Welcome to PFLAG Westminster - Carroll County, Maryland

PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Moving Equality Forward
Feed on
Posts
Comments

We did it!

This morning The Supreme Court of the United States issued its rulings on both Proposition 8 in California and Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. As we hoped, the Court’s rulings confirmed what PFLAGers across the country have always known to be true: that love is love, family is family, and marriage is marriage!

Click here to read PFLAG National’s statement on both cases.

This morning’s rulings–striking down both Proposition 8 in California (on standing) and Section 3 of DOMA (as unconstitutional)–are a HUGE victory for our families. Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) loved ones are another step closer to full equality in the eyes of the law.

But we have a long way to go from partial legal protection to full equality and acceptance. There is so much more work to do:

  • There are still 37 states where our LGBT loved ones aren’t able to legally marry the person they love…
  • In 33 states you can still be fired from your job for being LGBT…
  • The majority of states lack protections for–or openly discriminate against–LGBT parents, whether foster, adoptive, step, or biological…
  • There is still no comprehensive, enumerated federal safe schools legislation…

And those are just a few pieces of policy we have yet to put in place.

Beyond the policy, beyond the laws and the courts and the legislators, there are the hearts and minds of those who don’t yet accept, and the support needed for those who aren’t accepted by their own families, friends, and communities.

We’ve seen them–the LGBT kids who’ve been forced from their homes by families who don’t support them, bullied at school with no safe place to turn. The LGBT people who have lost their jobs for simply being who they are. They come to Pride celebrations seeking that PFLAG hug to replace the one their own parents, families, friends, co-workers haven’t offered.

We’ve heard them–those who still believe our LGBT loved ones don’t deserve protection, that they deserve ridicule, that they are “less than.”

As PFLAGers we will work tirelessly to build the bridge of policy to full legal protection, but we know too well that to get people to cross that bridge to full acceptance takes even more work.

So let’s continue to share our stories so that those who aren’t yet accepting–those who merely tolerate or, worse, denigrate–will see that our families are already here in their communities, in their churches, temples and mosques, in their workplaces and hospitals. They are teachers, executives, doctors, lawyers, barbers and baristas.  They are the heroes catching the criminals, putting out the fires, and defending our country’s borders. And we will work relentlessly, telling our stories and sharing our experiences, to get to full acceptance for each and every one of them.

Let’s celebrate…and then let’s get back to work!

 

Please March with PFLAG in the  2013 Baltimore Pride  Parade
On Saturday, June 15.  Kick  off time is  3:30 PM.
Click this link for More details:   http://baltimorepride.org/pride-parade/

 It’s NOT a  long walk…..about 5 blocks in all along Charles Street from Mt. Vernon Place to Chase Street.

We need you to help show our PFLAG Pride !!

We  need helpers to help carry our PFLAG Banners. !!!!

Meet us no later than 3:15 p.m. in the grassy area south of  the Washington Monument on Charles Street near Center Street.You are welcome to  bring a sign and  most importantly…Bring your enthusiasm!

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is this year’s 2013 Grand Marshall
I’ve been told that she will be leading the parade, and PFLAG will be next in the lineup, although I have not yet received official confirmation. I will send you an update if and  when more information becomes available.
NOTE: If you’re driving ,  come early to allow time to find a parking place.  There are parking Garages on the south side of Franklin Street near Charles St. One is directly across from First Unitarian Church ($4. on weekends) .  Another is in the block before that on Franklin.  We don’t know how fast they fill up….  If you don’t mind walking, Parking on Mt. Royal Ave. in the are of the MD Institute of Art is an option
Here is a link to the Parade Route and some further PARKING Information:
http://baltimorepride.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/parademap2012.jpg

.    If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email junehorner@gmail.com  or call June Horner  at  either 410-795-2418(home) or  443-547-4486(cell) .

You are invited to the Free & always Fun BALTIMORE PRIDE FESTIVAL on  on Sunday June 16 from 11 AM to 6 PM at beautiful DRUID HILL PARK .

Click on this link for more information: http://baltimorepride.org/pride-festival/

(Yes, it’s Father’s Day… but it’s well worth trying to attend.  There’s parking at the Festival site (not free) .We have often parked in the neighborhoods around the festival without difficulty..

It’s really a lovely family friendly event at a perfect  location with lots of shade, room for picnicking, and lots of entertainment.

Three Chapters…PFLAG Westminster , PFLAG Columbia  & PFLAG Baltimore   are sharing the responsibility of PFLAG’s double space this year. .  We’ll have ‘Celebrate Diversity’ buttons, rainbow ‘’pride’ wristbands, and more. We will giving away  basic information about PFLAG &  chapter information.  We will have our traditional sign which says “Get a HUG from a PFLAG  Mom”

Plus we hope to be distributing material about a new nationwide PFLAG campaign.

**Can you  Help with  staffing  our PFLAG booth & handing out materials ? **

If you can help…. Contact:  June Horner at 410-795-2418  junehorner@gmail.com  to sign up for a shift.of an hour or 2.anytime between 11am & 6 pm.

It’s a lot of fun — a great way to meet people and to spread our PFLAG  message of  welcome & love.

DIRECTIONS :     Click on the Link below for Directions to Both the Baltimore Pride  Festival in Baltimore’s  beautiful Druid Hill Park  : as well as the Baltimore Pride Parade on Charles Street in Baltimore.

http://baltimorepride.org/visitor-info/

PARKING:  You will find pay parking available adjacent  to the Festival.  and There is usually plenty of free parking to be found in neighborhoods around the festival site.

We expect to soon be able to post information as to exact location of our PFLAG space.  Watch website for updates !!!

