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PostHeaderIcon October 2013 Newsletter

The October 2013 Newsletter of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.  Highlights below. More details and news in the newsletter.

October highlights include:

Sunday, Sept. 29    11 am    Womens’ Out on the Oregon Coast Coffee at Cafe Mundo

Wednesday, Oct 2    6 pm    PFLAG at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lincoln City–Coming Out Stories

Sat. & Sun.    Oct. 5 & 6    Freedom to Marry Signature Gathering Extravaganza!

Wednesday, Oct. 9   6 pm    PFLAG at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport–Coming Out Stories        NOTICE NEW TIME–We’re starting at 6 pm!!!

Saturday, Oct. 12  9 am – 1 pm    PFLAG at Saturday Market—Come say hello at our last Market for the season!

Saturday, Oct. 26  6 pm    Party & Freedom to Marry Fundraiser at Ineka’s

Sunday, Oct. 27    11 am    Women’s Out on the Oregon Coast Coffee at Cafe Mundo

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon September 2013 Newsletter

The September 2013 newsletter of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.

Local highlights for the first two weeks of September from the newsletter—mark your calendars now!

Wednesday, Sept. 4:    PFLAG Lincoln City meeting at 6 pm at St. James Santiago Episcopal Church.  LGBT 101 is the meeting and discussion topic,

Fri. – Sun, Sept. 6-8:   Oregon Coast Pride at Chinook Winds Casino.                              Check the website for a full schedule of events–and stop at the PFLAG table!  Oregon Coast Pride  http://www.oregoncoastpride.com/

Wed.  Sept. 11:   PFLAG Newport meeting at 7 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. We will be showing and discussing the film, Holding Families Together

Sat.  Sept. 14 :  PFLAG and the welcoming congregations will host their monthly table at the Newport’s Saturday Market–stop by to cheer us on!

Sun.  Sept. 15:  ”Coming Out as a Person of Faith II” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Waldport from 2-4 pm.  It will be a continuation and deepening of the discussion of the topics discussed at the Coming Out as a Person of Faith presentation in August at three congregations in Lincoln County.                          Video and Followup Discussion — Begin or continue the discussion from August.

Mon. Sept. 16:  National Organization for Women (NOW) Meeting at 7 pm at the People’s Utility District (PUD) 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting.   Oregon Central Coast PFLAG & a LGBT panel will present LGBT 101,

Hope to see you at one or more of these PFLAG events!

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon July 2013 meeting and newsletter

The July 2013 newsletter of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.

Big thanks to Nel Ward who does a great job with our newsletter.

Please join us on Thursday, July 4 in Yachats when PFLAG will be a rainbow presence in the LaDeDa Parade.  We’ll gather about 11 AM in the covered shelter behind Yachats Commons to make signs and share our rainbow gear!  The parade starts at noon and there are lots of activities and food events to enjoy in Yachats  all afternoon.

On Wed., July 10 our PFLAG meeting at 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport will focus on Welcoming Churches–and how they came to be Welcoming!  Always time for support, socializing, and refreshments as well.

Saturday, July 13 is our turn at Saturday Market in Newport–stop by to visit and thank the PFLAG and Welcoming Church volunteers!

Saturday, July 20 is the statewide kickoff for Oregon’s Marriage Equality
ballot measure signature gathering.  Watch for an email with more info on
how we will organize to gather LOTS of signatures in Lincoln County.

Thanks for all you’re doing to make our communities safer and more welcoming to
our LGBT family & friends,

 

PostHeaderIcon April Meeting, News, & Newsletter

Newsletter:  This month’s newsletter is full of great local and national news–including photos from our county’s TWO Marriage Equality rallies on March 26 and the International Women’s Day Bridge Walk on March 8.  Our April 2013 Newsletter for Oregon Central Coast PFLAG is found here.

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Highlights: Upcoming events calendar for Oregon Central Coast PFLAG is below.  Events in the next week are:
Tuesday, April 2  LGBT Women’s Coffee Hour at the Coffee House on Newport’s Bayfront
Monday, April 8 NOW forum on Bullying. Local NOW Addresses Youth Issues “The Effects of Bullying, Sexual Harassment, & Dating Violence” is the topic of the panel discussion at the April 8 NOW (National Organization for Women) meeting at 7:00 pm at Central Lincoln PUD in Newport. PFLAG members Jordan Ostrum and Jeanne St.John are panel members who will discuss these hostile experiences in local schools.
Wednesday, April 10     PFLAG Meeting at 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church with program on LGBT Families with kids.  PFLAG Secretary Deb Lyman will host and introduce the program and speakers.

