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Subject: E-Newsletter: LGBTQ Preschool Fair, Queer Family Night in SF, Pre-Nups and Family Planning, and More!
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In this Issue:
Staff Snippet: LGBTQ Preschool Fair
New Group: Queer Family Night at the Children's Creativity Musuem
Pre-Nup is Not a Dirty Word: Marrying or Registering with Heart and Smarts
Introduction to Conception & Family Building Options
LGBTQ Inclusive Preschool Fair
Everyone's School! San Francisco Town Hall
Ongoing Groups
Community Events
Community Announcements
In the News & Media
Staff Snippet: LGBTQ Preschool Fair

Dear Families, 

Hip Hip Hooray for LGBTQ Inclusive Preschools in San Francisco! We will hold our 2nd Annual Preschool Fair on October 19th at the fabulous San Francisco Friends School at 250 Valencia Street from 9:30am-12:30pm. Last year 30 Preschools joined us for a fun filled day exploring the world of preschools. All kinds of people came including toddlers, babies...and even prospective parents! This year we will have JAMAROO there again playing games with the little ones while families get the latest and greatest on the hottest and most queer friendly preschools in town. Come get your animal balloons and cookies and find the right preschool while you're at it...see you there!

Tarah Fleming 
Education Director

New Group: Queer Family Night at the Children's Creativity Museum

This Meetup is for LGBTQ Families with children ages 0-5 AND 6-12. You will have a chance to connect with other families while your younger kids get to play in the toddler space and the older ones engage in a fun activity. The Museum  will be open to only our families and dinner is provided. Register today for this VIP group! 

When: First Wednesdays, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm


Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco


Register: Click Here! 


Admission to the Museum is FREE. 

Pre-Nup is Not a Dirty Word: Marrying or Registering with Heart and Smarts


If you are considering marriage after the recent Supreme Court decisions, we encourage you to plan what you want your legal partnership to look like. Learn the rights and obligations set by the state-do they fit your relationship or do you want to customize them? This workshop will address critical questions each couple should address before marriage or domestic partnership, and beyond. Facilitated by three Bay Area lawyer-mediators: Heba Nimr, Charles Spiegel, and Dylan Miles. Suggested donation $5.


When: Tuesday, October 8, 6-8pm 

Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland 


Register: Click Here!  

Introduction to Conception & Family Building Options


Includes legal updates related to family building with known donors, 3 legal parents, fertility preservation & health insurance discrimination.


Facilitated by Maya Scott-Chung, MPH, Education Coordinator of Laurel Fertility Care.


Laurel Fertility Care's sensitive, respectful and friendly staff provide compassionate and non-discriminatory reproductive services, offering only the latest assisted reproductive technologies (ART) supported by our nationally accredited embryology laboratory, resulting in excellent success rates.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 pm Pizza, 6-8pm Seminar 

First Congregational Church of Oakland, Main Hall, 2501 Harrison Street


Register: Click Here!

LGBTQ Inclusive Preschool Fair


Families will visit with more than 20 San Francisco Pre-Schools that welcome LGBTQ families. Children will play games, hear storytellers, and enjoy animal balloon art! Admission is free.

When: Saturday, October 19, 9:30am - 12:30pm

San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia St., San Francisco 


Register: Click Here!  



Everyone's School! San Francisco Town Hall

Everyone's School! A Town Hall on creating inclusive elementary schools. Families, educators and community members will enjoy dinner, 

speakers and dialog while children engage in meaningful activities celebrating all kinds of families.   

Speakers include Anna Eng, film maker and educator; Ilana Kaufman, Jewish Federation; Anayvette Martinez, LYRIC; Stephanie Rauda, student; Milton Reynolds, Facing History 

Thursday, October 24, 5:30-8:30pm  

Where: Buena Vista Horace Mann School, [masked]rd Street, San Francisco

Click Here! 

OFC is also going to be hosting a Town Hall in the East Bay on Thursday, November 7. Keep an eye out for details in our October 15 e-news or visit www.ourfamily.org to register!



Ongoing Groups


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Interactive Playgroup Ages 0-5
Join us at this weekly group for LGBTQ parents/caregivers, allies and their children. It will provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to strengthen their children's social, emotional and developmental well-being through structured activities, circle time and family bonding.


Register: Click Here! 


When: Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10-11:30am

Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

Mamas and Papas East Bay: Families With Children 0-5 yrs

Your kids will have a great time - keep your infants with you while all other kids get a chance to play in the Habitot Children's Museum. Dinner will be provided for children only.

Suggested donation $10 per family, no one turned away.

Register: Click here!

When: First Wednesdays, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Habitot Children's Discovery Museum, 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley

Shake, Rattle & Roll: Parent-Child Music and Movement


Come out and join us for our monthly interactive playgroup for LGBTQ parents/caregivers, allies and their children. This playgroup is designed to help your child with movement, coordination and gross motor development while having fun with instruments. We are geared for ages 0-5.


