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Please Join PFLAG at our 3rd Sunday Monthly gathering for a FREE screening
of a  touching, highly acclaimed new film entitled ‘Bridegroom’.
Pop Corn and Drinks will be provided.
Opportunity for discussion will follow the film viewing.
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Sunday July 20, 2014 at 5 PM
at St. Paul’s UCC, at the corner of Bond & Green Streets, Westminster, MD 21157

 

  • Bridegroom Documentary“Bridegroom” tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death- of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized- is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality and human rights like no speech or lecture ever will.    80 Minutes

 

For further information, contact June Horner – junehorner@gmail.com or 410-844-1442

First Fridays @ St. Paul’s, a safe space for lgbtq and allied youth, is celebrating the 4th of July by hosting a picnic and games for the residents of some local shelters. This First Fridays will be from 5-7 so everyone can go to the fireworks.
Photo: First Fridays @ St. Paul's, a safe space for lgbtq and allied youth, is celebrating the 4th of July by hosting a picnic and games for the residents of some local shelters. This First Fridays will be from 5-7 so everyone can go to the fireworks.

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Saturday June 7 – 39th annual Capital Pride Parade in DC

Pride Parade in DC ..

PARADE DETAILS
* PFLAG has been assigned to the ORANGE staging area. Our CALL TIME

IS 4 PM for a 4:30 PM kick-off on Saturday, June 7. Please refer to the map for our
meeting location on 23rd STREET, NW. We are located between the Batala Washington and Unitarian Universalists of DC groups.

Staging Area Map:

http://capitalpride_cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/STAGING-MAP-2014.pdf

* The route is approximately 1.5 miles and takes about 25 minutes to
complete, ending at 14th and R Streets, NW. A map of the route is
available here: http://www.capitalpride.org/parade/parade-map

* Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water. The current
weather forecast is sunny with a high of 85 and no chance of
precipitation.

The 39th Annual Capital Pride Parade steps off Saturday, June 7, 2014, 4:30 pm, at 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC.   The Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street.
This is an amazing and exhilarating experience!!! Easy to get there on the Metro. PFLAG & UU contingents have been right next to one another in the marching order in all past parades we’ve attended. PFLAG chapters from all around the MD, DC, & VA area march together. It’s OK to bring your signs & chapter banners. We Highly Recommend the Capital Pride Parade!! We’ll post PFLAG’s Parade lineup position here and on our Facebook page  sometime near the middle of the 1st week of June, when the information becomes available.  If you want further information about marching  in parade or volunteering at the Festival Booth,  contact  Matt Minora mattpflag2014@gmail.com.
Sunday June 8 – Capital Pride Festival in DC
   : Noon – 7 PM  -
The 2014 Capital Pride Street Festival continues along  historic Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets and is part of the 39th Annual Capital Pride Celebration. The US Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop of the Capital Stage for 18 years,

PFLAG at 2013 Baltimore Pride Parade

PFLAG at 2013 Baltimore Pride Parade

Saturday June 14 – Baltimore Pride Parade
Sunday June 15 – Baltimore Pride Festival

Baltimore Pride Parade and Festival
PFLAG Maryland Chapters have a long tradition if marching in Baltimore Pride Parades going back to 1986.  Sadly, this year we have a scheduling conflict and will not be marching in 2014 Baltimore Pride Parade, nor will we be able to have a space at the Festival.    However we look forward to once again marching & participating in 2015.  We encourage those who want to march to join with Baltimore PFLAG Chapter’s RYA contingent.  Parade steps off at 1 pm.
The Saturday Parade & Block Party, as well as the Sunday Festival will all take place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street (2 blocks from Penn Station).  The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions.

Saturday June 28 – 3rd annual Frederick Pride Festival --

Noon to 6PM in downtown Frederick at Carroll Creek Linear Park
Please Look for PFLAG table at the festival and stop by and say ‘Hello’.
PFLAG Westminster & Columbia Chapters look forward to sharing table with Frederick PFLAG Chapter !!

If you haven’t yet registered for this wonderful FREE conference , it’s time to do so now !
To Register Contact Gary Honeman at (443) 244-8654 or ghoneman@ccysb.org

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This Friday May 2 , 2014  is the day for First Friday @ St. Paul’s.

tulipsFirst Fridays is a SAFE SPACE especially for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth and their allies.

6:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m
17 Bond Street, Westminster, MD

THIS MONTH WE WILL MAKE SPECIAL GIFTS FOR MOMS AND DADS,
AND TALK TO YOUTH IN CHINA
Count on the usual activities and HOFFMAN’S ice cream sandwiches!

