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, 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:

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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

UPDATE 2: Click Here for the video of the presentation.

UPDATE 1: Click Here for the PowerPointShow used in the presentation.

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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Statement of Solidarity

August 12, 2014
When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled. The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it–racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation. At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies … but the silence of our friends.”

AIDS United Bisexual Resource Center
Campus Pride Center for Black Equity, Inc.
Courage Campaign
Equality Federation Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
PFLAG National
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO Services
Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
Trans People of Color Coalition
Transgender Law Center
Trevor Project

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