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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


    Positive Voices PostOn March 15, 2015 the PFLAG community event will be hosting a group called “Positive Voices.” They are 3 men who are living with HIV and AIDS. They educate and share their stories through song and personal stories. 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.

    PFLAG meets regularly on 3rd Sunday of each month.
    Time: 5 – 7 p.m
    Location: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond St. (at the corner of Bond & Green Sts.), Westminster, MD 21157

    Ample Parking is available on street and church parking lot or Bank Parking lot adjacent to the church.

    Meetings are Free and open to the entire community.

    Read Positive Voices’ “About Us” below to learn more:

    For almost two decades, Kevin Clemons, Bill Redmond-Palmer, 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. Learn more about each of us here.

    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.

    For more  information, visit their website at http://www.pozvox.org/


    Valentine’s Dance in Westminster Highlights Progress

    Written by  Steve Charing

    Photo by Steve Charing

    Photo by Steve Charing

    Those attending the PFLAG-Westminster/Carroll County Valentine’s dance on a frigid February 15 felt a warm sense of accomplishment while enjoying the music, decorations, refreshments, and prizes. For the second year in a row, the chapter was successful in requesting the public school system in Westminster to display fliers from the event throughout the middle and high schools in the city.

    While this may not be viewed by some as a significant breakthrough, consider that Carroll County is among the more socially conservative jurisdictions in Maryland. For instance, the state upheld same-sex marriage in a referendum in 2012 by a 52-48 percent margin; Carroll County voters opposed it by 56 to 44 percent

    The flier provided information about the dance and advertises that both LGBTQ and straight allies are invited to attend. At PFLAG’s request, Carey Gaddis, supervisor of community and media relations in the Carroll County Public Schools system, asked the schools in an email to allow the flier to be displayed.

    “The e-mail was sent to principals in middle and high schools and was very nice and supportive and basically directed the schools to allow these fliers to be left for distribution,” Joy Fisher, the chapter’s new president, told Baltimore OUTloud.

    “I think this is going to be a good year with the school board. There seems to be many allies in the group. This will be a slow and steady movement, but it is definitely a positive movement and it feels like we finally may have some folks who really hear us and understand the importance and need to support our LGBT children in the school system,” Fisher says.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Westminster PFLAG chapter, the Rainbow Book Club and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.



    PFLAGValentine's Flier2015 Westminster – Carroll County invites you to our annual Valentine’s Dance on Sunday Feb 15, 2015 5pm-9pm

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

    Door prizes! Dancing! Snacks!

    Everyone is welcome. All ages welcome.


    Hope to see you there!


    Baltimore, Baseball and Gay Love—’Queen Henry’ Touches all the Bases

    Linda Fausnet , author of recently published novel ‘Queen Henry’  will be  guest speaker at PFLAG Community Meeting on Sunday, January 18 at 5 p.m at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Corner of Bond & Green Sts. in Westminster)

    QUEEN HENRYLinda is a stalwart LGBT ally who resides in Westminster

    Her novel, Queen Henry, tells the fictional story of a homophobic baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles who takes a drug for asthma treatment that mysteriously leads him to be gay.
    It provides the hero with an opportunity to see how it is to be gay where he finds love but must endure homophobia.

    Click here to read  review of Queen Henry in Baltimore OUTloud  !

    All proceeds from the book go to the Harvey Milk Foundation.


    Fausnet is a lifetime Orioles fan, owns a publishing company Wannabe Pride and is married with two children.

    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

    Everyone is Welcome and Encouraged to Attend !


    Sunday!!!  Come join PFLAG and we have a holiday meeting to give and receive support during this busy time of year.


    Transgender Day of Remembrance


        JOIN  with PFLAG






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

    This is an opportunity 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. Refreshments will be served.

    NOVEMBER 20th

    7:00 P.M.

    St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

    17 Bond Street

    Westminster, Maryland 21157



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