August 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the August e-newsletter for PFLAG Gaston.

We hope you enjoy receiving and reading our newsletter each month. PFLAG Gaston is a very busy and involved organization. Through our newsletters, we will keep you informed of meetings, events, activities, and other items of interest.

PFLAG Gaston

Our Mission Statement: Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families and friends through SUPPORT to cope with an adverse society, EDUCATION to enlighten an ill-informed public, and through ADVOCACY to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Our Mission: to assist the greater Gaston County community in understanding and accepting their LGBT citizens. We seek greater education, support, and understanding in our community.

PFLAG National

Founded in 1972, PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the U.S. Made of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

PFLAG Gaston Speakers
If your organization would like to know more about PFLAG and its mission, we would be glad to provide a speaker for a meeting. Please contact Ginger at to make arrangements.

PFLAG Gaston T-shirts
These can be purchased for $12 at any PFLAG Gaston meeting or special event. Sizes are available from small-4x.


  • August 21—regular meeting
  • September 2–board meeting
  • September 18–regular meeting, PFLAG Picnic in the Park, 6:00pm, Lineberger Park in Gastonia, bring your own picnic, drinks will be provided

July Meeting
Our July meeting featured a program on homelessness presented by Jim Kellogg. Our special guest was Dr. Todd Rosendahl, director of School Outreach at Time Out Youth in Charlotte. Fourteen people attended this informative meeting. All learned from the program, took part in sharing, and enjoyed fellowship and refreshments.

August Meeting
Our August meeting was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, August 21, at seven o’clock. The program, presented by Willow Carter, was on transgender issues. The 22 people present enjoyed an interesting program, sharing, fellowship, and refreshments.

Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia. In May and September, our Picnics in the Park are held at local public parks.
All those who support LGBT members, are LGBT, or are questioning their sexuality or the sexuality of a loved one, are welcome to attend. We hold a confidential meeting with a different topic of discussion or program at each meeting. For those who would like to share with us, know that we are there to listen and help in any way that we can. Our Board meetings are open to all at 7:00pm on the dates on our calendar.

Donations & Dues
If you are interested in becoming a member of PFLAG Gaston, please let us know. We welcome all who want to help make a positive difference for our LGBT community. Please contact our treasurer Cindy Buckley at 704-854-8994 or Ginger Feimster at 704-825-3481 to join and/or make donations, or come to any or all of our meetings, events, and activities.
Thank you to everybody who has contributed to our GoFundMe on Facebook. It can be found on our Facebook page and will be up until Tuesday, August, 26, if you would like to contribute. All donations are appreciated.

4 Seasons Supper: Summer
Our 4 Seasons Supper: Summer was held on the patio at the Round Bistro in Gastonia on August 7 with 13 people attending. This quarterly, social get-together provided a great way to enjoy an evening out with no program, speaker, or agenda, except good company, food, and fellowship!

Summer Theater Production
Our summer theater production on homelessness, “Dead End Road”, was a big success. Written and produced by Jim Kellogg, it presented the plight of people who are homeless by using monologues, song, dance, ensemble pieces, and short films. A special thank you goes to Jim and cast, as well as to the many people who made the shows possible from behind the scenes. Many thanks go to our generous sponsors.
The cast included the following: Cindy Buckley, Storm Hambrick, Karen Turner, Chris Turner, Eric Perkins, Kelly Abernethy, Andrea Haley, Ashley Piercy, Nohemi Dorantes, and Francisco Vera Hernandez.
The production staff and other workers included: Cindy Buckley, Maia Guterbock, Becca Maier, Ginger Feimster, Amy Sifford, Paul Ward, Andie Brymer, Tammy Cantrell, and Eric Perkins.
Our sponsors were: Betty Buckley, David Buckley, Elise Lahman McElheran, Lynn Lorenzo-Polk, Open Hearts Gathering, and several anonymous donors.

Items of Interest
PFLAG Gaston welcomes your participation in any or all of our meetings, events, and activities. Through our programs, we provide support, education, and advocacy for the LGBT community and allies.
We encourage you to “like” PFLAG Gaston’s Facebook page. If you would “accept” or “join” our events whenever possible, we would appreciate that, too.
We are very proud of our new website at, which is presented and designed by David and Karen Turner of Loray Media. A special thank you goes to David and Karen!

Welcome to All
PFLAG Gaston hopes to make a positive difference for the LGBT community through our interest and activism. We invite you to join our organization and attend meetings, events, and/or activities in order to help us take a stand for equality for all of our citizens. We offer a special thank you to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for allowing us to use their facilities for our meetings and events.

Fun News
We would like to thank Fortune Feimster for renting PFLAG Gaston’s float for the Charlotte Pride Parade and coming from Los Angeles to ride on the float with us. Close to 60 people either rode on our float, walked or roller skated and carried banners, flags, balloons, or signs with the names of people from the LGBT community and allies to whom we are grateful. Our theme “The Garden of Gratitude”, was a thank you to those who are making, or have worked to make, equality happen for all.
Thank you goes to A.J. Kirby with Kirby Floats who not only drove the truck/float but also was a very big help to us on-site.
We can’t thank Mary Smith enough for hosting our planning session and “decoration making” at her home and for sharing her many creative talents with us. Also, thank you to Kira, Ann, Belinda, Ginger, Kimberley, and Angie for helping make our paper flowers! For the actual float decorating, we thank Mary Smith, Belinda Maier, Jason Richbourg, Storm Hambrick, and Stephen Lane.
Belinda Maier had the vision and work ethic to see that our float was “done right.” We thank Belinda, as well as Storm Hambrick, for the hard work and expertise in putting together a Charlotte Pride Parade float that made us proud!

Have a safe and happy August and September!
Ginger Feimster, president PFLAG Gaston