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OCC PFLAG Calendar:

April 2, 9:00 am: OUT Lesbian Coffee—Coffee House, Newport Bayfront
April 5, 7:00-9:00 pm: Drop-in social for LGBT folks who are deaf or hard of hearing—Eugene Coffee Company, 1840 Chambers St., Eugene
April 6, 7:30 pm: Damsels Divas & Dames 2013: I Will Survive–A Benefit for HIV Alliance—Hult Center, Eugene
April 8, 7:00 pm: NOW Meeting, “The Effects of Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Dating Violence”—Central Lincoln PUD
April 10, 7:00 pm: PFLAG Meeting, “LGBT Families Raising Children”—St. Stephen’s, 9th & Hurbert, Newport
April 16, 9:00 am: OUT on the Oregon Coast for Lesbians–Green Salmon, Yachats

May 3, 7:00-9:00 pm: Drop-in social for LGBT folks who are deaf or hard of hearing—Eugene Coffee Company, 1840 Chambers St., Eugene
May 7, 9:00 am: OUT Lesbian Coffee—Coffee House, Newport Bayfront
May 8, 7:00 pm: PFLAG Meeting—St. Stephen’s, 9th & Hurbert, Newport
May 21, 9:00 am: OUT on the Oregon Coast for Lesbians –Green Salmon, Yachats

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The Coastal AIDS Network*  Monthly activities:

Second Tuesday, 7:00 pm: “Activity Night” (call for information (541)994-5597)
Third Tuesday, 7:00 pm: “Pizza Night” (Newport Abbey’s Pizza)
Fourth Tuesday, 7:00 pm: “Men’s Pot Luck” (Locations vary! Call (541)994-5597 or email coastalaidsnetwork@gmail.com for information)
Pizza: We also try to have pizza in Tillamook or Pacific City. Email Dan, coastalaidsnetwork@ gmail.com or leave a message for him at (541)994-5597.
*CAN activities are open to everyone, regardless of HIV status or sexual orientation except for “Men’s Pot Luck.” Occasionally we bend that rule for special events.

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Social LGBT Oregon Coast Group:
OUT Oregon Coast.
www.outoregoncoast.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-Oregon-Coast/194768480642314

 

 

PostHeaderIcon December 2012 Calendar and News

The December 2012 Newsletter of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here.

Article on OCC-PFLAG in UU publication Interweave.   The Oregon Central Coast chapter of PFLAG was discussed in depth in a three page article beginning on page seven of the December Issue of Interweave, a Unitarian Universalist publication concerning LGBT issues and welcoming congregations. That article is found on our website here  or on the UUA site here.

December 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Basic Rights Oregon is traveling to communities across Oregon to celebrate recent victories for marriage equality and engage communities in a plan to win the freedom to marry in Oregon! The Marriage Equality Tour will stop in Lincoln County on Tuesday, December 4, 6:008:00pm, St. Stephen’s, SW 9th & Hurbert.

For December activities of OUT Oregon Coast, Coastal AIDS Network, and CLASS Women’s Potluck, see the calendar of activities in the December Newsletter of Oregon Central coast PFLAG, here.

January 9, 7:00 pm: January meeting of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 9th & Hurbert, Newport, OR

PostHeaderIcon October PFLAG meeting — a “Coming Out” Party!

October PFLAG meeting — a “Coming Out” Party!

This month’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport will be our annual “Coming Out” Party in observance of Coming Out Week.  We’ll share our stories of coming out as LGBT, or as parents, family, or friends of those who are!  October is LGBT History month–hope you’ll celebrate by being a full-time advocate and ally!

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“Gay 101″

A new page has been added to our website with basic information material concerning the GLBT community.  Link to the new page is on the left column of this page with the listing of the pages to this website.

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October 2012 activites  of Out Oregon Coast

Out Oregon Coast is a social group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities on the Central Oregon Coast. Social events for the central Oregon coast GLBT community are coordinated by this group. For the most current activities, go to the groups webpage, www.outoregoncoast.com, or follow the group on Facebook by a name search for “Out Oregon Coast”.

October 2012 Newsletter of Out Oregon Coast

October 2012 activites  of Out Oregon Coast are:

Just the Girls at Coffee House, Newport Bayfront Tuesday, October 9 from 9-10 AM

Just the Girls at Green Salmon, Yachats Tuesday, October 23 from 9-10 AM

Dinner at ARR Place — 143 SW Cliff St., Newport Thursday, October 25 at 6 PM Enjoy music by Barbara Turrill

PostHeaderIcon Marriage Equality is in the News!

