News from Pride and Joy Families:
The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, with cosponsors Family Equality Council (formerly Family Pride Coalition) and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), is thrilled to announce the 2009 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference for LGBT* parents, prospective parents and their children in Utica, NY on April 24-26, 2009. Like our previous conferences, held in Ithaca in 2001 and Binghamton in 2005, we expect this event to bring together LGBT-led families from all over upstate New York and beyond. More than three hundred people, representing 90 families, are expected to attend the weekend-long event at the newly-renovated Radisson Hotel in downtown Utica.
We promise an exciting weekend of meeting and socializing with other families like yours, workshops for adults about parenting and family building, great speakers, childcare/COLAGE programming for children of all ages, on- and off-site family acti vities and entertainment, a resource fair and a Family Dance!
We are working to keep registration and meal costs reasonable. Conference hotel room rates are $109/night. We plan to offer financial support to families that need it. Utica is accessible by passenger rail service and is located on the NYS Thruway between Albany and Syracuse.
Please mark your calendars and let us know that you’d like to receive additional information about the Conference. Please take a few moments to visit our website www.PrideAndJoyFamilies.org and complete the online RSVP to express your interest=2 0in attending (no commitment yet!). Please also give us some ideas of the types of workshops and entertainment that you would enjoy.