Category Archives: Announcement

Announcing the LGBTQ History Stakeholder Forum

We have an exciting change of plans to share: in putting together California’s inaugural Make History, Teach History: An LGBTQ History Symposium over the past few months, we have connected with many stakeholders who’ve been eager to help co-create a high quality LGBTQ-inclusive professional learning program for teachers and administrators. During this process, one thing has become clear: many more organizations want to contribute than we’d anticipated.

So we’re shifting the focus of our October 12 event:  it will now be an LGBTQ History Stakeholder Forum.  Its goal: to convene key stakeholders to provide input on the best way to deliver the state’s inaugural LGBTQ-inclusive professional development program for K12 history and social science educators.

Rather than exploring lesson plans, classroom engagement, and school community trouble-shooting and advocacy, we’ll be inviting interested community members and thought leaders – this means you – to influence the larger planning processes, with facilitated sessions on key questions such as:

  • What are the best structures, content, and strategies to provide professional development for administrators and teachers around implementing the teaching of LGBTQ history in our schools?
  • What does the research inform us about teaching LGBTQ history?
  • How can we best collaborate and leverage the resources we each have, to get the best materials to educators?
  • What academic institutions, education professionals, organizations, companies, and others should be involved?
  • How do we support school districts in the implementation of policies consistent with the FAIR Education Act and of LGBTQ history teaching that is aligned with the new state History/ Social Science Frameworks?
  • How can we impact the education of all students so they are more engaged in learning, in a way that improves retention and graduation rates, and leads to more college- and career-readiness?

We’ll facilitate discussion among educators and educational stakeholders, bringing all our collective insight to bear on the content and structure of the inaugural LGBTQ history professional learning program (to be hosted in Spring 2019).

We look forward to planning this important work together with you October 12th, at the Google Community Space in San Francisco, and in the months to come.

For further info and to register, visit the event page here.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED.

SEE THE LGBT HISTORY STAKEHOLDER FORUM FOR FURTHER INFO. 

Schools across California are now, for the first time in our state’s history, required to include Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) representations of the LGBTQ community in K-12 History and Social Studies curriculum. Now it’s time to ensure ALL teachers and administrators receive the necessary support to properly implement and incorporate the new material into their lesson plans and school districts across the state.

“We want to make sure that the people that come after us are better off,” says Rick Oculto, Education Manager of Our Family Coalition. “And not just better off but better than us: better understanding, better caring, better at empathy, better at creating a world where we understand that we all belong.”

Our Family Coalition is proud to invite you to the inaugural “Make History, Teach History Symposium (MHTH),” a groundbreaking conference in San Francisco where attendees will access successful strategies to teach and effectively incorporate this subject matter into existing teaching practices. All will receive sample lesson plans and opportunities for 1:1 coaching on best practices for mitigating and addressing potential concerns from parents or schools as we move to incorporating LGBTQ inclusive instructional materials. Mark your calendars for October 12th!  Continuing Education Units provided.

Audience: K-12 Administrators and Teachers.

Subjects covered include:

► Elementary, Middle, and High School Lesson Plans and Curriculum
► Respectful Language for Identities of Historical Figures
► CA Textbook Adoption Criteria
► Communicating with Resistant School Communities
► Legal Responsibilities and Connecting with SEL Initiatives
► Building a network of teachers and learners to teach LGBTQ history

The “Make History, Teach History (MHTH)” SF & LA initiative is brought to you by Our Family Coalition in collaboration with the Committee on LGBT History, the GLBT Historical Society, and San Francisco State University. Symposium promotional partnership and sponsorship opportunities still available. The L.A. Symposium will be hosted in the Spring. Please complete this form should your organization be interested in becoming a sponsor or promotional partner. Make History By Teaching History! Please contact education@ourfamily.org to join us!

Join us at Night Out to thank Salesforce for fierce advocacy

Night Out is a party with a mission.  Sure, it’s a night of festivity, food, and fellowship. But we’re also there to party with a purpose: we celebrate our wins over the past year, and we marshal resources for our work in the year to come. And perhaps most important, we express our deep gratitude to the people and organizations who have championed LGBTQ families over the previous year.

Salesforce Outforce members carry the Salesforce #EqualityForAll banner at San Francisco Pride.

We are honoring Salesforce as our private sector Ally this year, and for very good reason. The company is committed to equity and inclusion in the workplace, earning a number one ranking on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” as well as Indeed’s “Best Place to Work” list and the Employee’s Choice award on Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” list. With approximately 20,000 employees, that adds up to a lot of LGBTQ parents and caregivers experiencing a strong, supportive workplace.

