July 8, 2014 PFLAG Columbia-Howard Co.Meeting : Candidates’ Forum/Debate

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County will be sponsoring a County Executive candidates’ forum/debate with Allan Kittleman and Courtney Watson on Tuesday, July 8th at 7:30 pm at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Columbia, MD.

Watson, a Democrat, and Kittleman, a Republican, are allies of the LGBTQ community and we look forward to hearing about the leadership each plans to bring to the office of County Executive. Questions will cover a wide range of topics including LGBT issues, economic development, the environment, health, and other relevant topics

We would like to request questions for our candidates to answer.
Please email your questions to hgoisovich@gmail.com.

ALL ARE WELCOME !!!!

Courtney Watson and Allan Kittleman, who are vying to be the next Howard County executive in November’s election, will participate in a forum sponsored by the Howard County Chapter of PFLAG on July 8. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

Watson, a Democrat, and Kittleman, a Republican, have been supportive on LGBT issues and will explain why they would be best for the county’s LGBT citizens. A Q&A session will follow their presentations.

All PFLAG meetings are free, confidential and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit pflagmd.org.

- See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/07/01/hoco-candidates-speak-pflag-forum/#sthash.ybcBgz3y.dpuf

Courtney Watson and Allan Kittleman, who are vying to be the next Howard County executive in November’s election, will participate in a forum sponsored by the Howard County Chapter of PFLAG on July 8. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

Watson, a Democrat, and Kittleman, a Republican, have been supportive on LGBT issues and will explain why they would be best for the county’s LGBT citizens. A Q&A session will follow their presentations.

All PFLAG meetings are free, confidential and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit pflagmd.org.

- See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/07/01/hoco-candidates-speak-pflag-forum/#sthash.ybcBgz3y.dpuf

Allan Kittleman, a pro-gay Republican running for Howard County executive, will join his opponent Courtney Watson at a forum next week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/07/01/hoco-candidates-speak-pflag-forum/#sthash.1houExM3.dpuf
Allan Kittleman, a pro-gay Republican running for Howard County executive, will join his opponent Courtney Watson at a forum next week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/07/01/hoco-candidates-speak-pflag-forum/#sthash.1houExM3.dpuf
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Saturday June 14 at 1 PM – March with PFLAG in Baltimore Pride Parade

Saturday June 14 – 1 PM Baltimore Pride Parade
You are invited to March with PFLAG Maryland Chapters in Baltimore PRIDE Parade
PFLAG Chapter of Maryland  are  once AGAIN getting ready to continue our proud  tradition of marching in Baltimore PRIDE Parade.

All PFLAG members and friends  are encouraged to walk. Bring banners and signs if you like. Sean McGovern, Vice-Chair of Columbia Chapter is point person & leader of this endeavor.

The Parade will kick off at 1 PM from  the corners of Eager and Charles Streets in Mount Vernon and travel  four blocks north up Charles Street to Mt. Royal where it will turn right onto Mt. Royal before ending at Oliver Street. PFLAG’s Lineup position is # 7 on the Right (east) side of Charles St. between Eager & Read Streets.  We are instructed to line up starting at 11:30am  & no later than 12:30pm.

The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions.

International visitors as we March in the 2014 Baltimore Parade.
Our Guests  are brave activists from the Ukraine. Bogdan Globa  runs the LGBT organization,  Fulcrum, and his Mom, Helen, who leads up Tergo, which is the Ukrainian version of PFLAG.

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June 2014 PRIDE Parades & Festivals in Washington DC, Baltimore and Frederick !!!

Saturday June 7 – 39th annual Capital Pride Parade in DC

Pride Parade in DC .. The 39th Annual Capital Pride Parade steps off Saturday, June 7, 2014, 4:30 pm, at 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC.   The Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street.
This is an amazing and exhilarating experience!!! Easy to get there on the Metro. PFLAG & UU contingents have been right next to one another in the marching order in all past parades we’ve attended. PFLAG chapters from all around the MD, DC, & VA area march together. It’s OK to bring your signs & chapter banners. We Highly Recommend the Capital Pride Parade!! We’ll post PFLAG’s Parade lineup position here and on our Facebook page  sometime near the middle of the 1st week of June, when the information becomes available.  If you want further information about marching  in parade or volunteering at the Festival Booth,  contact  Matt Minora mattpflag2014@gmail.com.

