Ring in the New Year with PFP on Jan. 5th!
Philadelphia Family Pride will hold our annual meeting and New Year's party on Saturday, January 5th from 11am-2pm at the Children's Community School, located in West Philly at 1212 South 47th Street just north of Woodland Avenue.
There will be winter-themed games and activities for all ages and time in their cool play yard for little ones, weather permitting. RSVP on our Facebook event or watch our web site page for this event. Please help us plan by letting us know you'll attend! (Those not on Facebook can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Attendance is free, but we will ask folks to renew or join PFP for 2019 at a "pay what you can" level when you arrive. Catering will be provided again this year by Chef Ariq Barrett. Vegan options will be available.
This brunch also will be our annual membership meeting when we will vote in our 2019 Board of Directors. Those present will also have a chance to give the board and staff feedback on 2018 and ideas for 2019!
Finally, we will have a small silent auction to help offset the cost of the event and raise funds for future get-togethers. If you'd like to help solicit donations for the silent auction or have something to donate, please email Stephanie Haynes at email@example.com.
Silent auction items so far include everything from tickets to Disney World to a night at the Hotel Palomar to gift certificates from local businesses including Modern Eye, Lil Pop Shop, West Philly Community Acupuncture and books from Cory Silverberg and Flamingo Rampant.
Book Gift Ideas for Kids this Holiday Season
There are lots of books out there now for queer and trans families to look to for their kids of all ages. First, Flamingo Rampant has a Kickstarter for next season's pack of books up and running. Options range from $5 for an audio book to $100+ for packs of LGBT2Q+, feminist, multi-ethnic children's books. Get in by the deadline of Dec. 31st so you don't miss out on these fantastic books.
The blogger Mombian (Dana Rudolph) also published a 2018 Gift Guide to LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s and Middle-Grade Books. She says, "It was a banner year for such books in many ways, with a high overall volume and a surge in the often neglected middle-grade range." She also published a blog post on the few LGBTQ-inclusive Christmas books for kids.
Finally, OurShelves recently launched diverse book boxes for children. Those who attended our conference in October may have spoken to Alli, one of the founders. There are three ages ranges of books available (0-2, 2-5 and 5-7) and options for the number of books you want delivered quarterly (1, 3 or 5 books). Cost ranges from $13.99-$19.99/book from this curated selection. A subscription will be available at the winterland brunch silent auction as well!
PFP Parent Announces Run for Judge
PFP parent, former board member and LGBT family law attorney Tiffany Palmer announced that she is running to become a Judge for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. The primary election will be held on May 21, 2019.
Tiffany was a PFP board member for many years and has volunteered extensively to speak to our "Maybe Baby" classes and at our annual conference about LGBT family law issues. We wish Tiffany well and hope you will check out her campaign!
Saturday, January 5 - Join us for one of our biggest events of the year as we celebrate the arrival of 2019, hold our annual meeting and raise some funds with our silent auction. More info.
Sunday, January 6 - PFP parents of young children potluck will take place this month in Bucks County. See the Facebook event for more info. (Photo is of part of the group at the last potluck!)
More events coming soon as our new board gets settled in 2019!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.
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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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