Upcoming Events

 Lots of fun and exciting stuff happening at Somos Familia. Make sure you don’t miss out!


Forward with Love
December 10, 2016 – 11AM | Carmen Flores Recreation Center – 1637 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
This summit will address healing, coming out to your family, policing and racial justice, and the role of faith in our communities!

Annual Year End Celebration
January 2017 | TBD
Join our families and communities to celebrate our LGBTQ family members and our end of year traditions. Come and be part of the fun as we celebrate this year’s accomplishments and most importantly-you! We will have food, games, and prizes you definitely do not want to miss out!

Ongoing

Walk Lake Merritt
Join us every Saturday at 10:00 AM for a walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland. We’ll meet in front of Lake Chalet (1520 Lakeside Dr). Come get some exercise, walk and talk around the lake. It’s a great way to reconnect with Somos Familia and make new friends.

Walk in San Francisco
Join us every other Wednesday at 6:20 PM  for a walk in San Francisco. We’ll meet in front of The Ferry Building (near Embarcadero BART). Come get some exercise, walk and talk. It’s a great way to reconnect with Somos Familia and make new friends. Come alone, bring a friend(s), bring your family, everyone is welcome.

Speakers’ Bureau Training
We are looking for Latina/o families of LGBTQ folks who want to share their experiences with other families and provide information about how to transform our communities in to safer spaces for our LGBTQ family members. Contact somosfamiliabay@hotmail.com to sign-up for our Speakers’ Bureau Training.

Past Events

One of a Kind, Like Me Book Launch

October 2, 2016 – 2 PM | Centro Vida Children’s Center – 1000 Camelia Street, Berkeley, CA
Come meet the author, illustrator, and publisher of One of a Kind Like Me/Único Como Yo, a bilingual (Spanish/English) book, about Danny, who wants to be a princess in the school parade. There will be fun for children and adults, book readin
gs, yummy food, and more! Written by Somos Familia co-founder Laurin Mayeno, illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo, translated by Teresa Mlwar, & published by Blood Orange Press.

Oakland Pride Parade
September 11, 2016 | Downtown Oakland
Somos Familia will be part of Oakland Pride and we are hoping to have as many folks as possible to be part of the Somos Familia contingent.

Día de la Familia
August 7, 2016 | Lake Merritt, Oakland
Please join us for our annual Día de la Familia celebration! There will be food, family and friends so bring a guest or two.

Annual Year End Celebration
December 13, 2015 |Obelisco Restaurant, CA
We would like to invite you to our Annual Year End Celebration. Come and be part of the fun as we celebrate this year’s accomplishments and most importantly-you!

What’s a party without a theme? This year we are celebrating our end of the year customs and traditions. So we are asking for those that can and would like to share their favorite dish for everyone to enjoy.

Time and Place:  Time still to be determined; Obelisco Restaurant: 3411 E. 12th Street, Suite 110, Oakland, CA 94601.
We will have food, games, and prizes you definately do not want to miss out!

Día de los Muertos Festival
November 8, 2015 |Fruitvale Village, CA
We are proud to say that this year Somos Familia will be part of the Día de los Muertos festivities in Oakland. Come and say hello as our Somos Familia team will be displaying its own altar at the festival this year.

Time and Place: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fruitvale Village, Oakland. Our altar is at tent #23, we will be on 12th Street near the Fountain Plaza.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Día De la Familia
September 20, 2015 | Dimond Park, CA 
Please join us for our annual Dia de la Familia celebration! There will be food, family and friends so bring a guest or two.

Time and Place: 12:00 – 4:00 pm; Redwood Grove Picnic Area, Dimond Park. Area located behind tennis courts by the Fruitvale Ave. entrance. Use the park entrance across the street from 3744 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland.

Oakland Pride
September 13, 2015 | Downtown Oakland, CA
Somos Familia will be part of Oakland Pride and we are hoping to have as many folks as possible to be part of the Somos Familia contingent. We will meet at 10 am at the corner of Broadway & 14th. Make sure to bring some water to stay hidrated/Traiga agua para mantenerse hidratados!

Help us form a human rainbow at the Oakland Pride Parade. Purchase a t-shirt or tank top today!! The last day to order is next Tuesday, September 1!
http://teespring.com/stores/somos-familia

El Canto del Colibrí
Agosto 30, 2015 |UC Merced, California Room, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA
The film El Canto del Colibrí is a new documentary exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members. Join us for a film screening and community dialogue focused on how we can re-envision gender justice and healing in our communities. We will be joined by the film maker, Marco Castro-Bojorquez and families featured in the film.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Food and Spanish translation provided. For more information contact Carla Zamarripa at carlaz@brownboiproject.org or (510) 698-9702.

