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PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

 

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a Satellite of PFLAG Los Angeles

 

 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Time to Talk

 

The PFLAG organization began with parents and LGBTQ people talking together about their experiences in a safe, supportive confidential group. Forty years later, support groups are still at the heart of what we do.

 

That's why, two or three times a year, we devote the whole meeting to support. The extra time allows us to go more deeply into situations, issues, and feelings that are challenging. This November's meeting is one of those sessions.

 

We hope you'll all come with your trials and your successes, your fears and your victories, your hopes and dreads. When it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, we're all works in progress, growing through tolerance to acceptance to celebration one step at a time.

 

Your story will enrich our groups and help all of us to grow.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Time to Talk

 

The PFLAG organization began with parents and LGBTQ people talking together about their experiences in a safe, supportive confidential group. Forty years later, support groups are still at the heart of what we do.

 

That's why, two or three times a year, we devote the whole meeting to support. The extra time allows us to go more deeply into situations, issues, and feelings that are challenging. This November's meeting is one of those sessions.

 

We hope you'll all come with your trials and your successes, your fears and your victories, your hopes and dreads. When it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, we're all works in progress, growing through tolerance to acceptance to celebration one step at a time.

 

Your story will enrich our groups and help all of us to grow.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

All Day and FREE!

 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Transgender: A Long Journey

      — Blair Lewis' path to true identity

 

The transgender members of our community face a mountain of challenges The "bathroom" wars typified by a North Carolina law are the visible tip of massive iceberg of discrimination. In most schools, workplaces, churches, community organizations, and even families, it's not okay to be trans.

 

Older members of the trans community have experienced even darker days. Days when there was no Caitlyn Jenner on television. Days when drag queens performed in darkened clubs hidden from the police.

 

How does a child make sense of feelings when there are no words such as gender identity? How does a person survive when their deepest sense of self is regarded by society as perverted and deviant?

 

Our speaker, Blair Lewis, grew up in that world and lived most of their adult life under the unspoken strictures of those dark times. A husband, a father, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Blair negotiated a hyper masculine world where they felt so out of place.

 

How did Blair survive? What lessons can be learned from the things Blair endured? How can we improve conditions for today's trans children? Find out at our next meeting.

 

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Time to Talk

 

 

The PFLAG organization began with parents and LGBTQ people talking together about their experiences in a safe, supportive confidential group. Forty years later, support groups are still at the heart of what we do.

 

That's why, two or three times a year, we devote the whole meeting to support. The extra time allows us to go more deeply into situations, issues, and feelings that are challenging. This September's meeting is one of those sessions.

 

We hope you'll all come with your trials and your successes, your fears and your victories, your hopes and dreads. When it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, we're all works in progress, growing through tolerance to acceptance to celebration one step at a time.

 

Your story will enrich our groups and help all of us to grow.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm

A Plan to Keep PFLAG Stars Shining

 — Andy Sacher talks about the PFLAG Luminaries Project

 

Mostly, what we know about history comes from documents—letters, essays, drafts of speeches, texts of laws and decrees. Wouldn't it be great if we could actually see a film of historical persons like George Washington or Harriett Tubman talking about the passions that motivated their devotion to a cause?

 

PFLAG, the oldest and most influential LGBTQ ally organization, has a host of remarkable leaders—ordinary parents who were motivated by love of their children to do extraordinary things. Now, we have the technology to preserve them telling their stories in their own voices.

That's exactly what Andy Sacher and the Lavender Effect want to do. ¬¬Galvanized by the deaths of PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford and first PFLAG National President Adele Starr, Sacher has begun a campaign to interview and document local and national leaders using a team of video professionals. Footage will be professionally transcribed, edited, and viewable worldwide on the Lavender Effect website.

 

Luminaries to be interviewed include Betty DeGeneres (already filmed), Ellen & Harold Kameya, PFLAG Los Angeles members and API Pioneers, Julia & Sam Thoron, President of PFLAG San Francisco and former PFLAG National President. Andre Ting, PFLAG  San Gabriel Valley Founder and API Pioneer, and Larry Starr, PFLAG Los Angeles Founding member and husband of PFLAG National's first President Adele Starr.

