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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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This PFLAG Westminster-Carroll Co. Chapter meeting will offer Opportunity for Discussion of various topics of interest and concern.

LOCATION: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ at corner of Bond & Green Streets in Westminster.
at 5:00 P.M on Sunday September 20, 2015.

All are welcome and invited to attend.

As always, PFLAG meetings are a confidential safe space.

For our September community meeting, PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County is hosting a discussion on important LGBTQ+ issues in our community. We will break into small groups and brainstorm ideas in order to form a list of the most important LGBTQ+ issues in the Westminster-Carroll County area, so that we can focus on these issues moving forward! Umbrella topics will include coming out, transitioning, and other personal issues; healthcare issues; and school and education issues. This meeting is all about hearing from YOU about how PFLAG can best serve our community, so we hope to hear from many voices! Invite your LGBTQ+ friends and allies. As always, PFLAG meetings are a confidential safe space.

If you are unable to attend but have ideas for us, we Hope you will let us know what YOU think are the important issues that we should focus on!   You can email us at PFLAGcarroll@gmail.com, leave a phone message at 410-861-0488 or message us on FaceBook : https://www.facebook.com/Pflag-Westminster-Carroll-County-176248235752346/timeline/


 Annual  Pot Luck BBQ — picnic picAugust 16 at 5:00 pm at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts.,  Westminster, MD 21157

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County will host an end-of summer barbecue—rain or shine. Our August meeting will be our Annual Pot Luck Barbecue!  Everyone is invited!  The more the merrier!!

·         We are asking our community to join us by bringing something that they would like to BBQ (hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, veggie burgers, etc.) and also bring a dish to share. PFLAG will be supplying paper products, ketchup, mustard and drinks.

The picnic will take place at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the grassy area  outside next to the parking lot.  In case of Rain, we’ll bring our picnic inside.

There will be a grill to cook on. We want everyone to come out and grill their favorites with us and celebrate the end of summer.

We are also requesting that everyone that comes to the picnic to bring a school supply that we will donate in the name of PFLAG to Shepherd Staff, a non-profit that helps low income families in Westminster.



Saturday July 25th at 3 p.m. – March with PFLAG at the Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party! 

To see who’s going from Carroll County  you can contact June Horner – junehorner@gmail.com , 410-795-2418 (home), 410-844-1442 (cell) or Judy Gaver, judygaver@hotmail.com, 410-848-5705

Heath Goisovich is the contact from Howard Co. PFLAG Chapter – hgoisovich@gmail.com.

Parade and Block Party take place in historic Mt. Vernon — the heart of Baltimore’s gay-borhood.  Mt. Vernon is just ten blocks north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. from Cathedral and Monument Sts.  (We are instructed to be in line at 2:30,.) It travels just 4 blocks up Cathedral to Eager St.  A Block Party follows the parade at 5 p.m.

PFLAG’s Meet up spot will  be the customary place we usually meet for Pride Parade….on  Charles Street at south Side of Washington Monument .
PFLAG’s lineup position is #10 in Group B, just behind Free State Legal and in front of DC Different Drummers !!    (Group B will meet on the southeast side of Charles Street and Mt. Vernon Place.)

Bring your camera, bring your signs, don’t forget water.



Please join with PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County to watch and discuss the excellent film, ‘The Case Against 8″ which documents the legal battle that overturned California’s law “Proposition 8” that sought to define marriage as one man and one woman.

This is especially interesting in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Ohio, establishing same sex marriage as legal across the country!

2015-07 Case Against 8  Date :  Sunday July 19, 2015
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s UCC,
17 Bond Street (at the corner of Green)
Westminster, MD 21157

  We’ll have Pop Corn and light refreshments.



Pride_movieOn Friday June 19th PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County  is excited to be sponsoring the film ‘PRIDE’ at the Carroll Art Center through it’s FLICC group . We hope you support this ‘First’ for PFLAG in Westminster.

This is a wonderful, inspiring  true story, about alliances and friendship that you wouldn’t necessarily predict, taking place  in the summer of 1984 when gay activists in the U.K. worked to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.

We promise you that this film will entertain and uplift you!

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157
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 There will be a matinee screening at 1 p.m.(captioned)   AND  an evening showing at 7:30 p.m..
Tickets can be purchased  online, You can click on the link below.

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bulletFriday, June 19, 2015     1 pm (captioned)
bulletFriday, June 19, 2015     7:30 pm

We will NOT be having a meeting this 3rd Sunday – June 21 2015.

on June 19th we are sponsoring the movie PRIDE at the Carroll Art Center in lieu of the Sunday  meeting .  It’s a wonderful true story.  There will be a matinee screening as well as an evening screening.
You can purchase tickets in advance if you like.

