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Fwd: E-Newsletter: Oakland Pride, Head Over Heels, Marriage After DOMA, and More!

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From: Our Family Coalition <[address removed]>
Date: August 15, 2013, 14:44:23 PDT
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Subject: E-Newsletter: Oakland Pride, Head Over Heels, Marriage After DOMA, and More!
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In this Issue:
Staff Snippet: Oakland Pride
Marriage after DOMA: Walk (Not Run) to Tie the Knot
Head Over Heels for School to Begin
Family Garden at Oakland Pride
Summer of Equality Campaign: Set Up a Personal Page for our Summer of Equality Campaign!
Ongoing Groups
Community Events
Community Announcements
In the News & Media
Staff Snippet: Oakland Pride

Dear Families,


It's that time of the year again: Back to School, Labor Day, and Oakland Pride! Come out
and join other LGBTQ families at the Family Garden, Sunday, September 1, 11a-4p (details below).
Oakland Pride is a wonderful chance to connect and build community with other LGBTQ families.
There will be a bounce house, a petting zoo (with ponies!), face painting, emergency rescue vehicles, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cheryl Troup
East Bay Program Coordinator

Marriage after DOMA: Walk (Not Run) to Tie the Knot 


An informational seminar regarding tax, immigration, social security, property co-ownership, and other legal implications of same-sex marriage and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Co-sponsored by the Beck Law Group, P.C., McCown & Evans LLP, Our Family Coalition, GAPA, APIQWTC, API Equality, and Out4Immigration.


East Bay: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland  

When: Saturday, August 17,  10-11:30AM

Register: Click Here!  

San Francisco: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St.  

When: Thursday, August 22, 5:30-7PM

: Click Here! 



Head Over Heels for School to Begin  


Come join us as we prepare to be visible this school year!

Our Family Coalition invites all school age children and their caregivers to join us at Head Over Heels for end of summer fun for the whole family.

All Ages Welcome! Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult on the floor. Space is Limited, so please reserve your spot today!


When: Saturday, August 17, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Where: Heads Over Heels Athletic Arts, Building Number: F, 4701 Doyle Street, Emeryville 

Register: Click Here! 

Family Garden at Oakland Pride 


Come celebrate our pride together as LGBTQ families! Meet other parents, and give your kids the opportunity to enjoy the many activities we have planned.

The Family Garden will feature:
  • Face Painting with Bukii the Clown
  • Jumpy Tent
  • Oakland Fire Rig
  • Oakland Police Boat and Surveillance Vehicle
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides 
  • and more!
All children must be accompanied by adults at all time. The Garden is a smoke and alcohol-free space.  

When: Sunday, September 1, 11 - 4pm

Where: At Franklin St  & 20th St (Thomas L. Berkley Way), Oakland 

Register: Click Here! 

Summer of Equality Campaign


Set Up a Personal Fundraising Page! 


We are living through history in the making!  Just imagine, our kids are going to grow up in a world where same sex couples can marry. Do you want to help take us to the next level - full equality beyond marriage and creating a more just world for our kids? Set up your own sponsorship page to support Our Family Coalition.  Get motivated to do something you have been wanting to do for yourself, while promoting equity for LGBTQ families!


Click here for more info and to set up your own campaign page!

Ongoing Groups

Transgender Parents Group
Are you or your partner a transgender parent? Or thinking about transbecoming a parent? The Transgender Parent Support Group is an opportunity to connect with your peers and get mutual support.  The group will meet every third Saturday of each month. The first half hour will be spent socializing, with the remaining time dedicated to group discussion. Drop-ins are welcome, but ongoing attendance helps to establish group rapport. 

Registration: Click Here!
Every 3rd Saturday, August 17, 10am-12pm
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Habitot Kids Painting Mamas & Papas With Children 7-12

OFC and Eureka Valley Recreation Center are partnering up to provide an interactive and fun program for kids of LGBTQ Parents ages 7-12. The parents can drop off their kids at EVRC where staff from both organizations will do some ice breakers, fun games, and rec sports. Parents are encouraged to head to a nearby cafe to socialize, catch up, and discuss anything that is on their minds. Child care for children ages 6 and under will be provided at Eureka Valley Recreation Center by the SF LGBT Community Center Kid Space staff. Come expand your circle of LGBTQ Parents and help your kids build friendships with other children with LGBTQ Families.

Registration: Click Here!
When: Every 3rd Wednesday, August 21, 6-7:30pm
Where: Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood St., San Francisco

Mamas & Papas SF: Families with Children Ages 0-6

New families are always welcome! Expand your circle of LGBTQ parents and explore concerns and tips shared by all parents as well as those of special interest to our families. Help your kids build friendships with other children from LGBTQ families.
Registration: Click Here!
When: Every 4th Saturday, August 24, 10:30am-12pm
SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Prospective Parents Potluck 


Meet and network with other LGBTQ prospective parents. This is a potluck, so remember to bring your favorite creation. OFC will bring materials on resources and agencies that can help on your road to parenthood.

