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November 20: Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12

The North Bay LGBTQI Families September monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, November 20 from 2-3:30pm! This month we plan to meet in person at an outdoor location, following COVID-19 safety protocols including masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing.

If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information (note that we do not post the locations for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

November 13 / 13 de noviembre: Social Saturday Intergenerational Gathering / sábado social reunión intergeneracional

[En español abajo]

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Social Saturday: Intergenerational Gathering on November 13th from 11am-2pm at Bayer Farm (1550 West Ave) in Santa Rosa!

All LGBTQIA+ youth, families, adults, and elders are welcome at this gathering, which is part of a recurring series of monthly events taking place throughout Sonoma County where we are seeking to bring together members of our community across generations, particularly gender expansive youth, teens, and adults.

At our November gathering we will be led by Omar Gallardo (he/him/él) of LandPaths in an all-ages activity with the theme of Healing with Nature: Connecting to the healing powers of Bayer Farm and the community around it. Participants will explore the garden, share space, and experience what makes Bayer Farm so special. We will meet in the garden next to the barn, and our activity will begin at approximately 11:30.

Please bring closed-toed shoes, drinking water, and dress in layers of clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Feel free to bring your lunch or snacks; we will also have water and a small selection of pre-packaged snacks available. We encourage you to bring hand sanitizer, and if it’s sunny you may want to have a hat or sunscreen with you.

We will have $50 gift cards available at the picnic to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself. Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions. We will have masks on hand for those who may need them. We will maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.

We’re excited to see you then!

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Únase a Positive Images LGBTQIA + Center y North Bay LGBTQI Families para un sábado social: ¡Reunión intergeneracional el 13 de noviembre de 11 am a 2 pm en Bayer Farm (1550 West Ave) en Santa Rosa!

Todos los jóvenes, familias, adultos y ancianos LGBTQIA + son bienvenidos en esta reunión, que es parte de una serie recurrente de eventos mensuales que se llevan a cabo en todo el condado de Sonoma, donde buscamos reunir a miembros de nuestra comunidad a través de generaciones, particularmente jóvenes, adolescentes y adultos con género expansivo.

En nuestra reunión de noviembre, Omar Gallardo (él / he / him) de LandPaths nos dirigirá en una actividad para todas las edades con el tema de Sanación con la naturaleza: Conexión con los poderes curativos de Bayer Farm y la comunidad que la rodea. Los participantes explorarán el jardín, compartirán espacio y experimentarán lo que hace que Bayer Farm sea tan especial. Nos reuniremos en el jardín junto al granero, y nuestra actividad comenzará aproximadamente a las 11:30.

Traiga zapatos cerrados, agua potable y vístase con capas de ropa que no le importe ensuciar. No dude en traer su almuerzo o bocadillos; también tendremos agua y una pequeña selección de snacks preenvasados ​​disponibles. Le recomendamos que traiga desinfectante para manos y, si hace sol, le recomendamos que lleve consigo un sombrero o protector solar.

Tendremos tarjetas de regalo de $ 50 disponibles en el picnic para las familias para quienes barreras financieras como el costo de la gasolina, una comida o el trabajo perdido les impedirían asistir. Si cree que su familia podría beneficiarse de este apoyo, complete el formulario en el siguiente enlace:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

En Positive Images y North Bay LGBTQI Families todavía estamos muy conscientes y preocupados por la propagación del COVID-19. Si se siente mal de alguna manera, quédese en casa y cuídese. El enmascaramiento será obligatorio sin excepciones. Tendremos máscaras a mano para quienes las necesiten. Mantendremos una distancia de seis pies entre nosotros en todo momento.

¡Estamos emocionados de verte entonces!

November 11: Special Virtual LGBTQIA+ Youth Group for Ages 18 and Under

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a special virtual LGBTQIA+ Youth Group for ages 18 and under on Thursday, November 11th from 7-8pm!

