A little bit of history: The Salvation Army Kettle “Dollars” Protest

I am still hearing about folks using Salvation Army kettle “dollars” to let the Salvation Army know of their disapproval regarding the organization’s homophobic/transphobic policies. The first Salvation Army kettle protest “dollars” that I know of were created in November 2001 by Mary Scholl, then President of the PFLAG Genesee County, MI chapter. The graphic …

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An anniversary and a thank you

The beginning of Bill’s Story was a single page with photo of Bill and a simple statement about him committing suicide after a gay bashing. I had a request to people to help end the hate, and I mentioned being a member of PFLAG. A man in Los Angeles was searching for information about that …

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Steve Schalchlin is coming to Olympia in May!

Steve Schalchlin is coming to Olympia to do a very special Mother’s Day concert for PFLAG-Olympia! WooHoo! Can you tell I’m really happy about this?! In his Friday, April 03, 2009 blogging: Personal Appearances. Steve wrote: This whole new wave of personal appearances, culminating in the creation and design of a new live solo concert, …

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Sharing some thoughts on the upcoming inauguration

I wanted to share this, which was written by Lance Helms who is the Gulf Regional Director for PFLAG: Subject: another view of the Inauguration plans As a native Atlantan, I’m somewhat sorry to see the choice of Rev. Warren overshadow the choice of Rev. Joseph Lowery, who will give the benediction — which is …

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An invitation to two very special events – one in Olympia and one in Seattle.

Sunday, February 10, 2-4:30 pmPFLAG-Olympia The Not-So-Straight Truth About Our Schools!What’s really going on in our schools for GLBTQ kids? A candid conversation about the school environment for GLBTQ youth,with local School District Representatives talking with us about diversity. There is a small change in the format of our meeting for this event. This meeting …

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Historical Perspective and more on ENDA

Fear and Loathing on the (Trans-Inclusive) ENDA Trailby Katrina C. Rose here in pdf format. Katrina C. Rose is a transgender legal historian and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Minnesota. She is the author of “Three Names in Ohio: In re Bicknell, In re Maloney and Hope For Recognition That The Gay-Transgender …

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I’ve made another friend across the miles

I received an email today that led me to this article: When he was in eighth grade, Ari Beighley told his closest friends at school he was gay. But he kept his silence at home for two more years, his homosexuality hidden in the midst of his conservative evangelical Christian family. “Then I just didn’t …

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