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PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County will discuss the issue of domestic violence at its general meeting on Sunday January 19 at 5 p.m.

Domestic violence in the LGBT community has become an emerging issue.  The CDC issued a report last year that showed the rates of gay domestic violence the same or greater than for heterosexuals. An article discussing those findings can be found here.

PFLAG2Liz Stoner will be the guest speaker on the subject of domestic violence and the LGBT community.  Ms. Stoner graduated cum laude from New York University this past May with a degree in Applied Psychology. During her time there, she studied a multitude of LGBT related subjects, including two-spiritedness, the effects of HIV on LGBT youth, the presence of LGBT literature in elementary schools, and depression in LGBT individuals and their siblings. Ms. Stoner previously worked at Harford County’s Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center as the Outreach Coordinator. Recently, she accepted a job as a Program Manager for Best Buddies Maryland. She is the daughter of PFLAG member Anne Stoner

 

What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting

When: January 19 at 5:00 p.m.

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

 

This Friday May 2 , 2014  is the day for First Friday @ St. Paul’s.

tulipsFirst Fridays is a SAFE SPACE especially for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth and their allies.

6:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m
17 Bond Street, Westminster, MD

THIS MONTH WE WILL MAKE SPECIAL GIFTS FOR MOMS AND DADS,
AND TALK TO YOUTH IN CHINA
Count on the usual activities and HOFFMAN’S ice cream sandwiches!

Music, games, Wii, Ping Pong, popcorn,snacks..

Remember to bring $3.00 for Pizza!
Fun as usual!

 

If you have Questions…….Contact Lucy Brady –  410-848-5975
Pastor for Children and Youth Ministry
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
17 Bond Street
Westminster, MD. 21157

 Christmas PoinsettaWe hope to see ALL of you this Sunday December 15 2013 at 5pm at the Westminster Carroll County PFLAG Community Meeting!
Meeting is held from 5pm to 7pm in Fellowship Hall at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on the corner of Bond and Green Streets.
All are welcome and we heard a rumor that there may be COOKIES!!!!!!

This month, we are going to have a social/support group type of meeting  where we will discuss the “holidays” – the good & the bad   We want everyone to have a chance to feel supported during the holidays– which can be a stressful yet fun time of year.

 

We are excited to see our PFLAG family as we kick off the holiday season together!

2013-10 media advisoryPFLAG Chapter to Present ‘Introduction to Welcoming Schools’

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) —will discuss ‘Welcoming Schools.’

Kisha L. Webster is the featured speaker.

All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
  • When: October 20 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  Corner of Bond & Green Sts.,  Westminster, MD 21157

Kisha L. Webster is a professional educator and youth advocate.   She serves as Director of Education and Community Engagement for Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) that “offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender role stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling.”  Ms. Webster has facilitated numerous discussions and trainings on inclusive learning communities at public and private universities throughout the country.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education at Delaware State University before earning her graduate degree in Educational Administration from Trinity Washington University. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Ms. Webster moved to the DC-MD-VA area and worked in both Assistant Principal and lead Principal roles for a number of years. She is committed to supporting educators in creating school climates that value all staff and students.

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. Westminster Carroll County PFLAG is proud to have Catherine Hyde presenting  “Transgender 101″.

Catherine is the mother of a transgendered child and is the Transgender Coordinator for children and their parents at the Howard County PFLAG chapter.

Along with Catherine, we have a few folk that are going to share their story with us.

There will be discussion and time for questions. All are welcome.

As always the meeting is the third Sunday of the month, which is Sunday September 15th at 5pm held in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. St. Paul’s is located in Westminster at the corner of Bond and Green Streets.

Have you ‘liked’ our page on Facebook? Follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pflag-Westminster-Carroll-County.

We Hope you can join us !!!!

 

 Annual  Pot Luck BBQ — picnic picAugust 18 at 5:00 pm at 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 host an end-of summer barbecue—rain or shine. All meetings are free, confidential and open to the public.

·         We are asking our community to join us by bringing something that they would like to BBQ (hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, veggie burgers, etc.) and also bring a dish to share. PFLAG will be supplying paper products, ketchup, mustard and drinks.

The picnic will take place at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the grassy area  outside next to the parking lot.  In case of Rain, we’ll bring our picnic inside.

There will be a grill to cook on. We want everyone to come out and grill their favorites with us and celebrate the end of summer.

We are also requesting that everyone that comes to the picnic to bring a school supply that we will donate in the name of PFLAG to Shepherd Staff, a non-profit that helps low income families in Westminster.

 

August 28, 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. This has become an iconic event in US History.  We are all aware of the compelling oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  But how many of us are aware of one of the movements most effective  organizers and unconventional activists.  for whom this was a crowning achievement.

Brother Outsider DVD CoverBAYARD RUSTIN is his name and  I daresay the 1963 march would not been such an overwhelming success had it not been for his involvement and leadership. Bayard was an openly gay man at a time when it was not easy to be gay, much less openly gay.   This is why we did not hear much about him .  The time has come for us to learn about this amazing man !

On July 21st  at 5 PM , we will have the opportunity to learn about this invisible  hero of the 1963 March on Washington as we  screen the award winning documentary film, “Brother Outsider.

All are invited   Event is Free.   There will be opportunity for discussion after the film.
Date: Sunday July 21st
Time: 5-7 PM
Location: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Corner of Bond & Green Streets
Westminster, MD 21157

 

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 !!!

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