Music, games, Wii, Ping Pong, popcorn,snacks..

Remember to bring $3.00 for Pizza!
Fun as usual!

 

If you have Questions…….Contact Lucy Brady –  410-848-5975
Pastor for Children and Youth Ministry
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
17 Bond Street
Westminster, MD. 21157

Saturday June 14 – 1 PM -  Baltimore Pride Parade
You are invited to March with PFLAG Maryland Chapters in Baltimore PRIDE Parade

PFLAG Chapter of Maryland  are  once AGAIN getting ready to continue our proud  tradition of marching in Baltimore PRIDE Parade.
All PFLAG members and friends  are encouraged to walk. Bring banners and signs if you like.
Sean McGovern, Vice-Chair of Columbia Chapter is point person & leader of this endeavor &  can be reached at daxmcg@gmail.com.   On Parade Day you can reach Sean on his Cell – 410-491-7326.

The Parade will kick off at 1 PM from  the corners of Eager and Charles Streets2014 Baltimore  Pride Parade Route in Mount Vernon and travel  four blocks north up Charles Street to Mt. Royal where it will turn right onto Mt. Royal, before ending at Oliver Street.   PFLAG’s Lineup position is # 7 on the Right (east) side of Charles St. between Eager & Read Streets.  We are instructed to line up starting at 11:30am  & no later than 12:30pm

The Block Party/Festival takes place at Mt.Royal Station -1400 Cathedral St.  (Intersection of Mt. Royal & Cathedral Streets) from 2 – 8 PM

The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions.

PFLAG will be hosting  International visitors as we March in the 2014 Baltimore Parade..
Our Guests  are brave activists from the Ukraine.
Bogdan Globa  runs the LGBT organization,  Fulcrum, .. and his Mom, Helen,  who leads up Tergo, which is the Ukrainian version of PFLAG.

 Please try to watch this short  video of Bogdan addressing the Ministers of Parliament on “Shuster Live,” a well-respected Ukrainian political evening TV show. It is worth the two minute watch to provide the context and to share his courage and why we support Bogdan and his mom, Helen,  who has moved from rejection to acceptance and affirmation.
They remind us at PFLAG of Morty and Jeanne Manford so we have a very special place in our hearts for them.

Here’s a description of the program:
LGBTQ history is often invisible. Growing up in straight families, LGBTQ youth are not taught their community’s specific histories and schools often intentionally leave out mentions of LGBTQ history makers. This presentation will educate the audience on the basics of LGBTQ history in the U.S. and around the world, along with some little-known fascinating stories of individuals from different centuries. The presentation will also explain why it is so important that we teach LGBTQ history today.

Sarah Prager, a lesbian who created the mobile app Quist, will be the guest speaker at PFLAG-Westminster’s general meeting on May 18. The app (quistapp.com) was launched in July 2013 and has more than 16,000 downloads in 90 countries. Quist displays an event from this day in LGBT history and other features. According to Prager, “Quist strives to make LGBTQ interesting and accessible to the next generation.”
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 Sarah was raised in Connecticut, and began her life as an activist at age 14 when she came out as lesbian. By the time she moved to Boston, MA at age 17 she had been a keynote speaker at a rally of hundreds and founded the largest student group at her high school. Throughout her career so far she has worked and volunteered for several non-profit organizations including Boston Pride, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and BGO Gemini (Bulgaria’s LGBT rights organization). Sarah moved to Prince George’s County, Md. with her wife, Liz, in May 2012.

Sarah’s writing has been published in The Social Media Monthly, Huffington Post, Hartford Courant, Gay Life, and various blogs. She has been a guest on “HuffPost Live,” “The Michelangelo Signorile Show” on Sirius XM Progress Radio, and “The List” on ABC2. GO Magazine named Sarah one of the 13 Red Hot Entrepreneurs of 2013.

Refreshments will be served.  All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting 
  • When: May 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts., Westminster, MD 21157
  • Contact: June Horner, 410-844-1442 (call or text)    e-mail: junehorner@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Trans, the Movie      **HEADS UP – PFLAG Westminster Meeting date for the month of APRIL   ONLY has been CHANGED to the 4th Sunday, APRIL 27th at 5 p.m. (Our 3rd Sunday regular meeting day happens to be EASTER this year, and we expect most of us will very likely be busy with Holiday activities)

We’ll be showing a film “Trans, the movie” with opportunity for discussion afterwards.

This documentary is an insightful portrait of trans folk, full of heart-warming and heart-breaking moments. It has been receiving rave reviews among the transgender community.
Please join us for a viewing, followed by opportunity for discussion.


