Who we are

Our Mission:

We are dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Upstate NY achieve their goals of building and sustaining healthy families.

The Project offers provider trainings, educational programs, information and referral services, a Directory of LGBTQ-Inclusive Services, and support for LGBTQ families and prospective parents. Our network of Pride and Joy Families provides social and educational opportunities, and a sense of community to LGBTQ parents and their children.

Brief History:

The Project was founded in April 2000 with a $43,000 competitive grant award for LGBT Health and Human Services from the NYS Dept. of Health to the Ferre Institute Inc. in Binghamton. Since then, we have reapplied for and received these funds in lesser and greater amounts and for shorter and longer periods of time.

The Project joined forces with the Binghamton University Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program in 2013 was awarded a 5-year, $625,000 grant through the Research Foundation at SUNY Binghamton. That funding was recently extended. The move to campus gave the Project a very happy and supportive home base, plus access to resources such as University facilities for conferences and trainings, graduate and undergraduate student assistance in carrying out our programs, and a multidisciplinary scholarly advisory committee (MSAC) composed of BU faculty in clinical psychology, social work, human development, nursing, and women, gender and sexuality studies.

Today, we have a much bigger database of LGBTQ-inclusive providers, which is growing every year. We maintain and nourish collaborations with other LGBTQ organizations all around New York State, as part of the New York State Health and Human Services Network. We have founded and maintain LGBTQ Child Welfare Coalitions in Central New York and the Hudson Valley, helping adoption providers and adoptive LGBTQ parents; organize large and small scale trainings for health and human service providers, offices, and trainers; hold regular gatherings for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents to increase social support for kids and adults; and encourage research via our university networks.

Our Staff and Administration
Claudia E. Stallman
image of Claudia Stallman the project director
Project Director  cstallma@binghamton.edu
Renae Barber
Renae Barber's Face, she has red short hair, red and black glasses slightly smiling
Program Assistant prideandjoyfamilies@gmail.com

Co-Principal Investigators

Sean Massey, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Principal Investigator
Dara Silberstein, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Co-Principal Investigator
Sarah Young, CCPA/Social Work, Co-Principal Investigator
Our Advisory Boards
Community Advisory Board

Elayne Mosher-Campoli
Peg Johnston, Binghamton
Betsy Koffman, PhD, Binghamton
David Ruston, MSW, Binghamton
Susan Seibold-Simpson, PhD, Castle Creek
Vince Sgambati, Syracuse
Marian Stern, Binghamton
Gary Berk, MD, DeKalb Junction
Brian Frank, PhD, Albany
Anibal Garcia, Tivol
Rev. Dr. Kathleen Waters, Syracuse
Ian Weitz, Binghamton

Multidisciplinary Scholarly Advisory Board

A Serdar Atav, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Matthew D. Johnson, Dept. of Psychology
Richard Mattson, Dept. of Psychology
Ann Merriwether, CCPA Human Development and Psychology
Sarah R. Young, CCPA Social Work

Please join us! Contact us to learn more about our programs and services.

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project
Binghamton University, LN-2408 
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Contact us:

Phone: M- F 607-777-3717

E-mail: prideandjoyfamilies@gmail.com