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Family field trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora; dance and play at Tyke Tunes; Family Activism Workshop; Disney on Ice; and more.
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YMCA Night is Almost Here!

Hello Families,
 
Did you notice our 17th LGBTQ Family Night at the YMCA is coming up? This year, we invite you to come take over the Downtown Berkeley YMCA for an unforgettably fun evening on Saturday, March 7, 5 – 8:30pm.

Hundreds of LGBTQ families from all over the Bay Area will come splash around in a pool, jump around in a bounce house and the kindergyms, shoot some hoops, do arts & crafts, enjoy story time, and much more - all in the same night. We are also bringing you some great entertainment from key community partners for the first time! You, your family, and friends will not want to miss it.

Buy raffle tickets on site and win fabulous family friendly prizes from local museums, amusement parks, restaurants and more! Be sure to register here in advance to secure your spot. Please feel free to send me a note if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you and your family!

Yusni Bakar   
Family Programs Coordinator    

Upcoming Events

Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate!

See a great show with other LGBTQ families, and receive a group rate! Register by February 17 to secure your discount tickets! 

Registration: Click here!
When:  Wednesday, February 18, 7:30pm
Where:
SAP Center 525 W Santa Clara St.
San Jose

Field Trip to Museum of the African Diaspora

Explore and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of the people of the African Diaspora around the world. This engaging tour will have something for everyone. All ages welcome!
 
Registration: Click here!
When:  Saturday, February 21, 12:15 - 2pm
Where: The Museum of the African Diaspora, 685
Mission St., San Francisco

Tyke Tunes

Led by N'kei Oruche of BoomShake, Tyke Tunes is a multicultural and multilingual music and movement sharing, play, and education class for children 0-8 years old and their adults. Music, songs, dance, circle time, drumming and percussion, and stories will be from various cultures and in diverse languages relevant to the families participating.
 
Registration: Click here!
When:  Saturdays, February 21, 28, 3-4:30pm
Where:  Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Ave.,
Oakland

Family Activism Workshop

This workshop will focus on ways that families can engage in political action as a family unit. The family-friendly workshop will have age-appropriate breakout sessions for adults, and youth ages 0-5, 6-10, and 11-17. Our hope is that families will leave with an ignited spirit and ideas for action.
 
Registration: Click here!
When:  Sunday, February 22, 3 - 5pm
Where:
California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco

Youth Unity Project Craft Night

It's DIY night! Hangout with other youth grades 6-12 as you learn how to make your own duct tape wallet, lip balm, and paper birds.
 
Registration: Click here!
When:  Friday, February 27, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where:
Our Family Coalition, 1385 Mission St., Ste. 340, San Francisco


Rainbow Letters

We'd like to remind you about an exciting new creative writing project for folks with LGBTQ parents - The Rainbow Letters. Started by writer Julia Winston and family equality activist Zach Wahls, The Rainbow Letters is a collection of original letters written by children of LGBT parents - of all ages and walks of life - intended to shed light on a perspective that is rarely examined. 

You can learn more by (1) visiting their website at www.therainbowletters.com, (2) checking out letter samples on Facebook at www.facebook.com/therainbowlettersproject, and / or (3) emailing them directly at info@therainbowletters.com. They hope to hear from you! 

Community Announcements


"Discipline and Structure," presented by Dr. Lisa Bennett
Thu, February 26, 6pm – 8pm
Our Family Coalition, 1385 Mission Street, Suite 340, San Francisco. Free Dinner! Free Childcare! www.aask.org.

"Building Attachments and Connecting with Adolescence" - Erin Brown
Friday, February 27, 6 - 8 PM
Bay Area Adoption Services, 465 Fairchild Drive, Suite 215, Mountain View. Free Dinner! Free Childcare! www.aask.org.

LGBT Estate Planning and Tax Issues, 18 months post-DOMA repeal
February 25th, 7:15-8:15pm
SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco
While the federal recognition of same-sex marriage has in many ways made estate planning and tax planning easier, in other ways, the issues are still divergent and more complicated than for opposite-sex married couples. More info at becklawgroup.com.

Free Webinar about Fost/Adoption
Wednesday, March 4, 12 noon and 7pm
Do you have room in your heart and home for a child waiting? Tune into this webinar to find out about the children, process and requirements. Contact Sharon at A Better Way or call 510-601-0203 X305.

UC Berkeley Journalism Project on Lesbian Couples & Insemination Process
A graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is working on a multimedia project about lesbian, bi and/or trans couples who have decided (or are thinking about) having a blood relative, i.e. a brother or cousin, donate sperm. Contact Leah Rose 415-404-5970.


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Ongoing Groups

East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5 - Alternate Locations for Rest of February!

Registration: Click here!
When: Tuesdays, February 17, 24, 9-10:30am
Where: For the next two weeks, EB Playgroup will be taking the playgroup on a series of fun excursions!
2/17: Habitot Children's Museum, 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley
2/24: TBD. Please call 415-981-1960

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click here!
When:  Saturday, February 21, 10am-12pm 
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco
 

SF Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click here!
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, February 23, March 9, 10:00 - 11:30am
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, Day & Sanchez Sts., San Francisco

 

Mamas and Papas East Bay

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

Queer Family Night  

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


Pockets of Fun and Love at the Berkeley YMCA: There were so many great moments that night, like talking to other parents and meeting new families or just watching our kids play. What sticks out for me most are small interactions that remind me why it matters that it was an LGBTQ friendly space. Continue reading...

Gay Future Dads

For time and location, visit gayfuturedads.org

 


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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