Dear OFC Families,

We have an exciting two weeks of programming to support LGBTQ+ families through these challenging times. As I sit with my kids pondering upcoming decisions about school and daycare, I'm glad I have a community of LGBTQ+ parents surrounding me. 

Join me tonight for parenting respite with Shani Thornton. Shani is a certified life child specialist and has provided our families with advice on how to talk with our kids about COVID-19. Tonight's session is geared for LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers to relax, unwind, and center together.

We change gears on Friday night with Crys Matthews & Heather Mae as they perform live for OFC families incorporating social justice into music. This free concert is designed to make us as families reap the benefits of a summer concert safely at home. Crys and Heather will stick around after the 1 hour concert to answer our questions as well. Don't miss this exciting, one of a kind, concert opportunity.

As we continue to craft and deliver our family programming, know that we have one thing in mind; you! We're here to provide programming that can help you parent through a pandemic; from our weekly story times, to body movement, dance, virtual field trips and our first completely online ASL baby sign series led by a Deafqueer, preschool instructor.

We are here for you, bringing you collaborations that uplift our diverse and expansive experience within the LGBTQ+ community. Remember to RSVP and get your access info. We hope to "see" you soon.

In community,
Cheryl 
Virtual events over the next few weeks
[PLEASE RSVP FOR SECURE ZOOM TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE PHONE & VIDEO ACCESS]
When: Wednesday, Aug 5, 8-9:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton offers the final of three workshops with focus on supporting LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers through respite and self-care. Gather precious resources and support to ease fear during a pandemic. 
with Crys Matthews & Heather Mae
When: Friday, Aug 7, 5-6:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Celebrate our families and community while listening to a 100% family-friendly live concert with Crys Matthews & Heather Mae. Matthews & Mae incorporate social justice topics in their music with topics ranging from women's equality, racial justice, LGBTQ+ liberation & love songs, and mental health.
The one hour concert will be followed by a 30 min Q&A with the artists!
final session: whole class dance performance
When: Saturdays; final August 8, 11am-12pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Shaneeka "Akemi" Smoot of Loco Bloco leads this multi-week parent-child interactive movement class, teaching dances from the African Diaspora such as Afrobrazilian, bachata, salsa, hip hop, reggaeton, house, and Afro Cuban. Whole-class performance this final day, August 8th.
final session of this 3-part series
When: Saturday, Aug 8, 2-3pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Hair is a crucial way that Black people express themselves, and deserves recognition and care (as do the people who wear it). Taylor Coates, Howard University grad and devout Naturalista, leads the final of her 3-part series, exploring basic tips for daily upkeep, styling, and politics as they apply to Black hair.
a 3-part series with Courtney Hipskind
When: Sunday, Aug 9, 12-1pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Courtney Hipskind, a Deafqueer pre-school educator, will be teaching this intersectional intro lesson into Deafqueer culture and beginner's babysign. This three week August series will cover the same material each class, and the three week September series will build on what was learned in August.
ongoing series with Erica Jasmine Moon
When: Monday, Aug 10 & 17, 1-2pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Erica Jasmine Moon offers a gentle yet challenging multi-week fitness experience that includes a steady flow of cardio, strength training, and stretching, in a movement space that is fun, invigorating, and relaxing. Treat yourself to this shame-free, warm, and inviting space to access transformative healing in your body!
with Arayah Fleming of Destiny Arts
When: Thursdays, 10-11am Aug 13 - Sept 17
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

If you’re looking to get your young ones interested in dance, this class – running through September 17 – provides a great introduction! In a safe space filled with positivity, students will be encouraged to think outside the box and try new things, combining rhythm and spacial awareness with fun games and creativity. Parent/guardian participation is definitely encouraged! Expect a super fun time and a bunch of encouragement.

For LGBTQ+ parents/caregivers with toddlers aged 1-5.
Virtual Insect Discovery Labs: for K+ & Pre-K
with SaveNature.org
When: Saturday Aug 15: K+: 10-11am, and
Pre-K: 11-11:30am
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Our presenters will introduce you to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life. Scientific observation, insect identification, and the natural history of bugs’ lives are just some of the areas they'll dive into.
Virtual groups over the next few weeks
[PLEASE RSVP FOR SECURE ZOOM TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE PHONE & VIDEO ACCESS]

Where: secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Mondays, Aug 10, 17, 8-9pm



Where: secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, Aug 11, 6-8pm

Meet with and provide mutual support for other LGBTQ+ parents whose queer identity is not always read or seen by others.


Where: secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, Aug 12, 6-8pm

Professionally and peer facilitated support, by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Queer and Trans parents.


Where: secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, Aug 12, 8-9pm

Help determine the present and the future of OFC's family support programming.

Coming up later this month!
Thursday, August 20 2020 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Ready to start a family, but aren't sure where to begin? Is a child on the way and you want to connect with other queer and trans expectant families? Whether you're trying to conceive, using surrogacy, or adopting, come connect with others in this peer support group for LGBTQ+ prospective and expectant parents!


Saturday, August 22, 1-2:30pm.

Sunday, August 23, 1-2pm.
Live Story Times on Facebook & Instagram
Good Morning Story Time

Where: OFC's Facebook and Instagram
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am

OFC staff read favorite picture books, live!

ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL EVENTS & GROUPS:
  • To participate, you must pre-register for the event; once you have, we'll reply with the event's phone # & video URL access.
  • Our online workshops and group chats are held via secure Zoom telehealth phone and video conferences.
  • All virtual events (not live broadcast on Facebook or Instagram) are are HIPAA-compliant and preserve the security and confidentiality of all our participants to the highest standards possible.
  • For more info, please email cheryl@ourfamily.org, or visit us at ourfamily.org.

Meet your hosts: OFC's Programs Team
• We acknowledge and give our respect the Ramaytush Ohlone people, on whose traditional and unceded land
we are grateful to live and work, and on which all San Francisco events take place.
• We strive to make our office and programs accessible to all families. Please let us know when you register what accommodations will help your family participate to the fullest. More Accessibility Statements here.

Programming brought to you thanks to generous support from your donations,
and to the major funding partners below (see our full funding partners list here):