative Prom, organized by GALAEI, Philly's queer Latin social justice organization. The LGBTQ youth prom, the longest consecutively running event of its kind in the U.S., will be held at the Arden Theatre on June 30. This year's theme is "NEON NIGHTS."  

Member Milestone
Former PFP Board Chair Robin Matthews (right) and wife Marcia Matthews (left) celebrated their 10th (legal!) wedding anniversary on May 5th with a low-key dinner and card game. The couple married in Robin's home state of Massachusetts in 2007 and have an 8 year-old son.

If you have a member milestone you'd like shared in a future newsletter, please email the info and photo to Stephanie at Thanks!


equalitymarchSaturday, June 3rd: Meet up at the Wynnewood Valley Park playground from 10am-12pm. More info.

Sunday, June 4th: 
Get together with other PFP parents in June at a new and expectant parent potluck at the home of Adam and Steve. RSVP here for the address.

Sunday, June 11th -The Equality March for Unity and Pride is taking place in Washington, DC. If you'd like to travel down together with other PFP families or meet up while there, email PFP board member Adam Podowitz-Thomas at

There is also a sister march in Philadelphia. Click here for the details and watch for PFP group meetup time and place.

MGCMonday, June 12th, 8pm: PFP adults are getting together to see Philly's "Drag Queen King" at Fringe Arts for the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret (pictured).

Get your own tickets online here, let Stephanie know you're going and meet the group there! (We'll make a few tickets available on a "pay what you can" basis. Email Stephanie for details.)

Sunday, June 18th - Philly Pride Parade and Festival. This year the parade starts with a 1.5 mile fun run! PFP will be participating in the parade and again host the Family Zone at the festival.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Two New Middle-Grade Books Share the Fun of Large, Queer Families
Excerpted with permission from a blog post by Mombian


lotterysQueer parents often wonder what their children will call them, but the Lotterys have it figured out. There’s MaxiMum (from Jamaica), CardaMom (of the Mohawk Nation), and their co-parents, PopCorn (from the Yukon) and PapaDum (after the tasty cracker of his native India, not because of a lack of intelligence). The two same-sex couples are co-parenting seven children and a menagerie of animals in Emma Donoghue’s funny and clever new middle-grade novel, The Lotterys Plus One....

The book begs comparison to Dana Alison Levy’s recent two middle-grade books about the Fletchers, another large, queer, multiracial, multiethnic family: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher and The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island....

Coincidentally, Levy’s latest book has just come out, and shares some characteristics even as it tells a unique story. This Would Make a Good Story Someday follows the Johnston-Fischers, a two-mom family who are the Fletchers’ neighbors.

Read the full post...


Philadelphia Family Pride
2017 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy DiBerardino, Treasurer

Gina Cline, Secretary

Despina Kontos, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Terinae Holland, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Phyllis Chamberlain, Event Planning Committee Chair

Members-at-Large: Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Angel Brice, Bryan Berchok, Gregory Yorgey-Girdy, Joel Nichols, Nijah Newton-Famous, Ruby Augustus, Tariem Burroughs.

Suggestions for what else we should include in our newsletter? Want to sponsor our next issue?


Contact Stephanie Haynes, PFP Executive Director at



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