As some of you know, PI hosts a weekly LGBTQIA+ Support Group online for youth ages 12-18. As a part of the collaborative intergenerational programming that PI and North Bay LGBTQI Families have been co-hosting, including our monthly Social Saturday events and our recent Youth Halloween Social, we are also offering opportunities for gender expansive and LGBTQIA+ youth under age 12 to participate in PI’s youth programming. The purpose of these gatherings is to foster connection across different age groups within our community, particularly for transgender and gender expansive individuals. We hope to provide program participants, especially youth, with the chance to learn about the spectrum of ages and life experiences that are a part of our community as a means of helping them to envision futures for themselves.

At our November 11 virtual youth group, after some brief introductions we will spend the first hour doing a fun show and tell activity (no special supplies required). Parents are welcome to be present with younger participants for the first hour of this event. After a break, youth ages 12-18 can stay for the second hour (8-9pm), which will consist of our normal youth group discussion.

For families of youth under 12, in order to receive the Zoom link for this event the day before the gathering, please complete the brief registration form below:

bit.ly/pi-nb-virtual

Please email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you then!

October 30: Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12

[En español abajo]

The North Bay LGBTQI Families monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, October 30 from 2-3:30pm!

At our October gathering we will be welcoming some amazing members of the Santa Rosa Trans Latina group as our guest facilitators, who will lead us in honoring Día de los Muertos at an outdoor location. Note that we will be following applicable COVID-19 safety protocols, including masking (mandatory for all participants).

If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out the registration form below to receive further information as well as the location for the meeting (note that we do not post the locations for these meetings publicly).

bit.ly/nblgbtqi-youth-form

Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you all!

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¡La reunión social y familiar mensual de North Bay LGBTQI Families para jóvenes con género expansivo, menores de 12 años se realizará el sábado 30 de octubre de 2 a 3:30 pm!

En nuestra reunión de octubre daremos la bienvenida a algunos miembros increíbles del grupo Trans Latina de Santa Rosa como nuestras facilitadoras invitadas, quienes nos guiarán para honrar el Día de los Muertos al aire libre. Tenga en cuenta que seguiremos los protocolos de seguridad de COVID-19 aplicables, incluido el enmascaramiento (obligatorio para todos los participantes).

Si tiene un hijo menor de 12 años que es de género expansivo y estaría interesado en asistir pero no se ha unido a nosotros antes, complete el formulario de registro a continuación para recibir más información, así como el lugar de la reunión (tenga en cuenta que no publicamos los lugares para estas reuniones públicamente).

bit.ly/nblgbtqi-youth-form

Envíenos un correo electrónico a northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com con cualquier pregunta, ¡y esperamos verlos a todos!

October 28: Youth Halloween Social

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Youth Halloween Social on Thursday, October 28th from 5-7pm at Brew in Santa Rosa!

As some of you know, PI hosts a weekly LGBTQIA+ Support Group online for youth ages 12-18. In celebration of Halloween, PI is inviting all LGBTQIA+ youth 18 and under to gather in person outdoors on the Brew patio. Parents of younger children and siblings are welcome to attend as well.

Wear your costume to this Halloween version of the PI youth group, where we will have a costume contest, games, snacks, and lots of fun! We will also offer some art activities for youth who are feeling creative.

Note that parking near Brew can take some time to find, and many spaces are metered.

We will have $50 gift cards available at the gathering to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself. Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions, but you are welcome to incorporate them into your Halloween costume! We will have masks on hand for those who may need them. We will do our best to maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.

We’re excited to see you then!

October 9: Social Saturday Intergenerational Gathering

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Social Saturday: Intergenerational Gathering on October 9th from 11am-2pm at Riverfront Regional Park (7821 Eastside Road) in Healdsburg!

All LGBTQIA+ youth, families, adults, and elders are welcome at this gathering, which is part of a recurring series of monthly events taking place throughout Sonoma County where we are seeking to bring together members of our community across generations, particularly gender expansive youth, teens, and adults.

