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Leading Ladies (Free LGBT-Themed Film Screening)

Canyon Theater (Boulder Public Library), 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302.
Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30pm.

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Leading Ladies is an award-winning LGBT-themed ballroom dance film by Colorado’s Daniel & Erika Randall Beahm (2010, 102 minutes). This dance musical dramedy shows an overbearing ballroom dance mother and her two daughters – one who gets pregnant and one who falls in love with a woman – as they dance, learn to let go, and let love lead. A review in VARIETY called it “An indie alternative to Glee and High School Musical” while the producers called it “Little Miss Sunshine” meets “Dirty Dancing.” Look  for some of Fox TV’s early “So You Think You Can Dance” stars in the cast. Sponsored by Dance Bridge & BPL Cinema Program in celebration of the 11th annual Celebrate Dance Month. Contact:
303-441-4391, http://www.artsresource.org/dance
303-441-3197, http://boulderlibrary.org/event/
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/10194124

 

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Marriage Equality Rally

Wednesday April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm @ Byron White United States Courthouse, Denver, CO.

This week is a REALLY big week for marriage, and Colorado is in the center of it. On Thursday, three brave same-sex couples will travel to Denver from Utah for oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in the landmark case that would strike down the state’s marriage ban. Their case could not only change the status quo in Utah-it could impact Colorado too. Because Colorado and Utah are in the same federal court circuit, a decision in the Utah case could ripple out to Colorado and several of our neighboring states. That’s why on Wednesday-the night before oral arguments begin-Coloradans are rallying together to show these couples our support and show that Coloradans believe in marriage equality!

But the Utah case isn’t all that’s happening in Denver. Just one week later, on April 17th, plaintiff couples from Oklahoma will begin oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit in their historic case fighting the state’s appeal of a decision that struck down OK’s marriage ban.

In short: there’s a lot at stake. And it’s never been more important that we stand together to show that Colorado-and America-is ready for the freedom to marry.

RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/218614548339449/

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April Event: PFLAG Reaches Out to Faith Communities

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Saturday, April 5, all day at Cairn Christian Church, 1700 Stonehenge Dr., Lafayette
Sunday, April 6, special events at Boulder and Longmont

The big weekend is almost here! Time is running out – make your reservation today! This event is focused on helping people of faith to become better allies to the LGBTQ community and encouraging those LGBT persons who yearn for a spiritual home where they will be fully accepted just as they are. Some fifty congregations in Boulder County and beyond, as well as the Colorado Coalition of PFLAG Chapters, have been invited to participate in the all-day Saturday workshops, developed to meet a range of topics for persons on the journey to increase their understanding of each other. Special PFLAG guests will be Kathy Godwin, Mountain West Regional Director, and Cesar Hernandez, Western U. S. Field and Policy Director. Cairn Christian Church, 1700 Stonehenge Dr., Lafayette, is hosting this all day event. To reserve a lunch (suggested donation $5) contact Eleanor Hubbard at hubbarde@colorado.edu.

Click here for more details and a full schedule of events. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/452532388212939/

NOTE: There will not be a PFLAG program on April 13.  The continuing events of the weekend workshop on Sunday, April 6 (see schedule) will take the place of the usual Second Sunday program.

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PFLAG Files Amicus Brief On Behalf Of Couples In Utah And Oklahoma

FROM PFLAG NATIONAL

On behalf of PFLAG members and supporters everywhere, PFLAG National has filed an amicus brief with the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in support of the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert and Bishop v. Smith, the cases challenging bans on marriage equality in Utah and Oklahoma respectively.

As with the amicus brief filed last year with the U. S. Supreme Court, we share family stories that demonstrate the impact that denying access to legal marriage has on committed same-sex couples: how it harms and dishonors not only the couples, but the families who love them.

These firsthand accounts–by parents, grandparents, siblings, and couples and their children–amplify a simple fact: that the commitment of these couples elevates the institution of marriage, and provides much-needed legal protection and emotional stability to their children, which only legal marriage can provide.

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Click here to read the full PFLAG National amicus brief.

We don’t always know the full impact of our stories until the courts weigh in. However, in this case, we’ve heard from Laurie, one of the plaintiffs in the Utah case, who shares with us the impact the PFLAG amicus brief has had on her:

As one of the plaintiffs in the Kitchen case, I read with great interest your Amicus Curiae submitted in our case. I have to tell you the stories brought tears to my eyes. I am so touched that those families would tell their stories in order to help Kody and I (and the others) achieve our goal of marriage equality. Please pass along my heart-felt gratitude to these wonderful families. And thank you for your hard work on our behalf. Kody and I were married on December 20, 2013 and hope Utah will recognize the legality of our marriage. Thanks for all PFLAG does.

PFLAGers know that one voice can change the world, and often have the honor of witnessing that change one heart, one mind at a time. The power of those many voices woven together tell a compelling and beautiful story of love, family, affirmation, and equality for all that is not only changing lives; they are changing laws all over this country. Thank you for continuing to raise your own unique voice on behalf of LGBT people everywhere.

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TRANSforming Gender Symposium 2014

Registration is now open! The University of Colorado at Boulder’s TRANSforming Gender Symposium, which is celebrating its eighth year! The Symposium hosts national and local transgender, genderqueer, and intersex activists and scholars to raise awareness of how we can celebrate the diversity of gender and biological sex. This year’s symposium will feature the following keynotes:

  • Thea Hillman, award-winning author and activist on intersex identity
  • Esmé Rodriguez, performance-artist, writer and educator
  • Kortney Ryan Ziegler, academic and film director of Still Black: A Portrait of Transmen

The Symposium is free and open to the public!  In addition to nationally recognized speakers, we are excited to be including workshops and panels throughout the symposium. Previous presenters and participants have included academics, health professionals, community organizers, performance and visual artists, students, faculty, staff, youth, family members, community members, and other interested folks. For more details, visit http://www.colorado.edu/glbtqrc/tgs.html. Preregister at http://www.colorado.edu/glbtqrc/symposiumregistration.html. Registration is also available on the day of the conference.

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March Program: Sovereign Gender and Sexuality: A Contemporary View on Native American ‘Two Spirit’ Identity and Intersections

Crisosto Apache, of Mescalero and Chiricahua descent, is the former Director of the Two Spirit Society of Denver and currently the founder and Executive Director for the Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange, Inc. He conducts educational forums on “two-spirit” identity and Native American issues, as well as supporting and addressing disparities for “two-spirit” people on a national scale using culture and tradition.

At his Sovereign Gender and Sexuality presentation, Crisosto will address the intersection of Native American gender and sexuality and how it is viewed in a more contemporary era. Because of the political identity and “sovereign” nature many tribes hold with the United States government, it has challenged many ‘two spirit’ communities to reexamine their position and identity within their tribal communities and in urban communities. The Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange utilizes the film, “Two Spirits”, directed by Lydia Nibley, in efforts to develop programs to empower many of these communities.

Please join us to hear Crisosto Apache’s Two-Spirit Presentation on March 9th at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder.

Read more about Crisosto Apache here.

A confidential support group meets an hour before the program, at 2 p.m.

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