Message from President Joe Matessa - February 2018

Thanks to those of you that took the time to complete our survey last month.  We will be incorporating your feedback into our next strategic planning session to help shape the future of Family Pride Network.  We have a lot of exciting programming in the works, and are looking forward to what’s in store for the year ahead.

There are two national partnerships that we’re currently expanding upon.  The first is with Family Equality Council.  For over 30 years, FEC has supported LGBTQ parents and their families by serving as a voice of political advocacy.  They also host the Family Week festivities in P-Town every summer.  This year they will be shifting their focus to provide a deeper level of support to the various LGBTQ family groups across the country.  We are thrilled to be participating in this movement, and are excited about the opportunities that it will offer in further supporting the mission of Family Pride Network.

The second partnership is with COLAGE, a national nonprofit that has been supporting the children of LGBTQ parents ages 8-18 for nearly 30 years.  We are fortunate enough to have one of the original founders of COLAGE living right here in Columbus, with additional ties to their current National Program Director and Staff.

For additional information about both of these organizations, go to and  We hope to see you at our upcoming First Friday Happy Hour on March 2nd, and the Family Bowling Party on March 10th!

In Peace and Equality,

Joe Matessa