At our October gathering we will be led in a series of all-ages yoga activities by local yoga instructor Xochi Lubin-Amaya. Yoga activities will begin at approximately 11:30 and will continue throughout the gathering, and will include offerings for kids depending on attendance and interest.

Please bring your own yoga mat or towel if possible (not required); we anticipate having a few extra mats on hand that you can borrow if needed. Feel free to bring your lunch or snacks, along with any chairs or blankets you would like. We will have water and a small selection of pre-packaged snacks available. We encourage you to bring sunscreen and hand sanitizer as well.

Parking at Riverfront Regional Park costs $7 (or free for folks with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass!) and we are happy to reimburse you the day of!

We will have $50 gift cards available at the picnic to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself. Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions. We will have masks on hand for those who may need them. We will maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.

Please check out our Facebook event here for updated information regarding this gathering, and we’re excited to see you then!

September 25: Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12

The North Bay LGBTQI Families September monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, September 25 from 2-3:30pm! This month we plan to meet in person at an outdoor location, following COVID-19 safety protocols including masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing.

If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information (note that we do not post the locations for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

September 11: Social Saturday Intergenerational Picnic

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Social Saturday: Intergenerational Picnic on Sept 11th from 10am-1pm at Doran Beach!

All LGBTQIA+ youth, families, adults, and elders are welcome at this picnic, which is part of a recurring series of monthly events taking place throughout Sonoma County where we are seeking to bring together members of our community across generations, particularly gender expansive youth, teens, and adults.

Please feel free to bring your lunch or snacks, along with any chairs or blankets you would like. We will have water and a small selection of pre-packaged snacks available.

Parking at Doran Beach costs $7 (or free for folks with a Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass!) and we are happy to reimburse you the day of!

We will have $50 gift cards available at the picnic to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself. Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions. We will have masks on hand for those who may need them. We will maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.

Please check out our Facebook event here for updated information regarding the exact meeting location at Doran Beach, as well as further details regarding group activities we will be offering at this gathering.

We’re excited to see you then!

August 21: Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12

The North Bay LGBTQI Families August monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, August 21 from 2-3:30pm! This month we plan to meet in person at an outdoor location, following COVID-19 safety protocols including masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing.

If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information (note that we do not post the locations for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

August 14: Social Saturday Intergenerational Picnic

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Social Saturday Intergenerational Picnic on August 14 from 11am-2pm at McNear Park in Petaluma!⁠⁠

All LGBTQIA+ youth, families, adults, and elders are welcome at this picnic, which is part of a recurring series of monthly events taking place throughout Sonoma County where we are seeking to bring together members of our community across generations, particularly gender expansive youth, teens, and adults. ⁠⁠

For our August gathering, we will be hosting an informal hangout allowing space for folks to socialize, relax, and play as much [or as little] as they choose. We will also have individual art kits available for youth and anyone else who would like to be creative at the park or later on at home. Additionally, there are play structures at the park for families who may want to use them.⁠⁠

Please feel free to bring your lunch or snacks, along with any chairs or blankets you would like. We will have water and a small selection of pre-packaged snacks available. Street parking is free and usually easy to find on the streets surrounding the park (F, G, and 11th). The park is ADA accessible. ⁠⁠

We will have $50 gift cards available at the picnic to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

⁠⁠bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

At our August picnic, we would love to receive your input regarding the types of activities you would be interested in for these monthly intergenerational gatherings going forward, as well as your suggestions for guests from our community who may wish to facilitate those activities. We also plan to make childcare available at future events.

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19.⁠⁠

  • If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself.⁠
  • Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions. We will have masks on hand for those who may need them.⁠
  • We will maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.⁠⁠

You can find the event on Facebook here, and we’re excited to see you then!

July 24: Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12

The North Bay LGBTQI Families July monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, July 24 from 2-3:30pm! This month we will be shifting to an in-person format at an outdoor location, and following COVID-19 safety protocols including masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing.

If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information (note that we do not post the locations for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

July 10: Social Saturday Intergenerational Picnic

Join Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center and North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Social Saturday Intergenerational Picnic on July 10 from 12-3pm at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa!

