August meeting: Dr. Linda Gromko

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Linda Gromko, a local family physician/author with extensive experience treating patients who identify with all parts of the gender and sexual orientation spectrum. There will be opportunity to ask questions and see or purchase her new book, “Where’s My Book?” The second hour of the meeting will be the support portion.

When: Monday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Fridell Hall

Parking: On-street (pay until 8 p.m.) or in pay lot behind the church

Keep Discrimination Off the Ballot

Washington’s long-standing laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination have ensured fair and equal treatment for everyone. But now, a new initiative, I-1552, singles out our transgender neighbors, family and friends for discrimination. If opponents of equality gather enough signatures, this dangerous initiative will be on the ballot in 2017. Discrimination isn’t who we are in Washington, and it has no place in the state we all call home.

Stay up-to-date: Washington Won’t Discriminate website, Facebook

Use the factsheet below to educate yourself and others about the importance of making sure I-1552 does not get on the ballot.

No on I-1552 Fact Sheet

Remembering Anne Melle Hilgermann,
lifelong activist & PFLAG mom

 

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of our most beloved members Anne Melle Hilgermann. She died at the age of 93 on Dec. 26, 2016.

Anne was an original, and by that I mean she stood up for gay rights with other parents even before she knew her own sons were gay. She was a pioneer and a lifelong activist for LGBT equality, becoming a member of PFLAG in the early 1970s and remaining a member until she died.

She was outspoken when it came to discrimination, inequality and social justice, but she was never disrespectful; she was always loving and kind. At PFLAG support meetings, she was everyone’s grandmother, imparting words of wisdom, understanding and providing hugs to all.

A few years ago, the West Seattle Herald published a wonderful article about Anne and her son Len that will give you a very good understanding of the treasure this world has lost.

Anne had been ill for quite some time, but it was her body that was failing her, not her mind nor her spirit. It’s that spirit that will live on within all of us who knew her.

In honor of Anne, let’s continue the good fight for social justice and equality for all.

Deb Dahrling
President, PFLAG Seattle Board of Directors

Free tickets to Freeheld

Interested in free tickets to Freeheld? PFLAG Seattle was offered free tickets, redeem using this link: http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/PFLAGSEA for the showing.  Use code PFLAGSEA.

Location: AMC Pacific Place, Downtown Seattle, WA, October 6, 2015.  Arrive at 6:15 PM for the 7:00 PM screening.

 

Synopsis: Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

Happy Pride Month!

It’s that time of year again and PFLAG Seattle is excited to take part in Seattle Pride 2015! We’ll be participating in the following events this month, and would love it if you stopped by to say hello! We’re also looking for volunteers, please click the volunteer button above if you’re interested!

Pride Family Picnic (6/13)
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 13th at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. There will be great food, live entertainment and activities for all ages.

Trans* Pride Seattle (6/26)
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. We encourage the participation of groups, organizations, and individuals in the trans* and gender non-conforming community and those offering services directly to our community.

Seattle Pride Parade (6/28)
Seattle Pride will host its 41st 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.

PrideFest at Seattle Center (6/28)
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.

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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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.