May 30th, 2016 by pflagjune
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!
May 10th, 2016 by pflagjune
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.
Please 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
Apr 12th, 2016 by pflagjune
Apr 1st, 2016 by pflagjune
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.
Mar 18th, 2016 by pflagjune
***RECONCILING BEING QUEER and HAVING FAITH***
Led 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:
AFFIRMING CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS
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)
Jan 3rd, 2016 by pflagjune
Oct 29th, 2015 by pflagjune
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
PFLAG community meetings are free and we welcome everyone
Oct 29th, 2015 by pflagjune
PLEASE JOIN WITH
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 — 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.
Oct 26th, 2015 by pflagjune