Articles written by: Sandra Telep

Sandra is a West Philly Mama (not born and raised, but she does spend most of her days on the playground). She is happily married to her best friend and together they parent a precocious toddler and a vivacious baby. A former professional activist turned stay-at-home-mom, she blogs about parenting as a queer, Latina, feminist reclaiming family values at West Philly Mama.

The Fosters Roundtable: The Honeymoon (Episode 11)
Culture / Entertainment / Media

The Fosters Roundtable: The Honeymoon (Episode 11)

Spoiler alert-o-rama!  These weekly Roundtables are your place for queer family banter about the new ABC Family show The Fosters, and they’re chock-a-block with SPOILERY content.  You’ve been warned! Episode synopsis: Jude and Brandon feel guilty about Callie running away, and other family members are confused about Callie’s actions. Meanwhile, Mariana stumbles upon […]

Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera: Grace Under Fire
Culture / Entertainment / Media

Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera: Grace Under Fire

You may have seen that Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox were on The Katie Couric Show to promote their current projects.  Carmen Carrera is trans* model of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame and Laverne Cox is a trans actress who portrays a trans* inmate on Orange Is The New Black. Katie […]

‘Tis the Season for Affordable Care
News & Politics

‘Tis the Season for Affordable Care

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been rocky at best and coverage of the new healthcare law has been marked by misinformation campaigns and substantial efforts to have it repealed. Let’s not forget the resulting government shutdown. Despite all that, over 1 million people have enrolled nationwide. The […]

(Waiting on permission) Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality and one of the minds behind the December Project and Dolores Huerta, the civil rights legend who founded the United Farm Workers movement along with Cesar Chavez and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, sit together in the fasting tent. (Dolores Huerta is a long time LGBT rights advocate and is currently on the Board of Equality California.
News & Politics

Hungry for Immigration Reform

On November 12, faith, immigrant, worker rights leaders and activists began a “Fast for Families.” They set up shop in a tent on the National Mall, abstaining from all food as an act of support for the families who are torn apart daily by deportations and our broken immigration system. They […]

Kinky Boots provides opportunity for conversation
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Kinky Boots provides opportunity for conversation

On November 28th, I was in the midst of what was a rather picturesque all-American Thanksgiving scene. Everything was under control in the kitchen, chores were being done around the house, dogs were playing on the porch, and my partner and kids were doing puzzles and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving […]

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Identity / Life

Support for the Transgender Community

The holidays can be hard. Loss of a loved one, illness, financial worries, addiction or distance from friends and family can make this time of year, when joys (and sorrows) are amplified feel especially lonely. For people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, rejection by our families is an […]

Combatting gender stereotypes
Family / Kids / Parenting

Combatting gender stereotypes

I’ve written a bit about my desire to temper some of the stronger (more ridiculous) messages about gender to allow my son to understand how he relates to gender on his own. My main goal is to encourage him to be exactly who he is. The truth is I don’t […]

ENDA – Call for Action!
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ENDA – Call for Action!

It seems that marriage equality is the issue blowing up everyone’s Facebook and Twitter feed. Welcome to the equality club, Illinois and New Jersey! That makes 15 states that have marriage equality and, Hawaii, you’re up next! But marriage is not the only hot issue on the legislative burner. The […]

Keeping los muertos alive
Culture / Grief & loss / Kids / Life

Keeping los muertos alive

It’s hard to follow the imagination-filled sugar-fest that is Halloween. Still, before I can sneak all the mini-Snickers’ out of my kids’ trick or treat bags, Día De Los Muertos is upon us.  I don’t want to let this holiday slip by without  some observance, but it’s difficult to celebrate […]

The Doc is in
Family

The Doc is in

Leo, my three year old, has finally settled on a Halloween costume – and he is SO excited about it.  He is going to be his favorite TV character: Doc McStuffins. Great, right? Not only is Doc McStuffins a strong, smart, and kind role model (and a girl of color […]