PFLAG Pendleton Busy March coming up!!! March 3rd, 2011
A bright spot in this crazy weather month is hopefully our PFLAG meeting A chance to Socialize, Support, Educate and
Advocate!!! This month we will be meeting at Shari’s Restaurant in their community room. We will have
Food and social time from 5 pm to 6 pm ish and meeting at 6 PM. We have some VERY exciting topics and guests
attending this month. BMCC Diversity Week, BRO House Party and Pendleton High School Gay Straight Alliance
will all be on the agenda!!! Specific info follows:
We will be discussing the Blue Mountain CC Arts and Culture Week and how PFLAG Pendleton is involved.
They are really mixing things up up on the Hill and I can’t believe HOW FAR they have come. This years theme is: “Bouncing Back”
As the theme suggests they will be looking at the many ways people can be “put down” and how they
find their way back. I just googled one of their presenters and possibly the key night performer and he
is amazing. His name is Jade Estaban Estrada. Google him for more information. His website describes him as :
U.S. Army officer and a stage actress, Estrada won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Estrada studied dance, alongside Jennifer Lopez, under Slam, the lead dancer from Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour, among other notable teachers of the era. His music can be heard on the Golden Globe- and Emmy award-winning police drama “The Shield.” In fact, when I interviewed him, he was in between takes, shooting a remake of “The Producers” in California.
Next week, before heading to present at the Tejano Music Awards (which he calls the “Oscars for my peeps”), he’s donating time out of his schedule to make an appearance at Hal & Mal’s. His production of “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1” will benefit Grace House. “ICONS” is a celebration of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered) history, but, Estrada invokes Gertrude Stein when reminding viewers: “It’s not a gay thing. It’s a human thing.”
Why is GLBT history important to both the GLBT and straight community?
First, let me say, I prefer LGBT. Women always get the back burner. And Lesbians are the ones who get things done. When I hear GLBT, it’s another example of men taking the floor. When I hear GLBT, it reminds me that equality needs to happen in all areas. It’s old-fashioned.
Can you believe it???? BMCC!!!!! I love what Doug Radke, the Diversity Club and BMCC are doing. Raising awareness and creating conversations in our little rural community in an institution of higher learning. Hugs and Shout Outs to Doug and his group BMCC will also be participating in a Day of Silence on April 14th !!!!!
Diversity Week this year is April 4th – 6th, earlier and shorter so we are going to need to sign folks up to table at this meeting. We will possibly go 9am – 1 pm this year for actual live bodies at the table. Please check your calendars and if you can help please let me know. We usually do 2 hour spots. 9 am – 11 am and 11 am – 1 pm. If you can’t table PLEASE plan to attend one of the evening events if possible. They are going to be right up our alley!!!
We also have the BRO (Basic Rights Oregon) House Party to plan. BRO is asking groups across the state to keep the Marriage Matters Momentum going by hosting a house party on March 30th. They will be premiering the Marriage Matters ads that will be seen across Oregon on national broadcast channels. We may not get to see those depending on our broadcasting area. If we are in the South East Washington region they will not be seen BUT we are going to contact Charter and see about the cost of putting them on our local channels. Anyone done this before??? Let me know
We need a site, hosts, hospitality chairs, program managers, advertising, and ???? PLEASE let me know if your interested in helping!!
This could be a great opportunity for PFLAG Pendleton to invite the folks that have attended Marriage Matters workshops, signed Ad pledges and want to be involved but aren’t part of the “official” PFLAG group. Pete and I will be meeting Friday morning to discuss a social media website that can help us with this process. We are a growin folks
We also have guests attending this Sunday! Hopefully 4 or 5 of the PHS Gay Straight Alliance club will be our guests for dinner and share with us what’s going on at the high school. The Day of Silence is coming and they are beginning to plan. If you are interested in youth and the schools I hope you will plan to come meet these wonderful students and their advisor!!!
Well, just a typical month for PFLAG Pendleton huh??? These are the big ticket items. We also need to have elections and approve the bylaws and discuss the Marriage Equality E.O Valentines ad and its impact on our community.
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND:
When: Sunday March 6th, 5 pm No Host Dinner, 6 pm Business Meeting
Where: Shari’s Restaurant Community Room
Why: PFLAG Pendleton is on the move in Eastern Oregon and needs your help and SUPPORT!!!