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.

May Program: Scholarship Honorees To Be Introduced

Please join us on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. for a reception in honor of our four 2015 PFLAG Denver Scholarship recipients. These outstanding high school seniors have demonstrated excellent scholarship along with leadership skills in support of the LGBTQ community. Our sincere congratulations go to Evan Young, the recipient of the Elinor and Tom Lewallen Memorial Scholarship, and to Sydney Pollack, Eric Schaedig, and Julia Vann. Please see the newsletter for photos of the honorees.

Following the formal presentation of the scholarship certificates and speeches from the honorees, an appetizer and dessert buffet will be served. Please plan to attend and personally congratulate these exceptional honorees, who represent our future, as well as their families and friends.

We gratefully acknowledge our generous donors without whom our scholarship program would not be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Special credit goes to Kirk Washington, PFLAG Denver’s Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, for his tireless support of the Scholarship Committee, and to the outstanding committee members: Steve Lee-O’Neal, Clare Kennelley, Blanca Gonzalez Leos, Dean Lewallen, Elisa Starble, and Chair, Deborah Stone.

The New Families Support Groups will meet as usual, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, all will move to the Community Room. After the presentation of certificates and checks, the honorees will each say a few words about what the scholarships mean to them. During the buffet and social time to follow, all PFLAGers present are encouraged to get acquainted with the honorees and their families.

April Program: Racism in the LGBTQ Community

deeOur speaker at the April meeting will be Dee Galloway. Her topic: Racism in the LGBTQ Community. Dee is a poet who conducts writing workshops for youth and adults throughout the Denver area, and also creates and performs original poetry and rituals to commemorate special events. She grew up in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, and earned her B.A. in English at the University of Denver.

Dee is also an accomplished vocalist who performs with a number of ensembles in Denver: Southern Journey, a roots music ensemble dedicated to sharing the music and stories collected by renowned musicologist/song catchers John and Alan Lomax; the Denver Chorale, a dynamic community chorus; and the Still Speaking Ensemble, a new musical group that offers fresh interpretations of popular music, jazz, gospel, and spirituals. She currently serves as Program Administrator for The Spirituals Project, a Denver-based organization committed to the preservation of the songs created and first sung by enslaved African people and their descendants in America in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The New Families Support Group will meet as usual at 6:30 p.m., and all will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 for the program.

March Program: GLBT Homeless Youth

WeissAt the monthly meeting on March 5, our speaker will be Chris Weiss, Development Manager at Urban Peak in Denver. Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Chris is originally from Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He served in the United States Peace Corps in the country of Belize from 2008 to 2010. He has worked at Urban Peak in the Education & Employment Department and the Development Department since February 2011.

Topics to be included in Chris’s presentation are the issues facing the homeless LGBTQ teen population (nationally, roughly 40% of the youth homeless population identifies as LGBTQ); and the services provided by Urban Peak, which include an LGBTQ case manager at their emergency shelter. There will also be an interactive Question/Answer session.

The New Families Support Group will meet as usual at 6:30 p.m., and all will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 for the program at 1290 Williams St.

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