Dear OFC Families,

September marks six months of virtual programs for us at Our Family Coalition. Originally, we made this decision week by week, until it turned out to be month by month. Now, we don't know what the future holds, but we do know we're still committed to bringing LGBTQ+ family programming that inspires and is relevant. 

Next week starts Oakland Pride (believe it or not!). We're excited to bring you over 12 hours of LGBTQ+ specific family events, virtually. Please join us from September 6-13 for Pride Inside Oakland

We'll be introducing Our Family – including a very special new staff member – at our kickoff on Sunday, September 6 at 1pm. You won't want to miss it! Below you will find our full schedule, including an amazing program on AntiRacist Parenting led by DEI facilitator Dr. Breeze Harper. In this time of social justice and revolution, it's incredibly important we dismantle oppression through a parenting lens. 

We hope this week finds you well. We know the multiple responsibilities associated with parenting in a pandemic along with distance learning starting for many of us. Be well and take care. We can't wait to "see" you for Pride Inside Oakland! 

In community,
Cheryl 
PRIDE INSIDE OAKLAND: one week and a dozen hours of live, virtual events for your family!
[PLEASE RSVP FOR SECURE ZOOM TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE PHONE & VIDEO ACCESS]
pre-Pride Inside Oakland
When: Friday, Sep 4, 8-9PM
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Warm up pre-Pride Inside Oakland with a gentle-yet-challenging session of cardio, strength training, and stretching. Erica Jasmine Moon offers shame-free, warm, and inviting spaces for folx to access transformative healing in their bodies. 
Sunday
When: Sunday, Sep 6, 10-11AM
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

OFC Public Ally Ayana Cariaso creates a fun and healthy environment for families and children to express their emotions while sheltering in place. Themes will focus on queer-inspired art and social justice advocacy.
OFC roll call! featuring a special intro
When: Sunday, Sep 6, 1-2pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Kick off Pride Inside Oakland week by meeting Our Family – and talking about how all our families are managing, inside and out. Featuring a very special staff member introduction!
Tuesday
When: Tuesday, Sep 8, 6-7pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

OFC's Education Director Rick Oculto takes you on a guided tour of the resources educators – including your kids' teachers – can use to ensure they're taking anti-bias and LGBTQ+ inclusivity into account, even during distance learning. Highlight: our very own Teaching LGBTQ+ History website!
Wednesday
with Dr. Breeze Harper
When: Wednesday, Sep 9, 6:30-8pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Join parent of four and diversity and inclusion strategist Dr. A. Breeze Harper of Critical Diversity Solutions to talk about how LGBTQ+ parents of small children and elementary school-aged children can parent in an antiracist framework.
Thursday
with Arayah Fleming of Destiny Arts
When: Thursday, Sep 10, 10-11am
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Arayah Fleming of Destiny Arts creates a safe space filled with positivity, in which toddlers and their grown-ups will be encouraged to try new things, combining rhythm and spacial awareness with fun games and creativity.
Saturday
When: Saturday, Sep 12, 10-11am
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Join fellow trans and gender-nonconforming parents, prospective parents, and co-parents in a virtual social! From the workplace to trans activism, transition to temper tantrums, and particularly how to manage stress during this most challenging of times: discuss whatever you'd like to in a safe space with friendly, supportive people.
When: Saturday, Sep 12, 3-4pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Join OFC staff for a fun, family game show about queer culture! Via Zoom, or from your mobile device through our Kahoot platform! You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to test your queer knowledge to your family and friends
Sunday
with Yves Saint Croissant
When: Sunday, Sep 13, 11-11:30am
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

The incomparable Yves Saint Croissant is BACK! If you loved her story hour in June, you know what's in store for you. If you missed it, you – okay, and your kids, too – have to listen in!
a 3-part series with Courtney Hipskind
When: Sunday, Sep 13, 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.
with Oakland Firefighter Brooke of Station 13
When: Sunday, Sep 13, 1:30-2pm
What: secure Zoom telehealth phone & video conference

Oakland Firefighter Brooke Meredith will take us on a live, virtual tour of their home station #13, located in Fruitvale. Tour followed by a question & answer period!
Coming up later in September:
Antiracist Parenting, part 2 • Wed, Sep 16, 6:30-8pm RSVP
Music & Movement • Thurs, Sep 17, 10-11am RSVP
Prospective & Expectant Parent Support • Thurs, Sep 17, 6-7:30pm RSVP
Communication & Connection during COVID • Sat, Sep 19, 1-2:30pm RSVP
Deafqueer ASL: Babysign • Sun, Sep 20, 12-1pm RSVP
Weekly Community Drop-in • Mon, Sep 21, 8-9pm RSVP
Queer & Trans BIPOC Parent Support • Wed, Sep 23, 6-8pm RSVP
OFC Parent Advisory Council • Wed, Sep 23, 6-8pm RSVP
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):