The parade steps off on Saturday, June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

Metro DC PFLAG has registered and   ALL PFLAG chapters and friends are invited to join them  !!! 

If you’ve never done it before , we think you will find it to be a wonderful exhilarating and memorable experience.
Feel free to bring any special signs that you want.
Parade route is available here:  http://www.capitalpride.org/parade/parade-map

We will probably need to be in place by around 4 pm, though our contingent may not actually start walking until 5 pm, depending on where we are in the line-up, and will finish between 6:30 – 7 pm. Last year we lined up between 23rd and 24th on N Street, however, we will not know our exact lineup position until mid-week.   We’ll post the exact  exact line up position when it becomes available.
The parade kicks off at 4:30. Be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.
The parade is very family friendly but NOT pet friendly.

We’ve been told that PFLAG & the Unitarians will once again be next to one another in the parade lineup.

On the day of the parade, Here are 2 contacts, should you have trouble finding PFLAG group:

Judy Gaver 443-244-2477 .  .judygaver@hotmail.com
Tracy Hemel – 703 629-8004

Parking can be problematic.  Riding the metro is suggested.  (Be aware that work on tracks could cause delays… so check the metro website of information & alerts.  You can register for alerts about metro delays  to be sent to you email inbox or cell phone.  Here’s a link: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/metro_service_status/rail_Bus.cfm?.
We normally get off at  the Dupont Circle Metro Station when going walk in the parade.


Capital Pride Festival is  Sunday June 9th – Noon to 6 on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC.

Metro DC will have a booth, and I’m sure they  will be happy to have volunteers.
To Volunteer, Contact Tracy Hemel at
tracy@pflagdc.org
info@pflagdc.org
(202) 638-3852,

Special Guest, Heather McCabe,  will Present Legal Aspects of Civil Marriage

McCabeOn Sunday May 19th at 5 PM , PFLAG will be honored to have a special guest,  Attorney Heather McCabe, a partner at McCabe Russell, PA, a progressive law firm based in Rockville, MD. 


She will be presenting a program on the legal issues involved in civil marriage for same-sex couples.  Among the topics to be discussed will be estate planning, adoptions, tax implications and divorce for same-sex couples.   Learn what you need to know preparing to get married and once you are married. 


There will be opportunities for Discussion and further questions from the audience

All PFLAG meetings are free, confidential and open to the public with activities for children. 

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting 
  • When: May 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts.,  Westminster, MD 21157


 

Sunday’s  program will feature a discussion on what it means to be openly LGBT at the workplace.

workplace Paperclip ImageJeff Myers, who is currently the Area Director for the University of Maryland Extension covering Carroll, Baltimore and Harford Counties, will be the guest speaker. Previous employment with University of Maryland Extension has included working as a 4-H Educator in Baltimore County, as part of the State 4-H Faculty working in 4-H Agricultural programs, and as the Director for the Maryland 4-H Foundation. After completing a Master’s Degree in Animal Science, Jeff came home to the family dairy farm, owning and managing Del-Myr Farm, a Registered Holstein operation.  Most recently Jeff worked ten years as the County Extension Director for Penn State University in York County leading a staff of 22.  Jeff also holds a certification from iPEC as a life coach.

All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public with activities for children.  Refreshments will be served.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
  • When: April 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where:

    St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts.,  Westminster, MD 21157

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will present the acclaimed 2012 documentary film Bully.  All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public with activities for children.  Refreshments will be served.

bullyBully (originally titled The Bully Project) is a 2012

documentary film about bullying in our schools. Directed by Lee Hirsch, the film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis.  Bully has been promoted as an important advocacy against bullying and facilitating an anti-bullying movement.  There will be a group discussion following the presentation.

In addition, fun “green treats” will be served in celebration cheap viagra of St. Patrick’s Day.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
  • When: March 17, 2013  from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts.,  Westminster, MD 21157
  • Media Opportunities: PFLAG members
  • Contact: June Horner, 410-795-2418, e-mail: junehorner@gmail.com,

 

 A Dance for ALL — (LGBTQ & Allies of all ages)                                     Mark Your Calender Now ! 

             Get ready for FUN !

Games!  Music! Food!  Raffle!  Prizes!

Valentine's Flier   On Sunday February 17 from 5 to 9 PM
at St. Paul’s UCC in Westminster
17 Bond viagra online St. (Corner of Bond & Green Sts.)
Suggested Donation $2 for Students
& $5  for Adults     

  Sponsors: PFLAG Westmister-Carroll County, GLSEN of Carroll County & LGBTQ  Book

Club.

 

 

 

PFLAG families and friends are delighted to know that  Marriage Equality is now buy cialis online a reality in Maryland.

The law ensuring that same-sex couples will no longer be treated as second class citizens under Maryland law went into effect on  January 1st.

 At our upcoming PFLAG meeting on Sunday, January 20th at 5 PM we will welcome a special guest .

Maryland’s Assistant Attorney General Stuart Cordish will be on hand
to discuss the legal aspects of the Maryland’s marriage

law and how they apply to same-sex couples.

                You won’t want to miss   this  opportunity to have  your questions answered ! LGBT Wedding Rings

                 So Mark you Calendar now.  Sunday January 20, 5-7 PM at St. Paul’s UCC -Westminster.

 

 

 

 

  Please watch this 30 minute Video from IN THE LIFE:    Foster Care’s Invisible Youth

There are approximately 400,000

youth in foster care in the United States. A disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) children end up in the system, though an exact count is unknown. This month on IN THE LIFE, seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care system share their stories. Failed by their families, these young people go on to face rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development.

This month on IN THE LIFE, seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care system share their stories. Failed by their families, these young people go on to face rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development.

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »