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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Early Bird Registration Closes Sept. 15

Gender Conference East’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive space dedicated to the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum, as well as their families and the professionals working with them.
Register now at

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PFLAG Mini-Expo! August 11- 7:30 p.m. Learn about Participating in Local Sports Teams & Dance Groups

Please Join with PFLAG Howard County on August 11th @ 7:30 p.m. for a  mini-expo!

Over a dozen  Baltimore/Washington area  LGBTQ+ sports teams & Dance Groups  will be joining us at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center ( 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045) for a mini-expo where you can learn more about participating in sports and dance groups, maybe discover a new activity, and discuss how these activities can have an impact when you are LGBTQ+.


We have witnessed great legends in sports who have also been LGBT from Abby Wambach of the world champion US women’s soccer team to Olympic swimmer Tom Daley to football player Michael Sam to Olympic Gold Medalist Caitlin Jenner.

Sports can have a profound impact on the lives of LGBT people,  so come out and join us to see what the Baltimore/Washington Area has to offer.  Be proud and  get active.”

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Saturday July 25th at 3pm: March with PFLAG at the Baltimore Pride Parade

Saturday July 25th at 3pm: March with PFLAG at the Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party! 

Parade and Block Party take place in historic Mt. Vernon — the heart of Baltimore’s gay-borhood.  Mt. Vernon is just ten blocks north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. from Cathedral and Monument Sts.  (We are instructed to be in line at 2:30,.) It travels just 4 blocks up Cathedral to Eager St.  A Block Party follows the parade at 5 p.m.

PFLAG’s lineup position is #10 in Group B, just behind Free State Legal and in front of DC Different Drummers !!    (Group B will meet on the southeast side of Charles Street and Mt. Vernon Place.)

Bring your camera, bring your signs, don’t forget water !!

Meet up spot: Washington Monument in Baltimore. Please contact Heath for more details
If you have any trouble finding us on the day of the parade, here are a couple of cell #’s you can try to message  410-844-1442 (June) or 443-244-2477 (Judy)

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