Happy Hour with Outforce and Latinoforce
June 11, 2015 | 3600 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Join us for a happy hour benefiting Somos Familia organized by Salesforce. Come with your friends, co-workers, and/or significant others to celebrate the accomplishments of Somos Familia. Suggested donation for admission is $20 and includes drink tickets.

Queer Women of Color Film Festival
June 12-14, 2015 | Brava Theatre 2789 24th Street San Francisco, CA
The 11th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival fetures 39 stellar films with a Festival Focus “Justice Heals” that radiates our tenacity as queer and trans people of color, and a Community Conversation “Film & the Nation-State” that ruptures the trauma and violence that often eclipses our lives. Admission to the festival is FREE!

El Canto Del Colibrí at Frameline Film Festival
June 20, 2015 | Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 
June 24 2015 | Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
The groundbreaking documentary El Canto del Colibrí (Song of the Hummingbird) features Latino immigrant fathers of LGBTQ children. Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard in addressing LGBTQ issues.

San Francisco Pride Celebration
June 27-28, 2015 | Civic Center San Francisco, CA
We will have a booth at this year’s San Francisco Pride Celebration. Please stop by and visit or sign up for a volunteer shift. The event theme for the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade is Equality Without Exception.

Community Screening of El Canto Del Colibri
April 25, 2015 | Oakland Public Library 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland, CA
El Canto del Colibrí is a documentary exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members. You are invited to preview the film with us. We will have music, lunch, and dialogue about the topics covered in the film. This event is presented in partnership with The California Endowment, Akonadi Foundation, BAYCATOakland Public Library, Our Family Coalition, Brown Boi Project, TRUCHA/Casa CHE at La Clinica de La Raza, GSA NetworkStreet Level Health Outreach, and East Oakland Building Healthy Communities.

Ojos Que No Ven at San Francisco Latino Film Festival
September 20, 2014 | San Francisco, CA
Join us for a screening of Ojos Que No Ven at San Francisco Latino Film Festival. The main character of the film is Josephine, a 15 year-old first generation Salvadorean American. Her mother Margarita and their friend Rosmery prepare for Josephine’s quinceanera. Margarita is working hard to scrape together what she can to make the party all that she didn’t have when she was growing up. Meanwhile, Josephine has other plans and a whole other way of life that her mother refuses to see and come to terms with. This story explores a mother and daughter relationship and their differing views of gender, sexuality and expression. It alludes to what can happen when parents do not support their young people as they grow up. Josephine struggles to scape the mold that her mother wants to fit her into.

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival
August 31, 2014 | Oakland, CA
Somos Familia is marching in this year’s Oakland LGBTQ Pride March to tell the world that we are proud of our LGBTQ young people! Please come join the fun and bring your parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers & friends!

Dia de la Familia—Day of the Family
August 17, 2014 | Dimond Park – Oakland, CA
Come enjoy our annual community potluck and BBQ with friends and family that support our LGBTQ loved ones. Please invite family members and allies you would like to recognize for supporting our communities.
San Francisco Pride Parade
June 29, 2014 | 10:30 AM | San Francisco, CA
Somos Familia is marching in this year’s San Francisco LGBTQ Pride March on June 29 to tell the world that we are proud of our LGBTQ young people! Please come join the fun and bring your parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers & friends!

Protect Our Children: (Re)creating Family Acceptance
June 25, 2014 | 7 PM | 2940 16th St. #319, San Francisco, CA
The exhibit features eighteen art pieces of Trans and Queer children through the lens of racial, gender, ethnic, religious, spiritual, and most importantly parental empowerment. All eighteen art pieces are based on real life childhood experiences.

Salir Adelante! Our 5th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 11 , 2012, 2 -5 p.m.
James Irvine East Bay Community Foundation
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (map)
Oakland, CA 94612 (near 12th St BART)
Thanks to the Horizons Foundation for making this event possible.

Frameline Film Festival Films: Sazón y Sabor
June 20, 2011
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
Features Three Drops of Water

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Three Drops of Water Premiere
Saturday–March 12, 2011
East Bay Community Foundation
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA
Three Drops of Water are three short videos featuring resilient Latina immigrant mothers who explore the multigenerational impact of their childrens’ coming out. You can watch them on our You Tube channel.