Tony Prophet’s selfie with Salesforce staff at Pride in Hyderabad, India

But Salesforce’s allyship goes even further than this.  Their workplace equity advocacy is exemplary, with clearly articulated equality-driven values, and a record both of supporting LGBTQ relationship recognition and of fighting attempts to roll back protections of LGBT Qpeople in the states which have been doing so, signing a friend of the court brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and going so far as to cancel all corporate travel to Indiana and subsidize LGBTQ employee relocations when it proposed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  

The leadership on this issue comes from the top: CEO Mark Benioff and “the other CEO,” Salesforce’s founding Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet, who will be receiving the Ally Award on behalf of Salesforce.  In explaining his work, Prophet has said,

Naturally, companies are going to stand for equality and non-discrimination in the workplace. That is imperative. We are also dedicated to standing for equality in the communities where we serve not just our own interests but for the interests our customers, the interests of our partners and for the interests of our employees and their families.

Prophet’s own commitment to LGBTQ advocacy goes deep, and indicates that he’s every bit as devoted an ally as is Salesforce:

My son is a proud LGBTQ advocate and a member or the LGBTQ community. I’ve been on this journey with my son as a father and I’ve come a million miles on that journey with all the things that I have learned and seen through the eyes of my son how it feels to be LGBTQ. When you hear statistics, there are abstract numbers — thousands and millions. But when you see one person that you love and you’re putting yourself in their shoes, you see how they’re experiencing life and the things that they celebrate and the things that cause them great heartache, how it feels, those are things that change your life.

Allies like this indeed change our lives. Join us on May 11 to help celebrate and give thanks. And if you have even more to give: some sponsorships are still available: contact jenny@ourfamily.org or call 415-981-1960 for more information.

Join us at our Night Out Gala on May 11th! Announcing our 2018 honorees.

Hello, friends and families!

It’s time for another Night Out! For ten years, Night Out has been the only event exclusively supporting LGBTQ families with children in the Bay Area. Night Out brings together hundreds of the Bay Area’s most committed leaders and partners in the LGBTQ family justice and education movement. Elected officials, corporate sponsors, community partners, and major donors gather together to celebrate our families and our accomplishments, and marshal the resources for Our Family Coalition’s future.

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 6pm, we’ll gather and celebrate at the InterContinental, San Francisco. Will you join us? Early Bird tickets are on sale through midnight April 15.

This year we’ll be honoring three powerful advocates for our families. We’re proud to announce:

  • Tony Prophet, founding Chief Equality Officer at Salesforce,  will be receiving our Ally Award on behalf of Salesforce for their work advancing gender, LGBTQ, and racial equity at Salesforce and beyond.
  • Evan Low, California State Assemblymember representing 28th District, will receive our Luminary Award for his work advancing equity for LGBTQ Californians as the co-chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.
  • Shayna Cureton, of Abundant Beginnings, will receive our Community Partner Award on behalf of their team for Abundant’s amazing activism work to create social change in our schools and our communities.
  • At Night Out this year we’ll also be launching a thrilling new Emeritus Board that will harvest the brain trust of OFC’s over twenty years of change-making and support. Stay tuned!

We offer our thanks to the dozens of leading companies, organizations, and individuals who have already committed to making this year’s event a huge success, including Brio Financial Group, Ettinger Foundation, Pacific Fertility CenterPure StorageTarget, and many more.

Sponsorship opportunities and benefits are still available! Please email Jenny@ourfamily.org by April 20 if you’d like to join these visionary advocates for LGBTQ families.

It’s an evening of inspiration not to be missed. I’m looking forward to welcoming you on May 11th.

Warmly,


Executive Director

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Tell us what you want – what you really, really want

Hello, beautiful community!

We at Our Family Coalition are taking a long look at the local and national landscape, the work we’ve been doing locally, and the work that’s ahead of us. For over 20 years, we’ve been guided by a mission to ensure that LGBTQ families in the Bay Area and beyond get the resources, training, support, and advocacy they need to enjoy legal and social equity, visibility in our culture and our schools, strong bonds within our communities and with our allies, and strong families – regardless of who we are or where we live.

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The Spice Girls, imploring as only they can.

So, tell us what you want – what you really, really want! To help us focus this vision and set our course.

