Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — Denver Chapter

Welcome to PFLAG Denver! 

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has more than 368 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.

September Program: We’ll Collaborate with Jeffco Caucus to Show Film

For the September program, PFLAG Denver is collaborating with the JeffCo Democratic GLBT Caucus to show the DVD documentary, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House. This film examines the lives of two women who experience an evolution of authenticity and become a committed couple later in life.

Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, both born in Brooklyn in the 1930s, met in the late 1950s and became friends. Both were married to men and had children at the time. Nearly 20 years later, their paths crossed once again and they fell in love. As a lesbian couple, they successfully sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits in 1988, winning (in 1994) such benefits for all New York City employees. The couple went on talk shows, i.e., The Phil Donahue Show and Geraldo, to talk about the case, and came out of the closet on Donahue in 1988. They started PFLAG branches in Florida and New York. They were married on July 26, 2011, in New York.

The original film was made in 2002 and won six best documentary awards within a year. We will show the updated 2014 version (58 minutes).

The Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus was officially formed on July 18, 2001. Their monthly meetings are open to all (third Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at JeffCo Dems Headquarters, 8725 W. 14th Ave., Suite 130, in Lakewood, 80215), and area GLBTs and supportive Dems are encouraged to attend. Their mission includes supporting the Jefferson County Democratic Party and its candidates; providing a forum in which GLBT citizens and supporters may gather, discuss issues, and advise the county Democratic Party on matters of interest to the GLBT community; and complementing the work of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats, an officially recognized Initiative of the Colorado State Democratic Party.

On Sept. 4 the New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 104. All will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. for the program.

August Program: Transgender Experiences

Christine

At the August meeting, transwoman Christine Bland will speak about her experiences.

Christine has worked for Lockheed Martin for over 25 years. She is currently the Orion (the next generation space shuttle) “subject matter expert for digital engineering.”

Christine is actively involved with the Lockheed Martin (L.M.) LGBT Forums at the corporate level. She has also been a highly visible role model for L.M. LGBT employees since the day she transitioned in 2011. She has participated on multiple panels including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach at a number of universities. She is the Chair of the L.M. Transgender Council and Co-Chair of the Leadership Forum workshop. She also served as the Vice-President for the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. 

Christine is a professional artist (pictured at left in her studio) who works in oils and acrylics. Her artwork can be seen a rjfineart.com and is also on display at the LGBT Center and Lockheed Martin. She paints to live music for charity. Her latest event was the Denver 2014 PrideFest to support the transgender programs. 

The new Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 104. All with gather in the Community Room at 7:30 for the program. 

No Meeting on July 3 ― Picnic on July 13

No meeting will be held on July 3.

The July gathering will be a picnic:

DATE: Sunday, July 13

TIME: 12 noon to 2 p.m.

PLACE: CHUN Mansion, 1290 Williams St.

A Support Group will be available at 11 a.m. for anyone requesting

it in advance. Please call the office, 303-573-5861, before July 10.



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