Pride and Joy Family Fun Day

Spend the day in Central New York learning and
socializing with other LGBTQ families like yours...

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Event #2: Navigating Schools as an LGBTQ Family

February 25, 2017 Saturday 1-3 pm

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, New York 13905

Join Dr. Sean Massey to learn about navigating the school system as an LGBTQ family. How to be your own advocate in school to make sure you children gets the best education that they can without discrimination.

This workshop is part 2 of our "Series of Fortunate Events," three informal workshops on mental health and well-being, navigating schools as a LGBTQ family, and your legal rights, offered collaboratively by Pride and Joy Families and UUCB’s Rainbow Alliance. LGBTQ adults, their families, and allies are most welcome to attend.

We are offering childcare thanks to our co-presenter and host, Unitarian Univeralist Congregation of Binghamton!

REGISTRATION REQUESTED! Please send an e-mail to or call us 607-777-3717 (preferably by the Wednesday before the event).



2016 Thanksgiving Feast

A Pride and Joy Families tradition! Our hosts will provide the roast turkey and drinks.

Sunday November 6, 2016 3 pm - 6 pm




Claudia Stallman and The sociology of Families

Our beloved director Claudia Stallman spoke in Syracuse University for their Sociology of Families class where "the family" is conceived as a dynamic multiplicity rather than a closed entity.

Taught by Dr. Tre Wentling, this class offers perspectives in family building through the lenses of race, gender, class and sexuality. Claudia Stallman talked  about LGBTQIAP families and our project on October 18, 2016.

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Pride and Joy Families Thanksgiving Feast


To RSVP (and get directions!), call Mayumi at 607-777-3717 or email us at 

Transgender Youth and the Healthcare System:
Transition Your Practice

Did you Know?
Hospitals and doctor's offices are some of the scariest places to go for transgender individuals.

WHEN :November 11, 2015  8: 30 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel
701 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY

Designed for medical and mental health care providers, this conference explores the experiences of transgender patients and provides evidence-based strategies for improving health outcomes in transgender individuals.

Following this activity participants will be able to:

1. Describe the barriers that transgender patients face to accessing healthcare.
2. Ask patients health assessment questions in a sensitive and respectful manner, while also ensuring they get the information that they need to provide thorough care.
3. Adjust intake forms to be more inclusive to people of all gender identities.
4. Describe and implement an inclusive environment in their practice including waiting rooms, restrooms, and offices.
5. Have a thorough understanding of the healthcare issues that transgender individual's face and confidence in educating patients based on this understanding.

to register:

(315) 701-2431


Parents' Night Out in Binghamton

Tret Fure In Concert

Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton

Tickets are $15.

Purchase tickets by calling 607-729-1641.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door, or online at



Syracuse Most Museum Meet- Up!

Most Museum

When: November 7, 2015 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Join Pride and Joy Families as we spend an afternoon at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). We'll meet at 11 AM and have pizza and snacks before heading into the Museum's exhibits -- to which we'll have access all day. We hope you'll join us for this exciting and educational event -- we look forward to spending the day with you and your family!

For this event, we ask a $5.00 donation per attendee, with a $20.00 cap for families.


Pride and Joy Parents' Night Out: 

Uncorked Creations

When: Wed, September 30, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Uncorked Creations, 2nd and 3rd Floors, 205 State Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

uncorked creation poster by Mayumi Park

We ask that all attendees bring their own beverages (containing alcohol or otherwise) as well as a snack to share. You'll go home with a piece of art and a great time to remember it by!

The cost for our evening is $20.00 a person, which is a savings of $15 a person under regular costs at Uncorked Creations!

RSVP by September 25th by calling Mayumi at 607-777-3717 or emailing

Binghamton Pride Coalition Spaghetti Dinner

When: Satuday, October 3, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 183 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, NY 13905


Pride and Joy Family Fun Day

Spend the day in Central New York learning and
socializing with other LGBTQ families like yours...
 Registration is closed yet you can still come : give us a call to join us: 607 777 37 17 or send us a message

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Pride and Joy Families at Springside Farms

When: Sunday, October 4, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Springside Farm, 1940 Jerome Road, Fabius, NY 13063

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Join us at Spring Side Farm in Syracuse for a fantastic family get-together! There will be plenty to do for kids and teens of all ages — and parents too!

The farm will be reserved just for us, so our families will be able to mingle and catch up. We're so excited to see everyone in Syracuse, and we hope you can join us for this terrific event.

$5 per person or $20 per families.

Thinking of Attending?

