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In the Philly Area? Attend 'Family Pride' On October 5th!

Philadelphia Family Pride is hosting their 10th Annual "Family Matters" Conference on October 5th for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents, and their kids!

Guest post by Stephanie Haynes, the executive director of Philadelphia Family Pride

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Philadelphia Family Pride will hold their 10th Annual Family Matters Conference from 9am to 3:30pm for LGBTQ parents, prospective parents and their kids of all ages at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. The theme this year is "Telling Our Stories." Registration is now open!

In an interactive keynote, Anndee Hochman, author of the Philadelphia Inquirer's weekly "Parent Trip" column, will share highlights from her work as a journalist and memoirist. She'll invite conversation about the stories that shape us—what tales do we share? who does the telling? who is left out?—and how those stories, added up, are changing the world. Read her bio.


COLAGE staff (best known for running programming at Family Week in Ptown) will be on hand with programming for kids 7-13 years old. On site child care will be available for 0-6 year olds courtesy of St. Mary's Nursery School. New this year, there will be a Drag Queen Story Time with Brittany Lynn in the little kids space before lunch.


There are 16 workshops and panels planned for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents this year - Read more about these workshops and the schedule of the day on our web site.

The cost is a "pay what you can" sliding scale from $1 to $50 per adult. The fee includes child care, light breakfast, lunch and parking. Kids attend free. Please register now so we know to expect you.

More details and registration information can be found here: https://www.philadelphiafamilypride.org/family-matters-conference.html.

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