June Program: Documentary Film

straightlaced_logoThe June 4 meeting will feature the GroundSpark film Straitlaced: How Gender’s Got us All Tied Up.

This film elucidates how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Their stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the different ways that these expectations connect with culture, race and class.

The mission of GroundSpark is to create visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world. Straitlaced is a product for its Respect For All Project, which facilitates development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities by providing media resources, support and training to youth, educators and service providers.

The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, all will move to the Community Room for the 67 minute film.

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.

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