All LGBTQIA+ youth, families, adults, and elders are welcome at this picnic, which will be the first in a recurring series of monthly events where we will seek to bring together members of our community across generations, particularly gender expansive youth, teens, and adults.

For our July gathering, we will be hosting an informal hangout allowing space for folks to socialize, relax, and play as much [or as little] as they choose. In addition to a lovely shaded space at the park, we will have an art station for youth and anyone else who is feeling creative!

Please feel free to bring any chairs, blankets, or snacks you would like. We will have water and a small selection of pre-packaged snacks available. Street parking is free and usually easy to find on South A Street. The park is ADA accessible. There are not open restrooms at Juilliard Park, unfortunately.

We will have $50 gift cards available at the picnic to families for whom financial barriers such as the cost of gas, a meal, or missed work would otherwise prevent them from attending. If you feel your family could benefit from this support, please fill out the form at the following link:

bit.ly/lgbtqia-picnic

At our July picnic, we would love to receive your input regarding the types of activities you would be interested in for these monthly intergenerational gatherings going forward, as well as your suggestions for guests from our community who may wish to facilitate those activities. We also plan to make childcare available at future events.

We at Positive Images and North Bay LGBTQI Families are still very aware of and concerned about the spread of COVID-19.

– If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home and take care of yourself.
– Masks will be mandatory with no exceptions.
– We will maintain a distance of six feet from one another at all times.We’re excited to see you then!

June 24: Whole Brain Parenting (and Partnering): The Magic Wand for High Functioning Relationships 

Join North Bay LGBTQI Families for a Zoom workshop conducted by Nick Lawrence, M.A., the Director of Tools for Life, Inc., on Thursday, June 24 from 6:30-8pm on Whole Brain Parenting (and Partnering). This workshop is based on The Whole-Brain Child Workbook, by Daniel Siegel, M.D., and Tina Bryson, PhD. 

Emotional “flooding” is a natural part of being human. Unfortunately, many humans learn to view emotional outbursts as negative or manipulative behaviors. Teaching parents how to see floods as “signals” from their child’s (or partner or self’s) brain, instead of manipulative or intentional bad behavior is a heart-centered transformation for many people. Learning new ways to recognize signals and then create communication tools for individuals and families is a powerful, highly bonding experience that can positively impact self-esteem and self-efficacy in profound ways. Register here for this free event!

June 16: Community Conversation on Chosen Family

Join North Bay LGBTQI Families and Sonoma County Pride for a conversation on Chosen Family on Wednesday, June 16 from 5:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom! This will be the third in a series of weekly online Sonoma County Pride “Friends of Dorothy” Community Conversations that will be occurring throughout Pride month. At this event we will hear from an intergenerational panel regarding their experiences of building community through chosen family, and the role that these relationships have played in their lives over time as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. You can register for this free event here, and share the event on Facebook here!

June 13: All Ages Family Hike

Join North Bay LGBTQI Families and Sonoma County Pride for an all ages family hike at Foothill Regional Park in Windsor on Sunday, June 13 from 10am to 12pm! Our All Ages Family Pride Hike will be led by C.L. Teravainen (He/Him), a queer and Trans California Naturalist. A former environmental educator with Sonoma County Regional Parks, C.L. enjoys sharing his love of art and the outdoors with those around him. When not exploring the outdoors he enjoys spending time as a plant and cat dad while working on his own art. C.L. has also facilitated the North Bay LGBTQI Families monthly social and family gathering for gender-expansive youth under 12.

The theme of the hike activities that C.L. is leading for us will be Community Through Nature. The idea of community is a group or feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. Within the LGBTQIA+ Community we experience this wholeheartedly, coming together in support of each other. We help each other grow with our identities. In a sense this is also a recipe found in nature. Nature, in different environments, has community. All species living in a given area, interacting with each other. Plants and animals working together to thrive as a whole. On the hike we will not only find ourselves as observers within the space of nature as a community, but we, ourselves, will ideally have a better understanding of our own community. At the beginning of the hike all youth participants will receive their own nature journal and pencil to document any observations they wish. Towards the end of the hike we will not only share as a group what we noticed and wondered about the environment at Foothill, but youth participants will have the opportunity to personalize their journals through art based activities with supplies provided.

