Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education

Monday, January 14, 7:00pm

What’s It Like Inside an LGBTQ Family, for the Parents and the Children?

In a time when LGBTQ families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, we will hear from a panel of Queer parents and those raised by them, their own views on what it means to be a family. How are they the same and how are they different from more traditional families. What are the unique issues they struggle with? What are the myths and what is the reality from inside the LGBTQ family? There will be time for sharing 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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education

Monday, February 11, 2018 7:00pm

Special Panel: Faith Communities and the Journey to Embrace LGBTQ People

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 great 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.jpg

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.jpg

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 year-long conversation that led to their congregation becoming  inclusive 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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details for our

March 11 meeting!

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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education

An Extra Helping of Support for the Holiday:

How LGBTQ Families Can

Thrive During the Holidays

A common concern this time of year among LGBTQ people and their families is being with family and friends and dealing with varying degrees of acceptance and support to outright homophobia and transphobia.

What can help is having a plan that fits where you are and what your goals are. We will share some of our stories along with some “take home tips” on how to have perhaps the best holiday ever.

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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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 PFLAG Remembers
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

PFLAG Remembers

  • Santa Barbara Courthouse Archway (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th, 5 pm

Under the Archway of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Pacific Pride Foundation along with SBTAN will provide our annual candlelight vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Join us as we read the names of the transgender people in the last year lost to transphobic violence across the globe.

Help us bear witness to the loss of such beauty and light as we are supported by music from Ezra Michel, comments for SB TDOR founder Lisa Gillinger, along with non-denominational reflections.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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PFLAG Santa Maria!
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

PFLAG Santa Maria!

¿Es ust ed padre o guardián que busca apoyo?

¿Interesadon en conectarse con la familia y amigos de personas que son

lesbians, gays, bixexuales, transgénero, cuest ionando y más (LGBTQ +) ?

¡ Ayudé a establecer un grupo

PFLAG en Santa Maria!

Únase a nosotros para reuniones de informatión general.

Lunes, 19 de noviembre

123 S . College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455

805-963-3636

Esta reunión será disponible para familiares y amigos del norte del condado de Santa Bárbara y del sur del condado de San Luis Obispo. 

Tema de la reunión a de la: LGBTQ+ & Identidad Latino/a/x

El estigma asociado con ser LGBTQ+ y latino/a/x tiene desafios únicos. Un grupo de personas LGBTQ+ y Latino/a/x compartirán sus historias y estrategias que han sido útiles en su viaje.

Habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuest as después de la presentación.

La traducción al español será proveida por

Fighting Back Santa maria Valley.

Habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuest as después de la presentación.

Persona de contacto: Director del programa LGBTQ+

Patrick Lyra Lanier, terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con licencia

PatrickLyra@PacificPrideFoundation.org

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Barbara Meeting: Support and Education

Special Panel

The Transgender Experience Understood

Our monthly meetings are at

the heart of what we do.

Our special 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?

We will also share why there is a Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20.

There will be time for sharing and support. 

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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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Organizing Meeting: PFLAG Santa Maria!
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Organizing Meeting: PFLAG Santa Maria!

Help Us Organize a PFLAG Group

in Santa Maria!

Are you a parent or caregiver looking for support?

Are you interested in connecting with the family and friends of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+)?

Join us for our General Information Meetings

Monday, October 15 and Monday, November 19

6:00 pm-7:30 pm

123 S. College Dr. Santa Maria, CA 93455

805-963-3636

This meeting is open to family and friends from both

Northern Santa Barbara County and Southern San Luis Obispo County.

Meeting Topic:LGBTQ+ & Latino/a/x Identify

Stigma attached to being LGBTQ+ Latino/a/x has unique challenges.

 A panel of LGBTQ+ Latino/a/x people will share their

stories and strategies that have been helpful in their journey.

There will be time for Questions & Answers and Support

 Spanish translation will be provided by Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley

Contact Patrick Lyra Lanier, LMFT, LGBTQ+ Program Manager

PatrickLyra@PacificPrideFoundation.org

 

 

 

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PFLAG Santa Maria!
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

PFLAG Santa Maria!

¿Es ust ed padre o guardián que busca apoyo?

¿Interesadon en conectarse con la familia y amigos de personas que son

lesbians, gays, bixexuales, transgénero, cuest ionando y más (LGBTQ +) ?

¡ Ayudé a establecer un grupo

PFLAG en Santa Maria!

Únase a nosotros para reuniones de informatión general.

Lunes, 15 de octubre & 19 de noviembre

123 S . College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455

805-963-3636

Esta reunión será disponible para familiares y amigos del norte del condado de Santa Bárbara y del sur del condado de San Luis Obispo. 

Tema de la reunión a de la: LGBTQ+ & Identidad Latino/a/x

El estigma asociado con ser LGBTQ+ y latino/a/x tiene desafios únicos. Un grupo de personas LGBTQ+ y Latino/a/x compartirán sus historias y estrategias que han sido útiles en su viaje.

Habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuest as después de la presentación.

La traducción al español será proveida por

Fighting Back Santa maria Valley.

Habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuest as después de la presentación.

