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The Center AIDS Walk: Going for the Gold — Rich Valdez & The Extra Milers

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Going for the Gold — Rich Valdez & The Extra Milers

Rich is goldenJoin AIDS Walk & Run San Diego’s top fundraisers — like our own Rich Valdez — and you, too, can don a fabulous gold crown on Saturday, Sept. 26!

All participants who raise $1,000 or more for AIDS Walk become members of our “Extra Mile Club.” In addition to those lovely crowns, Extra Milers also get access to express registration, coffee and treats on the day of the event and a special invitation to our post-Walk thank you brunch cruise on Saturday, Nov. 7.

More importantly, Extra Mile Club members deserve our sincere appreciation for their incredible fundraising efforts to help fight HIV in San Diego. They have truly earned their crowns – and our gratitude!

Register today and go for the gold by becoming a member of the “Extra Mile Club.”

Be an AWSD Runner!
joyful runnerAs the runners at AIDS Walk give it their all, they inspire us with their passion and tenacity – and generosity. You can join them by registering for our 10K USA Track & Field Certified Run or the 5K Fun Run.

Both runs will take place on Saturday just before The Walk begins. They start and end at Normal and Harvey Milk streets, in the heart of Hillcrest. View the routes here.

Register today – and run to make a difference!

Las Vegas Tour
On Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13 join friends for a tour of Las Vegas. Proceeds benefit AIDS Walk & Run San Diego. The cost is $98 per person and includes bus transportation, a one-night stay at Travelodge (one block from the Strip!), a breakfast buffet, lunch/dinner buffet and continental breakfast. Space is limited to two buses. For more information, please contact Marcos Sigala at 619.778.3585.

Necklaces, Bracelets & Charms Sales Benefit AWSD
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View and order Silpada jewelry at and Keep Collective at
For catalog orders or to view samples, please contact Mary Elliott at Each jewelry purchase enters you into a drawing for free and half-price jewelry!

NYC In & Out Events

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Save The Date

September 7 –  20

Broadway Week

Tickets go on sale August 19. Get two-for-one tickets to some of the City’s hottest Broadway shows including: An American in Paris..

September 12 – 13

50th Annual Miss Fire Island Pageant
Taking place at the historical Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. The Pageant is held on Saturday, September 13th the ..
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September 16


New York City Anti-Violence Project’s 19th Annual Courage Awards
The Courage Awards were created to honor outstanding individuals, organizations and corporations whose work on behalf of our commu..
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September 25

LGBT Career Fair

This year’s event will feature dozens of companies from the Tri-State area eager to meet with diverse and qualified candidates and..

September 27

29th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction
Find one-of-a-kind showbiz treasures, meet your favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. The free-to-t.. More Info
August 27  – September 6

Copyright 2015: Rob Scarpa
I’m staring at the above image….trying to believe that this is our 436th issue!   I can’t believe that the first newsletter was published 9 years ago.  That was before I had an iPhone and when I had a very, very slow Apple G-4 Tower. Over the past 9 years we’ve witnessed Marriage Equality go from only Massachusetts to a Supreme Court ruling making it the law of the land. We’ve made many great strides from the Boy Scout to the International Olympic Committee, to bringing transgender issues out in the open….just to name a few.  There are still many battles to be won but no one can deny that we’ve accomplished a great deal.This project actually started in August of 2003 when I thought I was buying a franchise.  Town Planner had a great product of an annual calendar and I thought it would be a great concept for the LGBTQ community.  When I received samples of their calendar and saw their graphics I knew immediately that it wouldn’t work for our community, I called them and expressed the desire to change the graphics within their template because what they had wouldn’t work for my community.  When they ask “what is your community?’ I told them the gay community in NYC.  There was a long silence and then they asked if they could call me back.  They called back several days later and without saying they wouldn’t engage with the LGBTQ community they simply said “we don’t want you to change our graphics but you can buy your printing along with our publishers to get the discounted rate.”  They then sent back my deposit. FYI they were in Ohio.  I wonder if they would act differently today.

It was very clear in 2006 that a printed calendar was a thing of the past and we needed to focus on the new technologies.  We launched the first of several websites each one becoming more sophisticated.  The goal of the website and newsletter were and still are to deliver to the LGBTQ community in the Tri-state area a diverse and exciting selection of organizational events, cultural events, recreational activities, sports, arts and entertainment.  We wanted to provide the community with events that weren’t only bar events….events that would be equally enjoyed by both men and women.  We would like to thank you, our loyal readers, and all the support you have given us for the past 9 years and remember we always respect your privacy…we do not sell or share our list with ANYONE and we try to not inundate your mailbox with a slew of junk.

