North Bay Lgbtqi Family Formation Symposium


Join us for the 1st Annual LGBTQI+ Family Formation Symposium in Santa Rosa, California. This is a FREE, child-friendly conference for existing North Bay LGBTQI+ families and parents-to-be. Join us for the day, or stay for an hour. This community building and educational event includes expert presentations, a lively and fun panel discussion, and a FREE screening of the feature documentary, A Womb of Their Own, made possible by funding from the Community Foundation Sonoma County, followed by a Q&A Session with Serious Play Films Director Cyn Lubow and the featured families.

Limited Child Care is available - free with advance evite registration
Child-Friendly Event
Community Building for LGBTQI+ Families
Also appropriate for LGBTQI+ youth, as well as social services, health care providers and educators serving queer parents and their children in the North Bay.
Event is open to the public.
ASL and Spanish Interpretors available upon request



PRESENTATION: Special Considerations in Queer Family Building
Sara Flores, Certified Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner in Women & Transgender Health at Santa Rosa Birth Center

PRESENTATION: Building Families Legal Seminar and Q&A Session
Kinna Crocker, Family Law Attorney at Crocker Law
The availability of new and innovative medical technologies has created options for people who want to become parents and start families. People are creating families in varieties of ways. Some use egg donation, sperm donation, or embryo donation. Some inseminate at home, some in a clinic under the supervision of a physician. Some use a surrogate and some adopt. It is important that our families are protected, by securing a legal connection between the parent and child. It is not enough to be listed on the child’s birth certificate. This seminar will discuss the various methods of securing necessary legal rights between parents and children.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Our Unique Families
Facilitated by Renata Moreira-Bilella, Interim Executive Director of Our Family Coalition
A panel discussion featuring unique families. The panel will include ALICE RUBY, MPH, MPPM, Executive Director of The Sperm Bank of California, as well as diverse representation of families, to allow a lively and informal question and answer session. Families represented will be: Solo Parent By Choice, Intentional Co-Parents, Foster-to-Adopt, IVF, Surrogate, Trans Parent, DIY Legal Matters, 3-Parent Families, plus Sara Flores and Kinna Crocker joining the panel. A diversity of families will inspire prospective parents, provide role models, identify potential obstacles and present effective solutions that worked for each family.

A Womb of Their Own -- a feature documentary. 85 minutes. Serious Play Films
How do people who don’t experience themselves as simply female or male handle a culture that offers only these two identities? A Womb of Their Own introduces a charismatic, funny, thoughtful group of masculine-of-center-identified people who experience pregnancy. Each individual and couple navigate gender expectations even from the LGBT community that don’t fit their experience of themselves. Follow their stories as they establish their own unique gender, develop their definition of family, grow a baby in their bodies, and birth, chestfeed and parent their children as non-binary masculine people.

SCHEDULE (presentation times may be re-arranged):
10:30am-11:00am: Welcoming and Opening Remarkings
11:15am-11:45pm: Special Considerations in Queer Family Building
12:00pm-12:45pm: Building Families Legal Seminar and Q&A Session
12:45pm-1:15pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm-2:30pm: Our Unique Families Panel Discussion
2:45pm-4:15pm: Screening of A Womb of Their Own--a feature documentary. 85 minutes.
4:15pm-5:00pm: Question and Answer session with AWOTO Director

Positive Images: Fiscal Sponsor
Community Foundation Sonoma County: Funder
Social Advocates for Youth - SAY: Venue Donor

Organize. By the People. For the People.
Crocker Law
The Sperm Bank of California
Our Family Coalition
Reclaim Midwifery & Healing Services
Santa Rosa Birth Center
Serious Play Films
LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Associates of the Bay Area
Portraits To The People - Professional Photography
  • Social Advocates for Youth - SAY
    2447 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa
  • Sunday Jan 29
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