Dear OFC Families,

Looking for things to learn , ways to move with your kids, ways to care for your own body , ways to express your creativity and bring your beautiful family to life in a children's book ? We've got all that and more for you these next few weeks. And as with everything we've offered since early March: all online!

We've also got ongoing online support groups to give you a structured, supportive space just to listen to peers, hear ways others face similar challenges, and help feel a bit less alone. All groups meet in super-secure "telehealth" phone and video conferences. We offer a weekly Monday night Drop-In LGBTQ+ parent group (8-9pm), a biweekly Wednesday evening BIPOC QT parent group (6-8pm), and a monthly Trans/GNC Parent group (second Saturdays, 12:30-2pm).

To these ongoing groups we're adding two more monthly groups: Prospective and Expectant Parents group, and Invisible Queerness & Identities , a support group for LGBTQ+ parents whose queer identity is not always read or seen by others.

Check out the descriptions and links below to RSVP and get your access info. We hope to "see" you soon.

In community,
Cheryl 
Virtual programming over the next few weeks
[PLEASE RSVP FOR SECURE ZOOM TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE PHONE & VIDEO ACCESS]
ongoing 3-part series
When: Friday, 24 & 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 this 3-part series, exploring basic tips for daily upkeep, styling, and politics as they apply to Black hair.
When: Saturdays through August 6, 11am-12pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Shaneeka "Akemi" Smoot of Loco Bloco will lead 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 on the final day, August 6th.
ongoing series
When: Mondays, through Aug 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!
ongoing 3-part series
When: Sunday August 2, & Aug 23, 1-2pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Over the course of three sessions, Archaa Shrivastav of Little Feminist will guide us through what it takes to write and publish children's books. If you are in the process of or thinking about writing a children's book, or simply would like to see your family better represented in children's lit, this workshop is for you!
Illustration by John Parro for the book Frida and Her Animalitos.
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, July 27 & Aug 3, 8-9pm



Where : secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, July 29, 6-8pm

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

Tuesday, July July 28, & August 11 2020 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Connect with other LGBTQ+ parents whose queer identity is not always read or seen by others. This will be a safe space in which you can discuss self-identity, community inclusion/ exclusion, family understanding and support (or lack thereof), identity disclosure, parenting, stress management and more.


Where : secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, July 29, 8-9pm

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

Coming up next month!
When: Wednesday, August 5 , 8-9:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton leads this final workshop on supporting LGBTQ+ parents during COVID-19 – this time, focussing on self-care and art therapy.
When: Friday, August 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!
NEXT MONTH: Prospective and Expectant Parent Support Group 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!

Live Story Times on Facebook & Instagram
Good Morning Story Time

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

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 ):