This is a listing of all the programs PFLAG Boulder County hosted in 2014:
Documentary Screening: “Bridegroom”
Sunday, January 12th, 3:00pm
Longmont Public Library, 4th and Emery, Rooms A & B
“Bridegroom” is a documentary film by director Linda Bloodworth Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short. The story of what happened after Tom’s accidental death—-of how people in relationships without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized by family members-—is poignant, thought-provoking and opens a window into the issue of marriage equality and human rights.
The film has earned numerous accolades, including audience awards at the TriBeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by President Bill Clinton, and Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival. Shane continues to work alongside organizations including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign to promote equality and received the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award in 2012. Bridegroom premiered on Oprah’s OWN on October 27, 2013.
“Sex, Gender & the Slot Machine”
Sunday, February 9th, 3:00 p.m.
Cairn Christian Church, 1700 Stonehenge Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026.
Tara Eastcott is a Boulder psychotherapist who says that she got into the field because she wanted to work toward human liberation. People usually associate liberators with revolutionaries and activists but not psychotherapists. However, Dr. Eastcott seeks to help people make sense of themselves and experience greater freedom. She has done a lot of work with the transgender community and is presenting “Sex, Gender & the Slot Machine” this Sunday.
Wondering how the sexualized cross-dressing of adolescence relates to an adult desire to transition? Need to come out as transgender/genderqueer/GLBTQ to your grandmother, your boss, your wife, your kids and not sure what words to use? Wondering how to explain to your sexual partner that certain sexual acts invalidate your gender identity? Not sure how to explain to your five year old that her sister actually identifies as her brother and is about to start growing up accordingly?
Trying to understand our own identity genuinely in a world that expects gender conformity and mandates heterosexuality can get complicated. And once we figure out who we are, we then face the daunting task of trying to explain ourselves to others who are unfamiliar with gender talk. In this workshop you will 1) learn a straightforward system (based on a slot machine model) for more clearly conceptualizing your own identity and 2) language for explaining your identity and preferences to others. We will clarify how to differentiate biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and sexual desires; we will also talk about how these aspects of identity can overlap and shift through time.
Sovereign Gender and Sexuality: A Contemporary View on Native American ‘Two Spirit’ Identity and Intersections
Sunday March 9th, 3:00pm
First United Methodist Church 1421 Spruce St, Boulder
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.
Read more about Crisosto Apache here.
PFLAG Reaches Out to Faith Communities
HOLDING BACK, STANDING TOGETHER, MOVING FORWARD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more details and a full schedule of events.
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.
Appreciation Award Banquet
Sunday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Boulder
The Annual Appreciation Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, June 8th, in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street in Boulder. If you have names of persons you would like to nominate for an Appreciation Award in the field of business, legislation, LGBT community activism, education or outstanding LGBTQ youth, please send that nomination by May 16 to Kristen, email@example.com.
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 7-10:00 p.m.
Sunset Pool, Longmont, CO.
The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. when we will have the entire pool complex. Please bring snacks or desserts for a potluck in the party room. If you don’t want to swim, just hang out and visit with friends.
The pool has slides, a safe shallow area for little ones, diving boards, 6 lap lanes and lots of grass trees, tables, benches. If you’ve never been to Sunset Pool, it’s a great place to enjoy a special PFLAG experience and an awesome location looking out at the mountains.
Documentary Screening: “Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig”
Sunday, August 10th, 3:00pm
Cairn Christian Church, 1700 Stonehenge Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026
How would you feel about attending an all LGBTQ high school? Is this Nirvana or what? This moving documentary explores the experiences of four teenagers attending New York’s landmark Harvey Milk High School for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids, weaving their stories with scenes of musicians recording a fund-raising album. Artists supporting the school by contributing to the album include Frank Black, Ben Folds, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, Yoko Ono, the Breeders, Rufus Wainwright and many more.
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 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 view the documentary, click here.
Demystifying the Legal Landscape
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.
“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.
“Mixed Tastes” at our Annual Holiday Potluck
Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.
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.