I think NYC fell asleep there is so little going on until after Labor Day weekend.  Get out and take advantage of the last days of summer fun.

I’ve had sciatica for the past two weeks and rather then addressing the issue I waited until I could barely walk. When one has dogs that require walking not being able to walk can become a major problem.  I went back and forth between whether I should go to an acupuncturist or a chiropractor.  Twenty seven years ago I had sciatica and I think it might have been worse.  Back then I went to a chiropractor that was also a member of Front Runners. (I was an avid runner when I had knees!) He fixed me up so after 27 years I gave Gary Stefanick a call.  Same office same great hands and after only one treatment about 80% of the pain is gone…..gotta run….better walk….no better I take a cab and go back for another treatment!

Have a great week….


Through August 30
New York International Fringe Festival
The largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in m..

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Through September 4
Sinatra: An American Icon
This year marks what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, and in celebration the New York Public Library presents this ..

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Through September 12
This award-winning revue of Lyp’s greatest bits has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Glasgow to Sydn..

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Through December 31
Fun Home
A groundbreaking new musical that comes to Broadway after a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater. Based on Ali ..

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Through September 20 
Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television  
This is the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in it ..

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Through September 20
Everyone’s favorite cat lady has got her claws out when it comes to describing her extensive showbiz history during this story and..

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Through October 4
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a ..

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Through October 4
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne portrays every character in a small Jersey shore town as they un..

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Through October 11 
Drop Dead Perfect  
Idris Seabright (Quinton), a wealthy, eccentric mistress of a Key West cottage. When her beloved ward Vivien decides to abandon th..

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Through October 12
Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967

1962 series of 32 paintings is the centerpiece of an exhibition focusing on Warhol’s work during the crucial years between 1953 ..

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Weekends through November 16
The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors, with Saturdays in East River State Park and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge ..

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Through December 31
Fun Home
A groundbreaking new musical that comes to Broadway after a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater. Based on Ali ..

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*GLBT events are highlighted in purple
Events  August 27 – August 30
Thursday, August 27
A diverse array of artists a space where they can workshop and present short-form works in front of a live audience. It is a celeb..
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Friday, August 28
Big Gay Cabaret
Join special guest host Korquie Cosmetique as we take a journey through self-discovery, acceptance, love, dating, and marriage equ..

Through September 7
Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival
Free outdoor screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza is returning with 10 screenings of performances featuring the company’s ..

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Saturday, August 29
Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival
With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, the co-chairs promise that this year’s celebration will be even greater as organizers ar..
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Sunday, August 30
5th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride
Come celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color living in the Bed-Stuy an..

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Annual Brighton Jubilee Festival
A Brooklyn tradition that celebrates diversity. The multi-block festival features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merc..

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Events August 21 – September 6
Monday, August 31
Through September 13
Sports US Open Tennis
The biggest spectator sport in the U.S, drawing more than 700,000 fans over two weeks takes over Queens (and then some). The event..

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Tuesday, September 1
Discuss “The Persian Boy”
Originally published and a best seller in 1972, “The Persian Boy”: traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of h..

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Wednesday, September 2
September 2-7
New York International Salsa Dance & Music Festival
The Festival has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions. Latin Dance Workshops, Performance Showcase. Live Concerts ..

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Thursday, September 3
September 3-5
Jonny Woo Glitter in the Groove
Wonderfully unpredictable and hilariously anarchic, Woo is the crème de la crème of British ‘alternative’ drag. Mixing tongue twisters ..

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Chelsea Classics 
Show hosted by Hedda Lettuce. September 3 – Mr. Skeffington, September 10 – The Letter ..
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Friday, September 4
TODAY’s Summer Concert Series
The TODAY Show Summer Concert Series with live performances, Brad Paisley finishes off the summer series ..

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Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series
Nothing says summer like Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series live with Florida Georgia Line the last summer concert ..
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September 4-6
Electric Zoo New York 2015
Labor Day Weekend 2015 will be reimagined and recharged as Electric Zoo: Transformed. For the festival’s seventh year, the annual ..

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Saturday, September 5
Fairgrounds: Out at Night 2015
Relive your youth the traditional way with an annual night at the fun fair: candy floss, waltzers, game stalls and all. This event ..

