Pride and Joy Families




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Who we are

The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/ Pride and Joy works to support LGBTQIAP people and families to live happy, healthy and flourishing lives. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and our upcoming programs.

Did you know we offer free cultural competency trainings to healthcare, human services providers, schools, and administrative offices? Let us know if you would like to have one and we'll be there to help you quench your thirst for knowledge.

We offer trainings on topics ranging from LGBTQ 101, What is Privilege and Power?, LGBTQ Families and Family Formation, Form Changes to Create Affirming spaces for LGBTQ people, Welcoming environments and How to Create them in the Workplace. 

In addition, we offer a yearly health and human services provider training, adoption workshops, domestic violence workshops, and train the trainers workshops.

Contact us for more information about trainings, workshops,and events!

Upcoming Events

​​Binghamton Rainbow Kids Support Group
Dates: Saturdays, 1-3:00 pm, January 12, February 2, March 9, April 6

Location: Identity Youth Center, 206 State Street, Binghamton
Description: Binghamton Rainbow Kids is a new support group for families with LGBTQ+ children ages 12 and younger. The group will offer kids the chance to socialize with one another in the care of youth facilitators while their parents/caregivers meet and engage in their own supportive conversation. Karen Fuller, Credentialed Family Peer Advocate with more than 10 years of experience working with families of trans youth, oversees the group and will facilitate the parents' discussion. Binghamton Rainbow Kids is offered free of charge and is open to all families with a young LGBTQ child. Sponsors of the new group are Identity Youth Center (Binghamton), Pride and Joy Families (Binghamton), and the Q Center (Syracuse). The group launches on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1-3 pm at Identity Youth Center, 206 State Street, Binghamton. Subsequent meetings will take place on these Saturdays from 1-3 pm: February 2nd, March 9th, and April 6th. Advance registration is required. For further information and to register your family, please contact Karen Fuller at (800) 475-2430 or

Gender Wellness Center-Pride and Joy Families Collaboration:
Transgender* Affirming Mental Health Care: Building Capacity to Serve Our Community
Date: Friday, January 25, 11 am-1 pm
Location: Symposium Room, Innovative Technology Complex, Binghamton University, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal 
Description: 1.5 CEUs available ($15 fee); parking and lunch provided

Clinicians and mental health providers in the Southern Tier and Central New York area are invited to join Pride and Joy Families and the Gender Wellness Center for a brief training on January 25, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm to: 1) Review World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care; 2) Learn about the services that the Gender Wellness Center, located in Oneonta, NY provides; and 3) Strategize about how we can build capacity to serve our transgender/non-binary/gender non-conforming community. We envision this as a first step toward continuing investment in local mental health providers on the topics of transgender/non-binary/gender non-conforming mental health and wellness. 1.5 Social Work CEUs will be offered and lunch will be provided. Please register here or you may register on-site (but please bring your own lunch).

​Beyond the Rainbow: LGBTQ* in the Binghamton Jewish Community

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:15-8 pm; light dinner meal 5:30
Location: Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY
Audience: Jewish community; open to all
Sponsors: Jewish Family Service, Pride & Joy Families, Temple Concord
Description: LGBTQ ally training. Light dinner meal provided. Free program. RSVP to Roz Antoun at 607-724-2332 or

The community is invited to attend. (The snow date will be Tuesday, February 26.) The purpose of the program is to make the Binghamton Jewish community a more welcoming place for LGBTQ* people and create allies. The program will cover gender identity, sexual orientation and what it means to be an ally; what the Talmud and other Jewish texts have to say about gender and sexual orientation; a panel of individuals offering first person accounts of life at the intersection of Jewish and LGBTQ identities; and a discussion of steps to take to make the Binghamton community more inclusive and affirming. *Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer

LGBTQ 101 (refresher for Affirm training attendees; open to all) Date: Thursday, March 28, 3:30-5:30 pm

Location: Binghamton University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St, Binghamton, NY 13902

Free training. Details TBA. 

AFFIRM Mental Health Provider Training
Date: Thursday, April 4-Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: Binghamton University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St, Binghamton, NY 13902
Description: Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Populations is 16-hour training and certification opportunity for mental health providers hosted by Pride and Joy Families. Trainers are Ashley Austin, LCSW, PhD and Shelley Craig, LCSW, PhD. Registration required. $$ TBA. Contact for further information.

2019 Pride and Joy Family Fun Day
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 (Come the night before for P&J pool party on Friday, March 8)
Location: Binghamton Double Tree Hotel, Water Street, Binghamton, NY
Description: Fun for the whole family! Please save the date. Details TBA. Binghamton Rainbow Kids and parents will be included/gather as part of the day's events.
Registration required. $$


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