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bulletFriday, June 19, 2015     1 pm (captioned)
bulletFriday, June 19, 2015     7:30 pm

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County will be co-hosting the film Pride at the Carroll County Arts Center !

  • Pride_movieWhat: Presentation of the film Pride
  • When: June 19, 2015  at 1:00 p.m. and  7:30 p.m.
  •                            (Closed Captions at 1:00 screening)
  • Where: Carroll County Arts Center, 91 West Main St, Westminster, MD  21157

The BBC-produced film, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, 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.

             The matinee showing at 1 p.m. will be captioned to increase the  enjoyment  for those with hearing impairments.

             The 7:30 pm showing can have captioning if requested in advance. Assistive Listening Devices are also available.

             Tickets are  $6 Adults or $5 for CCAC Members, those 18 and under and Seniors 60+

             Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door

Screening of the film, PRIDE,  is made possible through the generous support of our  Sponsors:


      Betty Stansbury (1923-2011)Betty in Red

    A lifelong homemaker, Betty Stansbury was the mother of 3 sons. A talented gardener, flower arranger,       and seamstress, activism was the last thing on her mind. But her middle son’s coming out in 1970 eventually lead her to PFLAG, where she would regularly attend meetings to support others. She handled PFLAG Baltimore’s helpline, answering countless calls, offering support, making referrals, and encouraging others to attend meetings. Her PFLAG “career” would last over 25 years

    Betty (on the right) marching with PFLAG in 1986 Baltimore Pride Parade
    Betty (on the right) marching with PFLAG in 1986 Baltimore Pride Parade

    .She couldn’t have been happier when, in 2002, she learned that one of her grandsons was also gay. Of course

    she loved all of her children and grandchildren equally, but her life’s work had become about education and advocacy on behalf of LGBT Marylanders and their families.

    In 2003, at age 80, Betty didn’t hesitate to speak up when she had a chance meeting with then Gov. Bob Ehrlich in a grocery store checkout line. She gave him an “educational moment” (actually 10 minutes) on why he should support equal rights for Maryland’s LGBT citizens. While that was long before anyone was discussing it, Betty would have been thrilled to see Maryland’s voters approve marriage equality in 2012.


    bht-logo-color-170x120Brother, Help Thyself, a community-based organization that provides financial and other support to nonprofit organizations serving the GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area

    Meltdown is a DIY fired arts & craft studio where customers create projects in ceramic, glass, clay and canvas
    25 E Main St, Westminster, Maryland   (410) 751-6358  http://www.MeltdowninMD.com/   or  Find us on Facebook





    supporting lgbtq youth meeting flyer

    “PFLAG of Westminster-Carroll County invites  everyone… teachers, school staff, students, parents, friends and allies in Carroll County to our May 17th Community Meeting, “Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth in Carroll County”. 

    We will view a short documentary created by CCPS students about growing up LGBTQ+ in Carroll County.

    We will  discuss what LGBTQ+ students need to be safe, successful, and accepted and what teachers and staff need to know to provide that positive climate.

    The meeting takes place  at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the fellowship hall.   It is free to all and completely confidential.

    Refreshments will be served.

    Please share this information with others.

    PFLAG is Parents, Families, Friends and Allies Uniting with Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Community to move equality forward. 

    We are an LGBTQ+ advocacy, education and support organization.

    Our meetings are a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.”


    LGBTQ Students! GLSEN wants to hear from YOU!!

    The 2015 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN’s ninth national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. It is a crucial tool in GLSEN’s mission for fighting anti-LGBT bias in K-12 schools across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN to inform education policymakers and the public about the right of all students to be treated with respect in their schools. Many students in the past have also used the survey information to advocate with their teachers and principals for safer schools for LGBT students.

    You can help GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) inform education policymakers and the public about what’s really going on in our nation’s schools by completing the 2015 National School Climate Survey.

    If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2014-2015), identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school. (If you did not complete the entire school year you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is completely anonymous.

    (Para continuar en español, por favor haga click aquí.

    The survey asks questions about your experiences in school, including hearing homophobic remarks, being harassed because of your sexual orientation and/or how you express your gender and how supportive your school is of LGBT students.

    For more information and to fill out the survey, visit glsen.org/survey.



    PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County will be presenting the movie Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement. All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public.

    • When: April 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Where: Paul’s United Church of Christ, Corner of Bond & Green Sts., Westminster, MD 21157

    After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer are finally getting married. From the early ‘60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through many battles, both personal and political. Edie Windsor was the plaintiff in the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA.

    A discussion will follow the presentation. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.          

    April Meeting Windsor-SpyerAbout 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.

    Visit our website at www.pflagwcc.org, call 410-861-0488 or e-mail pflagcarroll@gmail.com.

    About National PFLAG: 

    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


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