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Welcoming and inclusive schools for LGBTQ families in the East Bay; information sharing and community building at the LGBQ Foster-Adoption Mini Conference; save the date for the Winter Holiday Party; and more.
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End LGBTQ Exclusion from History!
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Like many of you, I grew up without ever seeing fair or accurate representations of LGBTQ people in my social sciences or history classes. As a queer Latina, I frequently felt invisible and excluded from our History. As you can imagine, the fact that we now have the perfect opportunity to update our History-Social Science Framework here in California makes me super excited. But we need your help! 

The current recommendations to the Framework still exclude lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and LGBT people of color. There is no mention of Stonewall, LGBT families/adoption, or LGBT people in the military. Our family Coalition is working closely with many partners and the Department of Education to change that, but they also need to hear from you by Nov 25! Will you help us by submitting a public comment about what you think needs to be included? Here's a link that you can check out for details and sample comments. Thank you all for standing with us as we push for a truly inclusive curriculum in our State!

Renata Moreira
Policy & Communications Director

Upcoming Events

Everyone's School: Town Hall

Join us with fellow parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and community members to help build the foundations for creating more welcoming and inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ families.

Registration: Click here!
When: Thursday, November 20, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Glenview Elementary, 4215 La Cresta Ave., Oakland

Adoptive parent David Edmunds facilitates a morning of information sharing and community building for prospective adoptive parents. Featuring speakers from: Adopt a Special KidAdoption ConnectionFamily Builders; and Pact. Smaller, more personalized group discussions will follow panel presentations.

Registration: Click here!
When: Saturday, November 22, 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Parents' Book Group

MEET AUTHOR PATRICIA POWELL at our upcoming book group! Connect with other LGBTQ parents to discuss The Pagoda, by Patricia Powell. Set in 1893 Jamaica, it follows the story of LGBTQ parents of color finding their authentic selves within the truths and secrets of their multiple identities. Dinner and childcare provided free with advance registration.

Registration: Click here!
When:  Monday, Decmeber 15, 6-8pm
Where:  Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., San Francisco
 

Community Announcements

San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest Meet Up
The award-winning S.F. International Hip Hop DanceFest will present some of the most inspiring hip hop dance companies from all over the globe. The Youth Unity Project will have the opportunity to witness some of the best Hip Hop dancing in the world on a single stage at The Palace Of Fine Arts Theater. More info and registration here.

LGBTQ Parents & Parents-to-Be Support Circle
Presented by Adopt a Special Kid. Friday, 11/21/14 from 6 - 8 PM at the Bay Area Adoption Services Office (465 Fairchild Drive, Suite 215, Mountain View). Free dinner and free childcare with RSVP!

"Managing Anger and Aggression" with Paul Gibson, LCSW
Natural Resources, 1367 Valencia St., San Francisco
For more information, visit www.naturalresources-SF.com.

Looking for Gay Dads
A psychologist in Oakland is doing a research project about parenting roles in families with two same-sex parents and is looking for participants. If you are a parent in a family of two gay dads with one or more young children who are open to talking, contact Emily Seidel, Psy.D, eseidel5@yahoo.com, 510-658-7550.

Children's Book for Donor-Conceived Kids
Zak's Safari is a beautifully illustrated book for donor-conceived kids and kids of two-mom families. It teaches kids about basic conception, genetic inheritance, and known and unknown sperm donors. The book depicts loving, playful, and genuine family relationships. To go to print, Zak's Safari needs to reach its Kickstarter goal by the end of November.

Queer Ancestors Project
Free workshop exploring queer ancestors and linocut printmaking for queer and trans artists age 18 to 26. Supplies included. Spaces limited. More information and application and katiegilmartin.com. Applications due 5pm, December 8, 2014.

Prenups With Heart: Interactive workshops for LGBTQ and heterosexual couples.
Do marriage your way! Learning how to lovingly talk about money is the most romantic gift you can give your partner. Turn money conversations into intimacy. An introductory workshop is Tuesday December 9th, 6pm-8pm. More info and registration at: www.PrenupsWithHeart.com


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Ongoing Groups

East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5

Registration: Click Here!
When: Every Tuesday, November 18, 25, 9-10:30am
Where: FM Smith Rec Ctr., 1969 Park Blvd, Oakland

Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click Here! Admission to Museum is FREE.
When: Wednesday, November 19, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

SF Parent-Child Play Group - NEW LOCATION

Registration: Click Here!
When: Monday, November 24, 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, December 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley

The Transgender Parent Support Group will return in January!

It’s Time to Make Education FAIR As a person of color that went through the ‘American’ K-12 education system, I felt that the social sciences we were taught did not accurately reflect the history of communities of color or any other marginalized groups–times minorities were mentioned were when we learned about exploitation, colonization, racism, etc.. 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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