Calling all Grandparents - A Shout Out for Night Out! Plus upcoming events about the ACA and DOMA, an Elephant Seal Walk, LGBTQ Prospective Parent Pot Luck, Transracial Adoption Workshops, and more.
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Staff's Mom Snippet: Calling all Grandparents - A Shout Out for Night Out!

Dear Friends and Family,
OFC's Night Out is always a great evening. This year, I want to invite other grandparents out there to join the Grandparents' Brigade; let's have dinner and party while supporting OFC's work toward a better world for our LGBT children and our grandchildren.

It will be a time when we can all brag about our great families. So: if you are a grandparent, or if you have a parent (your kids' grandparent) whose folks are up for a good party, contact Let's have the funnest table at NIGHT OUT.
I look forward to celebrating our families with you, 
Veta - Kobi & Talia's grammy (Judy Appel's Mom)

Upcoming Events

Understanding the Affordable Care Act

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

Separating with Hearts and Smarts

Registration: Click Here!
When: Monday, February 10, 6-8pm
Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland, 94618

Colors of Our Family: Transracial Adoption Series

African-American Hair I
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When: Sunday, February 16, 12-2pm
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market

Examining White Privilege
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When: Tuesday, February 25, 6-8pm
Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland

African-American Hair II
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When: Sunday, March 2, 12-2pm
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market

Check this space and our website for more events in this series coming in March!

Taxes and Estate Planning Issues After DOMA

San Francisco
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When: Thursday, February 20, 6-8pm
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market

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When: Monday, February 24, 6-8pm
Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland

LGBTQ Prospective Parent Potluck

Registration: Click Here!
When: Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8pm
Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland

Pups at Play! Año Nuevo Elephant Seal Walk

Registration: 1pm & 1:15pm
When: Saturday, February 15, 1pm & 1:15pm
Where: Año Nuevo State Reserve, New Years Creek Rd., Pescadero

Save the Date for Night Out!

On April 10, 2014 Our Family Coalition will host its annual Night Out at the elegant InterContinental San Francisco.

Join us as Sponsor - opportunities start at $250.
Join us as a Table Captain - purchase or sell 10 tickets and fill a table with your friends and family for a fabulous Night Out. Contact Sandy Russell for more information.

For more information, email us at


Community Announcements & Events

Call to Action! RALLY to PROTEST RISING REPRESSION in RUSSIA Saturday, February 8 · 11am–1pm, United Nations Plaza, 7th & Market Streets San Francisco. For more information or to endorse, call 415-730-2917 or 415-678-8232 or email

Marriage Equality USA is looking for your help. If you want to be a part of our country's momentum toward marriage equality, come to the SF Center from 5:30-8:30pm Tuesdays 1/28-2/18 to ask our supporters in New Mexico to call their legislators!

Community Survey on the Next Oakland Superintendent of Schools: This spring the Oakland School Board will hire a new Superintendent of Schools. You can take the 5-10 minute survey and sign up to get more involved here. Please complete the survey by January 31.

Baby Steps: A film competition that asks "Here's what I do with my kids, what do you do with yours?" Submit family videos!

LGBTQ Parenting Book Project: Share your experiences regarding your journey to parenthood and raising children in a LGBTQ household. Submissions due by February 28th. Contact Eric at

Martin and Music: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Words and Music. Presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7 – 9 pm. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland. Rsvp today.

San Francisco Teens and YA (Young Adult) Mindfulness Classes: Fridays February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 from 4:00-5:30pm at The Center for Creative Expression, 300 Chenery St. San Francisco 94131. More info on the flyer.

Ongoing Groups

Born from the Heart: Prospective Foster & Adoption Group

Registration: Click Here!
When: Saturday, February 1, 10am-12pm
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market
Come to discuss the joys, challenges, and many roads of adoption for those in the adoption process or considering adoption.  


East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5  

Registration: Click Here!
When:February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

Mama's and Papa's East Bay

Registration: Click Here!
When: 1st Wednesdays, February 5, March 5, 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: 2nd and 4th Mondays, February 10, 24, March 10, 24, 10-11:30m
Where: Jamaroo Kids, 2001 Pine St., San Francisco

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When: 3rd Saturdays, February 15, March 15, 10am-12pm 
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St.

Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click Here!
When: 3rd Wednesdays, February 19, March 19, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

Have a chance to connect with other families while your younger kids get to play in the toddler space and the older ones engage in a fun activity. Admission to the Museum is FREE.

Be a Family Advocate

Join Our Family Coalition in the Family Advocacy Program for your Oakland School

Calling on all families to host events, programs, or activities that support their schools to: honor diversity; challenge gender stereotypes; stop name-calling and teasing. More info on the flyer.

We Want to Feature Your Family! Extended Deadline

We're working on promotional materials to replace our brochures and we want to feature YOU and your family!

Help us find the photos that will represent the diverse faces and forms of family in our communities. We welcome all types of family units.

Send a high-res photo (at least 900 pixels on the longest side) of you and your family doing something you love by February 24th to be considered to .

By sending in your photos, you grant Our Family Coalition the perpetual and royalty-free license to save, post, and use the photo for our publicity materials.

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