This is a listing of all the programs PFLAG Boulder County hosted in 2012:
Dec 11, 2012 – Annual Potluck
Celebrate the holidays by coming to our festive potluck social where the special entertainment will be our favorite talented musical trio, Somethin’ About Lulu. We are honored that the Lulu’s will return from their much-too-long-for-their-fans sabbatical to perform for us.
Bring yourself, your friends and neighbors, and a dish to pass. The Board will furnish table settings and some main dishes. You bring salads, desserts and side dishes. Note the earlier 6:30 time
Nov 13, 2012 – A Jihad for Love
A documentary created by Muslim filmmaker, Parvez Sharma, filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages, we will hear the stories from gays and lesbians about how it is to be Muslim and gay.
Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, the film reclaims the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to “an inner struggle” or “to strive in the path of God” allowing its remarkable subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war. We plan to invite Muslims in our community to speak following the film.
Oct 9, 2012 – The New Frontier
Support for Transgender and Gender Diverse Children and their Families. Karen Adams with her husband co-founded TYES (TransYouth Education and Support) after their daughter transitioned her gender identity in elementary school. Their traumatic experience in a conservative community at a school unprepared to deal with children who were gender non-conforming led them to move to Boulder County to find an accepting school situation. Since then, Karen has reached out to other families to offer support, some of whom will join us to share their stories and concerns.
Over the past year, the PFLAG Board has welcomed TYES families to extend our PFLAG support. Karen will provide an inside look at the phenomenal growth of families in Colorado and nation-wide who are eager to come together to deal with the many issues that arise. This program is open to the public as part of our goal to expand understanding of the T in PFLAG.
Sept 11, 2012 – Back-to-School Report
Karina Doyle, teacher and activist, will bring together teachers, counselors, and LGBTQ students from St. Vrain and Boulder Valley Schools to share their plans for the year and perceptions of how their respective school climates are changing. Karina will present some of her PowerPoint, “Keeping Families
Together” based on the Caitlin Ryan Family Acceptance Project which provides recent data from our county-wide Youth Risk Behavior Survey and national GLSEN. A goal for this coming year is to create a core group of trained speakers to do Community Outreach with this presentation in schools, parent groups and churches.
In addition to Karina who was an “out” on-line teacher in BVSD and other nearby districts this past year, other panelists will include Barb Miller, librarian at Manhattan Middle School and sponsor of the Allies Club which now numbers some 70-80 middle schoolers, and Sarah Demmel, teacher, ally, and Gay Straight Alliance leader at Niwot High School, who dealt with a relevant controversy last year. Time for discussion will be included.
Aug 14, 2012 – Election Year Primer: Meet Your Candidates
Candidates for state legislative and Congressional office have been invited to speak about LGBT-relevant ballot issues on Tues. Aug. 14 at 7 pm. in the FUMC parlor. All known candidates to represent Boulder County have been invited. The following have so far committed to participating: Ellyn Hilliard (R) , Dickie Lee Hullinghorst (D), Claire Levy (D), Jonathan Singer (D). Jared Polis has a conflict but will stop by. Brandon Shaffer and his opponent Cory Gardner have been invited among others.
This election cycle is critical. Come and be informed. Meet and question your candidates. Choose whom you will support and commit to helping get out the vote for all offices.
July 10, 2012 – Workshop: “Sharing Your Personal Story to Create Change”
Whether you have never told your story or if you have told it for many years, you will learn how to do it more effectively in any setting and in three minutes.
June 12, 2012 – A Fair To Remember: A Celebration of Community
Our annual Ice Cream Social will help us celebrate a sense of community when the many LGBTQ-related organizations around Boulder County each briefly share information about their respective groups’ plans and activities. In addition, Daniel Ramos from One Colorado and Pat Bruns, Joe Agne and Rosalee Blake, the three pastors from First United Methodist Church, who were all unable to attend the May Appreciation Banquet, will be present to receive their awards as Outstanding LGBT Activist and the Ally Award for Faith Communities, respectively. The event is free and open to the entire community.
May 8, 2012 – Annual Celebration of Outstanding Community Members
Plan to attend our annual celebration of outstanding persons in the community to be recognized as allies or as LGBTQ persons to the PFLAG mission to support, educate and advocate for equality and inclusion. Bring a side dish or dessert to supplement the PFLAG Board’s contributions of baked ham, turkey and veggie main dish, beverages and table-settings.
April 10, 2012 – What Does It Mean to be Bisexual?
Many of us know very little about what it means to be bisexual. In the LGBTQ spectrum, bisexuality is probably the least discussed and maybe the least understood. There are prejudices, even within the L/G community, about persons who identify as bisexual. Some questioning teens still discovering their own sexual attraction often first identify as bisexual. There is much to learn. A panel, including a youth from Niwot High School, will share their insights about the nature of bisexuality and how they fit into the LGTQ spectrum.
Mar 13, 2012 – Let’s Hear It For Creating Change!
On January 25-29, some thirty University of Colorado students attended the annual Creating Change Conference in Baltimore. They have been invited to share their insights, highlights and what attending this conference has meant to their personal growth. Please join them for a stimulating discussion.
Funding from our PFLAG Kathy Braun Youth Leadership Development Fund helped to allow some of these students to attend this conference that focuses on LGBTQ activism.
Feb 14, 2012 – A Celebration of Love
A panel of both gay and straight couples and singles will share their stories of how their relationships began and how they have been sustained over time. Whether you are single or coupled, make this a Valentine’s Day to celebrate the value of relationships and the power of committed love to overcome obstacles.
Jan 10, 2012 – “Brother Outside: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin”
A Film about Bayard Rustin, lost prophet of the civil rights movement.
A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.
Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, BROTHER OUTSIDER presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustin’s activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights. In a nation still torn by racial hatred and violence, bigotry against homosexuals, and extraordinary divides between rich and poor, his eloquent voice is needed today.
Jan 12, 2012 – “Keeping Families Together” – An Outreach Event Planned for Longmont Latinos
Encouraged by the success of the Latino panel for our September program at the Progressive Center on Main Street in Longmont, we have engaged Jessy Perez to help us create a second Latino panel for another Longmont event. This program will be in addition to our regular second Tuesday meeting in Boulder. It is planned for Thursday, January 12th at the Longmont YMCA, 950 Lashley (9th Ave. and Lashley) in the Meeker Room. Mauricio Shoup, representing Out Boulder, a co-sponsor for this meeting, will again share his personal experience of multiple oppressions as a young gay Mexican. In addition we hope to have a Latino parent and a gay youth to speak.
Inspired by Caitlin Ryan’s research, the PFLAG Board set a goal for 2012 to do more outreach using the Family Acceptance Project materials in Longmont to target Latino LGBTQ persons and their families. The purpose is to increase our support mission by going to where people are who might be unlikely to ever attend a PFLAG meeting in Boulder. Board member Sandi Zeigler and Jessy Perez are leading this support effort. Everyone is welcome to attend.