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Prospective Parent Classes Forming Now 
image1_295Therapy Center of Philadelphia and Hornstein, Platt and Associates, in partnership with Philadelphia Family Pride, are launching two eight-week "Maybe Baby" classes for LGBTQ communities considering parenthood. Both start March 14th and will run weekly on Monday nights 6-7:30pm through May 2.

The groups are being generously sponsored by RMA at Jefferson. Thank you!

PARENTS - please forward to LGBTQ prospective parents you know and help us spread the word.

The "Maybe Baby" group for queer, lesbian or bi women and transgender communities will meet at Therapy Center of Philadelphia.

RMA-Jefferson-4C_tagline 2Queer, gay or bi cisgender or transgender men will meet at the Rittenhouse Square office of Hornstein, Platt and Associates.

Trans men are free to choose the group they'd prefer.

This is the first year for the men's group and the second for Therapy Center’s.

DrGutmann_cropped"Maybe Baby" offers an 8-week experience that will provide information from legal, financial, fertility, adoption and medical experts, as well as emotional, social and community support around becoming a parent.

Speakers will include Dr. Jackie Gutmann (pictured) from RMA as well as other 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.

Meetings for LBQ women and trans communities will take place on Monday evenings from 6-7:30pm at Therapy Center of Philadelphia office at 1315 Walnut Street from March 14 to May 2. The group will be co-facilitated by Deidre Ashton, LCSW and Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC.

maybebaby_featuredThe class for GBTQ men will meet at the Rittenhouse Square office of Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 255 S. 17th Street, Suite 1010 also from 6-7:30pm on the same Monday nights. This class will be led by Chris Wilson, MFT, MEd, LMFT, CHES.

Cost for participation for the full 8 weeks is $240/couple ($120/individual) for Philadelphia Family Pride members or $320/couple ($160/individual) for non-PFP members. Those not already PFP members can join for $25/year. There will also be a $40 intake session fee for both groups.

To register or for more information contact Therapy Center of Philadelphia at 215-567-1111 for the group for women and trans communities. For the men's class, contact Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 267-507-1310.

See the article on the classes in the Philly Gay News from 2/26/16.

Therapy Center of Philadelphia nurtures individual well-being and personal growth by providing high-quality, affordable psychotherapeutic services in a feminist environment for women and transgender communities.

Hornstein Platt & Associates, an insurance-based holistic mental health practice, offers psychiatry, counseling, therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, career and personal organizing services by seasoned professionals in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

David Berman

Smith Playhouse Meetup
smithplayhousePFP families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old met at the historic Smith Playhouse in Philadlephia's Fairmount Park on Sunday, February 21st. 

Apologies to those who left before we remembered to take a photo!

The group was led by parents Anna-Sara Fire and Samantha Hutcherson. If you'd like to join in the planning, check out the PFP baby and toddler group on Facebook.

Another play date is in the works for March 19 at Baby Worldplay. RSVP on the Facebook event.

Member Milestone
sandy_denise 2PFP Board Treasurer Sandy Gilardi married Denise DiBerardino on February 20 surrounded by family and friends.

Their wedding took place at The Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, PA.

Congratulations ladies from all of us at Philadelphia Family Pride, and good job arranging for great wedding weather in February!

We hope you are enjoying your honeymoon in Costa Rica and wish you all the best.

If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at

babywordplayMonday, March 14: Prospective parent "Maybe Baby" classes begin. See above article.

Saturday, March 19: Infant/toddler group meetup at Baby Wordplay.

Saturday, April 2: Parents Night Out dinner for parents and prospective parents at Han Dynasty with FREE babysitting for PFP members courtesy of the nearby Little Green Schoolhouse. RSVP to

Saturday, April 9: Join PFP families at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown with discounted tickets.

cynwyd trailSaturday, April 16: Go on a spring hike with PFP on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail (pictured) at 2pm.

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15: Our annual Great Wolf Lodge trip is nearly sold out with one room left at the steeply discounted rate.

E-mail Kelly Durand at for the discount code.

Save the date: Philly Pride is on Sunday, June 12th this year. Save the date to ride the trolley in the parade with your family and join us at the Family Zone at Penn's Landing.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

"Queer Rock Love" by Paige Schilt
Book Review by Joel Nichols
queerrocklovePaige Schilt’s charming and funny memoir is many different kinds of stories.

The first is a sexy and romantic retelling of Paige meeting her “Texas boygirl,” a hot rocker dyke, over a series of events and punk shows, and how they found love on the road-band lifestyle, and decided they were in it together for the long haul.

It’s also a memoir of maturing, of these two women deciding to become parents and dealing with the pain of their own parents ailing and dying.

Schilt’s style is breezy but totally earnest. The chapters are short, punchy vignettes that are well matched for the her down-to-earth storytelling that doesn’t pull any punches about sex or hardship and really excels when negotiating the gendered assumptions of being a queer femme.

Joel is a librarian at the Free Library and lives in West Philly with his boyfriend and their kid. He is also on the PFP board.


You can buy Queer Rock Love at one of the following local booksellers: Big Blue Marble in Mt. Airy, Bindlestiff Books in West Philly and Giovanni's Room in Center City or in the shop at

If you order it through Amazon, please use this link to donate a portion of the proceeds to PFP through our Amazon Smile account.



Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy Gilardi, Treasurer

Joel Nichols, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Gregory Girdy, Event Programming Committee Chair

Bryan Berchok, Member-at-large

Nijah Famous, Member-at-large

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