Register: Click Here!
First Saturdays, October 5, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland


Community Events


Color of My Spirit//Color de Mi Espíritu  

CUAV presents its annual event, Color of My Spirit, a performance night of queer and trans artists celebrating our survival and resilience. Seamlessly combining ferocity and tenderness, our line-up of fabulous artists will inspire you and remind you of why we fight for each other. Let's paint the night with the colors of resistance, the Color of My Spirit. October 3rd, doors at 7, show at 7:30, $10-20, no one turned away. More info on their Facebook event page.

Parents Place Preschool Preview Night 

You are invited to participate in San Francisco's largest annual preschool preschool exhibition on Wed., Oct. 16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at the San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park). Preschool Preview Night is the annual showcase of preschools, childcare centers, resource agencies, and child-related service providers and vendors in San Francisco. Click here to register as an exhibitor or sponsor online.

LGBT Family Day for the Velveteen Rabbit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 30 at 2PM
Join us for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams' classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Ideal for Ages 3-10! Tickets start at $20.
More info on the ODC Dance Company website.

"Castro Dads": A Group for Gay Dads in the SF Bay Area


Our Family Coalition is supporting a social networking group for gay dads (and gay men thinking/wanting to become a dad) in and around San Francisco.  


When: Last Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Squat and Gobble,[masked]th St., San Francisco


Community Announcements


Participants Needed for Study on Lesbian Stepparent Households

Dr. Katie L Acosta, a sociologist at Georgia State University who specializes in sexualities research, is seeking participants for the Lesbian Stepparent Study. The success of this project depends upon the willingness of women in same sex stepparent households to share their experiences. If you are willing to post a short call for participants on your page I would great appreciate it. For more information about this study, please visit katielacosta.com or email [address removed]. See also the facebook page for the study and google+ page.  


New Study on Adoptive Family Life:  How You Can Help 

The Donaldson Adoption Institute is conducting a new survey research study exploring the experiences and needs of different types of adoptive families (e.g., heterosexual versus sexual minority families;  inracial versus transracial families; single parent versus two parent families;  families involved in varying levels of openness, etc).  By increasing our knowledge about adoptive family diversity, we hope to enhance training of adoption professionals and improve services for adopted children and their parents. Participants will fill out a 30 minute questionnaire either online through Survey Monkey (https://www.research.net/s/ZK8T7Y8), by email, or by regular mail. This is a confidential survey, requiring no sharing of identifying information.  Participation is strictlyvoluntary and respondents can end their involvement in the research at any time without consequence.  If you are interested in taking part in this study, or finding out more about it, please contact Dr. Brodzinsky:  [address removed] or[masked]-1772.   


Casting call for "Looking" 
Formerly called "The Untitled Michael Lannan Project", HBO's new series about a few gay men who design video games and hang out in Mission bars is now casting for background extras. They have a "constant need for 20s-30s Hipsters/Mission Neighborhood types & LGBT Community". And you "must be able to pull off Hipster vibe with your own clothes or style". Make of that what you will. More info here

In the News & Media

LGBT parents & transracial adoption:  What identities could white parents take on (or assume) when they become involved with transracial adoption? In what ways are their capacities to address issues of race and adoption presumed to be in place when the parents happen to be lesbian or gay? What other issues should be considered when matching lesbian and gay parents with adopted children? Whose interests are being served? Whose interests should be served?

The Senate made history on Tuesday by voting to confirm Todd Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hughes, who was confirmed 98 to 0, is the nation's first openly gay circuit judge. He has been a deputy director in the civil division of the Justice Department since 2007.


The Study That Your School Leaders Need to See: Going back to school is full of surprises, but this one really rocked our world: According to research from the University of Illinois at Chicago, nearly nine out of every 10 parents want school leaders to make schools better for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Nearly everyone is on board with schools addressing LGBT issues, including parents in rural areas and parents who identify as evangelical Christians.


Open Letter to Health Reform Advocates: Pay Attention to Discrimination: The harms inflicted by discrimination reveal themselves in our bodies as we age -- as people of color, as poor and low-income people, and as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The symptoms manifest as higher rates of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, social isolation and more. In medical charts throughout the country, our bodies record what it means to survive a life shaped by perpetual poverty, higher concentrations in low-wage jobs with no health insurance, thin retirement options and inadequate protections in the workplace. They depict our fractured relationships to health care -- from cultural and linguistic barriers to overt bias and discrimination from health and aging providers, to a long-held, hard-earned distrust of medical staff internalized through years of differential treatment. 

Our Family Coalition promotes the equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families with children. We foster community leadership in advocacy efforts that promote social justice.


Headquarters: 1385 Mission St., Ste. 340, San Francisco, CA 94103

East Bay Office: 401 Grand Ave., Ste. 400, Oakland, CA 94610

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