Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018...watch for more to come for PFLAG Mid-Shore!

Hi Mid-Shore friends,

We are in a time of transition.  There are good things going on, but not in a predictable calendar way just yet!  Thanks for checking on us and feel free to offer your time and leadership....a strong team is needed!

More soon.....PFLAG Mid-Shore!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

November PFLAG Activities

PFLAG has scheduled two events for the Mid-Shore in November.

On Thursday November 2, the Easton area group will meet at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Easton at 7 pm.  A discussion of recent activity at Easton High School will be part of the discussion.

On Monday November 20, everyone is welcome to attend our 5th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.  This year it will be held on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  Please come to the Norman James Theater on campus at 7 pm for this important event.

There will NOT be a monthly PFLAG meeting the next day in Chestertown (Nov 21) because of the event the day before.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meeting on October 17th at 7 pm at the Lit House on the Washington College Campus

Hi friends,

The October PFLAG meeting in Chestertown will take place on Tuesday Oct 17th at 7 pm at the Lit House on the Washington College campus.  Hope to see you there.

Monday, October 2, 2017

PFLAG fun in Easton this Thursday Oct 5, 7 pm

PFLAG fun next Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m.  There will be pizza, drinks and LGBTQ trivia!  Come hang out and have fun.  This is a good chance to invite friends and family.  Let me know if you are planning to attend so I can get a general count for the pizza order.

Location:  UU Fellowship of Easton.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Fall Chestertown meeting! Tues, Sept 19th 7 PM at the Lit House, Washington College

Come to the first fall meeting of PFLAG in Chestertown to be held on Tuesday Sept 19, 7 pm at the Lit House at Washington College. We are excited to work alongside some of the Washington College kids to plan an amazing fall!!

7 PM The Rose O'Neal Literary House 300 Washington Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620, United States

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Easton area PFLAG meeting to be held the first week in October.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

An open letter to the Eastern Shore LGBTQ Community...




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2017
Contact: L. Claire Hansen, President, PFLAG MID-SHORE MD
pflagchestertown@gmail.com, 301-938-0868

Earlier today, PFLAG’s MID-SHORE MD chapter sent the open letter below to those most directly impacted by President Trump’s declaration that transgender individuals are to be excluded from the military. PFLAG MID-SHORE MD’s recently elected President, Claire Hansen shared, “Such changes in direction are ungrounded in fact, are hurtful to the effectiveness of our military, and frankly are cruel. PFLAG stands ready to support transgender individual’s full inclusion. As an organization, we can partner with local organizations to do training on issues affecting the trans (and broader LGBTQ+) community.”

PFLAG is an organization whose mission is, “Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.”

July 28, 2017 

An open letter to the Eastern Shore LGBTQ Community,

It's a day after President Trump's tweet storm declaratively excluding transgender individuals from military service and we remain stunned and appalled. For all who identify as 'trans' and for your families, friends and loved ones, we are deeply sorry for the pain this is causing. It is wrong.
The message sent out yesterday hurts well beyond those in the military, or who have served in the military, or who are considering the military. The message attempts to blatantly authorize discrimination and expresses an abhorrent view on who is welcome to full participation in community. It is wrong.

Ill-considered messages, which are not vetted through any rational process, are a part of our times. We don't have answers, but we can say if you identify as trans, gender non-conforming, or queer, and all the other ways you may self-identify, you are loved as you are. You are a blessing. Please know there is support for you in our community - a community with readiness to include and to care - a community that needs and welcomes your energy, your skills and your creativity.

If you need support, there are many ready to help and resources available. It is never easy to be singled out for who you are. It's even harder when elected officials, who should be serving you, do just the opposite.

Please know you are not alone.

In love and support,
PFLAG MID-SHORE MD
President: L. Claire Hansen
Treasurer: Amanda Kramer
Secretary: Barbi Bedell
https://pflagchestertown.blogspot.com/ pflagchestertown@gmail.com
301-938-0868

Monday, July 3, 2017

July meetings and activities to consider


Monthly meetings for July 2017

Open to all, meeting held in Easton, MD:

Please join us for our monthly Easton PFLAG and Talbot Rainbow Youth meeting on July 6 at 7 p.m.as usual, we will be meeting at the UU fellowship of Easton located at 7401 Ocean Gateway (Hwy 50) in Easton.

Thanks to all who attended the combined picnic we hosted on June 24th.  It turned out to be a great event.  Michelle Drostin, Easton area Coordinator



The monthly meeting usually held in Chestertown will not take place in July or August. Regular monthly programming will begin in September. The September meetings will also include annual chapter officer elections by ballot for those who are current PFLAG Chapter members.Your current area chapter leaders are using the next few weeks ahead to plan for the fall and winter season.

Please let us know your thoughts about area chapter programming and future events. We are also welcoming future chapter members and leaders.  If you are interested in becoming more involved please email pflagchestertown@gmail.com with your ideas or to arrange for an in person meeting or phone conversation!  Also remember that much more information about PFLAG is available at PFLAG.org as well as this site.

And there is a new social group forming...
LIFTLesbians in Friendship Together of the Chester River area
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The first meeting will be held at 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD, 21620 on Thursday, July 13, from 7-8:30. There will be a rainbow "sock" flying outside the door so you can't miss it. Light refreshments, coffee and tea will be provided.

For this first getting to know you gathering, I'm planning on brief introductions, followed by a discussion of things that are of interest to you, such as indoor activities, like watching movies, cards and games, or just socializing, and/or outdoor excursions, places of interest to go, walking, biking, dining, concerts, festivals, etc.

I have no other agenda than sharing interests and having a place to network with other womyn who are Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Queer or Questioning. I am hoping to get input from you about how you would like to see this social group go forward.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns.

Caren Samuels
email: liftofthechesterriver@gmail.com
call: 410 778 0306

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