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September 5-7 & 12-13
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendee..

NYC’s Unicycle Festival
The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle ..

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Sunday, September 6
Brazilian Day
A spirited annual celebration of Brazil’s Independence Day and the country’s culture in New York City and around the world. Now in..

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West Side County Fair
Enjoy a full day of county fair magic in Manhattan with carnival rides and games, four awesome bands, sideshow performers, aeriali..

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Whither the Court: The Allan C. Lebow Annual Supreme Court Review

UCLA School of Law professors will discuss the most recent Supreme Court term.
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Whither the Court: The Allan C. Lebow Annual Supreme Court Review

Tuesday, Sept. 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room, UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA School of Law’s annual Whither the Court addresses the most recent Supreme Court term and its implications for lawyers, academics and citizens.

Speakers will include:

  • Douglas NeJaime, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the Williams Institute
  • Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
  • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at UCLA School of Law
  • Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law

With introductions by:

  • Jennifer Mnookin, Dean of UCLA School of Law
  • Cynthia Lebow, Lecturer at UCLA Department of Political Science

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity qualifies for 2.0 hours of general MCLE credit.

Reception to follow.

Parking is available in Structure 2 located at Westholme and Hilgard avenues. Parking can be paid in cash ($12) from the attendant at the north entrance or at one of the self-service pay stations in the visitors’ parking area accessible from the southwest entrance (instructions).

Registration is required. To RSVP, email



Transgender women of color experience violence at staggering rates, and we lost three Black trans women in a 24-hour period just last week. It’s past the time for talk — now is the time for action.

Join GetEQUAL, Black Lives Matter, and many other groups from across the country in taking action on Tuesday, August 25, to draw attention to this crisis and to end anti-trans violence.

PFLAG National Convention 2015: We Are The Change


The 2015 PFLAG National Convention is only two months away!

And today, we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 PFLAG Chapter Awards. They’ll be honored at our Awards Luncheon in Nashville on Sunday, October 18th.

So if you haven’t already registered, now is the time to be sure you can help us celebrate exemplary work being done by chapters to further PFLAG’s mission!

Join us in giving a (virtual) round of applause to:

Click here to register for the 2013 PFLAG National Convention!
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PFLAG Columbia-Howard (MD)

Established: 1995 | Active Members: 31-50

Gender Conference East demonstrates the powerful work that PFLAG Columbia-Howard County does to support transgender and gender-expansive children, their parents, their families, and the professionals who work with them. In partnership with Gender Spectrum and the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, Gender Conference East was a multiple day conference that included a Professional Symposium and a Family & Youth Day. The event was so successful that planning is already well under way for the next conference in November 2015.

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PFLAG Portland (OR)

Established: 1983 | Active Members: 31-50

After reflecting on the diverse and complex needs of their community, PFLAG Portland developed a family of chapters in the Portland metro region. This includes the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter which serves the African-American community and PFLAG Portland East County which serves more conservative areas in Multnomah County. Each group works independently to meet the specific needs of the families that come to them for support and they also work together to creating real and lasting culture change in Portland area schools, religious institutions, governmental organizations, and more.



PFLAG St. Charles (MO)

Established: 2005 | Active Members: 1-15

The first-ever Pride Festival in St Charles County, MO was held in May 2015.  PFLAG St. Charles played an integral role in making that happen. It started when one PFLAG mom suggested a small gathering to celebrate Pride month, which grew into an event that attracted entertainers, food trucks, vendors, support from local companies and corporations, and more. Local organizations and agencies were in attendance to provide information and education to the community. The festival also provided a young chapter the opportunity to educate the community about PFLAG’s work.



PFLAG Indianapolis (IN)

Established: 1995 | Active Members: 1-15

In 2015, Indiana made national news when the state legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Governor Pence signed it into law. In reaction to the passage of this harmful legislation, PFLAG Indianapolis organized a rally at the Indiana statehouse that drew more than 3,000 people. Local and national press coverage of the event helped shape the conversation about RFRA bills across the country. It was one of many catalysts for the changes made to the legislation to make it less discriminatory.

So, really, what are you waiting for? Be there to hear from these phenomenal chapters about how they did their work, and bring their expertise home to your chapter.

Register now to join us in Nashville!

PFLAG National Policy Matters: August 21, 2015

Policy Matters from PFLAG National

Take Action

Contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2607 to rename the Jackson Heights P.O. after Jeanne and Jules Manford, PFLAG Founder and Human Rights Champions.

