Saturday, March 17, 2018

3 PFLAG Fun and Important Events on Sat Mar 24, 2018!

Next Saturday March 24th!  Join us for all or part of this important day of 3 events...See POSTERS around town!


Join a March to End Gun Violence in Chestertown, MD

Beginning at 12 Noon at the Kent County Office Building at 400 High Street, Chestertown, MD

Ending with a Rally in Wilmer Park

Poster making workshop Wed 3/21 5 pm at the Kent County Public Library.

THEN...


At 3 pm in Easton, MD join us for a Family Bowling Party!  Totally FREE to our Families

Easton Bowl 101 Marlboro Ave #39   Please RSVP but walk-ins also welcome!

Congratulations to the Brennan Family on their recent legal victories for our MD trans students!

THEN...


VOTE for our PFLAG  MID-SHORE ENTRY in.....VOTE even is you cannot attend!

RiverArts' Reclaimed Runway fashion extravaganza

March 24  5-8 pm
What is a Reclaimed Runway event? A fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind creations designed by artists of all ages using recycled or re-purposed materials assembled in fabulously creative ways.
VOTING
Peoples’ Choice Award: Vote online anytime for your favorite design team – or teams!  The People’s Choice award winner receives $250.  You can also vote at the event. Click HERE to VOTE
BEST IN SHOW
Judge’s Award: Best in Show $250
Join us for an evening of fun and fashion with emcee John Schratweiser, celebrity judges and you!
Location: The Chesapeake Room at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Department (RHVFD)
Specialty welcome drink, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar.
$100 Runway Ticket – Guarantees a seat right on the runway, or at a table in full view of the runway action, a welcome drink, plus 1 free drink ticket, luscious hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of fashionista fun!
$50 General Admission Ticket – Welcome drink, plenty of luscious hors d’oeuvres and a not too shabby view of the runway at a high top table.
Either way, you are guaranteed a fabulously fashion fun evening!






Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Star Democrat Coverage of TCPS Policy Changes

2/27/18 Star Demo

TCPS policy revision gets do-over

TCPS policy revision gets do-over
Claire Hansen, president of PFLAG Mid-Shore, asks the Talbot County Board of Education to revise the proposed revision of its nondiscrimination policy.
PHOTO BY CONNIE CONNOLLY
EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education introduced a nondiscrimination policy revision on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to satisfy a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
However, the proposed revision didn’t sit well with members of the LGBT community, and that revision is now getting a do-over.
The revision of Policy 1.2 grew out of a Methods of Compliance Review of the school district’s 2016-2017 school year and a visit on Dec. 11, 2017. While the review was mostly favorable, OCR recommended consistent nondiscrimination policy statements on all documents and communication platforms.
Before the policy revision came up for the first of three readings, three people spoke to the school board during the public comment section of the agenda.
“PFLAG Mid-Shore has significant concerns regarding the deletion of gender and sexual orientation as groups that are identified as protected from discrimination in Talbot County Public Schools,” Claire Hansen said.
Hansen is president of PFLAG Mid-Shore chapter which “advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ students on federal, state and local legislation, regulations and school district policies,” she told the school board. PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The school board’s original Policy 1.2 has been revised once since it was adopted in 1993. The 2012 revision states, “The Board will not tolerate nor condone any act of bias, discrimination, insensitivity, or disrespect toward any person on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, socio-economic status or disabling condition.”
At issue is the elimination of certain language in the 2012 revision. The proposed revision states, “The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or religion in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designed (sic) youth groups.”
Hansen said, “The language that you are electing to adopt ... is not a step forward; it is a step backwards.”
“It appears that the sexual orientation and gender language are in the existing policy, and that those words are being replaced with sex; that’s what it seems like,” Alan Girard of Easton said. “They do not mean the same thing, and it’s important that people who do have different sexual orientations or genders are a part of the policy.”
Girard offered to work with the board “on language that is going to work.”
“At a minimum, we urge TCPS to reinstate gender and sexual orientation into the nondiscrimination policy so that everyone can learn, grow and succeed in a community that is safe and free of discrimination,” Hansen said.
Lynne Duncan, assistant superintendent for administrative and support services, read the proposed policy during new business.
Duncan recommended sending the policy to second reader “taking into consideration the comments and concerns that were expressed this evening and also in consultation with our attorney.”
Michael Garman, president of the school board, asked, “Was this language that was recommended by the state?”
“It’s directly from Office of Civil Rights,” Duncan said.
During the public comment segment, Lauren Hartman, whose children attend Easton Elementary School, said she “loved (the school) dearly, but my wife and I are really worried about this nondiscrimination policy because you’re taking our family out this school district by eliminating gender and sexual orientation out of your nondiscrimination policy.”
“My family is a two-mom family, and ... it’s really breaking my heart,” Hartman said. “I really need you to consider the language that you’re using on this nondiscrimination policy to include gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status — to really broaden your ideas of who we want in our community and who we want in our schools, to accept everybody and all of their kids and my family into this community.”
“The (OCR) told us we should be using this language, so we’ll go back and do some research, but that was one of the things we were cited for,” Superintendent Kelly Griffith said.
“So we’ll leave it on first reader,” Garman said.
“We would like to see TCPS create a healthy, safe and welcoming learning environment for all students,” Hansen said. “By eliminating gender and sexual orientation from Policy 1.2, you are creating a more dangerous environment for LGBTQ students, teachers and staff in TCPS.”
Hansen expanded her advice beyond revising Policy 1.2’s wording.
“PFLAG Mid-Shore strongly advises school administrators and the board of education to create and implement comprehensive, inclusive policies and practices to end bullying, harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ students,” she said.
“We ... encourage you to review other regional nondiscrimination policies which include more specific and inclusive language to reinforce and clarify intentions to not discriminate,” Hansen said.

Responding to Talbot County Public Schools Non-Discrimination Policy Changes


February 21, 2018

Talbot County Public Schools Board of Education
12 Magnolia Street
Easton, MD 21601

Dear TCPS Board of Education,

It has come to our attention that Talbot County Public Schools are in the process of revising and presenting the First Reader revision of the Non-Discrimination Policy 1.2 at the upcoming Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Upon our review of the proposed changes PFLAG Mid-Shore has significant concerns regarding the deletion of “gender” and “sexual orientation” as groups that are identified as protected from discrimination in Talbot County Public Schools.

PFLAG advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students on federal, state and local legislation, regulations and school district policies.  We advise that policies and practices protect everyone from bullying, including cyber bullying, harassment, and discrimination. PFLAG Mid-shore strongly advises school administrators and the Board of Education to create and implement comprehensive, inclusive policies and practices to end bullying, harassment, and discrimination of LGBTQ students.  We would like to see TCPS create a healthy, safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. By eliminating “gender” and “sexual orientation” from your Non-Discrimination Policy 1.2 you are creating a more dangerous environment for our LGBTQ students, teachers, and staff in Talbot County Public Schools.

At a minimum, we urge Talbot County Public Schools to reinstate “gender” and “sexual orientation” into the Non-Discrimination Policy 1.2 so that everyone can learn, grow, and succeed in a community that is safe and free of discrimination. We also encourage you to review other regional non-discrimination policies which include a more specific and inclusive language to reinforce and clarify intentions to not discriminate.

Sincerely,

PFLAG MID-SHORE MD
President: L. Claire Hansen
Treasurer: Linda Dutton
Secretary: Barbi Bedell

PFLAG Mid-Shore * 914 Gateway Drive Chestertown, MD 21620 * (301) 938-0868  pflagchestertown@gmail.com * http://www.pflagchestertown.com/

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.