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Straight Allies at May PFLAG Program

A panel of “Straight Allies” will talk about their experiences being family members and friends of LGBT folks. Straight Allies are an important part of PFLAG’s membership and support network.  Panelists will share their experiences with LGBT friends and family members during different seasons of their lives—and how they became advocates and outspoken supporters of the LGBT community.  Oregon Central Coast PFLAG meetings are 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Wedneseday of each month at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newport.

LCSD’s Bully Prevention Program

At the April PFLAG meeting Majalise Tolan, principal of Newport Intermediate and Isaac Newton Middle Schools, shared the excellent progress these schools have made in reducing bullying and improving the school cultures.  Teachers, staff, parents and kids are all excited by the results of this first year with the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. Other schools are planning to start the program with the Fall 2012 school year.

Day of Silence

The annual Day of Silence was observed in several LCSD schools on April 13. Hundreds of students remained silent all day to focus attention on the lives of silence endured by LGBT people who must hide their sexual orientation or gender identity to maintain their safety.  Newport and Toledo GSA members shared a Night of Noise party at the conclusion of their National Day of Silence events.

Nike LGBT Youth Forum

At least three of Lincoln County’s five Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) groups attended the Nike event which hosted over 400 LGBT teens from across Oregon at their annual April LGBT Youth Forum. A collaboration between Nike and GLSEN Oregon, this event helps GSA leadership learn to create positive change in their schools. The Forum featured local LGBT leaders who talked about their roles as change agents in their organizations. PFLAG OCC assisted local GSA groups with travel expenses.

GSA Spring Mini-Conference

All five Gay/Straight Aliiance (GSA) clubs in Lincoln County sent representatives to the April 28 Conference at Newport High.  Presenters included Jeanne St.John, Chair of PFLAG OCC, who presented the “Genderbread Person,” a tool for GSA members to share information with their schools about Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Biological Sex, and Sexual Orientation.  Other invited presenters included Daniel Beck and Jonathan Reitan of Coastal AIDS Network; University of Oregon’s LGBT Support Services, Oregon Safe Schools Project, and GSA Club members.

PFLAG Board Announces Annual Schedule

PFLAG OCC Board Members have planned the programs for 2012 to include a wide variety of topics and activities.  Included events are: Marriage Equality will be the topic of June’s “Wedding Shower” party and the Absolute Harmony Chorus will hold a fundraising concert in October at the start of Coming Out Week.

Welcome to “Out Oregon Coast”!

We are a social group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities on the Central Oregon Coast. We are just getting this group started, so please feel free to let us know what events you’d like to see happening in Lincoln County from Yachats to Newport to Lincoln City.

Our first gathering is a Lesbian Coffee Hour from 9am to 10am Tuesday, May 8th at The Coffee House on the Bayfront.  The second one is  OUT at Mundo, which is open mic night at Cafe Mundo on May 31 at 7pm.  Join us to help kick off LGBT social events around the county.

We invite you to join our email list so we can let you know when and where the events are happening.  To add your email go to www.outoregoncoast.com.  You can also follow us on Facebook –just search for Out Oregon Coast.  We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Marriage Equality Town Hall on Wed., May 23

Basic Rights Oregon and PFLAG OCC are hosting a Town Hall at St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert in Newport on Wed., May 23.  Refreshments and social time starts at 6 PM with the program beginning at 6:30.  Join us for an update on plans to build support across the state and to win marriage equality in Oregon.

See you at Saturday Market on May 12!

OCC PFLAG will be there on the opening day of Newport’s Saturday Market–and hope to see you on the second Saturday of each month.  We’ve got a few openings for table staffers, especially for the 8:30 to 10:45 shifts.  Respond to this email to let us know which month you would like to volunteer.

 

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