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.