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Major Events


Major Events


 Surrogacy Conference
& Expo

Sat, Jan 12 - Sun Jan 13, 2019

Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel,
609 Sutter St., San Francisco


Our Family Coalition teams up once again with Men Having Babies for the 6th Annual West Coast Surrogacy Conference and Expo, featuring expert panels on all aspects of surrogacy, from the emotional to the financial to the medical to the ethical.


You'll get a chance to also hear parents, surrogates, and teens share their stories, and have one-on-one consultations with agencies.


It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore family building by surrogacy, with a huge range of speakers and resources all under one roof and in one weekend. 



More about the Surrocacy Conference & Expo 


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We have much work to continue to do to bring LGBTQ-inclusivity to our schools and laws, and to ensure that all LGBTQ families are treated justly. At Our Family Coalition, it is our love of our children, our community, and of justice that keeps us going. But we can't do it without your help. Join us!


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 Judy, Allison, & kids


Please send love and healing wishes to the Appel/Bernstein family


Our Family Coalition's longtime former Executive Director Judy Appel and her wife Alison Bernstein were seriously injured in an accident in Berkeley just after midnight on Saturday, January 5th (Berkeleyside article here). While they are now stable, there is a very long road ahead to recovery.


As they fight to recover, we ask that the many, many people in the Bay Area and beyond who have been impacted by their decades of public service – on behalf of LGBTQ families and so many more – send healing thoughts and prayers their way. The outpouring of concern and love has been enormous, in direct proportion to the impact they've had on so many for so many years.  But the family asks that at this time no one visit the house or the hospital: what they most need, they say, are prayers for their healing, and sufficient privacy and space within which to do that.


Friends have set up a site to coordinate information and offers of support for them at LotsaHelpingHands; it's titled "Alison and Judy's Love Community." Requests to join (it's a private group), will be reviewed at the end of each day. We will share additional news or requests for support here in accordance with the family's wishes. 



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