PFLAG Goes to PRIDE!
Aug
26
11:30am11:30am

PFLAG Goes to PRIDE!

Love.Period 2017

Interfaith Pride

Celebration

Join us at PRIDE celebration on

Saturday, August 26, 2017!  11:30 am

Santa Barbara

Chase Palm Park

323 E Cabrillo Blvd.

As the Opening Ceremony to this year’s Pacific Pride Festival, Love. Period, an Interfaith Pride Celebration, will provide a safe space for everyone. Open and welcoming faith groups will come together to stand up for the dignity of the LGBTQ+ Community. The celebration will feature an Interfaith Choir and promises to be healing, inspiring, and uplifting. 

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Meeting: Support and Education Monthly Gathering
Sep
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Support and Education Monthly Gathering

Check back again for more details on our September meeting. Often, this is our "Back to School Meeting"! Stay tuned!

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Aug
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Support and Education

Out & Proud: Why it is important to learn your LGBTQ+ Histories

 

The Pacific Pride Foundation is our special panel this evening, sharing some of the milestones of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and why it is so important to know our history and remember. We have come a long way in our efforts to move equality forward and we also have a long way to go. Like all marginalized groups, the LGBTQ+ experience stands as an integral strand in the overall multicultural rainbow, and everyone has a right to information that clarifies and explains their stories. The censorship of LGBTQ+ histories, literature, and culture is a form of violence and deprives everyone of the richness of our diversity. Please join us for this informative and uplifting meeting.

No doubt, we will putting some final touches our our PRIDE celebration in August too!

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Special Panel: Faith Communities and the Journey to Embrace LGBTQ People With Rev Frank Schaefer & Rev Mark Richardson
Jul
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Special Panel: Faith Communities and the Journey to Embrace LGBTQ People With Rev Frank Schaefer & Rev Mark Richardson

Our special panel this evening will include two pastors working within the church for inclusion of the LGBTQ community. They will be joined by members of the LGBTQ community who have struggled with their faith in the coming out process. Faith communities have been the source of real pain and harm but they are also a source of healing, reconciliation and advocacy. What does it take to move from one to the other? What are the obstacles? What really changes hearts and minds? And how can we support those communities open to change as well as those already inclusive, toward greater awareness and advocacy? There will be time for sharing and support. 

Rev Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Pastor, was defrocked, then reinstated for performing the same sex marriage of his son, has three gay children and has become an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community – inside and outside his church. He is the author of “Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church.”

Rev Mark Richardson is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church Santa Barbara. Mark has been in pastoral ministry for thirty years.  Mark believes that the Church is to be an instrument of God's grace and peace in the community and has been instrumental in engaging his congregation in a conversation about the possibility of inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Gathering
Jun
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Gathering

Details for our June meeting will posted here soon, please check back!

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do.

We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm. 

First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

 

 

 

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Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Meeting
May
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Meeting

Details for our May meeting will posted here soon, please check back!

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do.

We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm. 

First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Why one woman left the Westboro Baptist Church
Apr
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Why one woman left the Westboro Baptist Church

This is our monthly support and education meeting. All are welcome!

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else?

TED Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper - Writer, Activist

A former member of Westboro Baptist Church, Megan is now a writer and educator on topics related to extremism, bullying and empathy dialogue.

In this extraordinary TED talk, Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. She shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines. After this 15 minute talk TED Talk, we will have time to find meaning and support in our own stories and the struggle to cross boundaries toward connection.

 

 

 

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Meeting: Words of Wisdom from Pacific Pride Welcoming Parents & Families of LGBTQIA Individuals
Mar
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Words of Wisdom from Pacific Pride Welcoming Parents & Families of LGBTQIA Individuals

In this meeting, given by Patrick Lyra and Colette Schbram of Pacific Pride, we will learn what it means to be truly welcoming as parents, families, friends and allies of the LGBTQIA community. How can we connect to our own need for processing and show up for our loved ones? We will also hear the latest news from PPF about the cutting edge work they are doing in our community. There will be time for questions and support.

There will be time for questions, answers, sharing experiences and support.

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 We will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Forge Meaning, Build Identity: How our worst moments make us who we are
Feb
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Forge Meaning, Build Identity: How our worst moments make us who we are

We will watch this moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, as Andrew Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles. Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. 

After this 20 minute talk we will have time to find meaning and support in our own stories. 

 Andrew Solomon is a writer on politics, culture and psychology who has written for The New York Times, and The New Yorker. His book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression won the hundred best books of the decade. 

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Coming Out: Two Sides to Every Story
Jan
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Coming Out: Two Sides to Every Story

Our special panel this evening will represent a spectrum of "Coming Out" stories.  The LGBTQ person first comes out to themselves and then to friends and family. Then friends and family go through their own coming out process.  The journey toward acceptance can look very different from one person to the next and it is a journey that takes time. 

    

 We will ponder what hinders the journey and what helps?  There will be time for questions and personal sharing.

