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Fwd: E-Newsletter: Inclusive Town Halls, LGBTQ Preschool Fair, Halloween Monster Mash Bash, and More!

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Subject: E-Newsletter: Inclusive Town Halls, LGBTQ Preschool Fair, Halloween Monster Mash Bash, and More!
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In this Issue:
Come to a TOWN HALL on Creating Positive Climates in Elementary Schools
LGBTQ Inclusive Preschool Fair
Everyone's School! Town Halls
Monster Mash Halloween Bash
Ongoing Groups
Community Events
Community Announcements
In the News & Media
Come to a TOWN HALL on Creating Positive Climates in Elementary Schools

Dear Families, 

OFC is proud to present our 7th annual inclusive schools events this year focusing on intersectional organizing and how school climate is closely linked to the social and academic success of our children. We invite you to join us and a distinguished panel of community members who will share with us some inspiring ideas and techniques to further advocate for more welcoming and inclusive elementary schools. Children will engage is Welcoming Schools activities and dinner will be served!

Tarah Fleming 
Education Director

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! Town Halls


San Francisco:  

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

Register: Click Here! 

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!  

Monster Mash Halloween Bash

The Rainbow Room at the SF LGBT Community Center will be transformed into a creepy Halloween experience with fun activities, crafts, and giveaways. The costume fashion show is always a blast, so join us for this year's monster MASH! Please bring a dish to bring the costumed masses, as it is a pot luck. 


When: Saturday, October 26, 12-2pm  


Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St 

Click Here! 


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 22 & 29, 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

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!

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

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


Community Events


Rally to Stop Deportations

Bay Area community groups urge President to "shut down" painful deportations that separate families. The SF Bay Coalition for Immigrant Justice - a broad a coalition of LGBT organizations, labor, clergy, domestic workers, and legal advisers - invites all community members to attend a rally calling upon President Barack Obama and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to halt family-shattering deportations across the country. The rally will be held at 630 Sansome Street, San Francisco at 3:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. For more information, contact Kitzia Esteva at [address removed].

Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser

Saturday & Sunday October 19 & 20, 10am-4pm at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Come in costume! There will be games, rides, live entertainment, tricks, treats, and sweets. Celeboorate rain or shine! Members $13, general $15. Pre-buy tickets online for access to the fly-by lane at

We have 20 tickets to give away. Please contact [address removed] to arrange pick up for the tickets. Tickets are good for only 10/19 from 10-4pm.

Growing Healthy Families  

Join us for a conversation with health care providers and local organizations that support family building for ALL families. Find out about IVF, IUI, LGBT family building, sperm donors, natural approaches to fertility, and all the amazing, accessible options to help you conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy.   


Speakers include Kristin Kali of MAIA Midwifery, Lorenzo Puertas of Lolo Health Center, Peggy Moore, community organizer and prospective parent, Maya Scott-Chung of Laurel Fertility Care, Leo Brown of Covered California/Pacific Center and more.

When: Tuesday, October 22
5:30 PM
: Networking and free snacks
6PM- 8PM
:  Town-hall style discussion and Q&A   

Where: Lolo Health Center, 1211 Embarcadero, Oakland
Register: Click Here!   


For further information about this event contact: Lorenzo Puertas, LAc at [address removed] or [masked] or Maya Scott-Chung, MPH at [address removed] or [masked]-9722.  

Panel on the Rights of the LBGT Community Under Social Security

On October 29th, Tuesday, from 5:00 - 7:00 in Marin, Spectrum is sponsoring a panel discussion on the rights of the LBGT community under Social Security. The Panel is made up of Chairman of National Committee to Preserve SS and Medicare Foundation, the Calif. Field Director from Rep. Jared Huffman's office, and the Chair of Marin Community Foundation.  For more details visit the Spectrum website. Paula Pilecki, Exec. Director of Spectrum, will moderate. RSVP to[masked], ext. 209.

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,[masked]am-1pm
Where: Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Mosswood Building, RM #1172 & 1173, 3505 Broadway, Oakland
Register: Click here!

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


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 .


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

New Archive, Timeline Highlight History of LGBT-Led Families: Are you an LGBT parent who wants to share the history of the parent equality movement with your child? Or do you have an LGBT child who wants to learn more about how his/her predecessors fought for equal rights? There's now a resource. The Family Equality Council has partnered with Yale University to create a fascinating timeline chronicling the history and major milestones in the LGBT parent equality movement.

Rainbowing Children's Picture Books Through Textual & Visual Interactions [Video]: Susan Shimanoff, associate dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, leads a panel discussion on LGBTQ references in children's books. This topical discussion explores the illustration of the ever-changing face of the nuclear family within the context of recent legal decisions on marriage equality and human rights.

National Coming Out Day: Telling Our Stories: For 25 years now, October 11th has been celebrated as a day to celebrate those coming out or living lives openly as LGBT people.  For those of us who came out a while ago, NCOD might seem irrelevant to our current lives, but what is coming out?  It's telling our stories.

Gay community 'Coming Out' to enroll in Obamacare: As a whole the LGBT community has less experience with insurance than the general population. A survey done by the Center for American Progress found that about a third of respondents were uninsured. It's estimated some 16.3% of the general population is uninsured.

California law ensures LGBT seniors get respectful, competent elder care: Assembly Bill 663, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California and the California Senior Legislature, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Wednesday.
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