PARADE DETAILS
* PFLAG has been assigned to the ORANGE staging area. Our CALL TIME

IS 4 PM for a 4:30 PM kick-off on Saturday, June 7. Please refer to the map for our
meeting location on 23rd STREET, NW. We are located between the Batala Washington and Unitarian Universalists of DC groups.

Staging Area Map:

http://capitalpride_cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/STAGING-MAP-2014.pdf

* The route is approximately 1.5 miles and takes about 25 minutes to
complete, ending at 14th and R Streets, NW. A map of the route is
available here: http://www.capitalpride.org/parade/parade-map


* Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and water. The current
weather forecast is sunny with a high of 85 and no chance of
precipitation.

Sunday June 8 – Capital Pride Festival in DC

The 2014 Capital Pride Street Festival continues along the historic Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets and is part of the 39 Annual Capital Pride Celebration. The US Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of performances from local and national entertainers, politicians, and activists for 18 years. Since its inception, the Festival has grown and evolved, and this year is no exception.  Festival exhibit hours are 12pm – 7pm.  The Capitol Sunset Closing Party will continue at the Capitol Main Stage to the beats of an international known DJ.

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Saturday June 14 – Baltimore Pride Parade
Sunday June 15 – Baltimore Pride Festival

Baltimore Pride Parade
PFLAG Maryland Chapters have a long tradition if marching in Baltimore Pride Parades going back to 1986.    We’ll be there again this year!!!    Parade steps off at 1 pm from Charles & Eager Streets in Mt. Vernon
The Saturday Block Party, as well as the Sunday Festival will all take place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street (2 blocks from Penn Station).  The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions.

Saturday June 28 – 3rd annual Frederick Pride Festival --

Noon to 6PM in downtown Frederick at Carroll Creek Linear Park

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June 10 -7:30PM: The Riddle of Gender & the Transgender Experience at PFLAG Columbia-Howard Co. Meeting

Riddle of GenderDeborah Rudacille, author of The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights, will present a short history of research on science and gender and discuss how she came to write her book.

Sharon Brackett, founder and Board Chair of Gender Rights Maryland, will moderate a panel on the transgender experience.

  June 10 —  7:30-9:30
at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

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May 13 – 7:30 pm: Award of Scholarship plus program: “Fandom: Modern Queer Representation in Entertainment Media”

Please join us at our PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Meeting on May 13, 2014 when a $2000 college scholarship will be awarded to a promising recipient.

Fire Brokeback Mountain“Fandom:  Modern Queer Representation in Modern Family - TV SeriesEntertainment Media”. 

This timely presentation will address different issues and triumphs that arise in queer representation in today’s media. Fire, the movie

Time: 7:30 -9:30 p.m

Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

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Catherine Hyde recognized as Howard Co. 2014 Volunteer of the Year

PFLAG Columbia-Howard county is most  proud and happy to announce our own, Catherine Hyde, has been recognized as 2014 Howard County Volunteer of the Year.  Catherine says she is humbled be a part of the powerful voice that is PFLAG:- parents, families, allies and friends working with the LGBT community to move equality forward.2014-04-02 Cat Volunteer of the YearCourtney Watson , Catherine Hyde and Mary Kay Sigaty at Howard County 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony on Tuesday April 2nd.

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April 8 – 7:30 pm: Parents of LGBT Children Share their Coming Out Process

When our child comes out of the closet, we parents often jump right into that closet!
Happy FamilyPlease join us at our PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Meeting on April 8, 2014  when a panel of PFLAG Parents will share their experiences of coming out to family and friends, and we will have further opportunity to discuss the parental coming out process.

Time: 7:30 -9:30 p.m
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

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