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MARCH 2017
PFP School Fair Set for April 29th

GermantownFriendsPFP is hosting our first School Fair since 2005 on Saturday, April 29th from 12-2pm at the William Way Center, located at 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. This event will feature representatives from public, charter and private schools that cover all ages/grades as well as information on homeschooling.

The event is free for parents and prospective parents. We will have kids activities and toys in the large exhibitor space, but are unable to provide supervised child care. Healthy snacks will also be available. 

Get your free tickets here for this drop-in event.

For those wishing to have a table at the event, please register your school or homeschool program here. The deadline to register a school or homeschool program is April 15.

Thank you to schools that have registered for the event so far. 

Abington Friends – 3 years old – 12th grade
Children’s Community School – 18 months through 5 years old
Friends’ Central School – Nursery – 12th grade
Germantown Friends School – K – 12th grade
Greene Street Friends School – PreK to 8th grade
J.S. Jenks Academy of Arts & Sciences – K – 8th grade
Miquon School – Ages 3-12, Nursery through 6th grade
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy – Single-sex PreK–8, Coed 9–12

Please help us spread the word about this event by RSVPing and inviting friends to the Facebook link for this event.

PFP Kicks Off Political Work
IMG_5185As part of our response to the recent election, the PFP Board of Directors has identified getting more involved where we can in politics this year as one of our top four organization goals.

The other goals are holding a school fair; promoting service opportunities for families; and helping families who need it afford some of our paid events.

On Tuesday, February 14, PFP member Leigh Braden (pictured) spoke at the Tuesdays with Toomey rally focused on LGBTQ Equality about the need for protection for LGBTQ-led families.

Other upcoming opportunities to get involved:

Saturday, April 1st 11am-12pm, City Hall
Philling Our Streets With Love at Hate Speech Bus Tour!

Saturday, April 22nd 10am-2pm, City Hall to Penn's Landing
March for Science Philadelphia

If you'd like to get involved with the Education & Advocacy Committee, or any other committee, please sign up here.

Points of Light Show April 7th and 8th
Tangle-Points-of-Light-2-MikeErmilioPoints of Light, by local queer and feminist circus-theater company Tangle, is a show featuring stories of hope, hard-won balance, and unexpected connection woven with trapeze and aerial silks - including a trapeze act by 7-months-pregnant PFP member and Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith! 

Nine acrobats use trapeze and aerial silks to offer tales of women traveling blindfolded, surviving under the weight of the earth, and climbing to new heights. 

Broad Street Review says, "If this season has you searching for work devised by and celebrating women (or if you just want some first-class, original acrobatic tales), the latest premiere from Tangle Movement Arts has your ticket." 

Points of Light is family-friendly, includes a 3pm Saturday matinee, and offers a 50% discount for purchases of 3 or more tickets.

April 7 and 8 at Neighborhood House in Old City, $10-20.
Member Milestones

PFP dads Wesley Perry and Tom Sherer will celebrate the fifth anniversary of their "Gotcha Day" with son Johnathan on April 3rd. 

JT is 12 and in 6th grade. The family has lived in Cheltenham for 4 years. They are pictured here during a recent whale watching tour in Puget Sound.

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Congratulations to PFP members Nancy Golumbia and Susan Eachus on their 20th anniversary, celebrated on March 7th. Pictured with their son Jacob, now 10 years old. 
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If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at


IMG_8205Saturday, April 1: Philling Our Streets With Love at Hate Speech Bus Tour! at City Hall from 11am-12pm. More info.

Sunday, April 2: Join the New and Expectant Parent Potluck at the home of Sam & Pam at 10am. RSVP to Sam for location and details at (The March potluck group pictured.)

Wednesday, April 5: The spring meeting of the "Maybe Baby" group for women and trans communities begins at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. There are a few spots left. Call now to be included in this 8 week class. 215-567-1111

marchforscienceSaturday, April 22: Get together with other PFP families at the March for Science from 10am-2pm. The event starts at City Hall and ends at Penn's Landing. RSVP to

April 27-29: PFP will again be supporting Philadelphia Black Pride's annual events. Volunteer to help at our table by contacting PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at

Saturday, April 29: 
School Fair at the William Way Center from 12-2pm. More.

Parents Night Out at Painting with a Twist! in Jenkintown. Get a babysitter and join us for a grownups-only painting party. 

Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21: Annual Great Wolf Lodge Trip. More details on our web site. Deadline to reserve your room is April 15th.

Save these dates:

June 11th - Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, DC

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.

Transgender Day of Visibility March 31st

resolutionOn Thursday, March 30, Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring March 31st Transgender Day of Visibility in the city.

"WHEREAS, One million Americans are transgender and have bravely overcome significant hardships to build vibrant and thriving communities, often in the face of systemic and interpersonal prejudice, discrimination, and violence; and

WHEREAS, We cannot simply celebrate visibility without also recognizing that it does not always equal justice; still far too many Trans people, in particular Trans women of color, continue to face profound threats to their safety and wellbeing..."

Read the full resolution here. (PDF)

Thanks to the hard work of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, Councilwoman Helen Gym and City Council to speak out, advocate, and support this resolution. (Pictured, new Director of Office of LGBT Affairs Amber Hikes.)

Transgender Day of Visibility is another step towards ensuring the equal protection, safety, and full dignity of our transgender friends and neighbors.

Here is a transgender and gender nonconforming reading list of books for all ages.

Pictured below is the group at the City Council press conference on March 30th after the passage of the resolution.



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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