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School Fair for LGBTQ+ Communities

Philadelphia Family Pride was 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 featured representatives from public and private schools that cover all ages and grades as well as information on homeschooling, plus a representative from the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

At this time we are not planning to hold a similar event in 2018.

This free event was well attended and intended for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents, LGBTQ+ kids and youth as well as allies.

Here are photos from the event.

We published an accompanying school fair booklet that we handed out in print at the event and is available for download as a PDF here. The booklet includes a list of participating schools and a spreadsheet showing each school’s LGBTQ-related policies, trainings, etc..

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 was Rachelle Smith and her Speaking OUT! Queer Youth in Focus photography book.

Thank you to schools that registered and supported our event. Public schools indicated by italics. Bolded schools also sponsored. 

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

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

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

therapyctrlogoThe “Maybe Baby & Beyond: Exploring Paths to Parenthood” groups are starting back up this year! This 8-week experience will provide information from legal, financial, fertility, surrogacy, adoption and medical experts, as well as emotional, social and community support around becoming a parent. Speakers will include 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 groups are generously sponsored by RMA at Jefferson. Thank you!

The group at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia for LGBQ women and trans/gender-queer and non-binary communities considering paths to parenthood met on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:00pm for eight weeks starting October 10, 2018 at their offices at 1315 Walnut Street, 10th floor. The group was facilitated by Rebecca Alvarez and Samantha Rucker. To sign up for the next set of classes that will happen in the fall, contact them at 215-567-1111.

The group for queer, gay and bi cisgender and transgender men and non-binary folks will meet at the Walnut Psychotherapy Center at 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 300. Therapist Josh Freker will be the facilitator. Call 215-563-7863 for more info and to get on the list to be a part of this group for a future session. (The summer class didn’t have enough participants to start unfortunately.)

The Therapy Center group will focus more on pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum care, with info about adoption and fostering. The group at Walnut Psychotherapy Center will focus more on adoption and fostering with info about surrogacy available as well. Transgender, genderqueer, non-binary and other gender expansive folks are invited to choose the group that seems best for them.

Cost for participation for the full 8 weeks for both groups is $250/couple ($125/individual) for Philadelphia Family Pride members or $330/couple ($165/individual) for non-PFP members. Those not already PFP members can join on our web site. There will also be a $50 intake session fee for both groups.

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

 

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Family Matters Conference

The 9th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9am-3pm.

Online registration is now closed. Walk in registration will start at the event at 8:30am.

(If you’ve already registered and just need to pay, use this link.)

Directions! 

Use 4308 Woodland Ave. in Philadelphia to get you to the STC building on the campus of USciences in West Philly. The building is located where S. 43rd Street deadends into Woodland Ave. on the south side of the street. Here’s a photo of the building:

Parking! 

There is free parking in the middle of the small campus. Enter campus on either S. 42nd Street or S. 45th Street below Woodland Ave and follow the roads around to the big parking lot in the center. Ignore the signs saying you need a permit. Here’s a PDF map that has the building and parking lot marked: USciences Campus Map PFP

Our keynote speaker will kick off the day promptly at 9:30am.  This year our speaker is Naomi Washington-Leapheart, pictured. Her talk is entitled “Queer Parenting as Revolutionary Spiritual Practice.” She’ll touch on what keeps us whole, alive, and grounded in this political climate, and what it means to survive –  and how survival is an act of resistance.

Speaker Bio: Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. In that role, she coordinates the Task Force’s public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities. Naomi is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.  Read her full bio here.

Check out this year’s schedule and full list of programming available for adults.

Joining us again this year, we’ll have the staff from St. Mary’s Nursery School taking care of babies, toddlers and little kids 0-6 years old and volunteers from COLAGE coordinating programming for our kids 7-14 years old. Older teenagers will be put to work assisting the COLAGE volunteers.  Register your kids by 9/28!

Building Community with COLAGE
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
COLAGE will host a six hour program during the Philly Family Pride event to support youth with one or more LGBTQIA+ parent. Youth programs will focus on empowerment and support through creative workshops, games, opportunities to connect with others who share similar experiences and inside advice/support from COLAGE mentors and more.

Conference Sponsors for 2018 (as of 10/3/18)

PREMIER

American Reading Company
Fairfax Cryobank
Main Line Fertility
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia

PLATINUM

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Germantown Friends School
Nemours Children Health System
St. Mary’s Nursery School

GOLD

Dennis Debiak, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Donor Sibling Registry
Fairmount Pediatrics
Jerner & Palmer, PC
Surrogate Services International
Turning Points for Children

SILVER

A Baby Step Adoption
Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Family Equality Council
Modern Eye
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Thom Duffy Massage Therapist LLC
William Way LGBT Community Center

BRONZE

Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio)
Gay Parent Magazine
Hornstein, Platt and Associates Counseling and Wellness Centers
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia
National Adoption Center

Open Arms Adoption Network
Philadelphia Midwife Collective
Redfin
Refuge Midwifery
Tabernacle United Church

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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.

In 2016, our seventh conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Staceyann Chin.

In 2017, our eighth conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Heath Davis. Watch a video of his presentation.