July 2014 Newsletter

PFLAG Gaston July 2014 Newsletter Welcome to the July 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 [email protected] 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.  Shirts will be for sale at our meetings and gatherings on July 17, August 1 & 2, and August 7, so they everyone will have an opportunity to purchase a shirt before being with us in the Pride Parade.

Calendar:

July 17—regular meeting August 1 & 2—summer theater production

August 7—4 Seasons Supper—summer

August 14—board meeting

August 16 & 17—Charlotte PRIDE 2014 August 17—walking and having float in Charlotte PRIDE Parade

August 21—regular meeting

June Meeting:  Our June meeting, with a dessert extravaganza and Garden of Gratitude, was held at Stowe Park in Belmont on June 19 with 26 people attending.  Thank you to Linda Escalera Price for presenting our program!

July Meeting:  Our July meeting will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, July 17, at seven o’clock.  The program will be on homelessness, in preparation for our summer theater production to be held August 1 and 2.  A special guest will be Dr. Todd Rosendahl, the new director of School Outreach at Time Out Youth in Charlotte.  We hope you will join us for sharing, education, advocacy, support, 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.

4 Seasons Supper:  Summer Our next 4 Seasons Supper:  Summer will be held at Johnny B’s Pizza in Belmont on Thursday, August 7.  We hope you will attend to enjoy good food and fellowship.  Please join us at 6:00pm or anytime thereafter.  We will receive 15% of all food ordered, if you will tell your server that you are with PFLAG Gaston.  We would appreciate your support.

Items of Interest:  PFLAG Gaston’s spring and summer schedule is a full one.

The following activities are offered to anyone who would like to take part.  We hope you will join us at any or all of them!

1.     July 17—PFLAG Gaston July meeting

2.    August 1 & 2—2nd. annual summer stock production “Dead End Road”, theme will center around homelessness, including monologues, ensemble pieces, original songs and short films, visual arts and dance, call Jim at 315-681-1135 for details and/or to purchase tickets, both shows will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia, tickets will be available at our July meeting

3.    August 7—4 Seasons Supper:  Summer, supper and fundraiser

4.    August 13—Mass of Celebration for Gays and Lesbians, St. Peter’s Catholic    Church, Charlotte, 7:00pm

5.    August 14—PFLAG Gaston board meeting

6.    August 17–Charlotte Pride Parade—we will walk as a group and have a float in the parade

7.    August 21—PFLAG Gaston August meeting We welcome your participation in any or all of the above events and activities.  Through these programs, we provide support, education, and advocacy for the LGBT community and allies.

Planning Ahead We’re not trying to hurry the holidays, but on Thursday, December 18, our 2nd. Holiday Variety Show will be held.  When trying to find entertainers for the show, a common theme was that people didn’t know far enough in advance to mark their calendars.  With that in mind, please put December 18 on your calendar!  If you sing, dance, play an instrument, or do any other form of entertainment, please plan on joining us as part of the show.  If your talents are more in the range of clapping and smiling, please plan to attend as an enthusiastic member of the audience.

Items of Interest 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 pflaggaston.org, 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 our own Fortune Feimster for renting PFLAG Gaston a float for the Charlotte Pride Parade.  We are happy to announce that Fortune will come to town to ride on the float with us in the parade! There will be walkers and “riders” with us this year.  We encourage you to take part in this very special event with us!  Let us know if you would like to join us.

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