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Staff Snippet: Make Memories at Pride!

Hi families & friends, 

Our whole team is excited to join you and the colorful Bay Area crowds to celebrate another epic year in Pride - the time of year when we can break away from our daily routine, take to the streets and let your fab flag fly! We've teamed up with dozens of community partners to bring you the best of the best family-friendly fun in the Bay. Keep an eye out for the July 15th E-newsletter, when we'll feature all of our and our partners' Pride events.

We look forward to sharing stories, making memories and spending some quality time with Our Family and yours.

Shareena C. Clark
Family Programs Coordinator

Upcoming Events



What's Your Favorite Pride Memory? #FamilyPride

What's your favorite Pride memory? Post 300 words or less on Our Family Coalition's Facebook page or tweet your memory to @ofcoalition and enter to win fun books and "Proud of My Family" prints. Please add #FamilyPride to your post or tweet. Stories will be featured at this year's Family Garden 

Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day

OFC has partnered with Mombian to invite you to the 9th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2!

Here’s how it works:
  • Bloggers post at their own blogs, YouTube channels, or other public social media channels on a topic related to LGBTQ families on or before June 2, 2014, then submit the links to your entries here. Mombian will showcase the full list of participants at Mombian.com on June 2 for all to see.
  • Additionally, you may tweet in support of LGBTQ families on June 2 and include the hashtag #lgbtqfamilies. 

Colors of Our Family: Hands-On Hair Care

Get hands-on instruction and tips from trained professionals about how to care for your child's hair.
Registration: Click Here!
When: Sunday, June 8, 12-2pm
Where: Hair By Glynis, 2997 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Fun at the Yerba Buena Children's Learning Garden

Garden, make crafts, look at and learn about live bugs, and more in the Children's Learning Garden.

Registration: Click Here!
When: Sunday, June 8, 12:30 - 2:30pm
WhereChildren's Learning Garden, Howard St. between 3rd and 4th, San Francisco
 
Prospective Parent Dinner
Meet and network with other LGBTQ people on the road to parenthood. Chat, share stories, and find friendly support. Dinner provided. 

Registration: Click Here!
When: Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 - 8 pm
WhereBananas, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland 

Egg Meets Sperm

At this fun and informative mixer, people interested in finding or being a known donor or co-parent can meet one another and discuss family-building options. Open to people of all genders.

Registration: Click Here!
When: Thursday, June 12, 6-8pm
WhereSF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco
 
San Mateo Pride
Our Family Coalition QPLAY is excited to co-sponsor a day of events with San Mateo Pride Initiative. Join us for parenting panels, youth leadership activities, and films along with a resource fair and live entertainment. Please contact shannon@ourfamily.org for further details.

Registration: Click Here!
When: Saturday June 14, 12-4pm
WhereSan Mateo Central Park, 50 East 5th Ave, San Mateo
 

Community Announcements & Events

Adoption Connection invites you to an important workshop on "Mental Health Diagnosis in Birth Family History." Facilitated by Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF's Department of Psychiatry Melanie de Luna, MD on June 2, 7-9:30 pm in SF. Adoption professionals will discuss how adoptive families make decisions and manage relationships with birth parents with mental health diagnoses. Click here for registration and details.

Girl Power! Sunday, June 15, 6pm. From a girl in war-torn Iran drawing her resilience from fairytales, to a queer Vietnamese refugee growing into motherhood, to a burgeoning young Black lesbian finding acceptance, these films are ripe with hope and power! The entire festival runs Friday, June 13-Sunday, June 15More information here!

Oakland Rising is hosting The Oakland Progressives Party on Wednesday June 18th from 5:30-7:30pm. This happy-hour fundraising is $35 and will get you wine, appetizers and networking with some amazing local social justice leaders, elected officials and community members committed to working together to build a united Oakland for everyone. RSVP here and join the movement on Facebook.
 
Frameline Films! "20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg" has two screenings: June 22, 1:30pm at Roxie Theatre, June 28, 1:30pm at Victoria Theatre. "Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy" screens on June 22, 6:30pm at Victoria Theatre. We hope you will join us at the theater! 

Are you part of a donor family as a parent, child, or donor? Take a survey for research on “Donors, Donor Siblings, and the Making of Families" and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate. Surveys and more info here
 
More opportunities for LGBTQ families!

Ongoing Groups

East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5  

Registration: Click Here!
When: Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland
 

Mamas and Papas East Bay

Registration: Click Here!
When: 1st Wednesdays, June 4, 5:30-7:30m
Where: Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley

 

Shake, Rattle, and Roll Ages 0-5 

Registration: Click Here!
When: June 7, 10am-12pm

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

San Francisco Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click Here!
When: Mondays, June 9 & 23, 10-11:30am
Where: Jamaroo Kids, 2001 Pine St., San Francisco



Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click HereAdmission to the Museum is FREE.
When: Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco


Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When:  June 21, 10am-12pm 

Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St.

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Our Family Coalition advances equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy.

 
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