On August 10th, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) secured all other 26 members of the NY House delegation to name the Jackson Heights Post Office after Jeanne and Jules Manford. We need your help to urge other U.S. Representatives to cosponsor this bill that gives hope to so many about how parents and families who, through love, take a stand on safety and the wellbeing of their LGBTQ children.

Reach your U.S. Representative by clicking HERE, using this suggested PFLAG message:

As your constituent and a member of PFLAG, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 2607, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the “Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building.”  Jeanne, who alongside her husband Jules formed PFLAG–the organization uniting families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ–after their openly gay son Morty was beaten for protesting news coverage of the gay rights movement in 1972, served as the original grand marshal of the Queens LGBT Pride Parade founded in 1993 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. PFLAG’s values are America’s values, and that includes honoring this example of parents’ love for their child as a beacon for all families of our LGBTQ loved ones, standing up for their safety and fairness in our country. Please celebrate parents’ love for their children’s safety and wellbeing by cosponsoring this bill, and if you have already done so, thank you very much.

Please remember to include your name, street address, and zip code when reaching your legislators.

Media Matters

Civil Rights Hero and LGBTQ Supporter Julian Bond, former NAACP President, dies on August 16th at age 75 at his home in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. A leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center before serving as a Georgia state legislator, Bond supported both the freedom to marry and transgender equality.

White House appoints first openly transgender permanent staffer, trans Latina Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. PFLAG National was invited to comment on the historic August 17th appointment of The National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) former policy advisor on racial and economic justice, alongside Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett and other civil and LGBTQ human rights leaders. PFLAG National is thrilled that our colleague from our long-time partner organization NCTE has attained this historic position.

Long-time HIV-positive transman Teo Drake advises Positively Trans (T+) survey to encourage HIV positive transmen to participate, to educate and to call for more inclusive data collection among researchers. There is little data and less visibility about transgender men living with HIV. To date, there has been no evidence-based study or survey to document the number of gay and bisexual trans men who are HIV positive. The demographic data asked by the CDC for HIV testing and how it records information about people does not have a space on its forms for transmen or transwomen to check when noting their identity. This project seeks to remove barriers of stigma and drive conversation that can lead to recording data accurately about this important population often unseen and unheard.

Minor League Baseball active player comes out as gay, tells teammates before game. Reported on August 18th, David Denson, a first baseman who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers organization in Helena, became the first active player in affiliated professional baseball to disclose that he is gay, a first too, for a person of Latino and African-American descent. He consulted privately in advance with Billy Bean, the first MLB player to come out. Bean presented an award to hockey player Henrik Lundqvist at the Straight for Equality® Gala in 2015. MLB is an ongoing corporate partner of PFLAG National, and Straight for Equality® staff has conducted workplace learning sessions at MLB’s headquarters in New York City. PFLAG National staff and PFLAG members have also participated in the MLB Diversity Business Summit.

83 Students from 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2015 HBCU All-Stars. The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) today announced its 2015 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

Court Matters

Lawsuit filed to challenge Mississippi’s law barring same-sex couples from adopting. On August 12th, Family Equality Council and Campaign for Southern Equality filed litigation in federal court against Mississippi’s law banning same-sex couples from adoption.


Federal Matters

NIH awarded on August 14th $5.7 million for first-of-its-kind five-year research study to evaluate long-term outcomes of medical treatment for transgender youth. According to a statement, the goal of researchers is to uncover evidence-based information on the physiological and psychosocial impact, as well as safety, of hormone blockers and cross-sex hormone use amongst transgender youth. The study will take place at four academic medical centers with dedicated transgender youth clinics.

Study estimates cost of care for transgender troops to be negligible. Transition-related care includes “gender affirming surgery, cross-sex hormone therapy, or both,” according to Aaron Belkin, Palm Center Executive Director and author of the article, which is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Helping transgender military personnel transition will cost the military as little at 22 cents per service member per month, or $5.6 million annually, the study contends, with about 188 per year of the 12,800 transgender personnel expected to utilize transition-related care. Surgeries, hormones or both would cost an average of $29,929 over six and a half years per personnel receiving such treatment, according to the study.

