June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the June e-newsletter for PFLAG Gaston.

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

PFLAGaston

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. PFLAprovides 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.

PFLANational

Founded in 1972, PFLAis 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.

PFLAGaston Board

A special thank you is well-deserved by our board members for all they do to make our chapter vital and involved with the community through planning, publicity, and the implementation of our goals.

PFLAGaston 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.

PFLAGaston T-shirts

These can be purchased at any PFLAGaston meeting or special even for twelve dollars. Sizes are available from small-4x.

Calendar

  • June 19—regular meeting
  • June 21—As One Ministries visit and Salisbury Pride
  • June 27—Shelby LGBTQA Pride Event
  • July 8—board meeting
  • July 17—regular meeting
  • July TBA—4 Seasons Supper: Summer
  • August 1 & 2—summer theater production
  • August 14—board meeting
  • August 16 & 17—Charlotte PRIDE 2014
  • August 17—walking and having float in Charlotte PRIDE parade
  • August 21—regular meeting

News from May

At PFLAGaston’s May meeting, 17 people met for an indoor picnic because of downpours of rain. Even after moving inside, we enjoyed delicious subs from “Joe’s Touch of Italy” in Belmont and cupcakes and a PFLAG Gaston 5th.birthday cake from “Cake Me Away” bakery in Gastonia. Our speaker, HIV counselor Annie Earle, presented an excellent program.

Pride Prom

Between 50 and 60 people enjoyed PFLAGaston’s first annual Pride Prom. Decorations, a DJ playing great music, lots of dancing, and delicious refreshments helped make the evening a big success. Our alternative, multi-generational “prom goers” had the dance floor full the whole night thanks to the music of DJ Laura Franklin, who donated her time and talents to us for the eveving. A big thank you goes to Laura! Also, thank you to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for letting us have our prom in your fellowship hall and to all PFLAG Gaston members and friends who provided refreshments and door prizes and helped decorate.
A special thank you goes to Jim Kellogg and his PFLAGaston crew for making our prom a night to remember!!

June Meeting

Our June meeting and “dessert extravaganza” will be held in the picnic shelter at Stowe Park in Belmont on Thursday, June 19, beginning at six-thirty. All who attend are asked to bring a dessert to share. We will provide paper products and drinks. The program will be a Garden of Gratitude presented by Linda Escalera Price.

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.

Local GSAs

In Gaston County, there are active Gay-Straight Alliance clubs at 6 local high schools: South Point, Forestview, Highland, Hunter Huss, North Gaston, and Bessemer City. Also, there is a GSA “True Colors” at Gaston College that meets regularly and is very active. We are proud of our local GSAs and their teacher sponsors who are out of school for the summer!

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 in late July. Date TBA.

Items of Interest

PFLAGaston’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!

  • June 19—PFLAG Gaston June meeting
  • June 21—visit to As One Ministries (a day shelter for people who are homeless) in Gastonia at 11:00am, Salisbury Pride
  • June 27—1st.Shelby LGBTQA Pride Event, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, BYO picnic, family event, 6:00pm
  • July 8—PFLAG Gaston Board meeting
  • July 17—PFLAG Gaston July meeting
  • July (TBA)–4 Seasons Supper: Summer
  • 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, location TBA
  • August 13—Mass of Celebration for Gays and Lesbians, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, 7:00pm
  • August 14—PFLAG Gaston board meeting
  • August 17–Charlotte Pride Parade—we will walk as a group and have a float in the parade
  • 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!

“Editorializing”

Sometimes, people think that PFLAis an organization only for straight allies. While it’s true that PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a gathering where allies come together, it also is a place for members of the LGBT community to share and find like-minded people, as well as a home away from home. Whatever your sexual orientation, you are welcome with open and accepting arms, hearts, and minds. We are there for support, education, and advocacy, and we urge you to join us.

On PFLAG National’s Facebook page, it states that PFLAis “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) people united with families, friends, and allies to advance equality and acceptance.”
That says it; all are welcome. Gather together in equality and acceptance.

With Facebook in mind, we encourage you to “like” PFLAGaston’s Facebook page as well as check often to see if we have an “Event” coming up. If you would “accept” whenever possible, we would appreciate that, too.
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.

Have a safe and happy June!
Ginger Feimster, President PFLAGaston