2018 NEWS

2018, December 19th. [On Dec. 19th, Lance wrote (on Facebook)] "In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. ... Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one's wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times." We learned how to make paper cranes -- as we talked about things that have challenged us this past year and the things we want to change in the new year.

2018, November 21st. We enjoyed a potluck dinner and good conversations, and ended the evening with some board games.  PFLAG-ABQ provided the basics (like turkey, stuffing) and participants brought favorite dishes to share (veggies, potatoes, sweets, pies!). A good time!

2018, October 17th.  It was't Halloween quite yet, but we celebrated a bit of "Samhain"--a day in Scots and Irish culture which today we call "Halloween"--when "separate things mingle": Fall and winter, living bodies and spirits. We enjoyed Scottish & Irish snacks, and photos of Scotland & Ireland explained by Havens Levitt.

2018, September 19th. We began with snacks and socializing, then support and presentation.

2018 August 15th. A panel of students and teachers discussed ways to make schools safer for LGBTQ students. We began with support groups and followed with snacks and topical discussion.

2018, July 18th. As we did last year (in this time of possible summer monsoons), we enjoyed an INDOOR Picnic. PflagAbq provided the basics; participants brought food (favorites) to share. Fun! We hope to see you again next year too.

2018, June 20th. Our discussion focussed on family relationships after we watched a short documentary film, "Gay Siblings" (from a LOGO series).

2018, May 16th. Albuquerque PRIDE parade and festival happens in June, so we talked about it and PFLAGabq's role in the events. As always, we began our meeting with support and discussion.

2018, April 18th. Tre Brewbaker, Mr. International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), and Priscilla Toya Bouvier, Miss New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association (NMGRA) spoke about IGRA/NMGRA and many of their personal experiences. Their talk began 8 PM; our PFLAG meeting started at 7 PM with support.

2018, March 21st. There was support, then an open discussion followed by a discussion focused on the topic of bisexuality.

2018, February 21st. We followed our usual schedule of support and discussion. We will also shared memories of Katherine Palmer as well as others who led our community toward freedom and pride.

 Katherine Palmer
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"Today we remember Katherine Palmer. It is with heavy hearts that we inform our PFLAG family of her passing. Katherine was [a profound] influence on our organization and community for many years. We ask that our PFLAG family allow Katherine's partner space and time to heal at this time" (L.M.). We invite anyone who would like to remember Katherine with us to our February meeting on the 21st at 7pm.

2018, January 17th. After some chit chat, we watched The Laramie Project, a 97-minute film set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, filmed after the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. (The movie is an adaptation of a play by that name.)