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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

event cover photo

“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 6:30-8:00pm for eight weeks starting February 28, 2018 at their offices at 1315 Walnut Street, 10th floor. The group was facilitated by Maliha Ibrahim 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 fall schedule. (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.



Family Matters Conference

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th Annual Family Matters Conference will take place at USciences on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Let us know your proposals and ideas for workshops by July 14th by filling out this online survey.

Want to sponsor the conference this year? Go here to fill out a form to sponsor and to pay for your support.


The 8th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference took place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am-3pm.

Here’s a map of the location. Enter to reach the parking lot at 42nd and Woodland Avenue.

Heath Fogg DavisOur keynote speaker this year was Heath Fogg Davis, pictured. His talk was entitled “Parenting Through the Bureaucracy of Gender.” Watch a video of his presentation.

Davis 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 and his wife and kids live in Philadelphia and are active members of the PFP New and Expectant Parent Group.

Heath will be selling his book at the event at a 20% discount and will be available to sign them. If you’d like to order the book online (for the full price) you can do so at these links.

Indie Bound:

Click here for a full list of workshop sessions and the schedule for the day.

COLAGE again be provided programming for kids and youth ages 7 – 14 years old and St. Mary’s Nursery School staffed the child care for 0-6 year olds. After lunch there was a special “Family Time” session for parents to join their kids in the child care room for story time, movement and family fun with PFP board member and CHOP MSW,LCSW Greg Hedler.

Our conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many sponsors.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Fairfax Cryobank
RMA of Philadelphia

American Reading Company
Friends’ Central School
Nemours Children’s Health System
Philadelphia Gay News
St. Mary’s Nursery School
Surrogate Services International

Dennis Debiak, PsyD
Fairmount Pediatrics
Family Equality Council
Germantown Friends School
Jerner & Palmer, PC Services
Mazzoni Center
Turning Points for Children

A Baby Step Adoption
Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families

Children’s Community School
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Donor Sibling Registry
Kimpton Hotels/Hotel Palomar
Modern Eye
The Philadelphia School
Therapy Center of Philadelphia
Thom Duffy, Massage Therapy LLC
William Way LGBT Center


ACLU of Pennsylvania
Doulas of Philadelphia
Gay Parent Magazine
LGBT Center of Central PA
National Adoption Center
Open Arms Adoption Network
Tabernacle United Church
Walnut Psychotherapy Center

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.