Regional Parks staff will be present and available at this event to interact with families, and will bring some nature-related show and tell items from the park for kids to explore. While families should bring water and snacks, there will be some additional light refreshments on hand. Participants should try to arrive around 9:50 if possible, and meet in the parking lot by the bathrooms (there is street parking available if needed).

You can register for this free event here, and share the event on Facebook here!

June 12: Pride Picnic in the Park!

Join our friends at Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center along with other community organizations including North Bay LGBTQI Families for an all-ages Pride Picnic in the Park! The picnic will be on Saturday, June 12 from 12pm-3pm at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. Bring chairs, blankets, and/or snacks; water and a small amount of pre-packaged snacks will also be available. Masks are mandatory, and we will be following social distancing guidelines. Find out more and share the event on Facebook here!

June 5: Sonoma County Pride Drive-Thru Parade

Drive by to say hello to North Bay LGBTQI Families and pick up a treat bag for the kiddos from our booth at the Sonoma County Pride “Beyond the Rainbow” Drive-Thru Parade on Saturday, June 5 between 11am and 2pm! The parade will take place outside of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park and is free to attend, though suggested donations of $5 or more to Sonoma County Pride will be accepted at the gate. Find out more and register for a time slot here to assist with traffic flow and safety. You can also find a shareable version of the event announcement on Facebook. Please wear your mask, and we’re excited to see you then! 

North Bay LGBTQI Families Symposium Part III: May 22

Join us on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 2-4pm for the third of three virtual North Bay LGBTQI Families 2021 Symposium workshops!

These spring workshops align with our Symposium theme of Build, Protect, Advocate, and our final workshop (“Advocate”) will cover intersectional school advocacy. Our panel will include:

  • Dmitra Smith (she/her/ella), Co-Founder of Save Your VI, former Chair of the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights
  • C Tran (they/them; elle/ellx), Educator and member of Amor Para Todos
  • Calvin Benson (he/him), Community Organizer
  • Sarah Seitchik Sebastian (ella:she/elle:they), Co-Founder of Petaluma TIDE
  • Register for this free event using the form below to receive the Zoom link the day before the event: bit.ly/lgbtqi-symposium.

    Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1niIC4MDp

    Please know that through this event we intend to offer a safe and supportive space for our LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community members. Hate speech or disrespectful conduct of any kind will not be tolerated, and any participant displaying conduct of this nature will be removed from the event immediately.

    Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you then!

    Is Foster Parenting For Me? May 20

    Join North Bay LGBTQI Families on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 6:30-8pm for a virtual session led by Nick Lawrence, M.A. to learn more about foster parenting.

    Nick Lawrence is the Director of Tools for Life, Inc., the former director of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, and a foster/adoptive parent of twenty-five years. Come with your questions about how foster parenting works, what actually happens in foster care, what your obligations will be, and what the process is for adoption.

    Register for this free event using this form to receive the Zoom link the day before the event.

    You can also find the Facebook event here.

    Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you then! 

    Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12: May 15

    The North Bay LGBTQI Families May monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, May 15 from 2-3pm! More details are coming soon regarding our May guest and topics for both the kids’/family portion and the parents/caregivers-only portion.

    If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information as well as the Zoom link for the meeting (note that we do not post the Zoom links for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

    Petaluma City Schools Parent & Caregiver Education Night on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students: April 28

    [En español abajo]

    Join PCS Elementary Schools for a Virtual Parent & Caregiver Education Night on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6-8pm

    Zoom Link: https://petk12.zoom.us/j/84338809877

    Petaluma City Schools (PCS) invites elementary school parents and caregivers to attend an online education session regarding supporting LGBTQIA+ students on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6-8pm. This session, which is open to families with elementary students in other nearby school districts, will aim to provide both an introduction to relevant topics for LGBTQIA+ youth and families who may be at the beginning of their journey, as well as more in-depth information for families who have already been on this journey for a while. Spanish translation and ASL interpretation will be available.

