Based on community need and energy, the Pride Center supports new and innovative programming that is responsive to current issues facing LGBT people.
2012 Emerging Programs include:
The Center Families Program is dedicated to connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer headed households in the Capital Region by providing social opportunities for LGBTQ families, support, advocacy, and access to culturally competent community child care and family resources and services. Through the Center Families Program we work to educate and empower LGBTQ parents to be advocates for their families. The Pride Center of the Capital Region envisions a safe and thriving environment for LGBTQ families so that they are valued and feel safe enough to be visible in our communities. LGBTQ families should be physically and emotionally healthy and legally secure. They should live without fear, stigma or isolation.
Social and Educational Opportunities
Center Families provides social networking opportunities for LGBTQ families to offer support, opportunities for new friends, and a sense of community for both adults and children. Center Families also provides educational programs for LGBTQ Parents including informative and supportive discussions and presentations on issues related to parenting as an LGBTQ person such as navigating school systems and financial planning.
Information and Resources for Your Family
Individual assistance and referral services, a monthly newsletter, community resources, and email news are available to help LGBTQ families find one another and the resources they need.
Types of Events and Programs:
Ice Cream Social: A casual social opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender families. Bring the kids and create your own ice cream sundae!
Fall Pumpkin Painting and Brunch: A fun social opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families. Bring the kids for pumpkin painting, connect with other LGBT parents and enjoy a light brunch!
Legal Issues: Protecting our LGBTQ relationships and Families: Learn about legal protections for LGBTQ families, including family law issues and divorces and estate planning issues from a local family lawyer.
Navigating the School System as an LGBTQ Parent: Hear from school administrators, teachers and LGBT parents for advice and insight on how to work best with schools regarding your children.
LGBTQ Parenting for Current and Prospective Parents: Learn and share about the challenges and joys of raising our families, creating community, and solving the practical and legal dilemmas of parenthood.