PFLAG National among 130 civil rights organizations requesting Pres. Obama to rescind 2007 RFRA Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo exempting religious organizations from federal nondiscrimination laws when applying for federal funds. On August 20th, PFLAG National and 129 others sent to Pres. Obama a letter calling out for him to rescind the 2007 OLC memo, stating that it relies on flawed legal analysis. This is the first outreach directly to The President with previous request made to then-Attorney General Eric Holder, in 2009 and 2014, as well as to the head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2013.


State Matters

Florida: The Osceola County Commission on August 17th passed a fully-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance with a vote of 5-0, granting everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, equal access to housing, employment, and public accommodations. (no credible news source link yet)

Federal judge throws out ACLU lawsuit against Florida middle school decision to refuse a student-led GSA. The suit, the second to be filed against Carver Middle School, alleged that the school violated students’ freedom of speech and federal rights by not allowing the club to form. No decision has been made as to whether there will be an appeal.

Illinois: Gov. Rauner signed into law the state’s fully inclusive reparative therapy ban, HB 217, on August 20th, which will be effective on Jan. 1st, 2016. The law prohibits therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person younger than 18 years old. PFLAG National and PFLAG chapter members worked to urge action on this bill since it was introduced on Jan. 16th, passed the House on May 19th and passed the Senate on May 29th. PFLAG National also works closely with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) for the passage of his bill H.R. 2450, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal bill to ban conversion therapy.

Ill. State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) introduced on July 28th the Religious Freedom Defense Act (SB 2164) which “prohibits the State and local governments from taking discriminatory action against a person if the person believes or acts under a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is only between one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The legislation that supposedly protects individuals and business entities opposed to same-sex marriage against charges of discrimination and has been referred to the Senate assignments committee.

Kentucky: This story is still in progress; stay tuned, but here’s the sequence so far.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis turned away same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses beginning August 13th. She defied U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning’s prior orders to comply with the SCOTUS ruling on June 26th granting marriage in all states. On August 17th, the judge said that Davis isn’t entitled to more time before complying or resigning, but he delayed his order and stayed his decision while Davis appeals to a federal appeals court, advised by attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel (named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group). Liberty Counsel advised the clerk’s office to continue refusing same-sex couples during the appeal. Davis wants Kentucky lawmakers to pass a law allowing county clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses for religious reasons. Davis faces fines and a possible jail sentence for contempt of court if she loses the lawsuit. She can only be impeached from her job by the state legislature, which reconvenes in January 2016.

Ohio: Advisory opinion issued, stating judges cannot refuse to marry same-sex couples. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued on August 11th a non-binding for instructive advisory opinion that Ohio judges cannot refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Puerto Rico: Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla issued two executive orders against trans discrimination.On August 12th, he signed one prohibiting hospitals from discriminating based on gender identity in emergency rooms and another allowing Puerto Ricans to change their gender marker on their driver’s license.

Global Matters

State Department stands up for rights of LGBTQ envoys and their families. The current Administration has appointed a record-number of LGBTQ foreign officials including ambassadors and envoys, many of whom are posted in countries that either criminalize or escalate danger to LGBTQ people. Since the June 26th SCOTUS ruling on marriage, the U.S. is seizing the opportunity to set an example of safety and fair access for dependents in countries that have yet to recognize their own LGBTI residents’ rights.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott took a stand against marriage equality on August 12th. His conservative coalition government blocked its members on August 12th from voting on same-sex marriage, which effectively rules out a marriage equality bill passing under his government.

Gambia’s President’s nephew is targeted for a pro-LGBTQ rights Facebook post. Alagie Jammeh, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a nephew of the President of Gambia, wrote on Facebook in August “no one should be denied of their fundamental basic human rights because of their sexuality.” He wrote this after befriending a gay man, and the results were that he lost his Gambian-government-funded scholarship, was evicted from his apartment and risks a prison sentence back home for his remarks. His mother has left the country, and he said he will not return there, fearing prison or death there. Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia.

The Odessa District Administrative Court in Ukraine on August 13th to ban the LGBT Pride march scheduled for August 15th. The ruling responded to a petition from city legislators, citing potential “real danger and threat to the public order in the city, as well as to the health and lives of participants and other citizens,” noting that two soccer matches on August 14th and 16th would likely attach Pride march participants. PFLAG National has a close relationship with Ukraine’s organizations for LGBTI and families of LGBTI people, and an interview with our Ukrainian friend and colleague Bogdon Globa, ED of Fulcrum, by the Washington Blade conducted at PFLAG’s DC office this summer is referenced in this news article.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg presides as openly gay U.S. ambassador and husband say “I do” again. On August 8th, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the ceremony during which openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and his husband renewed their wedding vows at the Ambassador’s official residence in Hanoi.

