Eat, drink and carve…

Eat, drink and carve at PFLAG Seattle’s FREE Pumpkin Carving Party for everyone in the community. Join us for a spook-tacular and ghoulishly good time on Saturday, October 18th from 10 am – 2 pm at Gas Works Park! We have a limited amount of pumpkins to give away for free, or you can BYOP, that’s Bring Your Own Pumpkin! Stencils and refreshments will be provided, please bring your own carving tools (I’ll bring a few sets to in case people forget theirs, but I don’t have enough for everyone). Registration required @ http://bit.ly/1tIggBi

PFLAG loves movies – and the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Come join us and PFLAG Bellevue (we’re co-sponsors) at the festival to watch “Family Ties Short Program” on Saturday, Oct. 19. The festival folks describe the film like this:

“When it comes to drama, families sure know how to dish it out. From coming out to planning weddings, the film ‘Family Ties Short Program’ shows families all have something in common: each other.”

Now in its 19th year, the festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to independent work from emerging talents. The festival, which runs Oct. 9-19, provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage with audiences and interact with over 10,000 attendees.

Bring your friends and family on Oct. 19 and stop by the PFLAG table to say hi.

Where: AMC Pacific Place, downtown Seattle
When: 2:45 p.m., Oct. 19
For tickets, click here.

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Remembering Robin Williams

Like many of you in the community, we at PFLAG Seattle were saddened to hear of the passing of Robin Williams. It’s almost unsettling to hear that someone who spent so much of their time making other people laugh and feel good was battling depression, something we don’t discuss often enough. Please take a minute to watch our friend and Suicide Prevent Expert, Sue Eastgard of UW’s Forefront, talk about suicide and depression.

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts about suicide, please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Seattle Pride 2014

It is that time again for the Seattle Pride Parade and PFLAG is excited to be part of the parade. We hope to see lots of you who will want to march with us. Everyone is welcome in our contingent and we have all kinds of things that you can do. If you just want to march (i.e. walk) with us that is fine, but we have signs to carry, stickers to hand out and smiles and hugs to share. This is an incredibly fun experience to be a part of and PFLAG gets a lot of love from the crowd. Here are some of the details about where to find us on Sunday morning.

1. When – Arrive between 9:20 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. on Sunday morning.
2. Where – We will be in position 22 between University and Seneca streets on 4th avenue. If you want to use your GPS to try and find our general area, type in the “Purple Café” in downtown Seattle and it will get you to the right block. We will be somewhere on that street, just look for our purple shirts.
3. Who – When you arrive, ask for Humberto Romero and he will help you get situated.
4. What – We would love to have you wear your purple PFLAG shirts for the parade. If you don’t have one already, you can wear any purple t-shirt or get one from us for a suggested donation of $15. IF you have a sign that you would like to carry, please bring it and we have rarely ever said “no” to a sign. We encourage signs from other chapters that tells about their location.

Our theme this year is “PFLAG is_____” and we have a series of 4 large signs that lets the spectators know that PFLAG is for everyone and we welcome everybody to support meetings and the organization.

We are really excited to have you join us this year.

PFLAG hugs,
Humberto Romero

Pride Month 2014

Happy Pride Month Seattle! We’re pretty excited about all the upcoming events and hope you can join us as a volunteer.

Volunteers will be responsible for interacting with the public in a respectful manner and maintaining an exciting and welcoming tabling space. You should be comfortable talking to people and have good interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and an interest in the LGBTQQ community. Don’t worry if you have never participated before, we can pair you with an experienced volunteer.

Below is a list of upcoming volunteers events in June. If you’re interested in any of the events, please visit the volunteer section of our website to view available shift times and sign up.

Maple Valley Days
June 13, 14, & 15th
With 10,000-15,000 visitors to the festival each year, 120 food/vendor booths, 75 parade entrants, carnival rides and much more, Maple Valley Days is a festival no area resident should miss.

Pride Family Picnic
June 14th
The Seattle Pride Picnic is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle’s iconic parks and celebrate our amazing community. All the fun begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 14 at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. There will be great food, live entertainment and activities for all ages.

Seattle Mens Chorus
June 14th
Contact hollyt@thegsba.org for more information or to sign up.

Seattle Storm Game
June 22nd
Contact hollyt@thegsba.org for more information or to sign up.

Seattle Storm Game
June 27th
Contact hollyt@thegsba.org for more information or to sign up.

Trans*Pride Seattle
June 27th
Trans*Pride Seattle is open to everyone who believes trans* and gender non-conforming people deserve to live lives free from violence, discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse and neglect, and mental pathologization.
Contact info@bellevue-pflag.org for more information or to sign up.

Seattle PrideFest
June 29th
PrideFest is largest free pride festival in the United States, featuring 4 stages, silent disco, world-class entertainment, measurable action and advocacy for the LGBT community, and tens of thousands of annual attendees. Find us at the Seattle Center the last weekend of June every year to celebrate LGBT Pride.

Seattle Pride Parade
June 29th
Seattle Pride will host its 40th Annual Pride Parade starting at 11:00 AM. The parade kicks off at 4th Avenue & Union streets, and will proceed north down 4th Avenue to Denny Way. It will last approximately two and a half hours and will be held rain or shine.

Multimedia exhibit explores, celebrates gender variance

Gender Personal, an exhibit by artist (and PFLAG mom) Jacqui Beck explores and celebrates gender variance through art, poetry, and recorded interviews. Its vision is to increase awareness of the natural experience of gender variance and to foster understanding, leading to social change and acceptance.

Gender Personal will be exhibited at Kirkland Arts Center from May 24 through July 12.

Exhibit opening night and reception: Friday, May 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Exhibit presentation: Saturday, June 7, 7 to 9 p.m. A free event you won’t want to miss!

Gender PersonalArtist Jacqui Beck will talk about the project, accompanied by slides and audio recordings. Special guests will participate in a discussion of gender variance with a Q&A afterward. Refreshments will be provided.


The exhibit will also be on display at the Gender Odyssey Conference at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle Aug. 14-17.
For more information about Gender Personal and to see excerpts from the interviews and some of the paintings: www.genderpersonal.org

Seattle Rep Play & PFLAG Panel

A play about being lost and found.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre is partnering with PFLAG Seattle and PFLAG Bellevue to provide discounted tickets to the February 15 matinee performance. The play is by award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter.

Join PFLAG following the play for a panel discussion on the issues raised by the play.

About the play: Walt has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality at his remote Idaho wilderness camp. Pressured to accept one last client, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel with the arrival of Daniel. When Daniel disappears, Walt is forced to ask for help – both in finding the missing boy and reconciling his past with the present. A Great Wilderness explores the issues that challenge all of us with gentle clarity and enormous humanity.