    For this gathering, we will be joined by panelists from the following local community organizations, with descriptions of relevant program offerings listed next to each:

  • North Bay LGBTQI Families: Community building events and school advocacy resources for LGBTQIA+ families, and monthly social and family gatherings for gender expansive youth under age 12.
  • Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center: Peer support groups for youth/TAY and adults, Leadership Development Program for youth/TAY 12-24, LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency Trainings and Consultation, Community Outreach Events, Resources and Referrals.
  • Promotores de Amor/LGBTQ Connection: Education and resources for support of LGBTQIA+ youth in the Latinx community; peer support and youth leadership development programs for ages 14-24.
  • Amor Para Todos: Advocacy and implementation to create more gender and LGBTQIA+ inclusive school and community environments through things like policy and curriculum changes, gender neutral restroom signage, as well as elementary APT Student Clubs (similar to GSAs).
  • Petaluma TIDE: Raising awareness, coalition building and advocating for equity in school communities through dialogue and relationships.
  • UCLC/CUAC (United Community Learning Coalition/Comunidad Unida en Aprendizaje Colaboratorio): A working group dedicated to building a wraparound support model for the schools to address educational inequities in Petaluma.
  • For event security purposes this session will be presented as a webinar, and participants will have the opportunity to send in written questions via this form both before and during the event. Participants may also submit their questions by phone by calling McKinley School at 707-778-4750.

    Please know that through this event we intend to offer a safe and supportive space for our LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community members. Hate speech or disrespectful conduct of any kind will not be tolerated, and any participant displaying conduct of this nature will be removed from the event immediately. You may submit any questions or feedback you have regarding this event via the form above.

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    Únase con las escuelas primarias de PCS para noche virtual de educación para padres y cuidadores sobre el apoyo para los estudiantes LGBTQIA+ 

    Miércoles 28 de abril de 2021, de 6 a 8 p.m.

    Enlace de zoom: https://petk12.zoom.us/j/84338809877

    Las escuelas de la ciudad de Petaluma (PCS) invitan a los padres y cuidadores de la escuela primaria a asistir a una sesión de educación en línea sobre el apoyo para los estudiantes LGBTQIA + el miércoles 28 de abril de 2021 de 6 a 8 p.m. Esta sesión, que se ofrece a familias con estudiantes de primaria en otros distritos escolares cercanos, tendrá como objetivo proporcionar una introducción a temas relevantes para los jóvenes y familias LGBTQIA + que pueden estar al comienzo de este camino, al igual que información más detallada para familias que ya llevan un tiempo en este camino. Habrá traducción al español e interpretación de ASL.

    Para esta reunión, se nos unirán panelistas de las siguientes organizaciones comunitarias locales, con descripciones de programas relevantes al lado de cada una:

  • Familias LGBTQI de North Bay: eventos comunitarios y recursos de defensa escolar para familias LGBTQIA +, y reuniones sociales y familiares mensuales para jóvenes menores de 12 años de género expansivo.
  • Positive Images LGBTQIA + Center: Grupos de apoyo para jóvenes / TAY y adultos, Programa de desarrollo de liderazgo para jóvenes / TAY 12-24, Capacitaciones y consultas sobre competencias culturales LGBTQIA +, Eventos de alcance comunitario, Recursos y referencias.
  • Promotores de Amor / LGBTQ Connection: Educación y recursos para el apoyo de los jóvenes LGBTQIA + en la comunidad Latinx; programas de desarrollo de liderazgo juvenil y apoyo entre pares para edades de 14 a 24 años.
  • Amor Para Todos: Promoción e implementación para crear más entornos escolares y comunitarios inclusivos de género y LGBTQIA + a través de cosas como cambios en las políticas y el plan de estudios, señalización de baños neutrales en cuanto al género, así como grupos de estudiantes APT de primaria (similares a los GSA).
  • Petaluma TIDE: aumentar conciencia, formación de coaliciones y promoción de la equidad en las comunidades escolares a través del diálogo y las relaciones.
  • UCLC / CUAC (United Community Learning Coalition / Comunidad Unida en Aprendizaje Colaboratorio): un grupo de trabajo dedicado a construir un modelo de apoyo integral para que las escuelas aborden las inequidades educativas en Petaluma.
  • Por motivos de seguridad, esta sesión se presentará como un seminario web y los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de enviar preguntas por escrito a través de este formulario antes y durante el evento. Los participantes también pueden enviar sus preguntas por teléfono llamando a la escuela McKinley al 707-778-4750.

