Wednesday, December 21, 2016

PFLAG HOLIDAY BOARD GAMES PARTY INVITE THURSDAY DEC 29, 2016

HEY ALL,

ADD THIS EASY RELAXED EVENT TO YOUR 'IN BETWEEN THE HOLIDAYS' WEEK AND HANG WITH US, YOUR PFLAG FRIENDS.  (BRING ANYONE ALONG.) IF WE FEEL LIKE IT MAYBE WE WILL ORDER FOOD FROM LUISA’S TO SHARE FOR DINNER AND STAY A WHILE LATER.  IF YOU NEED TO ARRIVE CLOSER TO 6 AFTER WORK, JUST TEXT US (443 480 3138) AND WE WILL STAY AND PARTY ON.  CHECK IN AS NEEDED IF THE WEATHER, DISTANCES OR TIMING IS TRICKY FOR YOU. TEXT/CALL 443 480 3138


LET'S JUST ENJOY....AND HAVE SOME FUN.

HOPE TO SEE YOU, PASS THE WORD ON IF YOU ARE AWAY....WE WILL CATCH YOU NEXT TIME.





Friday, December 9, 2016

December Happenings...HANG onto your version of sanity! Do something for others too...

It is THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!

Dear friends, 

Please work to maintain your wonderful or “sassy” attitudes in our turbulent times with not only the stress of holidays, the big changes in our country, but with sad stories we cannot avoid in the news.  WE try to be there for one another and simply getting out with a friend can help a lot. Calls to supportive folks also help. Use our website to find some of those resources and to reserve the dates you see on our calendar for activities we hope will be both social and informative. 

With the intention of uplifting our spirits, I want to mention this Sunday’s opportunity:
On December 11, at the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River (UUCR), at 10 AM, our speaker, Linda Lucero, will be with us to share her sermon entitled Empower Women Empower Humanity. (UUCR is at 914 Gateway Dr. Chestertown and supports and houses our PFLAG Resource Center and is a Welcoming Congregation.)
Linda's presentation combines an entertaining and enlightening look back to the early days of the women's movement, as well as what it's like to be a young woman today living in a global world.   It is a timely message of hope and inspiration for all women and men, who now must stand fast with girls to ensure their voices are heard and their dignity honored so they get to be the powerful young women they were always meant to be.

LATER this month, we also plan to gather to play some board games, socialize and strategize with you and friends during the last week of the year.  SAVE the DATE of Thursday December 29th for a 3-6 pm “Holiday Board Games Party.” In addition to Chestertown, we are trying to firm up a simultaneous Easton Party spot!  Another announcement will give you the specifics closer to the date.  (NOTE: There will NOT be a typical third Tues meeting on Dec. 20 this month.)

We already have a full spring regular meetings calendar along with most interesting opportunities and ways to continue to work to support our youth and young adults. Thanks to those who have stepped up and will help those activities be announced soon. While we rely on PFLAG.org for most of our work, the school work is beautifully partnered with GLSEN.org. PLEASE visit GLSEN.org and see the riches of info there for all ages and kinds of involvement including the SCOTUS case and new middle school resources!

Finally, thanks to our new PFLAG Chestertown LEADERSHIP GROUP!  We have formed a broader base of leaders who are already working with us to find their best fit as we expand our powers and reach with the help of these fine folks.  It’s not too late for YOU to reach out and say, WHAT can I do for PFLAG on the Eastern Shore in 2017?

Thanks for caring and do CARE for yourself too!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Wonderful TDOR! Photos soon....Thanks for a great turnout and consider attending another topic, yet important talk, Monday November 28th.

Hi everyone,

Thanks to the 60 or so folks who participated in our TDOR event last Saturday night...it was a meaningful and moving evening. Many thanks to our wonderful performers and our special producer, Barbi Bedell.  We will be posting photos, video and program information soon.  Give us a bit of time to get it together please.  Send any photos you may want to share to pflagchestertown@gmail.com.

Thanks again for being such a wonderful and supportive community.  It is our honor to work together.

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Here is another event that is coming up next Monday November 28th at Sumner Hall at 6 pm in Chestertown, MD. See for more info: http://garpost25.org/ This talk is not LGBT specific, but important enough that I think we all could benefit from considering our own assumptions about how we and others view "our world."
We ALL carry prejudices in many ways...perhaps the LGBT community might relate to some of these topics related to race and assumptions made.