Registration: Click Here! 
When: Every 2nd Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8pm 
Where: OFC Office, 1385 Mission St., Ste. 340, San Francisco  
Peninsula Parents, QPLAY, All Ages Daytime Drop-in Playgroup

Home during the day with the kids? Join LGBT parents for an informal hour of grown up conversation and playtime for kids of all ages.  Share stories and browse the shelves. Tea and snacks will be provided.  Please contact [address removed] or call[masked] for details.


Registration: Click Here!
When: 1st Fridays, September 6, 11am-12:30pm
Where: Reach and Teach, 178 South Blvd., San Mateo

LGBTQ Parent Coffee Talk 

Come join other LGBTQ parents and their children for a relaxing time sharing resources and getting to know one another.  Each month will have a topic to kick start the conversations.  Please contact [address removed] or[masked] for details.

Registration: Click Here!
When: 2nd Sundays, September 8, 3-5pm
Where: Backyard Coffee Co. 965 Brewster Ave., Redwood City  
Community Events

Just Between Friends Kid's & Maternity Consignment Event

Norcal's largest consignment event! 500 families participating and over 100,000 new & gently used clothes (0-12yrs), toys, books, furniture, gear, boutique items, etc.  Consign & earn 60-65%, shop & save 50-90%, lend a hand & shop BEFORE the public & earn 65% of your sales!  Public sale:  Sept. 6th, 9am-8:30pm $3, Sept. 7th, 9am-3pm $2, Sept. 8th, 9am-2pm FREE admission, (50% off sale). ADMISSION FREE.Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.  [address removed] or[masked]JBF.

Luna Dance Institute's Free Fall Open House

You're invited to dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our fall open house features free dance classes for all ages. Join us  Saturday 9/7 from 9am-12pm for dance story time in our professional library followed by a family dance class, refreshments, prop play, prizes and Modern Dance Improvisation class for older children. Check out our beautiful dance studio located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center. Fun for all ages! Free! 605 Addison St., Berkeley. Contact  [address removed],  



From Heather's Mommies to Tango's Daddies: The Evolution of Family Affirming Literature  


Children's picture books do not typically generate controversy, but when they portray families with gay or lesbian parents, or other "non-traditional" family structures, the reactions from adults can be quite striking. Book Club of California member Randy Tarpey-Schwed has researched the evolution of this category of children's literature and has in the process acquired a virtually complete collection of every example of the genre from the first twenty-five years of its existence. Monday, September 30, 5-7pm. More info at 


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.

"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


The Campaign Documentary - Public TV Broadcasts and Google Hangouts  

The Campaign takes a heartbreaking and inspiring look at California's No-on-8 Campaign to defend same-sex marriage, which unfolded in 2008. The Campaign will air in a wave of broadcasts across the public television system on Sunday, August 25th, 2013. Immediately following each broadcast, THE CAMPAIGN team will host an online Google Hangout - a Virtual Community Discussion - to connect with viewers in each city with local organizations in their region, including The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Our Family Coalition, PFLAG, and ACLU Northern California. More info here.  



OFC is Namaste Oakland Seva Organization


Namaste Yoga + Wellness has chosen Our Family Coalition to be their Seva organization for this quarter! Be sure to swing by one of their three East Bay locations for a class since all mat rental proceeds will be donated to Our Family Coalition! To learn more about Namaste's Seva program and how you can help, click here.



In the News & Media

We Think He Might Be a Boy: He freezes when his music teacher divides the class into boys and girls, not sure he's allowed to go with the boys until she reassures him. He asks me to take down a picture of him as a one-year-old. "I have a ribbon in my hair," he says with distaste. He excels in his swimming lessons, loves his basketball class, learns to skateboard and roller skate. He wants to sign up for t-ball, soccer, karate, hockey, and-now that he knows he won't be forced to wear tights-a dance class.

S.F. shelter for LGBT homeless nearing approval: After more than three years of stops and starts, it looks as if the plan to build a Mission District shelter designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless will finally be approved.

Federal benefits issues linger post-DOMA for gay couples: Following the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the extent to which many federal benefits - taxes, Social Security, veterans benefits and family leave - will flow to married same-sex couples remains in question.

In Some Cities, Gays Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Homeless: Gays often lack the kind of support from adult children or other family members that prevents people from sliding into homelessness. In San Francisco, they are twice as likely to be homeless as straights, indicative of a problem in major cities nationwide.

'Fox And Friends,' Michelle Malkin, Angered By California Transgender Bill (VIDEO): The hosts of "Fox and Friends" and conservative correspondent Michelle Malkin just "can't get their heads around" a new bill in California that allows transgender children to use the bathroom in school that corresponds to their gender identity. And jeepers, are they mad about it!

Nick Symmonds Dedicates Silver Medal Win In Russia To Gays: After winning a silver medal at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow on Aug. 13, American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds openly dedicated the victory to his gay and lesbian friends in his home country. 
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 ·[masked]


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