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December Program: “Mixed Tastes” at our Annual Holiday Potluck

Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.

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Join us for food and fun and Mixed Tastes! Mixed Tastes’ unique format, inspired by a popular lecture series at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, features two seemingly unrelated topics presented by two speakers; the first speaker speaks for a few minutes, then the second speaker covers a separate topic. This is followed by a question-and-answer session on both topics, at the same time. During the first part of the program, speakers are not allowed to make connections between topics, whereas during the Q & A, anything can happen.

First up, Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder, will discuss the many unique and humorous ways the GLBT community celebrates weddings, marriage and family. Second, Eleanor Hubbard, co-editor of Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People, will discuss unusual holiday traditions from around the world. Then it will be your turn to “mix” it up. Together we will discover lots of ways in which these two topics are connected.

The annual winter holiday banquet is where your faithful PFLAG Board provides a festive feast of roast turkey with all the trimmings, baked ham and a vegetarian entrée, as well as the table settings, and beverages. Members, families, friends and guests are invited to join us by bringing a side dish, salad or dessert. An invitation has also gone out to OASOS youth and their parents and Rainbow Elders so that we can celebrate an inter-generational evening together.

A confidential support group meets an hour before, at 4:00 p.m.

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November Program: “Openly Straight” with Bill Konigsberg

Sunday November 9, 3:00pm
Cairn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1700 Stonehenge, Lafayette

This program will feature the author of “Openly Straight,” Bill Konigsberg. “Openly Straight” is a young adult novel set in Boulder about a gay young man who successfully comes out during middle school but tires of being the token “gay kid.” When he transfers schools, he decides to play it straight with amusing consequences.

PFLAG purchased copies of the book and distributed them to high school Gay Straight Alliance’s (GSAs) to give the students the opportunity to read the book and pass it around, then come to talk with the author at the PFLAG meeting. The books will be a gift to each GSA and/or their school library. Openly Straight has won several awards and kudos, including but not limited to the following:

  • Sid Fleischman Award for Humor
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist
  • YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
  • YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee, 2014
  • ALA’s Rainbow List
  • Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education (Starred Title)
  • Notable Book for a Global Society Award – IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG
  • Georgia Peach Award nominee
  • North Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee
  • Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Teens List

Prior to writing fiction, Mr. Konigsberg was a sports writer. He covered the New York Mets and his weekly fantasy baseball column appeared in newspapers across the country, from the New York Daily News to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In May of 2001, while working for ESPN.com, he came out on the front page of the website in an article entitled “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays.” As a result of that article, Mr. Konigsberg won a GLAAD Media Award the following year.

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Upcoming – LGBT Foster Parent Orientation

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Out Boulder and Boulder County DHHS are partnering to host an LGBT Foster Parent Orientation on Wednesday, November 5th, 6pm-9pm, in Boulder.

All those interested can register for the orientation at the following website: www.bouldercountykids.net

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Congratulations to Jean Hodges, our newly elected President of the PFLAG National Board of Directors

This past weekend, PFLAG National, made 2 big announcements. The first was to welcome our own Jean Hodges as the new President of the National Board of Directors!! The second was an official name change for the organization – from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays—for which ‘PFLAG’ was an acronym—to PFLAG, reflecting the organization’s inclusiveness.

To see the official press release, read here.

Here is the speech Jean made in accepting her new role.

We are so proud of Jean and look forward to continuing to help with the movement for LGBTQ equality and affirmation.

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October Program: Demystifying the Legal Landscape

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Sunday Oct 12, 3pm
First United Methodist Church 350 11th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501
Presenter: Raga Gopalakrishnan

In the fifteen months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in yet another landmark decision penned by Justice Kennedy, numerous state marriage bans have been struck down by federal and state courts across the country. So unprecedentedly swift has been the legal tidal wave that the issue of the constitutionality of state marriage bans has already returned to the U.S. Supreme Court – five states are already on the Court’s doorstep, and more could join them there very soon. Will the Court let them in? Or turn them out? What are the effects of these choices?

In this presentation, which has been designed for the average layperson, Raga will walk us through the timeline of the major legal marriage battles in an attempt to demystify the intricate legal concepts that were, and are, key to the arguments on both sides of the issue, e.g., due process, equal protection, federalism, rational basis, heightened scrutiny. What worked and what didn’t? Join us on October 12 to find out!

Raga is a post-doctoral research associate at CU-Boulder. A native of India, he came to the United States in 2008 to attend graduate school at the California Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a PhD in Computer Science in 2013. While he lacks any formal background in law, his fascination with the legal arm of the gay rights movement transformed his initial curiosity about the marriage litigation into an obsession. Just last month, he traveled to San Francisco to witness oral arguments that took place in constitutional challenges to the marriage bans of Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Over the past several years, he has attained a great deal of knowledge, both factual and conceptual, on the workings of constitutional law as it pertains to civil rights, and is uniquely suited to present this topic on laypeople’s terms.

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September Program: 100% Myself – Discussion with Tracy Stegall, Principal at Birch Elementary School

Sunday Sept. 21, 3:00pm
First United Methodist Church 1421 Spruce St, Boulder

Please join us to hear Tracy Stegall, Principal at Birch Elementary School in the Boulder Valley School District. Tracy Stegall, Award-Winning Principal at BVSD's Birch Elementary

Tracy was featured in the film sponsored by Manhattan Middle School called “100% Myself” that screened last year at the Bolder Life Festival. The film displays the powerful symbiosis of kids, community and acceptance during Manhattan Middle School’s Diversity Day Assembly. The film also follows Tracy’s journey as an ‘out’ principal who reflects on her own middle school ‘closeted’ experience of isolation and fear but ends with her being extremely hopeful for the future of today’s kids.

Join us as Tracy shows the film and then leads a discussion about the idea of “un-othering” in schools, as well as current movements to ensure that when we talk about all kids and families feeling welcome, cared for, and loved… that ALL really means ALL.

Tracy is a founding member of Sound Circle, a Boulder-based women’s a cappella group that’s part of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses and a member of the Boulder Valley Safe Schools Coalition. In 2013, as Principal of Birch Elementary, she was the recipient of the Joe Todd Award and the Heart of Broomfield Award.

To preview the documentary, visit this YouTube link

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