What direction do you think we should take? What issues, projects, resources should we put our efforts into, to make your family’s life fuller and more free? What matters to you most, what transformations in LGBTQ and LGBTQ family community feel the most pressing to you?

WE’VE GOT JUST THE SHORT SURVEY FOR YOU!

It’s short and sweet (an episode of your favorite show would take longer), and though it’s anonymous, you can choose to enter to win a $50 VISA gift certificate if you share your email and are open to follow-up questions.

What do you say?

[survey will be open through the end of the first week of April]

Now Is the Time for Love: A Joint Statement with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Así somos, by Tania Cataldo

Alongside our colleagues at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, we issued this statement today, in light of the recent anniversaries of the Pulse and Charleston massacres, each of which came during a week that also saw mass shootings at a San Francisco UPS facility and a baseball diamond in Alexandria, Virginia. On the eve of the 47th Annual SF LGBTQ Pride Parade and the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s famed Summer of Love, now is the time to come together and proclaim our commitment to love, justice, and peace. (PDF here.)

 

Last week saw the one year anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse night club in Orlando, FL on Latin Night. Some 49 people, most young, LGBTQ, and Latinx, lost their lives to hate. Just a few days later in San Francisco, a UPS driver opened fire at his workplace, killing four, including himself. That same day a gunman in Alexandria, VA opened fire on congressional representatives practicing on a baseball field: many were wounded; one remains in critical condition. And Saturday, June 17th brought the two-year anniversary of the Charleston Church Massacre in which nine African Americans worshipping at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were gunned down by a white supremacist who sought to incite a race war.

Regardless of motive, or weapon, or number of victims, all murders are reprehensible, and should continue to shock, even as they become less and less surprising.

On the eve of LGBTQ Pride weekend in San Francisco and the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, we call for all community members, across the spectrum of political belief and personal identity, to embrace what unites us with more passion than we are drawn to what divides us. And to act on that embrace of love to create equitable and just communities. Violence is never a solution. In almost every dilemma, love–whether of peace, of justice, of community, or of family–always is.

As organizations founded on the respect for human dignity and the value of equity, we know the power of communities, united. We invite you all to join us at the upcoming SF LGBT Pride gatherings for allies and LGBTQI community members of all backgrounds: come to pre-Trans March youth activities, an LGBTQ family brunch the morning of the Dyke March, or march with us at the San Francisco’s LGBTQ Pride Parade on Sunday. See ourfamily.org for event details or sf-hrc.org for more information.

In solidarity,

Renata Moreira

Executive Director, Our Family Coalition

 

Susan Belinda Christian

Commission Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Family-Friendly Pride Events, Extended Bay Area Edition!

Folks, it’s Pride-a-palooza time! A month filled with opportunities to connect with other LGBTQ families, as the (school-aged) kids finish off the school year and the summer busts into view.

Below are a dozen family-friendly events you can attend to get your pride on with your little ones. Have fun!


A’s Pride Night

June 6
Oakland Coliseum,
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
7pm-9pm

More info / Register now!

 

 



San Mateo Pride

June 10
San Mateo Central Park,
50 East 5th Ave, San Mateo
12pm-4pm

More info / Register now!

 

 

 

LGBQIA Pride Storytime

June 10
Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St.,
San Francisco

12:00pm-1:30pm

Visit the library for a special family storytime and craft project celebrating LGBTQIA Pride and all kinds of families. The program will be aimed at kids and families from preschool to age 8, but everyone is welcome. No registration is necessary, just show up. Email maggie.frankel@sfpl.org if you have any questions.


Queer Women of Color Film Festival

June 10-11
Brava Theater Center,
2789 24th St, San Francisco

Childcare at closing night screening

More info / Register now!

 

 

 

City of El Cerrito Loving Day Celebration

June 11
El Cerrito City Hall Civic Plaza, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
12:00pm-3:00pm

Loving Day honors the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, the case that overturned the ban on interracial marriage. This FREE event will have activities for the whole family, including music, arts and crafts, photo booth fun, and a free screening of the documentary “The Loving Story.” More info at el-cerrito.org/lovingday.

Drag Queen Story Hour!

June 17
Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
12:00pm

RADAR Productions and SFPL present Drag Queen Story Hour. Join us for a unique and unforgettable story hour with special guest Yves St. Croissant! Includes face painting, songs and more! For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Please call 415-355-5618 or email paula.heaney@sfpl.org  for more information.


