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School Fair for LGBTQ Communities

Philadelphia Family Pride is proud to present a School Fair for LGBTQ Communities (and Allies!) on Saturday, April 29th from 12-2pm at the William Way LGBT Center at 1315 Spruce Street in Center City Philadelphia. This event will feature representatives from public and private schools that cover all ages and grades as well as information on homeschooling as well as a representative from the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

The event is free and intended for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, LGBTQ kids and youth as well as allies.

For those bringing small children with them, we will have little kid activities and toys in the large exhibitor space, but are unable to provide supervised child care. Healthy snacks will also be available.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook or get your free tickets here for this drop-in event.

The deadline to register a school or homeschool program as a sponsor was April 15. If your school hasn’t registered and wants to inquire about last minute table availability, please email PFP Director Stephanie Haynes.

We are publishing an accompanying school fair booklet that will be available at the event, for download on our web site, and in print form at the Philly Pride Festival in June.

Many thanks to our community partners the William Way LGBT Community Center and Equality Pennsylvania and media partner Philadelphia Gay News for supporting this event.

Also present will be Rachelle Schneider and her Speaking OUT! Queer Youth in Focus photography exhibit and book signing.

Thank you to schools that have registered. Public schools indicated by italics. (Updated 4/25/17)

Abington Friends – 3 years old – 12th grade

Children’s Community School – 18 months through 5 years old

Crefeld School – 7th – 12th grade

Friends’ Central School – Nursery – 12th grade

Friends Select School – PreK – 12th grade

George School – 9th – 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

Lansdowne Friends – PreK – 6th grade

General George A. McCall Elementary & Middle School – K – 8th grade

Media-Providence Friends School – 3 year olds – 8th grade

Meredith School – K-8th grade

Miquon School – Ages 3-12, Nursery through 6th grade

The Philadelphia School – PreK – 8th grade

Philly Free School – Ages 4-19

Plymouth Meeting Friends School – PreK – 6th grade

Samuel Powel Elementary School – K – 4th grade

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy – Single-sex PreK–8, Coed 9–12

Stratford Friends School – K-8th

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“Maybe Baby” Prospective Parent Classes

therapyctrlogoTherapy Center of Philadelphia and Hornstein, Platt and Associates, in partnership with Philadelphia Family Pride, hold two eight-week “Maybe Baby” classes for LGBTQ communities considering parenthood a few times a year.

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

HP&A_logo_finalThe “Maybe Baby” group for queer, lesbian or bi women and transgender communities will meet at Therapy Center of Philadelphia, while queer, 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.)

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.


The class for GBTQ men will meet at the Rittenhouse Square office of Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 255 S. 17th Street, Suite 1010. This class will be led by Chris Wilson, MFT, MEd, LMFT, CHES. Contact Hornstein, Platt and Associates at 267-507-1310 to sign up. The class is forming now and dates will be set when we have a full group.

Meetings for LBQ women and trans communities will be held weekly on Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm this spring from April 5th – May 24. They meet at  Therapy Center of Philadelphia office at 1315 Walnut Street, 10th floor. The group will be co-facilitated by Sheri-Ann Cowie, PhD and Sylvie Beauvais, LSW, MSW. To sign up for the next set of classes, contact them at 215-567-1111.

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 $45 intake session fee for both groups.

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 insurancebased holistic mental health practice, offers psychiatry, counseling, therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, career and personal organizing services by seasoned professionals in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.


Family Matters Conference


SAVE THE DATE! We loved University of the Sciences so much that we are going to hold our 8th Family Matters Conference there on Saturday, October 7, 2017.


The 7th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference took place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

We were very excited that our keynote speaker this year was the out poet, artist, writer, activist and performer Staceyann Chin, pictured here with her daughter Zuri.

COLAGE provided all day programming and teen panel prep for those ages 7-18 (grouped by age). Your family may know COLAGE from Family Week in Provincetown. We also had onsite child care for infants, babies, toddlers and kids under 7 provided by teachers from St. Mary’s Nursery School.

Read more about the COLAGE programming here. (PDF)

At the end of the conference, we held a drawing to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Palomar for those who completed the sponsor table raffle card. Congrats to our winners Sarah Brewer & Naomi Bates!

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Read more about the programming details for the day.

Many thanks to these generous sponsors of this year’s conference:


American Reading Company
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Fairfax Cryobank

RMA of Philadelphia at Jefferson


Friends’ Central School
Germantown Friends School
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Philadelphia Gay News
St. Mary’s Nursery School


Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
Camp Highlight

DC Berman Law
Dennis Debiak, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Jerner & Palmer, PC
Mazzoni Center
Surrogate Services International
Turning Points for Children


Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families
Children’s Community School
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Donor Sibling Registry
Andrew J. Edelberg, Esq.
Fairmount Pediatrics
Family Equality Council
Freedom Massage
Hotel Palomar
Melnyk- Estornell Family
Modern Eye
Northeast Treatment Centers
Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
The Philadelphia School
Walnut Psychotherapy Center


A Baby Step Adoption
Drucker & Scaccetti, Tax Warriors
Equality Pennsylvania
Gay Parent Magazine
Gays with Kids
Journeys of the Heart
Law Office of Steven M. Zelinger
National Adoption Center
Open Arms Adoption Network
Rainbow Wedding Network
Rhythm Babies
Tabernacle United Church

Conference History:

The conference was first held in 2010 at the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and offered 20 workshops for attendees, as well as a kids zone.

In 2011, our second annual conference was sponsored by Widener University and Widener’s Center for Social Work Education and the Graduate Program in Human Sexuality. There were 18 workshops and panels during the day, including an Ask the Experts! Teen Panel during lunch.

In 2012, our third annual conference was sponsored by Arcadia University School of Education, the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. The theme was “Welcoming Schools” and the keynote speaker Graciela Slesaransky-Poe. We offered 13 workshops and panels, including ones specifically for educators.

In 2013, our fourth conference was held at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The theme was “Telling Our Stories” and the keynote speaker was kids’ book author Cory Silverberg.

In 2014, our fifth conference was held at The Philadelphia School. The theme was “Our Families and the Future” and they keynote speaker was Mary Anders.

In 2015, our sixth conference was held at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The theme was “Mind, Body and Soul: Taking care of our ourselves and our families.” Our keynote speaker was Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for Pennsylvania.