 

Andy Sacher has been making interactive entertainment and educational experiences for over 25 years. He has been a Concept Architect and Exhibit Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he developed master plans for theme parks, designed park attractions, and guest experiences for Disney's Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and California Adventures. His clients included Steven Spielberg's Game Works franchise, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and FOX Home Video.

 

Sacher will explain the project in detail and tell us how we may be able to help.

 

Visit their website at www.thelavendereffect.org

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Family Law Help for All

   – Lisa Smith discusses innovative legal assistance for the poor

 

Whether you are LGBTQ or straight, family life can be complicated. When a joyous journey turns into a bad situation, people often need the assistance of the court to resolve contentious or even dangerous issues. And that costs money.

 

Our July speaker, Lisa Smith, works for The Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law, which makes domestic violence and family legal services available for those who cannot afford it regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center handles the most personal and important legal problems an individual can face: custody of children, spousal and child support, paternity and restraining orders. The Center’s pioneering methods of self-help assistance empower people in need, making them full partners in the effort to present their cases in court.

 

Lisa Smith, a UCLA Law School Fellow, will describe the services offered by the Center, and discuss its innovative methods. With training and support from volunteer attorneys and law students, clients are empowered to prepare their own paperwork and represent themselves in court.

 

Why should those of us coming to PFLAG Los Angeles care?  Although marriage equality has simplified issues such as divorce and child custody, LGBTQ persons face problems of domestic violence and abuse, spousal support, and child custody just like everyone else. And many LGBTQ persons, particularly the younger members of our community and those who have no family support, may have scant financial resources.

 

Come and learn about the help the highly regarded Harriett Buhair Center offers to all.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 7:30 pm

LGBTQ - Make Your Quirk Work!

   – Rick Clemons gives tips for confidently sharing the real you

 

It's clear to LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that hiding your real self takes all the joy out of life. PFLAG is all about enabling people to come out. And so is Rick Clemons.

 

But just how do we take that stand to be confident and unique in a world bent on making everyone play by the same rules and step into the same box? During this invigorating, fun, humorous and yet candidly serious conversation, Rick will introduce us to four friendly kids on the playground of life that empower us to take a stand, and cry, "Sameness be damned! I'm clearing out the clutter to Make My Quirk Work!"

 

His light-hearted advice is not only for LGBTQ persons but all of us who are hiding our own one-of-a-kind selves. As a self-proclaimed Curator of Confidence and Uniqueness, Rick encourages everyone to playfully and strategically dig into their personal closets, bringing out their uniqueness as a means for building confidence and owning their special space on the planet! In other words he wants all of us to work that quirk.

 

Rick knows the hard work of making his quirk work. He came out as a gay man at 38, with a wife and two kids, which launched him into a new career as a Life Strategist, Podcaster (The Coming Out Lounge), blogger (Huffington Post), and most recently as the author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay: A Late Bloomers Guide To Coming Out. He has proven his talent to guide people, out of hiding, and into their own brilliant uniqueness, mastering the habits and building confidence to Make Your Quirk Work.

 

Visit Rick's website at www.rickclemons.com

 

 

 

June
10 - 12, 2016

L.A. PRIDE

 

March with us on Sunday, June 12

(more info)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Fatherhood is a "Game Changer"

   – Alan-Michael Graves talks about the importance of fatherhood and male engagement

 

"It's complicated." That famous Facebook designation increasingly applies to all facets of modern family life. Alan-Michael S. Graves, Director of Project Fatherhood, will be discussing how to address some of the complications that fathers may confront as they engage with their children.

 

Fathers love their children! But they often face huge challenges in expressing that love effectively. Unresolved trauma, losses in their own lives, lack of positive role models, and complications in relationships with the mothers of their children create barriers to effective engagement. For fathers whose children are involved with child protective services, these dynamics are compounded by “institutional” rejection and lack of outreach, that discounts the importance of engaged fathers.

