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The mission of our PFLAG chapter is to offer support to cope with an adverse society, education to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. Please contact us! We like to hear from you.
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PostHeaderIcon August 2017 Newsletter

The August 2017 newsletter for the Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.

Another exciting issue–thanks again to Nel Ward, our dedicated newsletter editor! Lots of news from around the country and around the world–and from our very own PFLAG OCC chapter on the Oregon Coast.

Don’t miss BRO’s Transgender workshop this Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10-noon at the Newport Library.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon July 2017 Newsletter for Oregon Central Coast PFLAG

Our July 2017 issue of the newsletter for Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.   It is another issue full of news from the Oregon Coast and around the world of LGBT+ people and issues. Thanks to our newsletter editor Nel Ward for keeping us informed and involved.

Here’s what’s coming up!

Don’t miss being part of PFLAG’s Rainbow Family in the LaDeDa Parade on July 4–meet at 11 at the shelter behind the Yachats Commons on Highway 101 between 4th and 5th Streets to decorate and share the rainbow gear. Parade starts at 12:00 noon.

July 8, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: Love & the LGBT+ Community panel and workshop in Salem with Bishop Gene Robinson as keynote speaker. (http://www.stpaulsoregon.org/godslovelgbt2017)

July 11, 4:00-6:00 pm: LGBTQ Happy Hour, All Welcome!—Embarcadero, 1000 SE Bay Blvd., Newport

July 14, 7:00-10:00 pm: LGBTQ Social for Teens and Young Adults!—1819 Crestview Place, Newport (Info at 541-270-1551; 541-265-2922)

July 13-16: Portland Queer Comedy Festival http://portlandqueercomedyfestival.com/

July 25, 11:00 am: OUT OR Women Nana’s for Lunch—NW 3rd and Coast Streets, Newport

August 26, 12:00-2:00 pm: OCC PFLAG Picnic—St. Stephen’s, 9th & Hurbert, Newport

PostHeaderIcon June 2017 Newsletter for PFLAG Oregon Central Coast

Our dynamite June issue of the newsletter for PFLAG Oregon Central Coast can be found here.
Thank you again to our newsletter editor Nel Ward who keeps us up to date with national, international and our local LGBTQ news.
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Our June 14 meeting will honor Queer Hero Ineka Estabrook, our fearless chapter chairperson, who is leaving for adventures in Europe.  After the meeting we’ll adjourn to La Roca for social hour and adult beverages.  The meeting is at 6 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport.
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This weekend is the FIRST Yachats Pride Celebration.  See the schedule of exciting events on page 4.

PostHeaderIcon May 2017 Newsletter

Our wonderful newsletter editor Nel Ward has put together another outstanding edition with local, national & international LGBTQ info.  Our May 2017 newsletter can be found here.
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It’s a busy month for your PFLAG chapter on the Oregon Coast!  Here’s a preview of coming attractions–
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–May 9, 4:00-6:00 pm: LGBTQ Happy Hour at the Embarcadero in Newport. All are welcome!
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–May 10, 6:00-8:00 pm: PFLAG Meeting at St. Stephen’s, 9th & Hurbert, Newport—Guest speaker, Yachats Pride Board member Celia August, about Yachats Pride Festival on June 3-4
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–May 19, 7:00-10:00 pm: LGBTQ Social for Teens and Young Adults! 634 NE 7th Street, Newport (More information: (541) 272-7817 or (541) 829-9049)
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—-May 20, 8:30 am-4:30 pm: PLACE, Diversity Coalition Workshop—Oregon Coast Community College
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–May 23, 11:00 am: OUT OR Women Nana’s for Lunch—NW 3rd and Coast Streets, Newport
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–June 3-4: Yachats Pride Festival—Yachats

PostHeaderIcon April 2017 Newsletter

It’s nearly spring–and maybe that means more sun!  In the meantime, our bright and cheery newsletter will bring you great stories and photos about LGBTQ info from all over.  Thanks again to our ace editor, Nel Ward, for another juicy newsletter! The April 2017 newsletter can be found at this link.
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And thanks to contributor Debby Miller for the important info on how to protect yourself and your partner should one of you die without the legal protections of marriage or domestic partnership.  Forms are available to give your partner, rather than a previous spouse, domestic partner, or family member, the right to make decisions for the care of your remains. See page 4 of the April newsletter for details.
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And save the weekend of June 3-4 for the Yachats Pride Festival–tickets are going fast for the Cris Williamson concert on June 3rd.  http://yachatspride.org/

PostHeaderIcon March 2017 Newsletter

The latest edition of our dynamite newsletter for Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.
In our newsletter you can find information and photos about our 5th Annual Love is Love Community Valentine Party!  Thanks again to Nel Ward, our dedicated editor!
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And take this opportunity to read the article in the newsletter about our new co-chair, Nickey Collier.  We’re delighted to welcome her to our dynamic team.
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At our March 8 PFLAG meeting we’ll watch and discuss Katy Couric’s exploration into the subject of gender in the National
Geographic documentary, “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to share this important information with the larger community.  Following the showing, the film may be borrowed to show to other groups in schools or the community.