    Tenga en cuenta que a través de este evento tenemos la intención de ofrecer un espacio seguro y de apoyo para nuestros miembros de la comunidad LGBTQIA + y BIPOC. No se tolerará el discurso de odio o la conducta irrespetuosa de cualquier tipo, y cualquier participante que muestre una conducta de esta naturaleza será retirado del evento de inmediato. Puede enviar cualquier pregunta o comentario que tenga sobre este evento a través del formulario anterior.

    North Bay LGBTQI Families Symposium Part II: April 17

    Join us on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 2-4pm for the second of three virtual North Bay LGBTQI Families 2021 Symposium workshops!

    These spring workshops align with our Symposium theme of Build, Protect, Advocate, and our second workshop (“Protect”) will cover legal protections for LGBTQIA+ families, such as those related to family law, housing, and employment. We will be joined by panelists from organizations including the following:

    *Crocker Law (Family Law)

    *North Bay Organizing Project / Sonoma County Tenants Union

    *Clements Employment Law

    More details coming soon! 

    Register for this free event using this form to receive the Zoom link the day before the event.

    You can also find the event announcement on Facebook here.

    Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you then!

    Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12: April 10

    The North Bay LGBTQI Families April monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 is coming up on Saturday, April 10 from 2-3pm! More details are coming soon regarding our April guest and topics for both the kids’/family portion and the parents/caregivers-only portion. Our guest in March was a mental health provider who works with LGBTQIA+, gender expansive, and transgender individuals, and our February guest was a local full spectrum family doctor. 

    If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information as well as the Zoom link for the meeting (note that we do not post the Zoom links for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

    Drive-Up Spring Egg Hunt: April 3

    Join North Bay LGBTQI Families on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10-11am for our annual Spring Egg Hunt, modified this year to be COVID-safe. This event will consist largely of families driving up to pick up small baskets of goodies for kiddos (rather than participating in an egg hunt as in years past) at Golis Park in Rohnert Park. Register here to participate, and we will follow up by email with more details!

    Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12: March 20

    The March 2021 North Bay LGBTQI Families monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 will be on Saturday, March 20 from 2-3pm! 

    Our guest this month will be a mental health provider who works with LGBTQIA+, gender expansive, and transgender individuals. Our guest will be leading the kids in an activity during the first half of the gathering, and later answering questions in the parent/caregiver-only portion of the meeting. 

    If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information as well as the Zoom link for the meeting (note that we do not post the Zoom links for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

    North Bay LGBTQI Families 2021 Symposium Workshop Part I: March 13

    Join us on Saturday, March 13 from 2-4pm for the first of three virtual North Bay LGBTQI Families 2021 Symposium workshops! These spring workshops will align with our Symposium theme of Build, Protect, Advocate, and our first workshop (“Build”) will cover family building topics for LGBTQIA+ people, such as fertility and conception for queer and trans people, the foster to adopt process, and talking to kids about donor conception. Panelists and speakers will include:

    *Alice Ruby, Executive Director of The Sperm Bank of California

    *Nico Opper, maker of the documentary film “The F Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story”

