Fwd: E-Newsletter: East Bay Town Hall, Call for Bloggers, Self-Care Workshop, Mindfulness Workshop, Immigration Stories Screening, and More!

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From: Our Family Coalition <[address removed]>
Date: November 1, 2013 at 8:07:26 AM PDT
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Subject: E-Newsletter: East Bay Town Hall, Call for Bloggers, Self-Care Workshop, Mindfulness Workshop, Immigration Stories Screening, and More!
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In this Issue:
Our Families, Our Voices.
Everyone's School! East Bay Town Hall
Calling on Bloggers and Forum Moderators!
Separating Parents' Group
Self-Care Workshop.
Mindfulness, Stress, and Meditation
Film Night & Roundtable: Our Families, Our Voices
Save the Date for Egg Meets Sperm: December 11
Ongoing Groups
Community Events
Community Announcements
In the News & Media
Our Families, Our Voices

Dear Families, 

It is thrilling that many of our undocumented LGBTQ parents and caregivers living in the U.S. can now be sponsored by their spouses to become new citizens since the overturn of DOMA. Unfortunately, that is not the case for the large majority of the LGBTQ undocumented or mixed status families living in the U.S., leaving many caregivers and our children vulnerable. We need to continue working for a commonsense immigration process that upholds our core values and protects all families. Stand with us as allies and champions for immigrant mamas and papas!  
In solidarity, 
Renata Moreira, Director
Policy and Communications 
p.s. Join us on Nov. 21 to hear personal testimonies from OFC's "Our Families: Our Voices" project participants and to share your own ideas on how we can continue to work towards a humane immigration reform. We hope to see you there! 
Everyone's School! East Bay Town Hall


East Bay:   


Speakers include Judy Appel, OFC/BUSD; Lizette Dolan, Park Day School; Anna Eng, Filmmaker; Ilana Kaufman, Jewish Federation; Milton Reynolds, Facing History  


When: Thursday, November 7, 5:30-8:30pm

Where: Emerson Elementary, 4803 Lawton Avenue, Oakland  

Register: Click Here!  

Calling on Bloggers and Forum Moderators!


Our Family Coalition will be launching a new website soon. We are really excited about our new features, which will include a brand new blog and online forums for parents/families. 


We are looking for parents interested in helping moderate the forums and to publish colorful stories relevant to LGBTQ families. This is a great way to share your talents with OFC, our families, and the community.  And you can do it all from home!


Interested in volunteering to moderate a forum or hearing more how you can contribute to OFC's new digital presence? Please contact [address removed] at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

Separating Parents' Group


This group is for parents who share custody with an ex-partner in some fashion. The 4 sessions will focus on exploring constructive ways to separate our families that are culturally competent and child centered. We will discuss the adjustment process in terms of how to support children with all the changes, how to interact with the other parent, deal with custody issues, and take care of oneself. This will be a safe place to talk about the challenging issues and creat new possibilities. Facilitated by certified life coach, D. Jes Montesinos.


When: Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 26, and December 3, 6-7:30pm


Where: Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland


Register: Click Here!


Self-Care Workshop



The holidays can be a stressful time for our families. Trying to balance preparing family visits, merging cultures, holiday traditions, making plans for school and busy work schedules could leave us feeling a little more manic than merry. This fun, interactive, hands-on workshop explores basic aromatherapy and simple stress reduction techniques. Each parent will create their own natural room spray. 


When: Tuesday, November 12, 6-8pm  


Where: Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Click Here!


Mindfulness, Stress, and Meditation


Join us for an evening of Nurturing and Respite for Parents of Children who are Adopted and/or have Special Needs.

In this introductory class, parents will learn how to feel more grounded, centered, and connected with guided instruction in meditation. We will also explore its practical applications for reducing stress, feeling more connected to our children, and experiencing compassion toward ourselves.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
* What is mindfulness? How can it help me feel more connected to my children and to my partner?
* How can we better manage our own difficult emotions as parents and interactions with our children that may be difficult and confusing?

Facilitated by April Topfer,PhD.


When: Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm  


Where: Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Click Here! 


Film Night & Roundtable: Our Families, Our Voices



You are invited to a community screening and discussion of our new LGBTQ Immigration storytelling project. This will be a great opportunity to hear personal testimonies and continue to work toward immigration reform that protects family unity without leaving our LGBTQ community behind! Refreshments & Childcare provided with RSVP.   


When: Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm  


Where: the Rhino Theater, the Redstone Building, 2940 16th St., San Francisco

Click Here! 


Save the Date for Egg Meets Sperm: December 11


Mark your calendars for another "Egg Meets Sperm" Networking Mixer! 


Are you ready to start a family? Missing either egg or sperm? Looking for a co-parent?