Please RSVP to Mayumi: 607-777-3717


Foster Care and Adoption Information Session

Come Learn more about the foster care and adoption process in an LGBTQ- affirming setting . Network with other LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. Several local agencies will be presented and you will hear from parents who have gone though the process. Free information and complimentary refreshments!

When:  6:00 pm- 8:00 pm Thursday, 24 September 2015

Where: The Q Center / 617 West Genesee Street. Syracuse , NY


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Fall Fun Poster

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Rochester Pride Picnic Fundraiser

On Sunday, July 21st 2013, Pride and Joy Families attended the Rochester Pride Picnic Fundraiser at Genessee Valley Park in Rochester, NY. We were in the "Kids Zone" and we were in great company – there was a story teller, balloon artists, games for the kids – the works! We were so glad to see some old friends and to meet new families, too, and had a blast drawing and playing with the kids. 

The day was full of sunshine and laughter, and it seemed to us like everyone we met was having a great day. The balloon artist in the Kids Zone was making all sorts of cool creations – a monkey-in-a-palm-tree hat, swords, shields, puppies, cats, "Who Hats," you name it! It was a great chance for us to be out in the community in Rochester, having fun and showing people what Pride and Joy Families is all about. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and thanks to our new friends for seeking us out! It was a pleasure to spend ROC Pride with you.

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Balloon Hats and People

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Pride and Joy Families Helps Out at Binghamton's Pride Palooza Celebration

On Saturday, June 8th, the Binghamton Pride Coalition held its annual Pride Palooza in downtown Binghamton. This year, Palooza was housed on Court street and was close to many local shops and restaurants. Dozens of vendors attended the event, and the crowd just kept growing as the day went on! Pride and Joy Families was there, hosting a kids' games and crafts area as well as an information table. We had such fun! Many families from our Pride and Joy Families network were there, and our table had anywhere between six to more than a dozen children making crafts or playing games at any given time. It was great to be able to support our local community by being a presence at Palooza.

Pride and Joy Families Attends The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton's Pride Picnic

On Sunday, June 2nd, Pride and Joy Families attended a Pride Picnic for LGBTQ individuals and their families. The picnic, held at and hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, was a terrific success! With over seventy people in attendance, the beautiful garden and labyrinth area of the church was filled with families enjoying picnic foods, games, and each other's company. We hosted a children's games and crafts table, where many little ones enjoyed creating pictures, painting and playing. We had so much fun and were glad to be there!

Pride and Joy Families Facilitates an Adoption Provider Training in Syracuse

On Tuesday, May 21st, The Central New York LGBTQ Child Welfare Coalition – featuring speakers from The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project (that's us!), The Q Center of Syracuse and A Thousand Moms – sponsored an LGBTQ cultural competency provider training event in Dewitt, NY. The session was very well-attended, with thirty-two attendees and five presenters from around the central New York region participating! Attendees workshopped ways to make their agencies more open and affirming of LGBTQ-identified youth and parents, as well as ways to enhance their own awareness and knowledge of the difficulties those individuals face. Speakers from several organizations gave presentations on topics ranging from LGBTQ youth within the foster system to outreach toward LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents; each speaker added another level of dynamic and nuance to the complicated and rewarding world of the child welfare system and the process of adoption.

Pride and Joy Families Attends Equality and Justice Day in Albany

On Tuesday, April 30th, The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project traveled to Albany to attend Equality and Justice Day and to provide outreach and information about our project to the crowds that gathered there. This year's Equality and Justice Day focused on gaining momentum and support for GENDA, the Gender Non-Discrimination Act. We attended workshops, distributed information, and also listened to several speakers alongside a crowd of about seven hundred activists, scholars and citizens who had also come to Albany for the day.

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LGBT Carnival Comes to Binghamton University!

On Saturday, April 20th, the awesome staff of Camp Highlight came to Binghamton University to host a family carnival! We had nearly twenty attendees, with seven kids and twelve adults present. The mission of Camp Highlight – which is based in New York City but holds camp in Pennsylvania – is to provide a welcoming, supportive and fun sleep-away camp environment for children whose parents identify as LGBTQ. When they came to visit us in Binghamton, they brought all kinds of games, prizes and crafts and made sure that both parents and kids alike were in on the fun!

Provider Training Day Poster

Pictures from the Pride and Joy Families Pool Party March 2013

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Swimming Event

Parent & Child in Pool

Family in Pool

Family in Pool

Family out of Pool

Children in Pool

Mom and Son in Pool

Last Updated: 3/27/17