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PFLAG MISSION STATEMENT

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:

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

PFLAG provides opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identify, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

If you need help, please call our hotline at (520) 360-3795 or e-mail us at pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org.  We will connect you with a PFLAG member who has been where you are and who understands.  You may download the PFLAG Tucson pamphlet here.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

PFLAG support meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E. 1st Street.  Click here for more detailed directions and a location map.  For our schedule, see below.  Please call our help line (360-3795) or send us an e-mail message (pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org) if you want or need immediate support.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND NEWS

  • PFLAG 2014 Scholarships.  This year our scholarship program is again supported in part by funds from the LGBT–Straight Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.  PFLAG Tucson has been awarded a $2,500 matching grant, allowing us to award five joint $1,000 scholarships in the name of Gene Moore, our past president.  In addition, we will award one $1,000 scholarship in the name of Mark and Art Woodland.  These will go to LGBT high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students from southern Arizona to attend an institution of higher education.  This year's application materials are now available hereThe application deadline is March 31, 2014, and we will make our award decisions in mid-April, to be followed by our awards reception on May 7 at the Ward VI City Council Offices.
     
  • Tucson High Production of The Laramie Project.  Starts Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. at Tucson High School at Euclid and 6th Street, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm through Saturday, May 3, with a 2:00 pm matinee on May 3 as well.  Price: $8.  Student actors and community leaders read Moisés Kaufman's drama taken from interviews of Laramie, Wyoming residents after a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, was brutally murdered. Reservations are strongly suggested.  For reservations for all performances, email arthur.almquist@tusd1.org or call 225-5326.  For more information, see http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/thms/.  (You will need to scroll down to find the listing.)
     
  • Desert Voices "Spring Forward" Concert April 26. One night only, 7:00 pm. PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road.  Desert Voices, Arizona’s premier LGBTS chorus, is proud to announce our 25th Anniversary concert, "Spring Forward."  The music, programmed by Artistic Director Shawn Cullen, reflects pop and Broadway and other Chorus favorites. Price: $18; $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at office@desertvoices.org and at www.eventbrite.com.  Phone: 520-791-9662.
     
  • Reveille Mens Chorus Concert, May 3 and 4. Join us for a musical adventure, Simply Fabulous! as we chart the sometimes treacherous, but always entertaining waters of everything it means to be gay. Performances will be on Saturday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM and Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 PM at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., in fabulous downtown Tucson. $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and students. Tickets are available on line at www.reveillemenschorus.org, at Antigone Books, or from a Reveille member. Call 520-304-1758 for discounted group rates on 10 or more.
     
  • Why Marriage Matters Arizona: The 2016 Ballot Initiative.  Why Marriage Matters Arizona (WMMA) has begun work on a 2016 ballot initiative to amend Arizona's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.  The current focus is on educating others about the issue, most importantly business leaders, faith groups, and conservative politicians.  The southern Arizona effort is spearheaded by former state senator Paula Aboud and meets monthly at the Himmel Park Library.  You can reach Paula at 409-5694 for meeting dates.  For more information on the state-wide effort, see http://whymarriagemattersarizona.org/.
     
  • Third Annual LGBT Film Festival.  This year's Out in the Desert Film Festival has been postponed until June 5-9.  This will again be at Fluxx Studios at 414 E. 9th Street again.  See http://www.outinthedesertff.org/ for up-to-date information.  PFLAG Tucson will again be helping with the festival.  If you would like to pitch in and get a free pass to see part of the festival, please contact us at pflagtuc@pflatucson.org, 520-360-3795.

PFLAG'S CARE WITH PRIDE ANTI-BULLYING/SAFE SCHOOLS FOR ALL CAMPAIGN
 
 

This year again, Johnson & Johnson is joining with PFLAG to extend its "Care With Pride" campaign to combat bullying.  We will be distributing coupon booklets again for J&J products.  Part of these proceeds will again to to PFLAG.

Top 10 Way to Make Schools Safer

PFLAG offers simple and powerful steps to help make schools safe for all students.  Please see PFLAG's associated webpage on Cultivating Respect:  Creating Safe Schools for All.

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Understand the language
  3. Stop bad behavior
  4. Set the policy
  5. Plan school-wide activities
  6. Be public
  7. Address cyber bullying
  8. Train and educate everyone
  9. Work for comprehensive health education
  10. Resources, resources, resources

OTHER INFORMATION

EON HOT MEALS
Every third Wednesday of each month, Wingspan hosts a hot meal for Eon youth.  Again, everyone is invited to bring food.  Those bringing food should plan to arrive by 4:15 pm.  If you cannot stay, however, non-perishable, clearly labeled food items can be dropped off before the meal or before 7:30 pm the night before.  For more information and to get on the contact list, contact Jeana Bulter of PFLAG at respectall27@yahoo.com.

WINGSPAN ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM
From Wingspan's website:  The Wingspan Anti-Violence Programs (AVP) is a social change and social service program that works to address and end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention, information, support, referrals, emergency shelter, and advocacy to LGBT victim/survivors of violence. Additionally, we offer extensive outreach and education programs. See the Violence Defined section for more specific definitions of types of violence. If you are anyone you know may have a victim of violence, please call us.  If you are in crisis, please call Wingspan's 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line at 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.  For full information, see http://wingspan.org/programs/anti-violence-project/ The program coordinator is Catherine Memail, 520-624-1779 ext 121, email cmemale@wingspan.org.

STARTING LGBT FAMILIES
On October 1, 2013 Dr. Steven Lindheim of the Arizona Reproductive Institute (ARI) and Patrick Lacroix of the Tucson law firm of Karp and Weiss presented a comprehensive seminar at the University of Arizona on how lesbian and gay couples can start families and what they can do to legally protect their relationships and families.  Dr. Lindheim's presentation is available at this link.  Special thanks are due to Dr. Stephen Russell, Acting Director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, for helping arrange this.  For more information on ARI, Karp and Weiss, and CPES, see http://arizonareproductiveinstitute.com, http://www.karpweiss.com/, and http://www.cpes.com/.

DONATE TO PFLAG TUCSON ON-LINE
PFLAG Tucson is now registered with Network for Good so that we can receive donations on-line. You can specify a specific purpose for your gift, such as our Scholarship Fund, general expenses, etc.  Click here for more information and instructions.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Annual PFLAG Scholarship Awards Reception, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  Please join us to honor these wonderful and inspiring LGBT students

Wednesday, June 4, 2013
PFLAG Support Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  We have no special program planned yet for this month.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 36264, Tucson, AZ  85740
Cell Phone:   (520) 360-3795 (Tucson number)
E-mail Address: pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org

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