Stories from Our LGBT Parenting Community
It really does take a community to raise a family, which is why Family Pride Network offers real stories from our LGBT community to provide hope and information.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
One of the things that FPN loves to do the most is celebrate our families! So this month, I’d like to take a moment and celebrate some exciting milestones that have happened within the families of three of our amazing Board members over the past few weeks.
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!
Happy 2017!!! And welcome to our first monthly newsletter! While many of us are ready to put 2016 behind us, and are approaching the year ahead of us with skepticism, uncertainty, and even fear – I’d like take this opportunity to share with you, our loyal members and supporters, why we’re really jazzed about the year ahead.
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.