Celebrate Dias de los Muetros with Our Family Coalition at OMCA; gather with other LGBTQ parents to discuss parenting and books at the book club; join us at Longfellow Elementary for conversations on how to create LGBTQ inclusive schools; and of course, our annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash!
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LGBTQ Parents' Book Club
Polly Pagenhart Photo

I know that my kids take a lot of time, so it is a treat for me to carve out the space to read and reflect on parenting. We all parent in different ways, be it by instinct, observation, or reaction. Some of us even read parts of “how to” books for guidance (Do any of us ever have time to finish a book? If you do, don’t rub it in!).

This October 20, we’ll take on Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Here’s an excerpt from the first chapter so you can get your toes wet. You don’t need to read the whole book to come and enjoy the discussion! Just get as far as you can and be ready for spoilers and healthy debate!
As always, dinner and childcare will be provided free with advance registration, hereI am excited to participate in this group and look forward to shaping the group with all of you.

Polly Pagenhart
Our Family Coalition Family Programs Director

Upcoming Events

Strengthening Our Families: Social-Emotional Competence in the Early Years

In this group, for parents of children 0-8 years old, you'll learn the best ways to promote the social-emotional development of young children and enhance your parent-child relationship. Facilitated by Karen Fierer, MA, Early Childhood Education.

Registration: Click here!
When: Thursdays,  October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 6-8pm
Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland

Days of the Dead Celebration

Join us at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for a festive evening celebrating Días de los Muertos. Families can also experience the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine from the Off the Grid food trucks nearby before heading into the museum.

Registration: Click here!
When: Friday, October 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland


Our Family At Helix

Join Peninsula and South Bay Families for a morning of fun and education at Helix by Exploratorium. Followed by no-cost lunch at Fiesta Vallarta.

Some of the highlights will include an"Exploring Light and Shadow Workshop" where we'll dance and play in our colored shadows installation, and then make shadow puppets. Fun for all ages
. Please register by October 16th so that our host can make an accurate lunch reservation.

Registration: Click here!
When: Saturday, October 18, 10:30am-12pm

Where: Helix by Exploratorium, 301 State St., Los Altos 

Parents' Book Club

Gather with LGBTQ parents to discuss parenting and this month's book Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Facilitated by Polly Pagenhart, author of the Lesbian Dad blog and OFC Family Programs Director.

Registration: Click here!
When: Monday, October 20, 6-8pm
Where: Alley Cat Book Store, 3036 24th St., San Francisco 

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.

Everyone's School: A Town Hall on Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Classrooms - San Francisco

Join us for an evening of dinner and conversation about how to create LGBTQ inclusive schools! Meet children’s authors, hear success stories from other parents, and create action plans with teachers to make your school more welcoming for LGBTQ families.

Registration: Click here!
When: Thursday, October 23, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Longfellow Elementary, 755 Morse St, San Francisco

Monster Mash Halloween Bash

The SF LGBT Center will be transformed into a creepy-fun Halloween experience with activities and crafts, capped by an ever-popular costume fashion show. Bring outgrown Halloween costumes to share, and a potluck dish if you can. Family members of all ages will have a great time.

Registration: Click here!
When: Saturday, October 25, 12pm-2pm
Where: SF LGBT Center,1800 Market St., San Francisco

Community Announcements

LGBTQ Parents & Parents-to-Be Support Circle:
Every 2nd Thursday, 6pm-7pm (parents only circle)
Every 4th Saturday, 11am-12pm (babes in arms are welcome)
1367 Valencia St., San Francisco
For more information, visit

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.

Building Attachments: Helping Parents of Teenagers and Adolescents
Bay Area Adoption Services Office (465 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View)
10/29/14 from 6 - 8 PM
With Anquenette Robinson, Heart and Soul Life Strategies. Free Dinner, and Free Childcare with an RSVP. Contact or visit for more info.

Adopt a Special Child - Attachment Parenting Part 1
Our Family Coalition Office, 1385 Mission Street, Suite 340, San Francisco
November 7 from 6 - 8pm
With Devon Rubin, LCSW. More events and information, contact or visit

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Ongoing Groups

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

Registration: Click Here!
When: Every Tuesday, October 21, 28, 9-10:30am
Where: FM Smith Recreation Center, 1969 Park Blvd, Oakland

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When:  Third Saturdays, October 18, 10am-12pm 
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click Here! Admission to the Museum is FREE.
When: Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco


Mamas and Papas East Bay

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

Watch this space! SF Parent-Child Play Group is taking a break and restarting November 3 at Upper Noe Rec Center!

Save the date for Tyke Tunes!
Starts November 1.

Save the date for Cooking Matters!
Starts November 4.

Gay Future Dads

For time and location, visit


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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