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Our Biggest Conference Yet!

nijah and adamPhiladelphia Family Pride held our 8th Annual Family Matters Conference on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. This was our biggest event yet with 140 adults and 35 kids in attendance!

The programming was geared around hearing from PFP parents - from our keynote speaker Heath Davis to parents who shared their stories, insight and advice on everything from maintaining intimacy to their experiences with adoption and fostering to connecting with half siblings through the Donor Sibling Registry. 

One PFP parent, Laura Zaylea, is a filmmaker and documentarian who is working on a Building Blocks interactive documentary to tell our stories, especially to prospective parents. The screening of segments of this film was very popular! 

brian and groupIn addition to the parents, we heard from professionals and experts from attorneys to therapists to doctors to State Representative Brian Sims who gave us an update on LGBTQ legislation from Harrisburg and Naiymah Sanchez from the ACLU who taught a session on knowing your rights while protesting and interacting with the police.

Programming for kids 7 and up was provided by COLAGE and consisted of plenty of movement and play as well as discussions about identity mapping and representations of our families in the media.

Babies, toddlers and kids up to 6 years old had fun with the staff from St. Mary's Nursery School with special visits from a wizard (the massage and reiki therapist Thom Duffy) and a play time with PFP board member and CHOP social worker Greg Hedler.

sponsorTo round out the day, we had a fantastic sponsor fair with 20 tables of information for parents and prospective parents. Many thanks to all our sponsors - both those who weren't able to attend and those who were. See a full list of sponsors on our web site. Special thanks to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for stepping up to be our lead sponsor this year.

New this year, PFP hired photographer Kelly Burkhardt to take candid photos of the event and family portraits. Scroll all the way down to see a photo gallery of some of the shots she captured of the day.

Finally, we'd like to thank the University of the Sciences for hosting our event and announce that we'll be back there again next year on October 6, 2018, so please save the date!

PFP Fall Fun
PFP families have really done fall right with a Halloween themed potluck and apple picking at Linvilla Orchards. Thanks to all those who attended and hosted.

We also met up on a damp morning at Smith Playground. PFP Board Member Despina Kontos was prepared though - she brought towels to dry off the equipment for the kids to play! #ParentProTip
Get More Involved with PFP in 2018
Interested in joining the Philly Family Pride board for 2018? E-mail Board Chair Kelly Durand at by December 1st to nominate yourself or just to find out more. People of color and trans/genderqueer folks encouraged to apply. Note: our board does not have a fundraising or "give/get" requirement.

Member Milestones

Congratulations to Lou and Michael GrowMiller on the adoption of their second child Mason. He joins big sister Gabriella on Team GrowMiller!


We also have two babies to welcome into PFP!

- Ruth (left) was born on October 30th and joins big sister Ellie and parents Samantha and Pamela.

- Bella (right) was born on October 26th to parents Dean and Tia and joins big brother Logan. 

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If you have a milestone you'd like included in a future newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at



October Foster Parent PanelWednesday, November 15: Attend an information session for prospective foster parents at the William Way Center from 6-8pm. This is the third in a series this fall sponsored by PFP and the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affaris. (Pictured, October's panelists.)

Saturday, November 18: Join PFP parents, prospective parents, grandparents and our babies, toddlers, kids and teens for a Friendsgiving potluck lunch at Stephen and Adam's house in Wynnewood, PA. RSVP to Adam for the address. Please bring a side dish or entree to share. They'll provide drinks and dessert.

Sunday, December 3: This month's New and Expectant Parent Potluck will take place at Stephen and Adam's in Wynnewood from 10am-12pm. RSVP for the address. Thanks for hosting another PFP event!

gaybingo 2Saturday, December 16: Get out of the house for a good cause! PFP grown-ups will be making our annual visit to the AIDS Fund fundraiser Gay Bingo! on December 16. Tickets are $30. If you need help affording this event, we have a fund for you! Just email with how much you can pay and we'll hook you up.

Saturday, December 30: PFP's biggest social event of the year to ring in 2018 will take place this year on New Year's Eve Eve from 10am-2pm at the William Way LGBT Center. This is also our annual membership meeting where we will elect our board for 2018. 
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

PFP Conference Photos
Many thanks to photographer Kelly Burkhardt for capturing these family portraits and candid shots of the event. 
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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.

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Contact Stephanie Haynes, PFP Executive Director at



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