Persona de contacto: Director del programa LGBTQ+

Patrick Lyra Lanier, terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con licencia

PatrickLyra@PacificPrideFoundation.org

 

 

 

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Meeting: Support and Education
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Listening to Our LGBTQ+ Elders

We all know that our aging population is growing and that certainly includes our LGBTQ+ community. What we might not know as well are the unique challenges facing this community. Our panel will share their experience with us and help us understand the unique joys and trials of aging and being LGBTQ+.

  • What was it like coming out in past decades?

  • Why might many aging LGBTQ people go back into the closet?

  • What are the internal and external challenges they face?

  • What can we do about it?

There will be time for sharing 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 805-560-8621

we will be glad to hear from you.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization

and are not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details for our September 10 meeting!

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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PFLAG Goes to PRIDE!
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

PFLAG Goes to PRIDE!

Love.Period 2018

Interfaith Pride

Celebration

Join us at PRIDE celebration on

Saturday, August 25, 2018!  1 pm

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
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

LISTENING TO LGBTQ+  YOUTH

Youth Advocate Leaders Speak Out

Join us to hear

Youth Advocate Leaders from

Pacific Pride Foundation's 2018-19 team.

Facilitated by Patrick Lyra Lanier, LGBTQ+ Program Manager at Pacific Pride.

Youth leaders share their personal perspectives:

What is the disconnect between what adults think LGBTQ+ Youth experience, and what they actually experience?

  • Is cyberbullying as big an issue as adults think it is? 
  • Is bullying (a la being stuffed into your locker) as obvious these days? 
  • What do youth ask of adults, from their direct lived experience? 

There will be time for sharing 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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details for our July 9 meeting!

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

The Myths & Reality

of Being Bisexual?

A Special Panel with Tania Israel & Others

Although there are more bisexual people than lesbians and gay men combined, stereotypes and biases about bisexuality keep them invisible and marginalized.

Come learn about the myths and realities of bisexuality, and what we can do to support bisexual teens and adults.

This presentation will include factual information from Tania Israel, an expert in the field, along with personal stories. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from our panel’s personal experience.

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education-Special Time 6:30 pm
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Meeting: Support and Education-Special Time 6:30 pm

Our PFLAG meeting this month will meet a little early for a special reception for our newcomers and PFLAG regulars to get to know each other a little better.

We will then join forces in support and celebration of the Fratelli Chorus Spring Concert "We Are One" with special guest singer Edwardo Villa.

 

Purchase tickets at the Fratelli website: FratelliAMensChorus.org. $20

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

We usually 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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back here again for more information on our

April 9 meeting!

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

Enter parking off of Garden St behind church

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

Need support?

Give our support line a call at 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

 

Grandma, I'm Gay...

A Special Coming Out Story Across Generations

 

Our panel this month is a very special cross-generational gathering of:

Grandparent, Grandson and Spouse.  

It is an act of courage when the LGBTQ person decides to come out, first to themselves and then to friends and family. What sometimes gets overlooked is that the whole family goes through a coming out process.  It is helpful to hear both sides.

 

There are obstacles to overcome both internal and external. What helps? What doesn't? What can we learn about being better allies? We will hear personal stories-the best way to really understand the issues.  Time for questions, sharing 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

Enter parking off of Garden St behind church

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

Need support?

Give our support line a call at 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Gender Queer 101

with Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network.

Our Transgender Experts from SBTAN, 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. There will be time for questions 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

Enter parking off of Garden St behind church

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

Need support?

Give our support line a call at 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details about our regular monthly meeting!

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details for our December 11 meeting!

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Check back again for details for our November 13 meeting!

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education

Special Guest Speaker

Comedian Elizabeth Collins

The Ins & Outs of Queerspawn Identity - Being Raised by Gay Parents

Elizabeth will share her story with us through excerpts from her one person show, “Raised by Gays and Turned Out Ok” – A funny and heartwarming story about the relationship between Elizabeth and her father, who came out when she was eleven years old.  Elizabeth will share her work with COLAGE and the families of LGBT parents. There will be time for conversation and sharing.

Elizabeth has performed standup all over Los Angeles at places such as Flappers, The Comedy Store, the Improv and Pasadena Ice House. She is making her way around the world with performances in New York, Chicago and Paris.

When she isn't telling jokes or writing, she is volunteering with the LGBTQ community and the kids of LGBTQ parents. She leads the LA Chapter of COLAGE and contributes to The Gay Dad Project blog. She writes about gay rights and funny things.

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Support and Education Monthly Gathering
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Meeting: Support and Education Monthly Gathering

Creating Safe Schools for Our LGBTQ Children & Youth: How to “Bully-Proof” Our Kids

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 Vice Principal, a counselor and a youth about how we can all work together to make our schools safe for ALL students

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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PFLAG Goes to PRIDE!
Aug
26
11:30 AM11:30

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
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

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 805-560-8621 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
7:00 PM19:00

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Gathering
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

 

 

 

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Meeting: Our Monthly Support and Education Meeting
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

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 805-560-8621 we will be glad to hear from you.

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Meeting: Why one woman left the Westboro Baptist Church
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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.

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Meeting: Coming Out: Two Sides to Every Story
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

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.

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