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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.

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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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Visit Site

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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Date and Time :     Sun, June 11, 2017,      10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT        Add to Calendar

Location:     Washington, DC,  17th St NW & I St NW,    Washington, DC     View Map

The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities

to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes

and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals

Click here to view more information about the March

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This always a most amazing parade !
Join tens of thousands of people to watch the Capital Pride Parade in the Nation’s Capital, one of Washington, DC’s, favorite parades! The Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends in the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Parade will include more than 180 contingents–floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment–consisting of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens, dogs, and much more.

The annual Pride Parade will step off on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm from 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.

The review stand is located at 15th and P Streets, NW; another announcement stand is just east of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue. A sign language interpreter will be available at the 15th and P Streets review stand.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parade Route: Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, Washington, DC
Starting Location: 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Red Line (Dupont Circle – Q Street Exit)

Ending Location: 14th & R Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Green Line (U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo – 13th Street Exit)

Grand Marshals

Mandy Carter     Jim Obergefell      Nicole Murray Ramirez   &        

Edie Windsor:   LGBT activist and lead plaintiff in the US Supreme Court Case United States v. Windsor, which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a significant legal victory for same-sex marriage in the US.

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JOIN with MARYLAND PFLAG Chapters as we march in 2017 Parade !

BALTIMORE PRIDE PARADE – SATURDAY JUNE 17TH
The parade kicks off at 2 p.m.from Charles and Eager streets in Mt. Vernon.
Our PFLAG contingent is instructed to line up on Eager Street near Charles on the same side as Eddies no later than 1:30 p.m.
It will proceed north on Charles street,  traverse North Avenue and end up at 22nd Street in the Station North neighborhood.  

After the parade a BLOCK PARTY will run from 4-10 p.m.
It’s footprint will be bounded by 23rd Street on the north and North Avenue on the south.  Morton Street forms the western boundary and St. Paul Street is on the east.  Charles Street runs up the center of the footprint.
Happily, there will also be a Youth Zone within the area for those between ages 14 and 20 with it’s own set of entertainers.

PFLAG at Baltimore Parade in 2014

 

 

 

 

 


 

Also Plan to Attend

SUNDAY JUNE 18TH  – BALTIMORE PRIDE FESTIVAL  – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located in beautiful DRUID HILL PARK

You can find PFLAG at space # 101

 

 

 

 

 

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Positive Voices is a group of men who have been performing for over two decades. They will share their stories and songs about life, love and remembrances, speaking openly and honestly about the realities of living with HIV and AIDS. Hear their powerful messages of hope and inspiration, along with scientific facts and their own personal stories….
We hope you’ll plan to join us and support PFLAG, while learning more about this important topic in a new and interesting way.

Bill Redmond-Palmer (l), Kevin Clemons, and Greg Satorie-Robinson

All are cordially  Invited on May 21 at 5 p.m.
The event takes place at our regular meeting location,  St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond Street (corner of Bond and Green), Westminster, Maryland.

Admission is FREE and light refreshments will be served.

 

For almost two decades, Bill Redmond-Palmer, Kevin Clemons, and Greg Satorie-Robinson have been “Positive Voices.”  With others along the way, they have shared stories and songs about life, love, and remembrance, speaking openly and honestly about the realities of living with HIV and AIDS.

Positive Voices’ messages are a powerful wake up call for personal responsibility and action in care and prevention, avoiding high-risk behaviors and promoting positive self-esteem. They present scientific facts and personal stories together with music that creates a strong connection with their listener’s hearts and minds.  They convey messages of hope and inspiration to those living with HIV disease, and to those whose lives have been personally affected by this global tragedy.

Each member of Positive Voices has many personal achievements and has worked countless hours as community activists and advocates.

Positive Voices has presented programs in schools, houses of worship, and many other venues throughout central Maryland and beyond, including Africa, reaching thousands of people, many of them through their relationship with the Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project.  Together and as individuals, Positive Voices strives to serve as a bold and powerful tribute to the memory and legacy of Steven Kaufman, and all those lost to HIV/AIDS.

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Our LGBTQ+ brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors and community are under attack in the US and around the world. The organizers of this event are mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, our loved ones and our allies – with particular focus on those who have been actively silenced and neglected – in the fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.

The formal name of this event is The Equality March for Unity and Pride and it is coinciding with the Capitol Pride Alliance Pride Festival. The buses will have restrooms. We will leave the park n ride on the corners of Rtes 32 and 97 in Westminster at 7:45am and will return to the park n ride by 6pm.

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