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JULY 2017

Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

Heath Fogg DavisPhiladelphia Family Pride will host our 8th Annual Family Matters Conference on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am-3pm at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. This is the same awesome location as last year's event!

This one day conference is for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, grandparents and our infants, toddlers, kids and youth of all ages.

We are excited to announce that the day will kick off at 9:30am with keynote speaker Heath Fogg Davis. His talk is entitled "Parenting Through the Bureaucracy of Gender."

Heath is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (NYU Press), a book that offers practical guidance to individuals and organizations on how to develop trans-inclusive policies that are institutionally smart.

He is a professor at Temple University, where he teaches and conducts research on anti-discrimination law and policy. He also consults with businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and non-profits on trans-inclusion.

Heath, his wife and kid (with another on the way) live in Philadelphia and are active members of the PFP New and Expectant Parent Group.

The conference will also have three workshop session blocks with five choices in each session. Final workshop titles, schedules and presenters will be announced when registration opens in mid-August, but here are some of what we're working on:

- Prospective Parent Track covering assisted reproductive technology (ART), adoption, surrogacy and foster parenting options.

- Trans and Genderqueer Parent Conversation Hour
- Resistance Update with Rep. Brian Sims
- Spiritual Spaces for LGBTQ Families
- Parenting Tweens and Teens
- Gender and Parenting
- Adoption, Race and Privilege
- "Even Though You're Married..." Legal Update

COLAGE will again be providing programming for kids and youth ages 7 – 18 years old. Child care will be available, including a Family Play Time session, for kids 0-6 years old.

Our conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many sponsors. Please consider sponsoring the event this year at the most generous level possible. Fill out this form to register as a sponsor. All levels include a table at the event.

Thank you to these sponsors who have already committed to supporting this year's conference:

Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaLEAD:
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

RMA of Philadelphia and Central Pennsylvania

RMA at JeffersonGOLD:
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Dennis Debiak, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist
Fairmount Pediatrics
Turning Points for Children

Building Blocks: Interactive Conversations with LGBTQ Families

Gay Parent Magazine

PFP Summer Picnic August 12th!

summerpicnic2015Philly Family Pride's annual summer picnic will be held from 11am - 2pm on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood, PA. The address is 450 East Athens Avenue, E Athens Avenue & Sussex Road.

There are two playgrounds: one intended for younger kids (2-5), and a climbing structure for older kids, both fenced in together. There are also basketball courts, tennis courts and ball fields, so bring your sports equipment! This park also has plenty of shade, lots of picnic tables and bathrooms on site.

This is a potluck picnic! To prevent waste, please follow these suggestions for the dish you bring to share:

- Serves 6-8 people (not more!)
- Bring in a covered container with a lid (better than plastic wrap or foil)
- If it needs to be kept cool, please bring in a cooler or with an ice pack.

PFP will provide the drinks, dessert and paper products for this free event. RSVP on our Facebook event and invite your friends.

Photo credit Scott Drake, PGN

July Fun with PFP

Here are two photos from PFP get-togethers in July.

The first is from the New and Expectant Parent Potluck at the home of Julie and Leah on July 9th. The second is a playground meetup hosted by Despina Kontos in Wynnewood on July 22nd.

Thanks to everyone who attended. See below for upcoming PFP events!

new and expectant parent potluck group

Playground Meetup Group



Sunday, August 6: Trans and Genderqueer parents, prospective parents and grandparents (and kids if they're around) will be meeting up in Clark Park from 11am-2pm. More info.

Saturday, August 12: PFP's Annual Summer Potluck Picnic will take place from 11am-2pm at the South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood. Bring your sports equipment!

camping_group_smallAugust 18-20: Let's go camping! PFP's annual Camping with Pride trip will be held from August 18-20th at the Big Oaks Family Campground in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There are tent sites and cabins available. More info.

Friday, August 25th: Dads, Pops, their kids and prospective dads are invited to Hawthorne Park in South Philly for an outdoor showing of the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie. More info.

Save these  dates!

The annual Trans Health Conference will be held September 7-9. PFP is sponsoring the event again this year. Reply to this email if you can work a shift at our table. 

Neighborhood Potlucks are back the weekend of September 16-17

PFP's Annual Conference will be held Saturday, October 7. Make a weekend out of it with OutFEST taking place in the Gayborhood on October 8.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Donate to the Backpack Challenge 2017
backpackchallenge 2The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth in Philadelphia. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, iHeartRadio, and Valley Youth House.

The Backpack Challenge gives youth in foster care the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. Since 2011, the Backpack Challenge has collected over 50,000 backpacks and raised $87,000.

In 2016, they partnered with Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Delaware, Detroit, Houston, Nashville, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C. We hope to expand even more this summer!

This year, their goal is to distribute 4,000 stuffed backpacks and collect $30,000 in Philadelphia alone. Help them meet their goal by donating school supplies today! The challenge ends August 12th.


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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