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.

August Program: Transgender Experiences


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 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.

June Program: House Speaker Ferrandino To Speak on Fatherhood

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June 5th 7:30 PM in the Community Hall at the CHUN mansion

We are delighted to announce a special program for June, the month of Father’s Day. Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and also a new father, will share with us his experience of parenthood.

Mark and his husband Greg Wertsch have been together for over 13 years, having met in Washington, DC. They were married in Wisconsin, Greg’s home state, in 2006. Last year they entered into a civil union here in the state of Colorado. (Mark was a prime sponsor of the Colorado Civil Unions Act passed in 2013.)

 After taking foster-parent orientation classes with the Denver Department of Human Services, Mark and Greg adopted their beautiful daughter, Lila Augusta Ferrandino, nearly two years ago, although the adoption did not become official until August 28, 2013. Currently, the three of them re-side in Denver’s Baker neighborhood with their dog, Dagny.

 Speaker Ferrandino has been instrumental in shaping Colorado and Denver politics for the past decade. He served as co-chair of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats and as treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party from 2005 through 2007. In 2007 he was named Colorado Young Democrat of the Year for his work on behalf of the party and Democratic candidates across the state. That same year he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. For the 2013 session Mark was elected by his peers to become Colorado’s first openly gay Speaker of the House.

 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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