This is a listing of all the programs PFLAG Boulder County hosted in 2011:
Dec 13, 2011 – Gala Holiday Potluck
PFLAG Board provides the roast turkey with all the trimmings, a meatless lasagna, beverages, table service and you bring a salad, side dish or dessert to complete a delicious meal. We are inviting OASOS youth, their parents and Rainbow Elders to create this cross-generational celebration. Toby Tenenbaum, well-known Boulder area composer and pianist, has agreed to provide entertainment. Toby will play four of his original compositions to brighten this winter solstice season. Remember the earlier 6:30 start time in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church.
Nov 9, 2011 – Photos of Angie
November is the month of Transgender Remembrance. PFLAG Boulder County, in partnership with the Office of Human Rights and Community Relations and the Colorado Anti-Violence Project, will co-sponsor the screening of a new film entitled: “Photos of Angie”. It is a documentary about the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman, in Greeley in 2007 and the trial of her murderer which was the first use of the enhanced sentencing for hate crimes law. The filmmaker, Alan Dominguez, and Sandhya Luther, Director of Advocacy from the Colorado Anti-Violence Project, will be present for the showing and will be available for discussion afterwards. Free and open to the public.
Oct 11, 2011 – Out in the Schools
A program to celebrate Coming Out Day on October 11th. A panel of representatives of LGBTQ students and staff from both St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts will share their perceptions of how safe it is to be “out” in school. We return this month to our regular venue, the First United Methodist Church at 15th & Spruce Streets, downtown Boulder. A Support Group for new parents and others with special concerns will meet following the program at 8:30. Refreshments will be served. Invite your friends who care about how safe our county schools are for LGBT youth and adults.
Sept 13, 2011 – Racism, Segregation, and Homophobia
Co-sponsored with Out Boulder, the Colorado Latino Forum, and organized with the help of Jessy K. Pérez, our September meeting will feature a panel of diverse Latino/as from Boulder County sharing their own views and experiences of what it means to be a Latino in this community. With Daniel Escalante as moderator, the panelists
Victor Galván, a straight LGBT and immigrants’ rights activist and leader of LYFE, Life Youth for Equality in Longmont.
Nicole García, Transgender Latina woman of faith featured in our film, “Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience”
Mauricio Shoup, a gay man born in San Luís, Potosí, Mexico, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12. He is currently the Acting Program Director to Out Boulder.
Ray Rodriguez, a gay Latino man native to Colorado, who among other activities, primarily serves on the board of the Colorado Latino Forum, el Comité de Longmont, and is a member to the One Colorado People of Color committee; and
Jenny Rodriguez, mother of six children, originally of New Mexico and Colorado resident for over five decades.
A lively discussion is promised. This is a bilingual event.
This PFLAG meeting will be held at the Longmont Progressive Center, 732 Main St. in downtown Longmont because our hope is to attract members of the Latino population as well as our own members and the public in general. Besides addressing cross-cultural concerns as PFLAG works to be a more diverse organization, choosing this venue also fulfills the board’s commitment to expand our presence beyond the city of Boulder. We are grateful to Charles Hanson for granting permission for us to use
the Center because we adhere to “progressive-democratic values” and to Dennis Coombs who made the contact for us.
Aug 9, 2011 – An Ice Cream Social and Time to Meet Your Neighbors
Come meet some important leaders in the LGBT community. Special guests will include Jared Polis, our Congressman; Kevin Correa, Interim Director of the University’s GLBT Resource Center; and Aicila Lewis and new staff and board members from Out Boulder. Entertainment will be provided along with ice cream and toppings. Bring your own neighbors to get acquainted with PFLAG and more.
July 12, 2011 – State of Our State: Wins, Losses, and What’s Ahead
Brandon Shaffer, president of the Colorado Senate, and Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, will lead a discussion about the 2011 Colorado legislative session that ended in May. One-Colorado is the newly formed state-wide organization that leads lobbying efforts for LGBT issues, as well as bringing together LGBT-related organizations in Colorado for sharing information about common concerns. Brandon is also a member of PFLAG Boulder County and a past recipient of our Appreciation Award as a Legislator Ally.
