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PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

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Come join PFLAG as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month October 15 2017 5pm at our PFLAG community meeting.

Test your knowledge with our FACTs quiz. How many queer figures in history can you name?

Come dressed as your favorite LGBTQ+ person or just come to learn about queer history.

We hope to see you on Sunday October 15, 2017 5pm-7pm

St. Paul’s UCC 17 Bond and Green Street
Westminster, MD 21157

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 On Thursday September 21st

  We want you to walk with the PFLAG in the Westminster FallFest Parade!.

Bring your Signs ! 

Bring your Enthusiasm!

PFLAG is number 49.  We are directly in front of St. Paul’s UCC.  Formation will be on Monroe street with entry from Englar road only.  Walkers should be dropped off at the intersection of Monroe Street and Father Joe Way, then walk to the formation.

We suggest folks get to the drop location by 6:30pm. The parade kicks off promptly at 7 p.m

 Parking may be an issue so you may need to think about that with regards to your time of arrival.  Hope to see everyone there

We will have our PFLAG banner.        Come with Pride!

We are permitted to hand out items, but we may not throw anything.  Weather forecast is good.
Let’s once again have a great turnout of PFLAG marchers.  

(You might want to be mindful that it is a long walk back to where the parade began .  We suggest you find a “buddy” to carpool with – have one car park at the beginning and another parked at the end!

Click here for further information:   2017 FALLFEST PARADE Information

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PFLAG’s Annual End of Summer Picnic / BBQ
September 17th — 5 -7 p.m. – at St. Paul’s UCC, 17 Bond St. Westminster, MD 21157 (Corner of Bond & Green Sts.)
Rain or Shine ….  Kid Friendly …. Free
Everyone is invited!     Bring a friend or 2 or 3 or more !

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.PFLAG will provide the Grills as well as Drinks, Paper products, Ketchup,& Mustard.
We ask that YOU bring:
Something you’d like to BBQ (hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, veggie
burgers, etc.)
ALSO bring a dish to share.
AND…. We hope you’ll also consider bringing a school supply that we will donate in the name of PFLAG to Shepherd Staff, a non-profit that helps low income families in Carroll County.
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Choosing Acceptance

Click here to see an excellent article about Catherine Hyde and her daughter.  

Not only does Catherine serve as Transgender Coordinator of PFLAG chapter in Columbia, MD,
She also serves as PFLAG Mid-Atlantic Regional Director,
and is on the board of National PFLAG.

 

 

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SATURDAY JULY 8th , 2017  10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Look for PFLAG table when you attend Common Ground on the Hill Festival

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Please join us at the Carroll Arts Center on Friday June 16th

for a  special Screening of ‘The Danish Girl’ co-hosted by PFLAG

through the generosity of the Betty Stansbury Memorial Fund.

 Betty and her family had been Carroll County residents.
She devoted many years from the 1980s until her death to working through PFLAG
to advocate and support LGBTQ issues.

Pflag Westminster - Carroll County's photo.

The Danish Girl  is a fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

TWO SCREENINGS:
Friday, June 16, 2017 1 pm (captioned)
Friday, June 16, 2017 7:30 pm

Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD,

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Read this touching  account of a Mother’s First experience of marching in a Capital Pride Parade.

Rock Star Mom           June 2013

My head is still spinning from being in my first Capital Pride Parade.  My friends at PFLAG had told me it would be amazing, but some things have to be experienced to be understood.  How do you explain?   Let me try.

The other parents at PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) were already waiting at the parade assembly kick off location.  We tried to find a bit of shade and sip water while we waited to be called.  Those of us that had not arrived with pre-made signs were asked to help carry the association banner.  There I was, right up front.   I felt honored.

Preoccupied with the heat, sun, and thirst, I watched the participants ahead of us as they joined in the parade.  Then it was our turn.  Here we go.  Hold the sign, smile, wave.

What hit me first was the size of the crowds gathered along the parade route.  The spectators packed and overflowed the sidewalks into the street, in a seemingly never ending stretch to infinity. One and one-half miles of humanity.   Young and old, all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, boys and girls. Everyone is someone’s son, someone’s daughter.

The roar of the crowd was deafening and unexpected.  I felt like a rock star.  Cheering, shouting, yelling, and even chanting:  PFLAG! PFLAG! PFLAG!  Cheering- – for us.  Us?  We’re an odd assortment of mostly middle-aged parents carrying our homemade signs.  We represent the love that should be there but often isn’t.  You can tell by the tears in the crowd.  Crying? Yes.  Young and old.  Boys, girls, men, women.

 

The tears ripped my heart as a mom.  I wanted to run to each of them and embrace them, tell them I loved them, and that everything would be okay.  I wanted to take each one home, cook their favorite dinner, bake them cookies, and ask them about their day.

Through the deafening roar, I sometimes thought I could hear someone call out “Mom! Mom!”   How could anyone hear one voice in this crowd?  Was I imagining it? I started to look for the one face that I wanted to see – could I find it in this massive throng?  I scanned the faces and saw sweet, lovely young people, and focused on them.

There was a water stop mid-way through the parade that was a welcome relief.  As I reached for a cup of cool water, I was grabbed in a hefty, sweaty embrace.  Startled, I looked up.  “I love you, Mom” my son said.  “I love you, too, Sweetie,” I replied, kissing him quickly on the cheek, before he disappeared into the crowd again.

Suddenly recharged, we continued onward.  I’ve decided, though, that next year I won’t be carrying the banner.  I want to be in charge of hugs.

 

Patricia Chao

PFLAG Howard County MD

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6th Annual! Free admission. We are expecting up to 6,000 attendees this year!
Beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park is in downtown Frederick between Market & Carroll Streets

For garage parking info see website : www.frederickpride.org

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