Dear OFC Families,

Thank you very much for participating in Pride Inside last weekend! We had a blast with over 12 different programs from lawfully securing our families to fun, family-friendly arts & crafts, dancing, and more. If you didn't get a chance to join us last weekend, please look on our website for archived Pride Inside activities (like Yves Saint Croissant's Drag Queen Story Hour , pictured at right).

Additionally, we are continuing to move forward with important LGBTQ+ family programs including a new series of workshops focused on supporting our families in pandemic . As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are mindful our families and children are experiencing increased mental health challenges. Join us for respite, parenting support, and collaboration as we navigate this new normal together. 

Later this week, Taylor Coats , a former OFC Public Ally, returns to help families learn How to Do Your Black Child's Hair . Taylor will lead families in a three-part series to explore basic tips for daily upkeep, styling, and politics as they apply to Black hair. She has been a devout Naturalista for 10 years and is excited to help parents empower their children through self-love and care.

Last, we are partnering with Archaa Shrivastav , Education Director at Little Feminist , to create a Children's Book Writing Workshop, focused on creating and publishing stories that reflect the LGBTQ+ family community. Reading books to children has long been the mechanism to educate and inspire our kids. However, there is still not enough representation amongst our community. Join us for this three-part workshop, to craft an inclusive story and learn how to get your story published! 

In community,
Cheryl 
New virtual programming
When: Wed, July 8, 8-9:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton will lead a three-part series on supporting LGBTQ+ parents during COVID-19. This first focuses on resources and support for parents and kids alike – mindful the emotional development of teens and tweens – through self-care and therapeutic activities you can do at home.
When: Saturday, July 11 - 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.
When: Fridays, July 10 & 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: Sundays, July 12 - 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.
When: Monday, July 13, 12-1:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton leads this second of three workshops on supporting LGBTQ+ parents during COVID-19 – this time, with a focus on parents of young children. Learn about early childhood social and emotional development, and how to ease fear and anxiety with self-care and therapeutic play activities at home. 
When: Saturday, July 18, 1-2:30pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Skilled facilitator and committed ally Nancy Kahn reprises this extremely valuable workshop, especially designed to support the communication and connection between adult members of households who might be struggling with st ress while sheltering in place amidst COVID19.
a multi-week series
When: Mondays, July 20 - 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!
Upcoming Virtual Groups
[PLEASE RSVP FOR SECURE ZOOM TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE PHONE & VIDEO ACCESS]

Where : secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Mondays, July 13 & 20, 8-9pm


Tuesday, July 14, 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 15, 6-8pm

Professionally and peer facilitated support, by and for queer & trans parents of color.


Where : secure Zoom telehealth phone/video conference
When: Wednesday, July 15, 8-9pm

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


RETURNING GROUP – NOW MONTHLY: Prospective and Expectant Parent Support GroupThursday, July 16 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.

Your hosts: OFC's tireless & dedicated Programs Team members
~ with storytime book reading support on occasion from our OFC colleagues ~
• 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 these major funding partners ( full list here ):