You’re Invited

National Transgender Survey available online now through Sep. 21 – Take the survey by clicking here. PFLAG National is a national promoting partner/supporter of this initiative. Note that the survey takes 30-60 minutes to complete; you can save your place and take it in multiple sittings.

There’s still time for PFLAGers to be involved in the Journey For Justice. PFLAG National is a proud supporter and endorser of the NAACP’s AMERICA’S JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE – get involved, whether for a rally, a block, a mile, an hour, a state or a journey. America’s Journey for Justice will pass through several states this summer. Whether you are able to march across the state or join one rally, we need you with us. Click to view the complete rally and teach-in schedule, or choose your nearest state to RSVP:

HIVPlus Magazine Wants YOU to Nominate an Amazing HIV+ Person. HIV+ people across generations are usually hidden or heralded, but the local standouts across the country are often unknown. Lift up the names and inspirations of openly HIV+ people you know, and nominate them for this annual tribute. Read more at the link.


Dear Policy Matters

Dear Policy Matters,

Colleges are about to launch classes and sports seasons across the country. My transgender son is 16-year-old rising college junior and hopes to play college sports after high school. Is there a list of colleges that welcome LGBTQ, especially trans and gender expansive, athletes to participate alongside their peers, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression?

Trans Athlete’s Mom

Dear TAM:

Yes, there is a set of self-disclosed colleges and universities who participate in the new Campus Pride Sports Index, launched on August 20th and in development since 2001, listing campuses that welcome LGBTQ athletes on a level playing field with their peers. The index sets a national standard of LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices in college sports.

On August 24th, The Campus Pride 2015 Top 25 LGBTQ-welcoming college and university campuses will be announced, and watch Policy Matters and other PFLAG news sources for that information.

Bishop Yvette Flunder to Keynote Faith & Family LGBTQ Power Summit



Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director

Bishop Yvette Flunder to Keynote Faith & Family LGBTQ Power Summit

Four-day gathering to bring together people of all faiths and progressive secular people to create positive change

Salt Lake City, UT, August 22, 2015— Renowned welcoming and affirming faith leader Bishop Yvette Flunder will provide the keynote address at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s upcoming Faith & Family LGBTQ Power Summit, October 20 through October 23, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Bishop Flunder is a leader who personifies the values that are at the heart of our gathering — the glorious diversity of our faith traditions and a power that’s radical, prophetic, and intersectional,” said Rev. Rodney McKenzie, National LGBTQ Task Force Faith Director.

Bishop Flunder is a native San Franciscan and third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and holds both masters and doctorate degrees in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion and the San Francisco Theological Seminary, respectively. In 2003, she was appointed Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all over the world.

The Faith & Family LGBTQ Power Summit is a four-day gathering that, through the lens of racial and gender justice at the intersection of reproductive freedom, will provide fellowship, inspiration, skills, capacity building and concrete strategies to explore how faith and the practice of radical welcome can build grassroots power. The Power Summit comes at a time when “religious liberty” is being misused and redefined by politicians to justify discrimination nationwide.  It also comes just a few days before the World Congress of Families meets in the United States for the first time — a group that has a clear anti-LGBTQ agenda and track record of exporting and promoting homophobia and transphobia though legislation across the world.

“Today, we do hear the voices of people of faith who welcome LGBTQ people and their families. And, it is drowned out by a chorus of powerful politicians who manipulate cherished, deeply-held religious beliefs to impose discrimination. By creating statewide legislation their beliefs, views and prejudices regarding other people will be made into law. That’s why we are working hard to raise voices of welcoming and affirming people of all faiths to defeat efforts to redefine religious exemptions in legislation that would actually weaken the important protections these laws contain.”

The Power Summit’s worship, plenaries, and workshops will culminate in thirty days of local and national actions and media exposure. Attendees will be equipped to mobilize in their home communities for LGBTQ families — especially transgender and gender non-conforming people, people of color, and young people.

“I look forward to welcoming people from every part of our nation to our gathering in Salt Lake City. Together we can ensure that, as a movement, we’re strong and resilient enough to face the challenges and opportunities ahead. Our opponents are trying to push back progress – on equality and true religious liberty. We can’t let them win,” McKenzie said.


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The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. For over forty years, we have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level.

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