June 14, 2011 – Pride Celebration
Plan to attend this program to support LGBTQ youth and to honor Cathy Busha who is ending her time in Boulder as co-director of Out Boulder to fulfill her dream to return to teaching. As part of our Pride Month Celebration, we want to recognize Cathy’s amazing talents as a community organizer. Help us bid her a fond farewell.
May 10, 2011 – Appreciation Banquet
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious potluck banquet in Mead Hall in the parlor of First United Methodist Church, a festive evening of recognition of special people in our community will be the highlight of our PFLAG year. You will not want to miss the roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, drinks, all provided by the PFLAG Board. You are asked to bring salads, side dishes and desserts to complete the meal. Feel free to bring friends and family (and enough food) to this joyful celebration of community.
A short business meeting will elect the following officers: Kristen Kinard, President; Maureen Cassulo, Vice-President; Louise Crede, Secretary, Richard Butler, Treasurer.
The following persons will be our 2011 Appreciation Award honorees:
PFLAG Service Award:
Dan Mestas, retiring Youth Board member
Outstanding LGBT Youth: Bradley Steinmeyer and Ace (aka Arielle)Eckstein, both OASOS leaders
Education Ally: Alicia Upton, Health teacher at Frederick High School
Community Ally: Mandy Blumreich, website designer for BVSSC and SVVSSC
Outstanding LGBT Activist: Melissa Marsh, Program Director, OASOS, Boulder County Public Health
Apr 12, 2011 – The Graying of the Gays
Issues about aging as LGBT will be the focus of speakers from Boulder County Aging Services and Rainbow Elders.
Mar 8, 2011 – Spotlight on LGBT Youth Activism
Throughout history, youth have been at the forefront leading social justice struggles. Join us as we offer support by listening to our young people.
Dan Mestas, PFLAG Board Youth member, will gather a panel of area young people to talk about what their GSA’s are planning for the National Day of Silence in April and their experiences at the Queer Youth Summit. This state-wide event planned by and for LGBT youth was held on Saturday, February 26th in Denver at Mi Casa. Dan Mestas was one of the youth leaders who organized this state-wide event which seeks to provide tools for affecting social change. The organizational sponsors were Boulder County OASOS, Inside Out in Colorado Springs, YHAC, Youth Alley, Lambda in Fort Collins and the University of Denver. The PFLAG Board made a donation of $250 to support these efforts.
Feb 8, 2011 – I’m Really a Woman; Deconstructing Gender
presented by Nicole Garcia.
If you’ve seen the film, “Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience”, you might remember Nicole telling the story of coming out to a co-worker and friend: “Jen, here’s the deal. I’m really a woman.” Her friend replies, “Get outta here!” With her sense of humor a major strength, Nicole has forged ahead as the woman she was meant to be.
Although she transitioned when she was employed in law enforcement, Nicole is now a graduate student at University of Colorado in Denver. She is currently working on her thesis which is looking at the way individuals who live outside the traditional “binary gender system” formulate a self-identification of gender.
Nicole will share her own personal and spiritual journey and discuss the terms associated with gender identity and expression as well as the impact of living as a gender variant person impacts the individual socially and psychologically. There will be time for Q and A to conclude the meeting.
Jan 11, 2011 – Coming Out Under Fire
Whatever Congress does in December to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, come learn the background of discrimination in the military. In this engrossing documentary that examines the U.S. military’s history of blatant discrimination against gays and lesbians, nine gay men and women relate riveting stories of how they maintained a homosexual identity, although closeted, in the armed forces during World War II. Footage includes the 1993 Senate hearings on gays in the military, which coined the slogan and recruitment rule, “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Running time is 71 minutes.