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MARCH 2018

Great Wolf Lodge Trip Set for June

greatwolflodgeJoin Philly Family Pride again this year at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2018 at a discounted rate of $229/room. (Maximum occupancy is six people, a $29.99 per room resort fee and 9% tax will be added to the rate.)

Our annual trip to Great Wolf Lodge is one of our most popular events of the year and is for PFP members only. If you are interested, act fast, as our 10 rooms at this rate will go quickly.

E-mail trip leader Greg Yorgey-Girdy at and he’ll get you the coupon code and reservation number.

The deadline to reserve at room at this rate is Wednesday, May 2nd at midnight.

If you are not a dues-paying member for 2018 yet, you can join or renew on our web site. Group from the 2016 trip pictured below.




Late Winter/Early Spring Happenings
IMG_1542Despite the weekly snowstorms (please say they're over!) PFP families managed to get togehter a few times during the late winter.

First, folks got together at a potluck at the home of board member Julie Assis on February 4th. See upcoming events below for next dates for this active group.

Swimming was a big hit at the indoor pool at the Greater Plymouth Community Center on Feb. 11th. Thanks to board member Leigh Braden for leading the group.

IMG_0870On March 26 at the William Way Center, PFP hosted another foster parent recruitment event for LGBTQ adults. It was well attended with special guest DHS Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa there to reassure the group that DHS welcomes our community to become resource parents.

See below for upcoming events and please suggest an event if you have an idea for a get-together for our families or a grown-ups night out.

"Maybe Baby" Classes for GBQT Men Starting in May
gregPaul 2The "Maybe Baby & Beyond: Exploring Paths to Parenthood" groups are an 8-week experience that provides information from legal, financial, fertility, surrogacy, adoption and medical experts, as well as emotional, social and community support around becoming a parent.

Speakers include professionals and current LGBTQ parents. Participants will finish the eight weeks with a sense of their options, how to navigate the process as an LGBTQ person, and connections with those on a similar journey.

The group at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia for LGBQ women and trans/gender-queer and non-binary communities is in progress now. New dates for the fall will be announced soon. To sign up for the next set of classes, contact them at 215-567-1111.

The group for queer, gay and bi cisgender and transgender men and non-binary folks will meet at the Walnut Psychotherapy Center this summer starting May 24th on Thursday nights from 5:30-7pm at 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 300. Therapist Josh Freker will be the facilitator. Call 215-563-7863 for more info and to get on the list to be a part of this group.

The Therapy Center group will focus more on pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum care, with info about adoption and fostering. The group at Walnut Psychotherapy Center will focus more on adoption and fostering with info about surrogacy available as well. Transgender, genderqueer, non-binary and other gender expansive folks are invited to choose the group that seems best for them.

Cost for participation for the full 8 weeks for both groups is $250/couple ($125/individual) for Philadelphia Family Pride members or $330/couple ($165/individual) for non-PFP members. Those not already PFP members can join on our web site. There will also be a $50 intake session fee for both groups. 
Member Milestone
IMG_4078 2Carter Anna Beetham marched into the world on January 20th, 2018, Women's March Day.  She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was welcomed by her mama Gwendolyn, along with many friends and family members.

Carter is a great baby, she loves bath time, and she sleeps and eats well, and even gives her mama a chance to rest while she adjusts to life as a parent.

Gwendolyn & Carter look forward to seeing their PFP friends at an upcoming new & expectant parents' brunch. 

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



sakurasundaySaturday, April 7th: Central Jersey LGBTQ Parent Group Meeting will take place in Princeton, NJ from 10am to noon at Marquand Park. More info.

Sunday, April 8th: The New and Expectant Parent Potluck Group will meet at the home of Jen and Laura. More info and RSVP.

Sunday, April 15th: Meet up with other PFP families at Sakura Sunday in Fairmount Park for a celebration of traditional and contemporary Japan. (Pictured)

October 2017 sessionThursday, April 26th: Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Join PFP at the offices of GALAEI in North Philly to find out more. More info and RSVP.

Sunday, April 29th: Annual Womyn of Color Cookout in the Park all day at Lemon Hill. Facebook event

Sunday, May 6th: The potluck group is getting together this time at the home of Samantha and Heath. RSVP to

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

Voter Info for PA and NJ
Former PA Board Chair running in PA 128th 

vote-buttonPhiladelphia Family Pride urges all its members to educate themselves about this year's elections and make sure to register to vote in PA and NJ. The deadline is also to change your voting address.

Important details:

Voter Registration Deadline: April 16th
Primary Election: May 15th

New Jersey:
Voter Registration Deadline: May 15th
Primary Election: June 5th

On the ballot this year in PA &NJ:

- U.S. Senate (one seat)
- U.S. House of Representatives (all districts)

In PA:

- Governor
- Lieutenant Governor

- PA State Senate (some seats)
- PA State House (all districts)

You can look up who will be on the ballot at your address in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but realize that with the new congressional map in Pennsylvania (see below) there are some changes not yet reflected in Ballotpedia.

New Congressional District Map for PA and who is on the ballot

Philadelphia residents can also use for more info on polling places, ballots, etc.

Of note to our community, former PFP board chair Doug Metcalfe is running for state representative in the 128th Pennsylvania House district in Berks county. More about Doug.

While PFP does not endorse candidates, you can find local info on endorsements from Equality PALiberty City and Garden State Equality.


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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