 

Project Fatherhood, founded to support low-income families, is an innovative, evidenced based program that provides a pathway for fathers to connect with their children. Much like PFLAG, a support group is at the heart of the program. The Men in Relationships Group (MIRG SM) provides comprehensive support at no cost for culturally diverse fathers and father surrogates, such as stepfathers, foster fathers, uncles and grandfathers.

 

The stories Graves has to tell of struggle and reconnection will encourage all of us to think about our relationships with our own children, reinforcing our love for them and renewing our commitment to be better parents.

 

Alan-Michael Graves has worked in the human services field with extensive experience as a manager and administrator for both public and private agencies. For the past 10 years, he has worked with at-risk children, with a particular focus on those involved in the child welfare system. He has served on many national and local boards of organizations designed to treat at-risk children and families. He brings these diverse perspectives to his work helping agencies and systems to develop, implement and evaluate interagency systems of care, family partnership and fatherhood programs.

 

The Leadership Center at CII, home to Project Fatherhood is the nucleus for a broad range of multidisciplinary activities, from research and program development to training and advocacy for policy change.

 

Visit their website at www.projectfatherhood.org

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 7:30 pm

RSVP: A new way to volunteer in the fight against HIV/AIDS

   – Faith Landsman talks about new technologies in the prevention

             of HIV/AIDS and how you may be able to help

 

We've all cheered the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But they didn't come over night. They were the result of detailed, painstaking research on the part of thousands of investigators, and the courageous participation of committed study participants.

 

Are we becoming victims of this success? Particularly among younger LGBTQ persons, there is less of a sense of urgency about the need for safe sex practices and the necessity for continued medical research.

 

HIV/AIDS is a nimble disease, able to alter in response to medications and produce drug resistant strains. None of us can afford to become complaisant.

 

Our April speaker will be talking about biomedical HIV prevention--why it's important and how it works.  She'll also be giving us a look ahead at new technologies coming down the research pipeline.

 

Landsman is the director of UCLA's HIV RSVP (Research Study Volunteer Project), which connects people interested in volunteering for HIV research projects with the scientists and studies who need them. She has worked in HIV/AIDS research and social services since 1991. To name only a few of her past jobs, she has been the director of the Southern California HIV/AIDS Hotline, and the administrator of the UCLA AIDS Institute Vaccine Initiative.

 

Is there a HIV vaccine in the works? How can we help to make this killer disease a rarity?

Come to our April meeting and find out.

 

Visit their website at www.hivrsvp.ucla.edu

 

 

 

Monday, April 18, 2016 – 7:30 pm (FREE SCREENING)

 

(more info)

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2016 – 6:30 pm  !!! NOTE EARLY START TIME !!!

Special 40th Anniversary Meeting (rsvp requested)

   – Archivist Kyle Morgan shows slides of archival objects from our beginnings

 

We're celebrating 40 years of love with new friends and persons who have worked over the years to make the chapter a force for LGBTQ equality—officers, board members, speakers, supporters—and YOU!

 

Forty years ago this March, the straight ally movement was born in Los Angeles. Adele Starr hosted the first PFLAG Los Angeles meeting in her Brentwood home in March 1976. By the next year, Adele Starr had steered PFLAG into the heart of the gay rights movement, working with activists and allies to impact events and causes both locally and nationally.

 

Archivist Kyle Morgan of the ONE Archives will present a slide show of archival objects from the Adele Starr Collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. His presentation will highlight an early chapter of one of the greatest civil rights struggles in United States history and PFLAG Los Angeles’ noteworthy role in that struggle.

 

One Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. Kyle Morgan has been an archivist at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries since 2010.

 

Visit the One Archives website: www.OneArchives.org

 

We hope you'll come and help us celebrate 40 Years of Love!

