The Petaluma Mothers’ Club is a community of families and reflects the diversity of the world we live in. We are committed to building and fostering values of equity, diversity, and inclusion among our members and broader community. We welcome anyone who identifies as a mother or caregiver, regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, disability, and marital status. Further, we don’t endorse any single theory or “right” way to parent, but exist to create an atmosphere of support and camaraderie so that each member may find what they need to grow as a caregiver. We value having a vibrant community that is representative of diverse backgrounds, and encourage all who mother (and their partners and supporters) to join our network of families supporting families.
As documented by the Human Rights Campaign, the Progress Pride Flag developed by Daniel Quaser in 2018 evolved from the Philadelphia Pride Flag from 1978. Quaser added a white, pink, and light blue stripe to represent the Trans community. While the black and brown stripes still represent communities of color, the black stripe is also a nod to the thousands of individuals lost during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s. The intersex-inclusive Progress Pride Flag, which will be used on the PMC website, adds the intersex community to the Progress Pride Flag. This flag was created by Valentino Vechietti in 2021, and is currently the most up-to-date LGBTQIA+ flag. It is important to note that the conversation is constantly evolving and growing, even within the LGBTQIA+ community, and it is everyone's responsibility to have ongoing conversations to keep up with the evolving vernacular and ideologies. These conversations are inherently hard, and call for grace and understanding as we do this important work. Through these conversations the PMC is creating a safe and inclusive space more representative of our community. By displaying the Progress Pride Flag on our website, the Petaluma Mothers Club is visually demonstrating our welcome to all people who identify as parents in the community.