Frameline Family Matinee: “The Lego Movie”

June 18
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.,
San Francisco

10:30am

More info / Register now!

 

Frameline Family Interest
Movie: “The F Word”

June 18
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St.,
San Francisco

1:30pm

June 20
Elmwood Theater, 2966 College Ave,
Berkeley

7:00pm

More info / Register now!

 


Coming Up Queer

June 18
Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St.,
San Francisco

1:30pm

More info / Register now!


Trans March

June 23
Hellen Diller Playground,
Dolores Park, 19th St. at
Dolores St., San Francisco

Family Activities 2-5pm,
March 6pm

More info / Register now!

 
Dyke March
Playground Brunch

June 24
Hellen Diller Playground,
Dolores Park, 19th St. at
Dolores St., San Francisco

10am-12pm

More info / Register now!

 

 

 

Drag Queen Story Hour!

June 24
Dimond Recreation Center
3860 Hanly Rd., Oakland
10:30am

Celebrate Pride weekend at the Oakland debut of Drag Queen Story Hour, with face painting, cookies – and stories and songs led by Black Benatar! Black Benatar thinks kids are the best and loves reading books to them that celebrate lgbtq and multicultural families and identities.

More info / Register now!


SF LGBTQ Pride Parade & Family Garden

June 25

LOWER MARKET STREET AREA, STEP-OFF BLOCK TBA

March in the LGBTQ Family Contingent at the SF Pride Parade! Our precise gathering time and block are TBA; watch out website for details in mid-June.

CIVIC CENTER PLAZA PLAYGROUND,
CORNER OF POLK ST. AND McALLISTER RIGHT IN FRONT OF CITY HALL

Join in fun art activities, face painting, and more at the Family Garden, open from 11am – 4pm.

More info / Register now!


Celebrate Pride Month by Using Your Health Insurance

#Out2Enroll
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, Burbank

The Affordable Care Act has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of LGBTQ individuals and families. Millions of LGBTQ people across the country have benefited from the Affordable Care Act. Many have gotten health insurance for the first time, gotten covered as a family for the first time, received financial help to make coverage more affordable, and accessed covered health services, including transition-related care, for the first time. Use Pride month to show that the Affordable Care Act is working for our communities and to push back against Congress’ efforts to repeal or weaken the law. Learn more at out2enroll.org.

 


Rainbow Storytime

June 25
Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.,
San Francisco

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Join the library for a special family storytime celebrating LGBTQIA Pride. Email kimberly.lauer@sfpl.org for more information.

 

 

Gender Odyssey Los Angeles

June 28-20
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, Burbank

Gender Odyssey Los Angeles is a two-day conference for Professionals seeking to advance their understanding of gender diversity and transgender identities in children, teens, and adults. Leading experts will offer sessions covering gender identity across the lifespan and life experience. Programming is targeted toward medical and behavioral health care providers, teachers and school administrators, social workers, care givers and guardians, attorneys, employers and recruiters, government employees, and students preparing for these professions. Offering CEUs for California Fiduciaries & Guardians and CMEs (pending approval). More info on the Gender Odyssey site.

 


Save the Date:
Family Pride Day at
Habitot

July 30
2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley
10am-1pm

 



Save the Date:
Oakland Pride & Family Garden

September 10

Change at Our Family Coalition

by Judy Appel
Executive Director, Our Family Coalition

After over ten years at the helm of Our Family Coalition, I will be concluding my time as Executive Director next month. I will join California School-Based Health Alliance as Executive Director, building on the educational equity I am so passionate about in my role on the Berkeley School Board. I am deeply honored to have been a part of this organization, with all of you.

I am very pleased to announce that Renata Moreira-Bilella – Our Family Coalition’s talented Communications and Policy Director and last summer’s Acting Executive Director – has the Board of Directors’ unanimous endorsement as Interim Executive Director this fall, as the Board conducts a comprehensive search and review process for the next Executive Director.

Renata-Judy-NightOut - 1In my eleven years at Our Family Coalition, I am proud to have seen the organization grow from local, to regional, to national prominence. The staff has grown from only two of us to over a dozen, and its annual budget has grown from a few hundred  thousand to over a million dollars. Our family support work now includes over 200 events per year, reaching nearly 3,000 community members from across the Bay Area. We work in coalition with some 120 nonprofit and social justice partners, serving statewide as an LGBTQ-inclusive voice on family issues, and a family voice on LGBTQ issues.