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Photos from Love is Love 2017

 

 

PostHeaderIcon February 2017 Newsletter for PFLAG-OCC

This month’s newsletter is filled with important info about our efforts to support and advocate for LGBTQ folks and other vulnerable groups in our county.  Thanks to Nel Ward who uses her remarkable skills and experience to help us share our local news in the context of national and state LGBTQ issues.  The newsletter is found here.

Stay informed and connected–and please support PFLAG by attending the 5th Annual Love is Love Community Valentine Party.  It will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach (Newport.) Share the flyer at this link and come with friends.
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PostHeaderIcon Love is Love 2017

Our 5th Annual Love is Love festivity will be Saturday, February 11, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach (Newport.) Come for live music and fun! See poster at link below for details.

Love Is Love Poster 2017

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Here’s What It Really Means To Be Intersex

Here’s What It Really Means To Be Intersex

International supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele recently spoke out about her gender identity.

Hanne Gaby Odiele, a 28-year-old Belgian supermodel, recently became one of the first public figures to be openly intersex.

The globetrotting model, who’s walked the runway for designers such as Chanel and Prada, has found a new role as an advocate for perhaps the most misunderstood and stigmatized gender identity. This week, Odiele announced that she will be working with InterACT http://interactadvocates.org/, an organization that advocates for the rights of intersex youth.

“It was important for me to make this declaration now, based on where I am in my life,” Odiele told Vogue in an interview published Monday, “I want to live authentically as who I am and help to break down the stigma that intersex persons face ― but also to use the profile that I’ve built through modeling to give back to those without a voice.”

“I want to be there for people who are struggling, to tell them it’s OK,” she added. “It’s one part of you, but it’s not who you are.”

What does it mean to be intersex?  Although being intersex is relatively common, there remains a startling lack of awareness among the general population. Even as our culture has made strides toward greater understanding and acceptance of transgender rights, intersexuality remains under-recognized and taboo.

“This model coming out as intersex is really brave,” Elizabeth Reis, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and author of /Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex , told The Huffington Post. “People have such a misunderstanding about what intersex is, or more accurately, they often have no understanding of what intersex is.”

So what does it mean? Intersex people are those whose biology does not meet our society’s traditional definitions of sex and gender. At least 1 in 2,000 babies ― and possibly as many as 2 in 100, according to some estimates 
― are born with ambiguous gender traits. For some, the condition is clear at birth, while others don’t discover that they’re intersex until puberty or later.

“The simplest way to explain it is somebody who is born with atypical sex anatomy,” Reis said. “Their genitals can look different, or not ― sometimes their genitals look like any other boy or girl. They may not find out that they’re intersex until puberty because their internal reproductive anatomy is atypical.”

Odiele was born with a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/androgen-insensitivity-syndrome, meaning that while she is genetically male (having one X and one Y chromosome), her body is resistant to male hormones known as androgens. As a result, her physical makeup more closely resembles a woman ― she 
was born with internal testes, though no uterus or ovaries ― but her genetic makeup resembles a man.

This is just one of many forms of intersexuality, and other intersex people have very different traits from Odiele. The designation of intersex actually refers to more than 30 different variations in which a person’s reproductive anatomy and/or genetic makeup doesn’t fit their gender.

For instance, an individual identified as a girl might be born with a larger clitoris or without a vaginal opening, and an individual identified as a boy may be born with a micro-penis or a scrotum that resembles a labia, according to the Intersex Society of North America <http://www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex>. A person could also be born with “mosaic genetics,” meaning that some of their chromosomes are XX (female) and others are XY.

Fighting for intersex rights:  As a child, Odiele was forced into a surgery to have her internal testes removed, because doctors told her parents that she would develop cancer otherwise. There is no scientific evidence to suggest this is true. Odiele wasn’t informed of her surgery’s actual purpose ― she had been told the surgery was for a bladder problem.

Unfortunately, this sort of experience is commonplace among intersex youth, who are often subjected to genital surgeries without full consent in order to “normalize” them into one gender or the other.

But growing evidence suggests that the surgeries can be traumatic and unhealthy for these children in the long term. Nonconsensual genital surgeries on intersex children are irreversible and sometimes unsafe, and the United Nations children’s rights committee has condemned these traumatic genital surgeries as human rights violations 

“The basis of wanting to do these surgeries has really been based on cultural values as much or more than medical or scientific values,” Reis said. “There’s not a lot of evidence that these surgeries are good for the children who undergo them.”

Reis is optimistic that Odiele speaking out about her own experience as a member of the intersex community can pave the way for positive change.

“We need to be more accepting in our society of all kinds of difference so that parents don’t feel so pressured to have their child undergo some kind of surgery that they would not have wanted themselves,” Reis added. “Intersex people need to make the decisions about their bodies for their own selves.”

“I hope that by telling my story,” Odiele said in an InterACT campaign, “more people get outraged at the human rights violations suffered by intersex children around the world.”