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Celebrate Pride with PFP! (List of Events, June 2018)

Lots going on in June 2018 in Philadelphia to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. We’ve included both events that we are organizing (the picnic on the 23rd!) and others that are in the community that we are planning to attend. Hope you can make it to some or all of them!

Pride Month Kickoff and Pride in the Plaza Celebration – Thursday, June 7th 5-8pm
Join the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs as we celebrate Pride Month with a City Hall flag raising ceremony and kickoff party on June 7th!

The official City of Philadelphia flag raising with the Mayor and City Council will occur from 5-6 pm followed by a huge party in the City Hall courtyard 6-8pm featuring food trucks, live performances, DJs, dancing as well as HIV testing, voter registration and legal expungement services! 

Family Festival Pride Celebration at the Please  Touch Museum – Saturday, June 9th, 9am
The Please Touch Museum is holding their first ever Pride event. Meet up with other PFP families at the torch in the main hall at 9am. RSVP on the Facebook event so we know to look for you! Families needing financial assistance to attend should reach out to for discounted tickets.

20th Annual Philadelphia Dyke March – Saturday, June 9th, 3pm
Rally: Kicking it off at 3:00 pm at Kahn Park (11th and Pine streets); Free iced coffee will be available thanks to our friends at Good Karma!
March: Step off and take to the damn streets promptly at 4:00 pm!
After march: Chill in the park and have some free water ice as Philly’s Dyke performers rock the mic for the rest of the day! As always, PDM brings you electrifying speakers and performers, awesome entertainment and of course an opportunity to take over Philly’s streets!

Philly Pride Run 5k and 1.5 miler – Sunday, June 10th, 10:30am
Celebrate Philly Pride 2018 with Philly’s inaugural Philly Pride Run 5K Race AND the original 1.5 miler Fun Run down the historic Pride Parade route in Center City Philadelphia! Click the link for more details. The 1.5 mile race leads the Pride Parade!

Philly Pride Parade & Festival – Sunday, June 10th, 10am-4pm
March with PFP in the Philly Pride parade. Meet up in the area of 13th and Locust at 10:30am. March steps off at 11:30am. Look for the PFP banner and be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event or email us so we know to look for you. The parade route is 1.3 miles long and ends at Penn’s Landing (where you can take public transit or walk back to the beginning or continue into the festival.)

PFP will also again host the Family Zone at the Pride Festival at Penn’s Landing with crafts, books and blocks for kids and a place to rest for adults. Volunteer with PFP to get free admission to the festival! This year’s headline entertainer is Margaret Cho!  Email to volunteer.

Drag Queen Story Time – Tuesday, June 12th, 4:30pm
Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for one of their many Pride events in June for a drag queen story time at the Fumo Library in South Philly with Brittany Lynn. See the full list of Free Library Events around the city for Pride.

Intergenerational Panel – Wednesday, June 19th, 6pm
This is not to be missed! Hosted at the main branch of the Free Library in the Skyline room, this event will be a discussion on LGBTQIA+ community, history, identity, and what Pride means to folx from a multitude of generations. See the list of other Pride Month events from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival – Saturday, June 23rd, 11am-4pm, Lovett Park
Join hosts Philly Family Pride, Mt. Airy Art Garage and the Mayor’s Office for LGBT Affairs for a picnic and arts festival in the newly renovated Lovett Park on Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy as we 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.  More.

Phillies Pride Night  – Thursday, June 28th, 7pm
This year’s Pride Night at Citizen’s Bank Park will take place in a game vs. the Washington Nationals and is sponsored by Giant Food Stores. The first 1,500 fans who purchase tickets to this event will receive a coupon for a Phillies rainbow flag. Click the link above for tickets. PFP families who want to sit together/meet up should email Tickets are discounted $4 when using promo code PRIDE.



PFP Statement re: Rep Darryl Metcalfe’s attack on LGBTQ Families

Philadelphia Family Pride denounces the hateful rhetoric targeting our families in Representative Daryl
Metcalfe’s letter to Governor Tom Wolf in January 2018.

Rep. Metcalfe’s demand, signed on to by 24 of his colleagues, that birth certificates issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania be changed to specify “Mother” and “Father” instead of the current “Parent/Parent” language serves no practical purpose other than to discriminate against families such as those that comprise Philadelphia Family Pride and other families around the commonwealth.

Birth certificates play a central role in identifying and recognizing who has the legal rights to make decisions for a child and U.S. Supreme Court decisions clearly establish that same-sex couples have equal rights with respect to their children’s birth certificates as opposite-sex couples. Insisting that gendered terminology be used to describe those parents is a waste of the Commonwealth’s time and resources.

Our families are diverse and varied, and the birth certificates of their children should reflect that what matters to our children is the love and support that are what truly makes a family, not the gender of their parents.  Philadelphia Family Pride calls on Governor Wolf and other representatives to speak out against these attacks on our families and our children and applauds the steps already taken to ensure that our families are recognized on these important legal documents.

You can find your state representatives here.

Contact Gov. Wolf here.

“Queer Parenting 101” Resources

The list below is an addendum to the “Queer Parenting 101” session facilitated by Philly Family Pride at the Creating Change 2018 Conference in Washington, DC. For suggestions, please comment below or email Stephanie Haynes at

Click this link to download a PDF of the transcribed questions/discussion topics from the session:
Queer Parenting 101 Butcher Block Post-It Note Questions


18 Lesbian Moms We Love on Instagram

A Womb of Their Own

Biff and Trystan

Building Blocks – Interactive Conversations with LGBTQ families

Dad, Daddy & Kids

Darrow Brown and Juan Calvo – Story Corps

The F-Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story

Family Focus: Jem, Michael and Tia

Fostering Hopes

Gay Parent Magazine

Gayby Maybe Epic Queer Parenting Round Table

Gays with Kids

Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette welcome baby to family

Kordale & Kaleb

Love Comes First YouTube Channel

My Coming-Out Story: Out and Proud as a Bisexual Mother

New Film Shows Lesbian Families’ Struggles and Resilience in the South

Sandy & Denise

This Amazing Trans Couple Defied The Odds—And Their Doctor—To Conceive A Child

Tess and Nikina’s Story


9 New LGBT Children’s Books Every Kid Should Read Jan. 2018

A Holiday Guide to 2017’s LGBTQ Family Books

Yes, There Are Queer-Positive Children’s Books That Are Actually Good and Not Horribly Depressing

Corey Silverberg’s Books

Flamingo Rampant

The Book Nook – Family Equality Council


Camp Highlight


Family Equality Council

Gay Parent Magazine List of Support Groups

Gay Fathers Facebook Group

Queer Mamas* Facebook Group

Transgender Parenting Facebook Group


Financial Assistance for LGBT Parents to Be

The Ultimate Gay Men’s Guide to Crowdfunding for Surrogacy or Adoption


ACLU – LGBT Parenting

Legal Recognition of LGBT Families  – National Center for Lesbian Rights

State LGBT Family Law Guides – National Center for Lesbian Rights

Families – National Center for Transgender Equality

Protecting Your Children – Lambda Legal

Know Your Rights – Transgender Parenting 


How Can Midwives Help Queer and Trans Families Feel Safe?

What Do Kids Call Their LGBTQ Parents?

Welcoming Schools

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