You’re Invited ! PFLAG Annual Holiday Potluck meeting – Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

You’re Invited to PFLAG’s Holiday Potluck Dinner Party – Tuesday Dec. 8 at 7:30pm

Please join us at our  December meeting
for  our Annual  Holiday Potluck Dinner Party !

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
at Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way,  Columbia, MD 21045

MistletoeWe’ll be treated to a brief performance from “The Santa Closet” being performed by Jeffrey Solomon. The play will be a Theatre Project, Dec. 10-20, 2015.

Also, treated to a Holiday Sing Along with members of UUCC Choir!

Please join us,  bring a dish to share, and  be prepared to relax & enjoy !!

if you can , please bring a donation for homeless families at Grassroots Shelter so they can enjoy the holiday.
Grassroots has given us the following suggestions for donations:

Must be a new item
Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Giant, Safeway, Sunoco, Exxon, BP, Shell, AMC Theaters are welcomed
Gifts for ages 12 & over in the Shelter might include:
 Sweaters, flannel pajama bottoms (keep store tags on them), sweats (small, M, L, XL), Sports Team Items, hand-held video games under $20, Footballs & basketballs.
Games, DVD’s (such as Insurgent, Transformers, Furious 7, Mad Max, Pitch Perfect 2, Rio 2), watches & wallets, robes & slippers, CD’s (such as One Direction, Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Katie Perry, Selena Gomez,Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Ninaj)

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Friday November 20 – Transgender Day of Rembrance

2015 TGOR Columbia ChapterFor more information about observance of  Transgender Day of Remembrance in Baltimore click the following link:
Baltimore’s Transgender Day of Remembrance

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PFLAG Columbia to host Transgender ‘Story Corp’ meeting – November 10 – 7:30 p.m.

You’re invited to PFLAG’s version of NPR’s StoryCorps –
Tuesday November 10, 2015 – 7:30 pm.

Similar to NPR’s StoryCorps that involves sharing and preserving the stories of our lives, our November 10th PFLAG Program will involve the stories of two of our PFLAG families.  A son and his transgender parent will share their journey as the parent disclosed her authentic self.  Also, a second family will share their journey as a transgender son shared his authentic self.  

At this November 10th meeting, we will also acknowledge Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) which is an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  TDOR also recognizes those persons who have taken their own lives.  It should also be noted that TransParent Day is Sunday, November 1st.

 Please join us.  All are welcome!

 Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:30 pm

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

2015 TGOR Columbia Chapter

For more information about observance of  Transgender Day of Remembrance in Baltimore click the following link:
Baltimore’s Transgender Day of Remembrance

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You’re Invited to PFLAG Coming Out Cabaret – Oct. 13, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.

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Tues. 9/8 @ 7:30p.m. – PFLAG Columbia RYA Youth will Discuss “A Note To The Parents: Input From Our Youth”

Being a youth today is incredibly challenging, doubly so if you’re LGBT. Nothing is more important to the development of a child than having a strong support network, with their parents being the head of that network.

As more and more parents become allies to their children, it becomes even more important that they realize the unique challenges and struggles that their children will be facing, and how they can provide the best support system possible. In “A Note To The Parents: Input From Our Youth”, the kids of Rainbow Youth and Allies will be discussing what they need from their parents, and answering a series of burning questions parents have submitted from discussion.

Let’s learn and grow together.

Tuesday September 8, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center,
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045

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Wednesday SEPT. 9 in Annapolis: LGBT legislative hearing: 10 a.m. – Noon

Please join us in Annapolis for the LGBT Legislative Hearing:

The Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families of the Maryland General Assembly will be convening on September 9th at 10 am.  The purpose of this hearing is to discuss and address the needs of LGBT youth in Maryland.  As we are all aware, the risks faced by LGBT youth are great. They are more likely to abuse substances, have mental health concerns, become involved with the criminal justice system, and face violence and bullying in the community.
The Youth Equality Alliance is working to address these and other issues facing LGBT youth in Maryland. The YEA is asking us to help fill the room at the hearing on September 9th so the committee knows how important these issues are to us.  Court Appointed Special Advocate will be submitting a letter to the committee on behalf of our work with foster youth and the work of the LGBTQ Youth Task Force.
  • The Youth Equality Alliance’s (YEA) requests that the Committee      investigate what factors jeopardize the condition of Maryland’s LGBTQ youth; mandate DJS, DJR and MSDE to report on these factors and ongoing work to remedy gaps
  • search out and make recommendations to solve interdepartmental gaps and inefficiencies in services to LGBTQ youth; ensure there is an interdepartmental procedure to report and respond to complaints
  • make recommendations to Legislature and general public on policies that will best support the social, emotional and academic wellness of Maryland’s LGBTQ youth
The Hearing will take place on September 9th in Room 120 in the House Office Building located at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, from 10 am to 12 pm.  Please attend if you are able.
Here’s a map – it’s  in the Lowe House Office Building (6 Bladen St):
Other logistics: The best parking is usually in Gotts garage.
Reminder:  you need a government ID to enter the building.

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PFLAG 15th Annual Family Picnic – Sunday September 27th – Noon – 3p.m.

We want to see YOU at our PFLAG 15th Annual Picnic in Ellicott City !
Note that picnic will be taking place at a NEW location ! (see below)
Each year, PFLAG’s picnic brings together families, friends & allies to share an afternoon of food and fun.
15th Annual Family Picnic — Sunday, September 27, 2015 Centennial Park South Pavilion D (off of Rt. 108) — Noon to 3:00 p.m

June Horner's photo.

What to Expect
• Parents, family members, friends, LGBTQ, allies and children of all ages
• Games for all ages
• Lots of seating for relaxing and chatting
• A large pavilion to protect us in case of rain

What is Provided
• Charcoal and cooking utensils
• Soft drinks and ice
• Cups, plates, eating utensils and napkins
What to Bring
• Something to barbecue and a dish to share
• The kids
• A friend
• Dogs on leashes welcome
• Suggested Donation of $5 per family is appreciated, but not required.

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