Please join us when David Billings presents and signs DEEP DENIAL: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life.
DEEP DENIAL - part popular history, part personal memoir - documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called “white.” Author David Billings focuses primarily on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy, and tells us why, despite the Civil Rights movement and an AfricanAmerican president, we remain, in the author’s words, “a nation hard-wired by race.” A master storyteller, Billings starts each chapter with a disarming and intimate vignette from his personal life, beginning with his white, working-class boyhood in Mississippi and Arkansas. He then situates these telling moments in a broader historical context that will be new and disturbing to many readers.
Part I covers the origins and evolution of white supremacy from 17th century Virginia through World War II.
Part II focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, how it emerged in the post-WWII era, and why it subsequently devolved from a vibrant community-led, issue-based movement into today’s bureaucratic, government-sponsored, needs-based, nonprofit industry.
An epilogue discusses strategies for dismantling white supremacy and “undoing” racism in America.
David Billings is an anti-racist historian, educator, minister and community organizer. Raised in small towns of Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, Billings became a racial justice activist while at the University of Mississippi in the mid-1960’s. His experiences led him to enroll in New York Theological Seminary and to becoming an ordained United Methodist Minister. While he served churches in New Orleans and the Bronx, much of Rev. Billings’ ministry has been in community work, plus a few years with the National Office of the United Methodist Church.
In the early 1980’s, Billings became a trainer/organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, antiracist training institute headquartered in New Orleans. Through his experience with The People’s Institute, Billings developed a special interest in the role of race and racism in U.S. history and culture. While much of his work has been rooted in the South, particularly in New Orleans, he and his wife moved to New York City in 2004 to support the growing antiracist work of the People’s Institute there.
Billings returned in the fall of 2010 to live in his birth home of McComb, MS. He continues to teach and consult with organizations and institutions around the nation, including New York University School of Social Work, the City of Ithaca, NY, Insight Meditation Society of Barre, MA, Citizens United for Economic Equity in New Orleans as well as The People’s Institute.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil and Inspirational Performances, Saturday November 19, 7 pm






We hope you will make plans to join us for this important and inspirational evening.  No reservations or tickets are needed.
Please do bring along your friends and help us educate and enrich the lives of all by honoring these brave friends who we have lost.

Questions?  Please email PFLAGChestertown@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It is a beautiful Fall week ahead...get out and GO!

It is time to get moving and enjoy the fall!

Next weekend, Oct 14-16, Camp Tockwogh is the location for a Rainbow Family Retreat organized by the Rainbow Families of DC.  Really sounds like a lot of fun!

http://www.rainbowfamilies.org/event-2318064?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=10/12/2016

All the registration details are there!  Wow...it is held right here near us on the Eastern Shore every other year! (We didn't know about it till this year!)

And we need YOUR presence with your fellow community leaders...

Next Tuesday, Oct 18th there are two important opportunities, one at 6 pm and the other at 7 pm, both in Chestertown. (And it is the last day to pre-register to vote in November!)

Heads up!  On Tuesday Oct 18th at the Kent County Commissioners meeting room on High Street in Chestertown at 6 pm there is a special meeting called addressing the consolidation and future quality of organizational leadership among our local county schools.  Some PFLAG leaders will be attending the school related (expect crowds!) meeting.  Others from PFLAG will be at UUCR for our monthly Chapter meeting which will begin at 7 pm. It is possible to do both!

Here are comments from a parent as well as a local business owner in Kent County asking for just a few minutes of your time to consider showing your support for Kent County Public Schools...

"You don't have to be a parent of a KCPS student to understand that having a high-performing public school district is a factor in economic development. Great schools should be part of the package to attract workers and families to Kent County. Please let the Kent County Commissioners know that you support our schools and ask them to show their support for our schools at their upcoming budget meeting on October 18. I am working with a group of parents who are encouraging other parents and business owners to be advocates for our school. You can read more about our initiative by visiting our website here - http://kcpssos.com/

I hope you will take a minute to read our petition and sign if you agree -

https://www.change.org/p/tell-the-kent-county-commissioners-that-our-schools-and-educators-have-our-support

Our local PFLAG Chapter monthly meeting WILL take place also on Oct 18th beginning at 7 pm at 914 Gateway Drive, the home of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River (UUCR.)  We may do some organization related planning first, then move into topics of interest and concern to our attendees focusing on specific LGBTQ topics. YES, we will be holding our 5th Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil (TDOR) on Saturday November 19th!  
There is always time for support and new friends are most welcome in our safe and confidential group setting. Did you visit our first Harry Potter Festival booth? Did you get to purchase a " HP Puff for PFLAG?"  We had a good fun day.

