Many of us use the start of a new year as an opportunity to reflect on the past, and resolve to make changes for the future. As an organization, FPN does much of the same. At the top of our list for the upcoming year, we resolved to solicit more feedback from our community to ensure that our efforts are focused in the right direction, and best supporting your needs.Read More
November is National Adoption Month.
For many, Friday the 13th is a day of superstition with a stigma of bringing bad luck. For Billy and I, Friday, November 13th, 2009, was one of the luckiest days of our lives.Read More
Fall is my favorite season of the year – beautiful foliage, cool nights and pumpkin-spiced everything. So it’s only befitting that my favorite FPN event happens every October – and last Saturday’s event once again surpassed all expectations.Read More
At the Family Pride Network, we believe that Intersectionality is the essence of Equality. We are honored to connect, support and educate all LGBTQ families, and are constantly challenging ourselves as an organization to uphold the ideals of inclusion and integrity.Read More
Last Friday night (June 16), as I stood on the Main St. bridge and gazed at upon the Festival against the backdrop of our amazing skyline, I was overwhelmed with joy…and Pride. First and foremost, the city has done an incredible job with the riverfront; in and of itself – it’s stunning. And while I was feeling a little nostalgic about the intimacy of Goodale Park, and its proximity to the geographical hub of our Community, I was so proud to see - and feel - the presence of our Community on the main stage of Columbus for everyone to experience.Read More
The article below is submitted by Dawn and Amelia Woodward, two moms sharing the story of their daughter attending The Childhood League Center , a Proud Partner of Family Pride Network.
"From the moment we walked in the doors of The Childhood League Center, we weren’t treated any differently. We were both addressed as mom and felt included all five years that Georgia attended their inclusion program, where she was immersed in a classroom of typically behaving and developing peers. Our experiences over those years as well as the relationships and friendships that both we and she made, helped her blossom."Read More
May is National Foster Care Month. If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to read the guest blog from Candelaria Mota, Asst. Director for NYAP’s Center for Adolescents and Families. According to Franklin County Children’s Services, there are more than 30,000 reports of child abuse each year in Franklin County alone. There is such a tremendous need in our community for foster parents – and the Center is uniquely positioned to support foster teens that self-identify as LGBTQ.Read More
The article below is submitted by The National Youth Advocate Program, a Proud Partner of Family Pride Network, to coincide with National Foster Care Month.
A couple of years ago, The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) approached me and Natalie Thomas about relocating to Columbus, Ohio, to open a very special youth center – the Center for Adolescents & Families. It felt absolutely right, and together we’ve embarked on an incredible journey of helping youth and families in invaluable ways.Read More
On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of attending a retirement celebration for the amazing Janet Jackson, President & CEO of United Way of Central Ohio. During her address, she reminded us of one of her personal mantra’s that I’ve heard her share on many occasions: “’Service’ is the rent we pay for the opportunity to live on this beautiful earth, not something we just do in our spare time.”Read More
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Much like Valentine’s Day, it shouldn’t take a dedicated day of the year to celebrate love and kindness.
So, we’re happy to be celebrating kindness today and the entire month of February!Read More
It's the end of a long, emotional week. Aside from the #ColumbusStrong rally on Thursday night, I've been rather quiet about my thoughts on the tragedy in Orlando, and haven't joined the postings on social media. I spent the week trying to wrap my head around what happened. Processing it all, and how I felt about it. Preparing for PRIDE.Read More
Seeing the title of this post is still a little unbelievable. The McCartney Family! We always knew we would see this day, and our journey to get here has been nothing short of wondrous, but not without its ups and downs.Read More
I was somewhat of a late-bloomer, and didn’t come-out until I was 30 years old. As I was coming to terms with my sexual orientation, I knew one thing for certain – I didn’t want compromise the two things that I’d always dreamt about: getting married, and having a family.Read More