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.

Psychologist to Speak at November Meeting

BurgamyOur speaker for November will be Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D., the founder of PhoenixRISE an active private practice in Denver, with specialty offerings in identity development (considering intersections of target and non-target status identities), sexual minority competency as well as transgender and gender-variant issues with adults, adolescents and children.

Dr. Burgamy has previously instructed courses as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Denver in the Psy.D. program and the International Disaster Psychology Master’s program focused on arenas of development and culture. She is the current Colorado representative to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives and a board member of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA). She has previously served as the Diversity Division Chair of CPA.

Additionally, she worked as the contracted psychologist to the Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) from 2007-2013, particularly the Youthbuild program in Denver, serving primarily low-income and racial/ethnic minority youth ages 18-25. Dr Burgamy has served on the Board of Directors for Urban Peak, a non-profit organization in Colorado serving youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless since 2008.

On November 6, 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.

October Program: Dealing with Shame and Judgment

JeffLubsenAt the October meeting, Jeff Peterson will speak on “The Importance of Accepting Your LGBT Family Member or Friend: How to Overcome the Shackles of Judgement and Shame.”

Jeff Peterson (formerly Jeff Lubsen) is the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities and affirming and culturally competent health care. The Healthcare Guild focuses on connecting consumers to LGBTQIA affirming healthcare providers and offering education and networking for providers. It is a grassroots group made of mental and medical healthcare providers dedicated to improving healthcare for sexual and gender minorities, and is free of charge for both consumers and providers. Their website is healthcareguild.com

Jeff is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and a PhD candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. He serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of LGBT issues in Counseling. Over the past year Jeff co-authored a chapter in the book Counseling Gay Men, adolescents, & Boys. He has given presentations at national conferences about the risks of conversion therapy, and about dealing with the psychological effects of shame. 

Jeff’s private practice, Denver Psychotherapy, LLC, focuses on couples and relationship enhancement, sexual and gender identity issues, and sexual dysfunction and he currently facilitates on of Denver’s longest running gay mens’s sexual health groups. 

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.



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