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Trans, the Movie      **HEADS UP – PFLAG Westminster Meeting date for the month of APRIL   ONLY has been CHANGED to the 4th Sunday, APRIL 27th at 5 p.m. (Our 3rd Sunday regular meeting day happens to be EASTER this year, and we expect most of us will very likely be busy with Holiday activities)

We’ll be showing a film “Trans, the movie” with opportunity for discussion afterwards.

This documentary is an insightful portrait of trans folk, full of heart-warming and heart-breaking moments. It has been receiving rave reviews among the transgender community.
Please join us for a viewing, followed by opportunity for discussion.


All meetings of PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) are free, confidential and open to the public.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting 
  • When: April 27 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,

Released in 2012, Trans is a documentary feature that takes viewers on a journey into the transgender world through personal narratives, real life experiences, emotions and stories that have changed lives and will change lives. The film was made to raise awareness of transgender issues.

Inspired by the story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, Trans provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life.

A discussion will follow the presentation.  Popcorn and beverages will be served.

          

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

Author, Martha Johnson

Author, Martha Johnson

PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be presenting author Martha Johnson who will discuss her novel In Our Midst.
Note that one need not have read the novel to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.

Ms. Johnson is leadership speaker and writer who draws on the lessons learned as an executive from a 35-year career in public and private organizations.
She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from 2010-2012.

In Our Midst was a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. Order a copy of In Our Midst on Amazon by clicking here.      It is also available through Carroll County Public Library.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:

It is 1990 and Stanton, Indiana is a typical town with a busy mayor, active churches, a Wood Carving Festival, aMartha Johnson - In Our Midst friendly diner, and a highly trusted mortuary.
But, it is not a Norman Rockwell world.  The Gulf War is breaking out, Ryan White lives nearby, and AIDS is sweeping the nation.
Despite all that, Stanton is also a town that doesn’t appear to have any gay or lesbian people, or so it seems to Victor Beck, who is anxious and scared because he isn’t attracted to girls.
As Victor gets acquainted with a new girl in town, a second story unfolds of a gay, Korean War soldier who died the day he returned home to Stanton.
The two stories become entwined and the good people of Stanton have to wrestle with their history, their secrets, their prejudices, and their commitment to the health and welfare of their children.

One need not have read the book to enjoy and benefit from the discussion.

Martha Johnson’s other  writing credits include On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, a best-selling book on Amazon published in October 2013.
Both titles are available through Carroll County Library System.
Johnson blogs at www.MarthaJohnson.com and her virtual readership grows daily.

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

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
We  welcome all people-gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered, as well as their families, friends and interested members of  the community.

.Together, we support each other, educate the broader community and advocate for equality.
Visit our website at www.pflagwcc.org, call  410-861-0488 or e-mail  pflagcarroll@gmail.com.

  • What: PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County General Meeting
  • When: March 16 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

Contact: June Horner, 410-795-2418, e-mail: junehorner@gmail.com,

About National PFLAG: 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (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

 

 

  • PFLAG

    LGBTQ Friends & Allies & Community

    You are invited  to

    A VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE  for ALL Ages!

    February 16th –  5PM-9PM

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

    DJ ! Music!! Games! Food! Raffle! Prizes!  Games! Music!! Food! Raffle! Prizes! Games! DJ ! Music!

     

    Suggested donation – adults $5., Students $2.

    Sponsored by: Westminster-Carroll Co,Chapter of PFLAG LGBTQ Book Club St. Paul’s United church of Christ

         

 

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Carroll County Times, January 2, 2014
The Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — sent Anne Stoner as its representative to the National PFLAG Convention held Oct. 24-27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-CT 5th District, a longtime advocate for equality. Her mother, Mitzi Henderson, previously served as president of National PFLAG.

There were workshops, speakers and a screening of the film “Bridegroom.” The documentary, directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, tells the emotional journey of two young men in a loving and committed relationship — one that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story follows what happened after this accidental death, and how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves shut out and ostracized.

After the screening, there was a Q&A with Shane Bitney Crone, inspiration for this movie.

PFLAG’s work started with one mother in New York City, Jeanne Manford, raising a homemade sign and her lone voice in public support of her gay son. That simple gesture led to the founding of PFLAG in 1972 , which eventually became the nation’s largest organization for families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The work continues as more parents, family members and friends unite with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country to support civil rights and equality and fight discrimination and hatred.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy.

PFLAG is a national nonprofit with more than 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters.

To learn about the local chapter of PFLAG, visit www.pflagwcc.org/. Regular meetings take place on the third Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Bond and Green streets, Westminster. The meetings are open to all, and confidentiality is observed.

For more about the convention, visit http://community.pflag.org/convention#sthash.S5SbWCBq.dpuf.

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.

 

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