Linda Dutton, Board Member

PFLAG Chestertown Maryland Chapter

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PFLAG Chestertown Events September through November 2016

PFLAG Chestertown Volunteer Sept through Nov 2016 Events

Please visit PFLAGChestertown.com, email pflagchestertown@gmail.com or call 443 480 3138 for more information about any of the following events. 
Please keep us going by mailing your donation (fully deductible) to: PFLAG Chestertown 914 Gateway Dr. Chestertown, MD 21620

Friday Sept 16, 11am -2 pm Washington College Community Connections Fair, PFLAG Info Table, Hodson Hall.

Saturday Sept 17, 11am – 1 pm Making more “HP Puffs for PFLAG” call or email for more info and to join the fun. We will have at least one more prep session.

Saturday Sept 17th, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, Kent Island, MD
Saturday Sept 17th, Mental Health First Aid for Youth Training, Easton

Tuesday Sept 20, 7 pm PFLAG Chapter Monthly meeting UUCR, Program focus is the Gender Spectrum in school settings and GLSEN Ally week. Support, new faces and friends are always welcome. 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown, MD

Monday Sept 26-30, GLSEN Ally Week for school settings.

Saturday, Oct 1, 10 am – 4pm Fountain Park. Chestertown, Harry Potter Festival Vendor of “Puffs for PFLAG.”

Thursday Oct 13th, 10 am – 2 pm Cecil County Community Connections PFLAG Info Table, Elkton, MD

Fri-Sun Oct 14-16 Rainbow Families Weekend at Camp Tockwogh, Kent Co. MD www.rainbowfamilies.org

Tuesday Oct 18th, PFLAG Chapter Monthly meeting, details TBD

Thursday Oct 20th, PFLAG Info Table at Home Ports Health Fair at Kent County High School, Worton, MD

Saturday Oct 29th, Chestertown Halloween Parade 10 am. Who is in?

Saturday Nov 12, GenderEast Conference, www.genderconferenceeast.org


Saturday Nov 19th, Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil, Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown, MD          

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Links you may enjoy...the WCTR local interview, PFLAG National Webinars for a limited time and more....

Stay cool!....even as you age...

Our PFLAG Chestertown Chapter speaks to all ages…especially to our Senior Citizens on the new WCTR radio podcast (and in October where we will have a table at the Home Ports Health Care Event.)
Go to our local radio station website, WCTR.org, and discover the creativity of the new station owners, the podcasts available and how community is empowered to share widely without cost over this basic communication medium!  Remember radio? It’ great! Listen to our hour and see what you think! 

The Monday, August 8, 2016 hour of the “Senior Class” program features our local chapter’s work!  Follow this link or paste it into your browser to find the show.  The program starts out with big band music and then quickly Sam Ricketts, the moderator of the show, introduces Jane Ayers and Linda Dutton from PFLAG Chestertown.
Families and Professionals working with our YOUTH….The GENDER CONFERENCE EAST 2016 Early Bird Rates are ending soon…so register! And…We are excited to announce 
OUR PROGRAMMING IS NOW ONLINE!

Find Professional Day Programming HERE
Find Family and Youth Day Programming 
HERE

Register NOW to take advantage of
Early Bird Rates.
These rates expire August 19th!

Professionals Register HERE for Friday's Professional Symposium
Families Register HERE for Saturday's Family and Youth Day

DATES: Friday Nov 11 - Saturday Nov 12
NEW LOCATION: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport  Newark NJ

Our PFLAG National Organization is getting better all the time! The new website is almost complete! Take advantage of these webinar links as they are available now for all for a brief time only.  Future membership benefits will give you access to many more!  Remember to visit our local chapter website too!  Regular monthly meetings will begin again in September. 
Here are the PFLAG.org webinar links:



In this session, we review the Straight for Equality basics and discuss how our unique understanding of allyship informs the work we do in faith communities. We will also discuss demonstrated, positive changes happening among people of faith when it comes to LGBTQ equality using public opinion research and examples from the PFLAG chapter network, recognizing the real challenges that still exist at the intersection of faith and equality, especially in terms of state-level policy and law changes in 2016. We'll also help you to understand how to use our publication be not afraid – help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities to address these issues in everyday conversations and through chapter programs.
In 1998 PFLAG became the first nationally-based LGBTQ organization to include the transgender community in our mission statement. Since then, the organization has been dedicated to providing support to trans people and their families, educating the community about the issues that trans people face, and advocating for trans inclusive policies at the local, state, and federal level.