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JUNE 2018

Celebrate Pride Month with PFP!

Join Philly Family Pride as we celebrate LGBTQ Pride with events throughout the month and all around the city! Some highlights include:

PTMSaturday, June 9th is the first-ever Pride Celebration at the Please Touch Museum. This is their first time specifically hosting our families and we want to show them the love in return. Meet board members Ruby Augustus and Julie Assis and their families at the torch in the main hall at 9am. (Please Touch Museum has also generously sponsored this newsletter. Thanks PTM!)

Sunday, June 10th is Philly Pride! March with the PFP contingent from the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust to Penn's Landing. The march lines up at 10:30, steps off at 11:30am and reaches the festival about 1pm.

Temps this year are predicted to be cool, so no weather excuse this year! The route is about 1.3 miles and will be a slow, stop-and-go pace. Kids and parents are encouraged to be on wheels - strollers, scooters, bikes, roller blades, etc. and to wear rainbow gear if you have it. Look for PFP board member Gina Cline at the line up. RSVP here. 

pride_square_jpgAfter the parade, come and find the PFP tent at the Pride Festival at Penn's Landing where we'll have crafts and a place to relax with books, blocks and more. The festival is open 12pm-6pm, but PFP usually packs up around 5pm. This year's headliner is Margaret Cho! Email Stephanie Haynes if you'd like to volunteer at the tent in exchange for free entrance to the festival. (Cost is otherwise $15/person; kids 12 and under are free.)

Saturday, June 23rd from 11am-4pm at Lovett Park in Mt. Airy is the first-ever Philly Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival co-hosted with the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs and the Mt. Airy Art Garage. We will celebrate Pride with crafts, entertainers, FOOD TRUCKS, games, art and more.

Special guests include Mayor Kenney, LGBT Affairs Director Amber Hikes, members of City Council and more to be announced. Rain date June 30th. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

For a more complete list of all the other Pride happenings, see our blog post.


Great Fun at Great Wolf Lodge!
Several PFP families traveled to the Poconos June 2-3 for a great weekend of fun at the resort and water park Great Wolf Lodge. This marked our 8th year making the trip which has become an annual tradition for many PFP families. 

In addition to the fun in the water park, families met up for a pizza party on Saturday night. Thanks to board member Gregory Yorgey-Girdy for leading the group this year. (That's him kneeling on the left in his University of Texas burnt orange. Hook 'em!)


Conference Planning in Full Swing... want to help?
nijah and adamThe annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place this year on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. Please save the date!

PFP's board of directors has started planning the conference, but we'd love your help and input! What workshops would you like to see offered this year? Who would be a good keynote speaker? What about for your kids? What would they like to see for them at this event?

You can fill out this online survey to help us with these questions, but also consider joining the planning committee to choose the final program and help the board and staff wrangle the details for the day.

To join the committee, please email PFP director Stephanie Haynes at or indicate your interest in the survey.

Member Milestone
Mara Taylor Kontos was born on Wednesday, February 28th at 8lbs 1oz. Her parents Jill Surkin & PFP Board Member Despina Kontos, and big brother Eli Kontos are excited for the new addition to their family. Congrats!

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


Saturday, June 9th - Family Festival Pride Celebration at the Please Touch Museum. Meet up with families at 9am at the torch in the main hall. Look for PFP board members Ruby Augustus and Julie Assis and their families.

tariem2Sunday, June 10th - March with PFP in the 30th annual Philly Pride Parade. Look for PFP board member Gina Cline at the line up at 10:30am near 13th and Locust Streets. Parade steps off at 11:30 and reaches the festival about 1pm after a slow, stop-and-go 1.3 miles.

Saturday, June 16th - Get together with other LGBTQ interracial couples for this brunch at the home of Helena and Dara in West Philly. RSVP for the address.

pride_square_jpg 2Saturday, June 23rd - Join PFP for our first ever Pride Picnic and Arts Festival co-sponsored with the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs and the Mt. Airy Art Garage. This fun event will be held at Lovett Park in Mt. Airy from 11am-4pm.

Sunday, July 8th - The new and expectant parent potlucks are still happening the first (ish) Sunday of each month. In July, the host is Gwen in the Fitler Square/Grad Hospital neighborhood. RSVP for the address.

See a complete list of other Pride events on our blog here.

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

Masterpiece Cakeshop – What it Means for You (Spoiler Alert: Not Much)
by Lee Carpenter

wedding cakeThis week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. That’s the famous “gay wedding cake” case, in which a very religious baker refused to bake a wedding cake for a Colorado same-sex couple. 

The couple filed a complaint with the state agency responsible for enforcing Colorado’s LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law. They won, and the baker appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that his right to the free exercise of his religion had been violated by the state.  

So the baker won. And unfortunately, that’s led to a lot of folks on both sides claiming that all of America’s haters now have a “license to discriminate” as long as they cloak their animosity towards us in religious clothing.

That's just not true. In fact, this ruling resolved none of the major issues in the case. 

We didn’t know before this opinion whether a religious baker could refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. We still don’t. 

We didn’t know whether baking a cake is the kind of artistic expression that makes it protected by the First Amendment. We still don’t know the answer to that either, because the Supreme Court didn’t rule on those things. 

All the opinion said was that in this case, some officials sounded like they were being disrespectful and dismissive of the baker’s religious belief, and that that was unacceptable. 

All of the big issues in this case will have to be resolved at some point, but for now, the Court has decided that this isn’t the right case to make big, bold pronouncements about how the balance between religion and LGBT civil rights gets resolved. 

So for now, go about your business, and go to whatever business you like.

Lee Carpenter is a Temple University Law School Professor. She and her partner Tiffany Palmer live in Mt. Airy with their 11 year-old kid.

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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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