(rsvp via Evite requested)

 

6:30 - 7:00 Social time

7:00 - 7:30 Announcements

7:30 - 8:30 Support Groups

8:30 - 9:00 Refreshments

9:00 - 9:45 Speaker

 

You can start celebrating by checking the Chapter History, Founders Bio and especially our new Windows on Our Past, which celebrates milestones from the chapter history with photos and documents.

 

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 12:00 to 9:00 pm

MoPx 2016

   – A FREE all-day event that celebrates and empowers LGBTQ youth.

 

Brand new for 2016! From the team that brings you the annual Models of Pride conference. You've asked for more Models of Pride events and we've listened.

 

 We bring you MoPx.

 

The is a mini-conference with all of the things you love about Models of Pride: workshops, entertainment, food, community resources and a chance to meet fabulous people from all over Los Angeles.

 

MoPx will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

 

 

 

 

February 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm

LGBTQ Spiritual Health and College Students

   – Kelby Harrison, Director of USC's LGBT Resource Center,

                                                          helps LGBTQ students examine their inner lives

 

Does the title of this talk make you feel queasy? Many of us, armored against the attacks of religious fundamentalists, are uncomfortable at the pairing of "LGBTQ" and "Spirituality." Here we go again!

 

But that fear shortchanges the LGBTQ community, and particularly LGBTQ youth. All of us--gay, transgender, queer, straight--have at one time or another asked ourselves the fundamental question of why we are here. And try as we may to avoid it, everyday life constantly presents us with decisions that have an ethical component.  What do we value and why? How do we navigate our lives when values conflict?

 

Helping LGBTQ young people grapple with these questions has been Kelby Harrison's study and passion since she was a college student. As a graduate student at Northwestern, Harrison founded the first graduate-student LGBTQ organization and a yearly national graduate-student conference, Queertopia.

 

She has a PH.D. in ethics, gender and sexuality from Northwestern University and served as a post doctoral fellow in Social Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary. She is also an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), an LGBTQ focused Christian denomination, and Director of Spirituality and Sexuality for the Office of Religious Life at USC. She is the author of the book Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing, and co-editor of Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed.

 

Her extensive academic background supports a down-to-earth and compassionate approach to young people in the process of developing their own belief system. Come and hear about how we can foster spiritual development for LGBTQ youth--and for ourselves.

 

Visit their website: lgbtrc.usc.edu/

 

January 20, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Building Understanding with the LAPD

   – Officer Ian Lewis works to promote better connections with the LGBTQ community

 

Let's face it. Although the Los Angeles Police Department protects the entire community, its bureaucracy and officers can be a bit intimidating. This is particularly true for those in the minority. With a history of discrimination and harassment by the police, LGBTQ persons are understandably wary.

 

The solution—more contact between police officers and LGBTQ persons in safe spaces—is obvious but not easy. That's the task set for the LAPD's Community Relationship Division. Their mission is to promote "mutual understanding and constant interchange of communications between the Department and the public, especially within minority communities."

 

Our January speaker, Officer Ian Lewis, a seven-year veteran of the LAPD, has the task of making that interchange happen with the LGBTQ community. He spends his time listening to the concerns of leaders and ordinary people and explaining our needs to the officers and employees of the LAPD.

 

A brief look at the recent events he has participated in shows how broad and deep his connections with the community have been. In September 2015, he participated in the LGBTQ Community Police Academy, a nine-week program designed to give community members an overview of LAPD policies and procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used by the police academy to train new recruits.  In October, he made a presentation at the Your True Gender Conference, and on November 19 organized and participated in the LAPD Inaugural Transgender Walk of Remembrance.

 

Officer Lewis will be joined by Senior Lead Officer Monique Contreras, who is the Homeless Liaison, and Senior Lead Officer Jules Sohn, who works with the Digital/Social Media Unit. Both will give short presentations on the various ways in which they perform community outreach.

 

Join us to learn how we can work more effectively with the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure the safety and well-being of all LGBTQ persons.

 

Visit the LAPD's LGBTQ Community

Relationship Division on Facebook.

 

Senior Lead Officers Sohn, Contreras and Lewis.

 

 

 

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