All meetings of PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) are free, confidential and open to the public.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting 
  • When: April 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts., Westminster, MD 21157
  • Media Opportunities: PFLAG members
  • Contact: June Horner, 410-795-2418, e-mail: junehorner@gmail.com,

Released in 2012, Trans is a documentary feature that takes viewers on a journey into the transgender world through personal narratives, real life experiences, emotions and stories that have changed lives and will change lives. The film was made to raise awareness of transgender issues.

Inspired by the story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, Trans provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life.

A discussion will follow the presentation.  Popcorn and beverages will be served.

          

About PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County:

PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, their families and friends through:

Support - to cope with an adverse society

Education - to enlighten an ill-informed public

Advocacy - to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights

Author, Martha Johnson

Author, Martha Johnson

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be presenting author Martha Johnson who will discuss her novel In Our Midst.
Note that one need not have read the novel to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.

Ms. Johnson is leadership speaker and writer who draws on the lessons learned as an executive from a 35-year career in public and private organizations.
She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from 2010-2012.

In Our Midst was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. Order a copy of In Our Midst on Amazon by clicking here.      It is also available through Carroll County Public Library.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:

It is 1990 and Stanton, Indiana is a typical town with a busy mayor, active churches, a Wood Carving Festival, aMartha Johnson - In Our Midst friendly diner, and a highly trusted mortuary.
But, it is not a Norman Rockwell world.  The Gulf War is breaking out, Ryan White lives nearby, and AIDS is sweeping the nation.
Despite all that, Stanton is also a town that doesn’t appear to have any gay or lesbian people, or so it seems to Victor Beck, who is anxious and scared because he isn’t attracted to girls.
As Victor gets acquainted with a new girl in town, a second story unfolds of a gay, Korean War soldier who died the day he returned home to Stanton.
The two stories become entwined and the good people of Stanton have to wrestle with their history, their secrets, their prejudices, and their commitment to the health and welfare of their children.

One need not have read the book to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.

Martha Johnson’s other  writing credits include On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, a best-selling book on Amazon published in October 2013.
Both titles are available through Carroll County Library System.
Johnson blogs at www.MarthaJohnson.com and her virtual readership grows daily.

About PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County:

PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, their families and friends through:

Support - to cope with an adverse society
Education - to enlighten an ill-informed public
Advocacy - to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
We  welcome all people-gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered, as well as their families, friends and interested members of  the community.

.Together, we support each other, educate the broader community and advocate for equality.
Visit our website at www.pflagwcc.org, call  410-861-0488 or e-mail  pflagcarroll@gmail.com.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
  • When: March 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts., Westminster, MD 21157

Contact: June Horner, 410-795-2418, e-mail: junehorner@gmail.com,

About National PFLAG: 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit www.pflag.org

 

 

  • PFLAG

    LGBTQ Friends & Allies & Community

    You are invited  to

    A VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE  for ALL Ages!

    February 16th -  5PM-9PM

    at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 17 Bond St., Westminster, MD 21157

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

     

    Suggested donation – adults $5., Students $2.

    Sponsored by: Westminster-Carroll Co,Chapter of PFLAG LGBTQ Book Club St. Paul’s United church of Christ

         

 

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Carroll County Times, January 2, 2014
The Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — sent Anne Stoner as its representative to the National PFLAG Convention held Oct. 24-27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-CT 5th District, a longtime advocate for equality. Her mother, Mitzi Henderson, previously served as president of National PFLAG.

There were workshops, speakers and a screening of the film “Bridegroom.” The documentary, directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, tells the emotional journey of two young men in a loving and committed relationship — one that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story follows what happened after this accidental death, and how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves shut out and ostracized.

After the screening, there was a Q&A with Shane Bitney Crone, inspiration for this movie.

PFLAG’s work started with one mother in New York City, Jeanne Manford, raising a homemade sign and her lone voice in public support of her gay son. That simple gesture led to the founding of PFLAG in 1972 , which eventually became the nation’s largest organization for families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The work continues as more parents, family members and friends unite with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country to support civil rights and equality and fight discrimination and hatred.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy.

PFLAG is a national nonprofit with more than 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters.

To learn about the local chapter of PFLAG, visit www.pflagwcc.org/. Regular meetings take place on the third Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Bond and Green streets, Westminster. The meetings are open to all, and confidentiality is observed.

For more about the convention, visit http://community.pflag.org/convention#sthash.S5SbWCBq.dpuf.

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