Policy wins during my tenure at Our Family Coalition have been numerous, including most recently the passage of our first co-sponsored bill: AB 960, the Equal Protection for All Families Act. We’ve seen Our Family Coalition take the lead as the state’s training source for Welcoming and Inclusive Schools, ensuring all children are educated in an environment that recognizes, understands, and respects their families and their whole selves. Finally, Our Family Coalition has developed an approach to LGBTQ social justice which deeply accounts for the multiple, intersectional identities of our community, and prioritizes solidarity work with movements for racial and economic justice. The racial diversity of both our staff and our Board reflects that of our state, something that makes me not only very proud, but very confident in our capacities to make change in 21st century California.

Many of you know my interim replacement Renata – pictured with me at left in the image above at a recent Night Out gala. She brings nearly two decades’ experience in educational and nonprofit leadership to her work at Our Family Coalition, and has served in advisory roles to a range of organizations, from the California Immigrant Policy Institute to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. This past year, in addition to becoming a mother, she has been a Changemaker Fellow in the Spirituality and Social Change program at the Pacific School of Religion.  Her passionate, skilled advocacy has been at the center of so many of Our Family Coalition’s recent successes. In her words:

I’m thrilled to be stepping in as OFC’s Interim ED. This is a moment of personal honor for me as a queer mama who has been working to promote equity for LGBTQ people and our allies for over 15 years. It is also a moment of deep personal responsibility that I do not take lightly. I will work tirelessly, with my eyes on our mission, my ears open to the voices of all, and my heart committed to LGBTQ parents and our families.” 

With Renata as Interim Director, we are confident the organization will be will be in very able hands during the upcoming transition.

I want to thank you, the community, for the opportunity to spend my kids’ childhoods leading this incredible organization and its dedicated staff. I am proud of the strong team we’ve become, and I take my next step knowing the organization is well-positioned to take on the challenges to come.  From not so very far away, I will be looking forward to Our Family Coalition’s next chapter with Renata’s strong leadership of the amazing OFC team.

Standing together for change; lessons from Ferguson

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michaelbrownDear families and friends,

We are angry. As an organization committed to “equity for all families and children,” we cannot sit on the sidelines while our Black youth continue to face violence from those empowered to uphold the law, generation after generation.

We are hurt. Let us hold, for a moment, how it must feel to lose a child to violence; hold, if you can, how Michael Brown’s family feels at this very moment. Let what you feel strengthen the compassion that binds all of us together, parent to child and parent to parent.

We are saddened. The wounds inflicted in communities of color in our country are deep and old. In an effort to divert attention from the injustice served, the media coverage  – of predominately peaceful, youth-led protests against institutionalized racism – has sensationalized the response of our communities and powerful organizing work done by so many in the hundred days since Michael Brown’s murder.

As a social justice organization, we stand for the protection of all children. We stand with the victims’ families. And we call for action and justice.

Let us continue talking to all of our children about racism, how we can fight it, and how being an ally is a powerful tool for peace. At the same time, we:

  1. Commit to connecting with and listening to families everywhere who are being marginalized and whose voices are still not being heard.
  2. Ask our policy makers and government officials to change these archaic and oppressive systems; they must not shrink from action during these troubled times.
  3. Encourage you to continue the dialog on how LGBTQ communities can best stand in solidarity with racial justice movements.

Our hearts go out to Michael’s family and the greater community as we mourn, seek justice, and work together for change.

In solidarity,

Our Family Coalition’s Team

PS: Do you have innovative ideas that can help Our Family Coalition expand this often challenging, yet transformative, intersectional work? Talk to us! Email recommendations, along with your name and contact information, to policy@ourfamily.org. Thanks!

 

Welcome OFC families and our friends!

We are excited to “soft” launch our new website.  That means that we are taking the next month to get your feedback and help us make the best site possible. We have spent months developing this site, and are excited to hear your thoughts.Judy

Our Family Coalition has been going through a growth spurt. This new, fresh web presence is just a part of that change. Over the next few months you will see us not only launching this new website, but also rolling out new materials and increasing our social media footprint.

With acceptance of LGBTQ people growing daily, we see new opportunities for our families to be a part of a lived reality of inclusion and access.  Our family Coalition is at the forefront of that change. You are a part of that change, and we appreciate your helping us create the most vibrant, resourceful, active website possible to further our vision. We welcome your feedback at media@ourfamily.org.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Judy Appel
Executive Director
Our Family Coalition