At this fun mixer, people interested in finding/being a known donor or co-parent can meet can meet one another and talk about making babies.

Facilitated icebreakers, refreshments, and wine will be provided. Open to all genders. 


When: Wednesday, December 11, 6-8pm  


Where: Bananas, 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Click Here! 


Ongoing Groups


child and parent bike

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, November 2, December 7, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland


Parents To-Be


A 6-week discussion group for LGBTQ expecting parents. Whether you're adopting, pregnant, or the many other ways our families form, this group is to help ease your way into parenthood. Come out and join us for in-depth discussion facilitated by Dr. Meghan Lewis. 


Register: Click here!

When: Saturdays, November 2, 9, and 16

Where: This group has a private location and time. Please contact [address removed] for info. 


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: November 5, 12, 19 & 26, December 3, 10, and 17, 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, November 6, December 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Habitot Children's Discovery Museum, 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley

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!

Register: Click Here!
When: First Wednesdays, November 6, December 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

Admission to the Museum is FREE

Transgender Parent Support Group

Are you or your partner a transgender parent or considering parenthood? This group gives the opportunity to connect with your peers and get mutual support. Drop-ins are welcome, but ongoing attendance helps to establish group rapport.

Register: Click here!
When: Third Saturdays, November 16, December 21, 10am-12pm
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market, San Francisco
Community Events


To Love and Let Go: Riding The Roller Coaster of Parenting Adopted Adolescents

This workshop will focus on how parents can maintain their own balance and clarity in the midst of the increased volatility and change of the teen years. We will explore some of the underlying issues that adoption and racial identity formation add to the mix of the issues teens and their parents are handling.
When: November 2, 2013 9am-1pm
Where: Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Mosswood Building, RM #1172 & 1173, 3505 Broadway, Oakland
Register: Click here!

How to Make a Baby: A Fertility Seminar for Women of the LGBT Community 
Wednesday, November 6 at 5:45pm 
Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), in partnership with Swirl Radio, is proud to offer an educational seminar specifically designed to educate women of the LGBT community about fertility options and growing their family. PFC is proud of the fact that we have been able to help so many of our patients in the LGBT community to create families. Click here for more info!

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! Register here with discount code FAMILY20 before
November 1st to get a discount for Our Family Coalition families! More info on the ODC Dance Company
Community Announcements


Call for Research Participants


Help researchers at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University learn about
the lives of gay fathers and their families by completing a brief and
anonymous survey. Not much is known about gay men’s experiences of
fatherhood, and this information will be important to advocacy efforts. If
you live in the US, you can help. We are interested in hearing from you, no
matter how old your children are or how you became a father, and whether you
are singe or in a partnership. Click here to learn more and start the survey.


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. For more information about this study, please visit katielacosta.com. .


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). Participants will fill out a 30 minute questionnaire either online through Survey Monkey, by email, or by regular mail. This is a confidential survey, requiring no sharing of identifying information. If you are interested in taking part in this study, or finding out more about it, please contact Dr. Brodzinsky: [address removed].
In the News & Media

Op-ed: Daddy and Me: The first time I ever saw a sign that read "Mommy and Me" was outside a movie theater in Los Feliz, an extremely liberal enclave of extremely liberal Los Angeles. On Wednesday afternoons, this movie theater hosted "Mommy and Me" screenings. I imagined a theater filled with mothers nursing their newborns as they watched the latest art-house film, and as a father-to-be, I immediately felt excluded.

Fat Queer Tells All: On Fatness and Gender Flatness: I guess I expect whoever it is to be in on the joke that is my femininity, but why is it a joke? It's a joke because I'm fat, and fat girls are funny, right? It's funny when we wear frilly skirts and bikinis, it's funny when we act flirtatious and sexy, it's funny when we dance with our jiggling bums and bellies. My fat body is funny because that's what the media tells me about it, I am not the protagonist, I am their best friend who Can't Get Laid. If a thin person and I wear the same outfit to a party, they're two different outfits, conveying two very different stories.

10 Things Every Parent MUST Know About Cyberbullying: With the statistics piling up, it has become increasingly clear that the cruelties inflicted by cyberbullying have become a devastating reality for many tweens and teens.

Gay Marriage And Changing Surnames: Personal and professional considerations aside, for women entering heterosexual marriages, the last name decision often comes down to ideology. But for newlywed same-sex couples navigating their way through the thorny question of family nomenclature, there's no tradition in place to buck or to follow. With the overturn of DOMA and an expanding geography of states legalizing same-sex marriage (fourteen plus the District of Columbia), it remains to be seen what naming trends will emerge as same sex-couples decide whether or not to use shared names to formally identify as units, and why.

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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