    *Rebecca Elowen, owner of Hearthstone Midwifery, Lactation & Craniosacral Services

    *Candy Guinea, co-host of the forthcoming Queer Brown Mamas podcast

    *Kayla Flores Tindall, family medicine physician and founding member of North Bay LGBTQI Families

    *Krishneel Lall (he/him) and Asish Purushan (he/him), a gay couple who built their family through surrogacy in Canada

    *Darcy Allder (he/him), a queer transgender parent who is married to Heather (she/her), a queer woman. Darcy and Heather each carried a child and used a known donor and no legal or medical intervention to create their family

    *Toby Feibusch (she/her), a senior at Windsor High School who is queer and part of an LGBTQIA+ family. Toby was conceived through artificial insemination and has connected with 20+ of her half siblings

    *Julie Drogin (she/her), a cisgender lesbian woman who is married to her wife Michelle (she/her), who is also a cisgender lesbian. Julie and Michelle each carried a child conceived through IVF using Michelle’s eggs and an anonymous identity release donor from The Sperm Bank of California to create their family

    Register here for this free virtual event to receive the Zoom information (note that the event link will not be shared publicly). Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you then!

    Intergenerational Zoom Hangout: March 2

    Join North Bay LGBTQI Families and Fountaingrove Lodge LGBTQ Retirement Community in Santa Rosa for an intergenerational Zoom hangout on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 6-7pm! For this informal gathering, LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, elders, and families from Sonoma County and nearby areas are invited to join us in community to meet one another, create intergenerational connections, and give input regarding future program ideas. Fill out our short registration form for this free event, and we will email you the Zoom link (note that the link will not be shared publicly).

    Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you all then!

    Region 1 CLIC Project Event / FAIR Act Workshop: February 24

    On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 the California Department of Education’s CLIC Project Region 1 will be hosting a workshop for educators that will be aimed at listening to and incorporating a diversity of voices and perspectives in history and social science.

    This online event will take place from 3-4:30pm, and will feature a conversation with children’s book author Gayle Romasanta, who will share the story of Larry Itliong and the Farm Labor Movement, as outlined in the book Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong. The first 50 educators to register will receive a copy of Gayle’s book.

    The author discussion will be followed by breakout sessions that explore ways to listen to and incorporate a diversity of voices and perspectives in history and social science, including resources on the FAIR Act as well as Indigenous history. The LGBTQ history/FAIR Act breakout session will be from 4-4:30pm, and will be facilitated by Our Family Coalition and North Bay LGBTQI Families.

    More event details and registration information are available on this page. Please share this event with your teachers, principals, school staff, and school districts, along with this resource document for educators and school districts regarding how to support LGBTQIA+ youth during distance learning.

    Parent & Family Zoom Hangout: February 17

    Join North Bay LGBTQI Families for a parent & family Zoom hangout on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 7-8pm!

    For this informal gathering, families with LGBTQIA+ parents, caregivers, grandparents, children, and/or other family members from Sonoma County and nearby areas are invited to join us in community to connect with other families, hear about our upcoming programs and events, and give input regarding future program ideas. All ages are welcome, and feel free to eat dinner and/or attend to children or other family needs during our hangout!

    Fill out our short registration form for this free event, and we will email you the Zoom link (note that the link will not be shared publicly).

    Email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you all then!

    Support for Gender Expansive Youth Under 12: February 13

    The February 2021 North Bay LGBTQI Families monthly social and family gathering for gender expansive youth under age 12 will be on Saturday, February 13 from 2-3pm! 

    Our guest this month will be a local full spectrum family doctor who will be leading the kids in a fun activity, and later answering questions in the parent/caregiver-only portion of the meeting. 

    If you have a gender expansive child under age 12 and would be interested in attending but haven’t joined us before, please fill out our registration form to receive further information as well as the Zoom link for the meeting (note that we do not post the Zoom links for these meetings publicly), or email us at northbaylgbtqifamilies@gmail.com with any questions.

    Check our Facebook page for additional information and announcements!