Join other prospective parents at this quarter's Egg Meets Sperm Networking Mixer; if you already have kids in grades 6-12, check out our Youth Unity Project Campout!; to practice messages and impactful conversations, attend a Breakthrough Conversations training; and starting at the end of the month, acquire parenting skills at Positive Parenting Program: Teen.
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Hello from Allen
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Hello! I am ecstatic to join this team as the Donor Engagement Associate. Prior to working here at Our Family I was the Development coordinator at Teach For America Las Vegas Valley, soaking up the warmth (and surprisingly cold) winters and seeking equity for under-resourced students. I enjoy anything James Baldwin or Marc Lamont Hill, am a strict vegetarian, and will talk your ear off with immense love for the Bay Area.

Through my role here at OFC, I am working to diversify and expand our individual and corporate donor giving base. Today we are launching our Back to School campaign, focusing on the vitality of forming LBGTQ inclusive schools and the financial support we need to help foster affirming, welcoming, and bully-free schools. We are all about reciprocity. We hope we will have your support.

Allen Johnson

Upcoming Events

Egg Meets Sperm Networking Mixer

Ready to start a family? Missing either the egg or sperm? Looking for a co-parent? People interested in finding or being a known donor or co-parents can meet and discuss family-building options at this friendly, facilitated event. Open to people of all genders.

Registration: Click here!
When: Thursday, September 18, 6-8pm
Where: 180 2nd St., Oakland
This exciting event, led by OFC staff in collaboration with COLAGE, is for youth in grades 6-12. As part of Camping at the Presidio, all equipment, as well as guided ranger program, is included. After dropping off the kids, parents can grab a bite with other parents at a nearby eatery. 

Registration: Click here!
When: Friday, September 19, 5pm- Saturday, September 20, 4pm
Where: Rob Hill Campground, The Presidio, San Francisco

Practice the messages and skills to have impactful conversations, reduce anti-LGBTQ bias, deepen your personal relationships, improve the day-to-day lives of LGBTQ families, and build lasting support for LGBTQ equality! This evening's training focuses particular attention on messaging around our gender journeys, so trans and trans ally community members are encouraged to join.

Registration: Click here!
When: Tuesday, September 23, 6pm-8pm
Where: Our Family Coalition Office, 1385 Mission Street, Ste. 340, San Francisco

Positive Parenting Program: Teen

Over the course of 12 Tuesday evening classes, acquire the skills you need to help your teenager adjust to the changes and demands of adolescence, as you build and maintain strong relationships with one another.

Registration: Click here!
When: Tuesdays, September 30 thru December 16, 6-8pm
Where: Our Family Coalition Office, 1385 Mission Street, Ste. 340, San Francisco

Save the date: Gay Women's Gathering on October 8!

Community Announcements

LGBTQ Parents & Parents-to-Be Support Circle:
This drop-in circle is offered for LGBTQ parents and parents-to-be who are awaiting adoption, the birth of their child(ren) through surrogacy, or who are pregnant.
Every 2nd Thursday, 7pm-8pm (parents only circle)
Every 4th Saturday, 11am-12pm (babes in arms are welcome)
1367 Valencia St., San Francisco
For more information, visit

Welcoming Schools and Communities Summit
Saturday, October 4, 9am-5pm
Concord CA
Register here!
Inclusive Schools Coalition of Central and East Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Youth Advocacy Collaborative

Foster Care and Adoption Information
A Better Way, 3200 Adeline St., Berkeley
Thursday, October 16th, 6pm – 8pm
Do you have room in your heart and home to parent a child in need? Come learn about adoption (all ages) and also our new foster care programs for sexually exploited youth and independent living youth. Contact for more info.

Why is Economic Justice an LGBT Issue?
1800 Market St, San Francisco
October 21, 12pm – 5pm
Bring the family voice to this important public forum on LGBT communities most impacted by economic disparity in the Bay Area. This event is facilitated by the Center’s Economic Development Dept and community partners; including Our Family Coalition. Followed by a kickoff reception! Please CLICK HERE to RSVP for this important conversation.

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Ongoing Groups

SF Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click Here!
When: Thursdays, September 18, 25, 10-11:30am
Where: Jamaroo Kids, 2001 Pine St., San Francisco


East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5  - NEW LOCATION

Registration: Click Here!
When: Tuesdays, September 16, 23, 30, 9-10:30am
Where: FM Smith Recreation Center, 1969 Park Blvd, Oakland

Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click Here! Admission to the Museum is FREE.
When: 3rd Wednesdays, September 17, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When:  Saturday, September 20, 10am-12pm 
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco


Mamas and Papas East Bay

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

Gay Future Dads

For time and location, visit

Banned Books Week (this year, Sept 21– 27):
always a favorite among bibliophiles, and a particular favorite among we who keep finding books about us banned. Before it ends tomorrow, I wanted to call out a half dozen or so favorite kid’s book titles from our family’s library. . Continue reading...


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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