International Workers Day Regional March; LGBTQ Family Night at the YMCA; tyke tunes parent-child movement and music playgroup; Cinco de Mayo festivities; behind the screens. And more!
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International Workers Day Regional March
Hi families & friends! 

Did you know that today is International Workers' Day, a day to uphold workers’ struggle around the world? Working families will take to the streets all over the globe to march, listen to inspiring speeches, and honor the sacrifice of labor activists. We are proud to have joined forces with Oakland Sin Frontera and many other partners to stand united against the deportation and separation of immigrant families, and for the legalization of our undocumented brothers and sisters. Please join us as we work to bring visibility to our loved ones and help make real social change that impacts lives of LGBTQ parents and our kids.
Renata Moreira, Policy Director
PS: Join us TODAY, May 1 at 3:30PM at Fruitvale Bart Plaza to show your support for working class families. Opening Rally, 4 pm. The March starts at 5:30pm. We will return to Fruitvale Bart Plaza for a Closing Rally and Celebration. Click here for more info. Hope to see you there! 

Upcoming Events

16th Annual LGBTQ Family Night at the YMCA

Registration: Click Here!
When: Saturday, May 3, 5-9pm
Where: Berkeley Downtown YMCA, 2001 Allston Way, Berkeley

LGBTQ parents and children enjoy each other's company and countless activities planned by the YMCA, including swimming for all ages, kindergym, activities for older children, sports, arts and crafts, and loads of entertainment. This event is part of International Family Equality Day.

Cinco de Mayo LGBTQ Family Fun Time

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Our 4th Annual LGBTQ Family Celebration at Mission Neighborhood Center's Cinco de Mayo Party will include an OFC family booth with giveaways, temporary tattoos, and face painting.

Register: Click Here!
When: Saturday, May 3, 10am
Valencia St. between 21st and 24th Streets

Behind the Screens: Tech Use for Modern Families

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help your kids safely and responsibly navigate the world of social media, gaming, video chatting, and texting. We will have a family portion and then split up for separate, interactive parent and youth programs. Facilitated by Rosina Keren, MSW.

Register: Click Here!
When: Thursday, May 8, 6-8pm
Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., SF

Family Service Day at Children's Fairyland

Beautify Children's Fairyland with a group of LGBTQ families. Projects include making fairy houses, tying ribbons on plastic keys, light gardening, and tea time. OFC will provide lunch. No charge to stay in the park and play the rest of the day!

Register: Click Here!
When: Saturday, May 10, 10am-1pm
Where: Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland

Give back on Give Out Day! This is your chance to make a difference. Has Our Family Coalition been there for you through our events, workshops, playgroups and other resources? Now is your chance to give back.

Register: Click Here!
When: Thursday, May 15, all day
Where: Anywhere!

Tyke Tunes

Tyke Tunes is movement and music, sharing and play for young children and their adults, put on by Boom Shake.

Register: Click Here!
When:  May 17, June 21, 10am-12pm
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

Youth Leadership & Empowerment

This practical series will bring youth together to learn to be assertive when bullied, to be an ally, and to build a toolbox of skills. Participants will find an expressive voice and move around and play to keep energized.

Attendees are encouraged to attend all three workshops.

Register: Click Here!
When: Sundays, May 18, 25, June 1, 11am-2pm Please note new time!
Where: Our Family Coalition Office, 1385 Mission St. Suite 340, San Francisco

You bring your picnic lunch and your kids, we bring a sweet discount on movie tickets. We all have a blast eating, playing in the grass, and then watching a movie! Movie choice TBA. 

Register: Click Here!
When: May 24, 11:30am-2pm
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, 750 Howard, San Francisco

Breakthrough Conversations for LGBTQ Families and Advocates

Back by popular demand! This transformative, research-based, advocacy tool will help you deepen your practice of powerful one-on-one conversations for equity. Our trainers will share the latest messaging research and coach you and your family members to have powerful breakthrough conversations about LGBTQ people and our families. 

Registration: Click Here!
When: Thursday, May 29
Where: Berkeley Public Library - South Branch, 1901 Russell St., Berkeley
Childcare and dinner provided. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Ongoing Groups


Shake, Rattle, and Roll Ages 0-5 

Registration: Click Here!
When: May 3; June 7, 10am-12pm
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5  

Registration: Click Here!
When: Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

Mamas and Papas East Bay

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

San Francisco Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click Here!
When: Monday,  May 12, 26, June 9, 23, 10-11:30m
Where: Jamaroo Kids, 2001 Pine St., San Francisco

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When:  May 17, June 21, 10am-12pm 

Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St.


Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click Here! Admission to the Museum is FREE.
When: 3rd Wednesdays, May 21, June 18, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco


Community Announcements & Events

Learn about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and have a say in how our public monies are spent in schools. The LCFF specifies that our neediest students—low income students, English language learners and foster youth—will get the resources they deserve. Come to a town hall forum to learn how LCFF will affect your community and your school, and share your priorities for our students and our schools.

Exploring the Future of Reproduction: As technology marches on, what are the medical and ethical ramifications for individuals, for families, and for society? May 1, 6-9pm. UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, Byers Hall, 600 16th St., San Francisco. Registration.

On Your Feet Foundation, Northern California invites you to an early celebration of Mother’s Day, honoring 1st/birth mothers, women who placed a child for adoption. The event will be in the North Bay, on Sunday afternoon, May 4 at the Petaluma Woman’s Club at 518 “B”Street in Petaluma, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $25.00. Scholarships are available. For more information visit or 415-987-7715.

Paid Opportunity for lesbian-led multi-generational family in the Bay Area for public education videos! The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), which leads LGBT messaging research projects, is conducting focus groups where they will be showing videos of LGBT people talking about their experiences as well as supportive straight allies. Selected family (to be featured) should include same-sex female couple, teenage kid(s) and one or two parents of the couple (grand-parents). Videos will only be shown in focus groups and will not be used publicly. Interested? Contact

From the Blog

Rituals have always been used to signify a change or rite of passage, or to mark a transition in the life of a person or community. Although they are often interwoven with religious traditions, rituals can be anything that symbolizes and celebrates a life change.  We mark birthdays, baptisms, bar/bat mitzvahs, and weddings with a special ceremony, so why not open adoptions? 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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