 

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

Need support? Give our support line a call at 805-560-6821 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Bisexuality and Beyond
Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Bisexuality and Beyond

Tania Israel, PhD. will view with us her TED talk “Bisexuality and Beyond”, and then receive and answer questions from our group. Binary systems are so easy for us humans and for that matter computers. The problem is it leaves lots of things out, and in leaving lots of things out, lots of opportunities and understandings are missed. Tania Israel takes us to a non binary world while she talks about her idea of sexuality.

 

Tania Israel is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Israel's scholarship is relevant to policy, practice, and community. She participated in the first White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, and presented at a Congressional briefing on the Violence Against Women Act. Dr. Israel is the Director of Project RISE, a research team at UCSB that develops and studies interventions to support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities.

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Meeting:  Gender Queer 102
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Gender Queer 102

Max Rorty, our special speaker for October, will delve into the difference between sex, gender, gender expression, gender roles and sexual orientation. We will review the identities of trans men and trans women, as well as gender non-normative people, including butches and transvestites. Discussion will include some of the institutional barriers to transgender care and practice on asking for gender pronouns.

Max is a cis-female social worker at Cottage Hospital, a commissioner for the city council, and a disaster mental health responder for the American Red Cross.  She is an authority on best practices for health providers working with transgender and genderqueer people.

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

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Meeting: Creating Safe Schools For Our LGBTQ Children and Youth
Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Creating Safe Schools For Our LGBTQ Children and Youth

For the 9 out of 10 LGBTQ students who experience some form of mistreatment in school, education can be a frightening experience.

Join us as we hear from a panel of local experts: A Principal and Vice Principal, a parent and a youth about how we can all work together to make our schools safe for ALL students

 

There will be time for questions, answers, sharing experiences and support.

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August Meeting
Aug
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

August Meeting

We will not hold our regular monthly meeting on August 8--as we will be spending our time, talent and energy on organizing final details for Love. Period!!!

If you would like to help with the event please contact: pflagsantabarbara@gmail.com

We welcome you!

Please plan to join us at Love.Period on August 28, 3 pm, Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens.

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Post-Orlando: What's Next? A Round Table Discussion
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Post-Orlando: What's Next? A Round Table Discussion

Please join us for a round-table discussion on healing and change post-Orlando.

Location: First Congregational Church 2101 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

As #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile continue to remind us of how our nation callously assaults and murders black and brown bodies, we believe it's vital that we continue the conversations and actions provoked by the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando that took 49 queer Latinx lives.

Rather than letting the tragedy become yet another one of America's increasingly common mass shootings, we want to ensure Orlando remains a catalyst for action here in Santa Barbara and beyond.

Please RSVP by registering for free at EventBrite: https://orlandowhatsnext.eventbrite.com/

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 Meeting: Hate Crimes? How We Can Respond
Jul
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Hate Crimes? How We Can Respond

On Homosexuality?

A Short Documentary on Homophobia and Religion

What do we do in the face of increasing hate crimes against the LGBTQ community? Where does bigotry come from? Is religion the problem?  

We will use this 20-minute award-winning documentary to explore important questions about where bigotry comes from and how scripture can be used to defend and promote hatred and violence.   

There will be time for sharing and support.  

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Santa Barbara Premier Screening! An Act Of Love A Father. A Church. A Movement.
May
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Santa Barbara Premier Screening! An Act Of Love A Father. A Church. A Movement.

This film tells of the journey of The Rev. Frank Schaefer (University United Methodist Church, Isla Vista) when he is confronted with 2 conflicting realities: The Christian marriage of his son to a same sex partner and his role as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church. This is an inspiring story for all!

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Meeting: Special Panel - The Transgender Experience Understood
May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Special Panel - The Transgender Experience Understood

Our panel this evening will include personal stories from a youth, an older adult, and parents about their experience of Transgender identity. What has their journey been like? What has been difficult and what has helped? What can we do to be better allies and advocates? There will be time for sharing and support. 

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Meeting: Special Panel:  Our Journey from Acceptance to Celebration & Advocacy
Feb
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: Special Panel: Our Journey from Acceptance to Celebration & Advocacy

Our special panel this evening will represent a 

spectrum of "Coming Out" stories. The journey to acceptance can look very different from one person to the next and the arrival of gratitude and celebration a welcome gift. We will hear form two mothers of gay children along with an "Out and Proud" lesbian learning to live in the world with a family that is still struggling.  What hinders the journey and what helps?  There will be time for sharing and support.  

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Meeting: "We're All Hiding Something. Let's find the Courage to Open Up" with Ash Beckham
Jan
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meeting: "We're All Hiding Something. Let's find the Courage to Open Up" with Ash Beckham

Join us to view this touching TED talk with Ash Beckham who offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness.  It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in his or her life, has experienced hardship.  The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.  

There will be time for sharing and support.  

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