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PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Moving Equality Forward
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Please join us for our annual picnic and kick off what promises to be an exciting year for PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County!! Re-connect with friends and make some new ones!! Bring what you’d like to grill (grills with charcoal are available), a dish to share and a smile!! PFLAG will supply the drinks, condiments and paper products! This is a “rain or shine” event. We hope to see you there!!


Sunday at 5 PM – 7 PM
17 Bond Street, Westminster MD (St Paul’s United Church of Christ) – (this is not a church affiliated event.)

Hosted by Pflag Westminster – Carroll County



The Parade which was scheduled for the evening of  Thursday September 27 has been


Due to the Weather……


PFLAG IS Co-Hosting the beautiful, 2018 award winning film,
****Note : there are 2 screenings.
Friday, June 15, 2018 1 pm (captioned)
Friday, June 15, 2018 7:30 pm
****Check Carroll Arts Center   for further details.
Carroll Arts Center is located at
91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-7272




After considerable conversation, PFLAG-Westminster has regretfully decided we are unable to continue as a sponsor for a 2018 Westminster LGBTQ Pride Festival. We acknowledge that all persons involved in planning this event have come with dreams and hopes in their hearts and minds, and we’ve shared in many of those dreams. We truly hoped this would be our year to have such an important event for our Westminster LGBTQ+ community, and our sincere allies. Unfortunately, we’ve come to the realization that we believe there is not sufficient time and resources in place to create a festival that will guarantee a safe space for all members of our LGBTQ+ community, be a clear source of LGBTQ+ celebration and education for attendees, and be the kind of local pride festival that would connect us to the larger assembly of LGBTQ+ pride festivals and parades that occur around the globe during the early summer months.

We are still planning to hold the “Shantay, You Stay! Drag Show” on July 7th and will be focusing our energies and time for this pride event. Doors will open at 7 PM for this fabulous 8 PM – 11 PM drag show extravaganza. There will be a cash bar (beer and wine) and light food. The show will occur in Westminster Hall at Belle Grove Square (St. Paul’s United Church of Christ) 17 Bond Street, Westminster. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event!

In closing, we understand that our announcement will be a disappointment for many of you. Please know we also feel a deep and sincere sense of disappointment. For the reasons stated, however, we are simply unable to continue our support for a 2018 LGBTQ Pride Fest event. We look forward to a promising rainbow-driven future with you as we hold the July 7th drag show, and as we continue to show our LGBTQ pride around town throughout the entire year via our various PFLAG events.


PFLAG invites you to a FREE screening of  the 2015 Docudrama , ‘PRIDE’

This BBC-produced film is based on a true story and depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.  The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.
,Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford

WHEN: April 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: St. Paul’s UCC  at the corner of Bond & Green Sts. in Westminster





Our PFLAG fundraiser at our Westminster Chipotle on Sunday April 15th was a HUGE SUCCESS

exceeding all  expectations !!


We are delighted to have exceeded our goal, and raised lots of $$$ towards
our first annual WESTMINSTER PRIDE FESTIVAL on JULY 7th!!!

Thank you community – stay tuned for other ways you can be involved!!!





On Sunday March 18th at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s UCC in Westminster
PFLAG is  excited to be hosting a special presentation entitled

Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Presented by: Kelly Brooks-Hailey

This session will explore the cultural differences that families of color face with acceptance of their LGBTQ loved one and will identify some of the unique challenges that LGBTQ people of color face within communities of color. Participants are encouraged to share their stories and strategies for increasing support to LGBTQ diverse communities.

In this session you will:

Better understand some of the cultural differences, language barriers, and family dynamics that may impact how parents, families, and communities of color struggle with acceptance of a LGBTQ loved one
Discuss some of the unique challenges African American LGBTQ people, their parents, and extended families face in building acceptance within their community
Gain strategies and resources to better support individuals, parents, and families of color that come to PFLAG for support

Kelly Brooks-Hailey is a graduate of UMBC with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and is pursuing her Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Having become a Leadership Essentials graduate from Loyola Sellinger School of Business, she is an emerging leader and entrepreneur within her community. She currently serves on the Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Committee of PFLAG Howard County developing an outreach project to various POC communities in Howard County, Maryland. Kelly has worked in the human services field for over six years serving vulnerable populations within the Baltimore area.

Her primary focus is LGBTQ and women’s self-empowerment however, she has a passion to serve, educate, and empower all those who desire to live a life of peace, freedom, abundance, wealth, and joy.


A Dance for All! (LGBTQ and Straight Allies!)
This is an all ages event !
There is No special dress code!

(Suggested canned food donation for admission.
Please check expiration dates.)

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 17 Bond St. Westminster, MD

Games! Music! Food! Raffle! Prizes! Games! Music! Food! Raffle! Prizes! Games! Music! Food! Raffle! Prizes!

Westminster-Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
This dance IS our February meeting.
(There will be no other February Community Meeting,)



To start the new year, we’ll be coming together at our January monthly meeting to view a film.

The Audience will have the opportunity to choose among several selections.

One of those selections will be ‘Geography Club‘ ……..an American comedy-drama film based on the Brent Hartinger novel of the same name

Another choice could be “Such Good People‘  .. a screwball comedy.

We’ll also have a couple of other titles available.



It’s exciting to see that the annual Creating Change Conference is happening so close to home this year.

Some of us have attended in the past, and it’s always been a wonderful opportunity to network and learn.

Here’s a link to info and programs:

Creating Change this year in Washington, D.C., January 24-28!



Attending Creating Change this year in Washington, D.C.? The entire PFLAG National staff will be there presenting a day long institute on Thursday, January 25. If you are attending Creating Change, we hope to see you there! Find out more about the day and how to register.



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