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Carroll County Times Opinion Letters to the Editor
Letter: Trans people want same freedoms as everyone else

There is an important perspective missing from the local discourse on transgender bathroom access: the voices of transgender people, who are most directly impacted by the issue. Carroll County has heard the opinions of opponents and supporters of transgender bathroom access. Most notably, Carroll County has heard from Superintendent Guthrie and Commissioner Rothschild, who both publicly demonstrated that Carroll County is exactly as unwelcoming as the rest of Maryland thinks we are.

Transgender bathroom access is not an abstract political issue. It is a safety and privacy concern for many actual transgender people in Carroll County such as myself who simply want to enjoy the same freedoms guaranteed to all Americans. Through my work as an educator in CCPS and my advocacy with the Westminster-Carroll County chapter of PFLAG, I have met other transgender people living in Carroll County who are also keenly aware of the so-called “opinions” others have about our identities. Some of the trans people I have met are students of Carroll County Public Schools who express their fears about being transgender in our county’s hostile environment. Transgender people throughout America face the reality that we are highly likely to be the victims of assault, harassment and even murder at the hands of hateful, ignorant people. Carroll County citizens — Mr. Guthrie and Mr. Rothschild included — need to realize that there are living and breathing transgender people in Carroll County, including in our schools, who expect and deserve our privacy and equal protection just as much as anyone else.

All transgender people in Carroll County ask for is to be safe and respected. Every single person has a gender identity — an innate sense of which gender you are, whether it be masculine, feminine or nonbinary. If you don’t genuinely understand the concept of gender identity, please educate yourself and join the rest of Maryland, and the rest of the nation, in moving human rights forward in the 21st century. Better yet, directly contact PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families, and Friends uniting with LGBTQ+ people to move equality forward)! All of us will be happy to help anyone learn more.

At the end of the day, the main point everyone needs to understand is that transgender people in Carroll County want to do the same things in the bathroom that cisgender people want to do: we just want to pee!

Lane Cogdill

New Windsor
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Join us for this open discussion about a topic that is far too often overlooked, even in LGBTQ+ spaces: bisexuality!

Lane and Kay will be leading a presentation with open discussion about bisexuality, including misconceptions, how it relates to other sexual orientations, health issues faced by bisexual people, and more. Lane and Kay will welcome any question that anyone wants to ask, and will be speaking from personal experience as pansexual and bisexual people, as well as from Lane’s professional experience as a sex educator.

Bisexuality 101Please join us with an open mind, and bring your friends!

Sunday May 15, 2016
at 5:00 p.m
Location: St. Paul’s UCC
• 17 Bond Street
• Westminster, Maryland 21157


This Petition is important for those who care about the quality of our children’s education.
Adequate funding of our Carroll County Schools is critical.

There’s not much time…. Signed Petitions need to be returned by April 18th!

Here’s the link to where you can find information and link to a form you can print sign…

The printed and signed form is preferred. But it can also be submitted online if necessary.

Please ask as many of your Carroll County neighbors and friends as you are able.



The featured speaker for the PFLAG April 17 Community Meeting will be Mr. Robert Rigby who has been a prime mover and shaker in the Fairfax County, Virginia, public schools and has helped bring about rather significant changes there relative to LGBTQ concerns.  The meeting will focus on reforming school systems at multiple levels and include conversation about what we might do in Carroll County.
The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond Street, Westminster, and will begin at 5:00pm.
All are welcome!  Please join us if you are interested and able.
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Interfaith ImageLed by Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, we will have a discussion about the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality.
Many queer people struggle with how to reconcile their faith with their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, because society tells us there is no place in faith communities for queer people.
We will discuss the ways different faiths accept queer people in an open, interfaith conversation.
All are welcome.

On Sunday MARCH 20 at 5 p.m.
The Location is our regular PFLAG meeting place:
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ at the corner of Bond and Green Street
in Westminster, MD 21157.
Got  Questions?  Call 410-861-0488…Leave a message. We’ll get back to you.  Or email :  PFLAGwcc@gmail.com
Everyone is Welcome and encouraged to attend.

PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ+ community.
We’re made up of LGBTQ+ individuals, family members, and allies.
Because together, we’re stronger !

Here is a small sampling of  links that can be found on the internet relevant to the subject of LGBTQ+ & Faith:


gaychurch.orgPublishes a comprehensive Unofficial list of Christian denominations and denominational welcoming church programs around the world .
You can find additional resources on Wikipedia at LGBT-affirming Christian Denominations and Christian Denominational Positions on Homosexuality.

The Pew Research Center also has good information available on their website.



A Common Bond for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses:  http://gayxjw.org/



(See their Directory of GLBT  Organizations)







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This promises to be a fun, relaxing evening….. The film is light and entertaining…
We’ll have popcorn to go with the movie.  Hope to see you on Sunday January 17 at 5 p.m.

kinky_bootsKinky Boots is a 2005 British-American comedy-drama film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and directed by Julian Jarrold. Based on a true story, the film follows a traditional Northampton shoemaker, who turns to producing fetish footwear in order to save the failing family business and the jobs of his workers

Date & time : Sunday January 17, 2016 – 5 p.m.

Location: St. Paul’s UCC in Westminster (corner of Bond and Green Streets)
PFLAG Community Meetings are free, confidential and open to All.


You are all cordially invited to attend PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County’s annual Holiday Concert and Potluck Dinner on Sunday November 15 at 5 PM in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul’s UCC (corner of Bond & Green Streets), Westminster, MD 21157
Guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The chapter will supply drinks and paper products.

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We are especially excited to once again be welcoming the New Wave Singers of Baltimore .  Their performance  will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Also, at this time of year, we would like to do a glove, hat and mittens drive for those who are in need. If you would be so kind, please bring a item that will help keep someone warm this winter.


We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday November 15th!!

If you have questions, call us at 410-861-0488 or email us at info@pflagwcc.org,

PFLAG community meetings are free and we welcome everyone


Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Carroll County PFLAG

For a brief service of music, readings, and candle lighting

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2015  Transgender Day of Remembrance—  7:00 P.M.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

17 Bond Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157

This is an opportunity for our community to come together and mark the passing of transgender and gender variant individuals – or those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hatred.

minister@cedarhurstuu.org  socialjustice@cedarhurstu.org

stpauls-ucc.org   pflagwcc.org


Please mark you Calendar now and plan to join PFLAG and McDaniel College Allies for a screening of an  important documentary, ‘JUST GENDER’.

Date and Time: November 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Location:    McDaniel College Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science.
2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157

This is a theater-style auditorium, located on the main floor which connects Lewis Hall of Science  to Lewis Recitation Hall.
Click here for map of McDaniel campus.  Decker auditorium is in Lewis Hall of Science (Building #24)  where it connects to Building #23, (Lewis Recitation Hall)
Lewis Hall of Science is located closest to the W. Main Street entrance to the campus.
A Lot with Ample parking is located just across W. Main Street entrances to  the Main Campus.justgender_edits4


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