400 Signatures in Lincoln County!

Hope you’ve seen our Marriage Equality ad with almost 400 names in the July 1 issue of  Oregon Coast Today–it’s been very exciting to see it in print and to share it with lots of people.  We’re making a poster of the ad which will be displayed around the county–and we can add more names before it’s printed.  If your name is not yet on the ad–please send an email to pflagocc@gmail.com by July 11 and we’ll add it before printing the posters. PFLAG Ad 070111

Article & Editorial in July 3 Oregonian

Did you see the article in the July 3 Oregonian about three gay couples with church ties who support marriage equality–and the editorial that urges churches to take a leading role in the struggle for equality?  Here’s the link:
http://www.oregonlive.com/O/index.ssf/2011/07/same_sex_couples_who_find_marr.html

Gay Soldier’s Family Supports Marriage Equality

Here’s an inspiring article from CNN about a gay soldier and his family’s dedication to marriage equality–my favorite Fourth of July story this year!

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-02/us/gay.soldier.andrew.wilfahrt_1_gay-soldier-gay-rights-combat-outpost?_s=PM:US

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon Update June 21, 2011

Some good news to share……

Saturday, June 18 was Pink Dot Day in Singapore–celebrating Freedom to Love!  Watch, then share this short video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrIB5Ojbqns&feature=related

AARP has devoted a page to the LGBT community – this is progress!
http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/aarp-pride.html?cmp=RDRCT-PRID_MAY10_011

And an article about supporting LGBT children -
http://www.aarp.org/relationships/family/info-03-2011/support_gay_children.html

 

Save these dates….

Mon.  June 27 FREE HIV/AIDS Testing    All Day at Health Dept. on Nye St.
National HIV/AIDS Testing Day

Wed. June 29    7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport
Dessert Potluck to celebrate our Marriage Equality newspaper ad
and showing of film, “Edie & Thea”, the story of a 40 year engagement.

Sat. July 9 PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market
Sign up for a shift–8:15 to 10:30 or 10:30 to 1:15

Wed. July 13 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport
PFLAG Meeting    Transgender Faces and Facets film by Boulder PFLAG Chapter

PostHeaderIcon What’s Coming Up this Summer?

Oregon Central Coast PFLAG
Upcoming Events, Summer 2011

June 8           PFLAG Meeting       Marc Adams, Heartstrong

Heartstrong’s mission is to provide information, support and hope to LGBT students in religious high schools and colleges who have no role models or adult encouragement.

June 11         PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

June 24         PFLAG’s Marriage Equality Ad in Newport News-Times

PFLAG members have collected over 300 signatures of those who support Marriage Equality to be published during “Wedding Month”

July 9             PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

July 13           PFLAG Meeting       Transgender Faces & Facets

Beginning our community information and discussion about the least common and most misunderstood aspect of gender identity with a film produced by the Boulder PFLAG Chapter

August 10     PFLAG Meeting  Transgender Speaker

David Weekley, Methodist Clergyman from Portland will be guest speaker

August 13     PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

August  21    PFLAG Annual Family Picnic   1-4 PM  at Beaver Creek Park, Newport

PostHeaderIcon Welcome to the new OCC PFLAG website!

OCC PFLAG was started in 2008 following the suicide of a Newport High School student who had been harassed and bullied at school and had no support at home or in the community.  A group of LGBT professionals in Lincoln County decided to make our county safer for gay teens. The first step was to establish a PFLAG chapter for support, education and advocacy.  Supporting teens continues as a top priority for OCC PFLAG.

OCC PFLAG meets 2nd Wed.  7-9 PM

at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 9th & Hurbert,  Newport, OR

What is PFLAG?

Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays was established in the early 1970’s. PFLAG is a national organization whose purpose is to provide support, education, and advocacy for families and friends of people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.

PFLAG acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.  As the parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, we celebrate diversity and work toward a society that embraces everyone.

The mission of PFLAG is:

  • Support to cope with an adverse society
  • Education to enlighten an ill-informed public
  • Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights

WHO ARE WE?

We are families helping families.  We are the parents, family members, and friends from all walks of life, united in love and concern for our children and friends.  Our main goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where we can share our experiences and learn how to support our loved ones in meaningful ways.  Everyone is welcome and many LGBT people come to our meetings for support. We believe in and work toward full human and civil rights for people of all sexual orientations. Relationships are precious.  PFLAG encourages families and friends to stay close to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in their lives.

We provide love and support for all PFLAG members, family and friends.  We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender loved ones can live safely with dignity and respect.