On Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 am, PFLAG SDC will be celebrating our 24th year of awarding scholarships to LGBTQ high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who are San Diego County residents. There are 14 scholarships being awarded, including eight general scholarships, three STEM scholarships, a Fine Arts scholarship, and two community college scholarships. Please join us by registering at: https://forms.gle/vLvWipCdBzJfGDSK9
Sycuan Casino presents the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’s virtual performances May 29-31. The first performance is at 8:00 pm on May 29, then will be available for streaming until May 31. You may go to their website to view via YouTube: sdgmc.org. This is a golden opportunity to see the SD Gay Men’s Chorus!
Join In The Q & A With Toni Atkins
On Friday, June 4 at noon, San Diego Pride presents a live Q & A with California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. She represents the 39th Senate District, which includes San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and parts of unincorporated Rancho Santa Fe. Atkins holds many firsts including the first lesbian to be the Speaker of Assembly in 2014 and the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person to lead the Legislature’s upper house as Senate President pro Tempore.
Atkins has authored landmark legislation promoting equality for transgender Californians by ensuring they can have their true gender identification listed on driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and death certificates. She has also led the charge to expand HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services, and secured funding for housing homeless LGBTQ youth. To RSVP to the event, go to sdpride.org/live.
Join North County LGBTQ Resource Center’s 13th Annual Pride by the Beach June 12 from 2:00-3:00 pm in a live-streamed virtual event. The headliner is Mxs. Amber St. James and is Co-Hosted by Butterfly Luv Hugs! You can view the live stream at www.pridebythebeach.org.
I Do…Starring Jamie Lynn Sigler, Alice Witt, Maurice Compte 2013… on Amazon Prime
For this month of the wedding, I came across a fairly weird spin on marriage. What it is, what it isn’t, family loyalty, connectedness, happiness or not, for all of the above is included in this tangled web of a premise. (trigger warning, tragedy in the beginning) But it’s a fascinating tale of the twists and turns of true love, loyalty, boundaries and finally the realization that everyone deserves happiness and love for themselves as well as giving and sharing it with others.
Man Made….Starring Mason Caminiti, Dominic Chilko, Kennie Story 2019…on Amazon Prime
This honest, real life piece is about 4 transgender men as they prepare to compete in the only Trans Men Body Building competition in the world. The documentary has widened my vision and understanding of just how alike we all are. We are all human beings who want and need the same things in life…self-esteem and worth, acceptance, affirmation, and love. It’s very well done and should be watched and absorbed by anyone who is seeking true allyship in our rainbow family/community. (FYI…much swearing in a particular segment)
ICYMI: A Place to Call Home
On May 1st, in honor of our AAPI families, we premiered a new film, A Place to Call Home. Filmmaker Stephanie Tran (they/them), a young, queer, Vietnamese filmmaker, approached PFLAG National last year hoping to amplify and honor LGBTQ+ Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander voices. Then COVID hit, and the way films were being made had to change, quickly–putting the project on pause. We are so glad that, one year later, Stephanie is finally able to bring their vision to life. We are #PFLAGProud to elevate our beloved AAPI families–and Stephanie’s work–in honor of AAPI Heritage Month.
U.S. Embassies can once again fly Rainbow Pride Flags. With President Biden’s blessing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has given U.S. embassies and consulates around the world blanket permission to fly the Pride flag on the same pole as the American flag.
The ruling was made in time for rainbow flags to be flown on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and throughout Pride month in June. Authorization was given to the embassies to fly the flags year-round in a show of universal support. However, the authorization obtained by Foreign Policy that the choice lies with leaders at each diplomatic mission to decide if displaying the flag is “appropriate in light of local conditions.”
SD Pride: R E S I L I E N T
RESILIENT is this year’s aptly named theme for San Diego Pride’s 47th year of celebrating PRIDE. Mark your calendars, as festivities are July 10-18. Many of the events will be a combination of virtual and in-person. As SD Pride did last year, Pride Live will be streamed virtually on July 17. PFLAG SDC is proud to take part as one of the LGBTQ+ groups highlighted. Stay tuned for details in the July newsletter.
Did We Hear You Say You Wanted To Volunteer?
While PFLAG San Diego County is happy that you are a member, we would be happier if you could spend some time volunteering with us to continue our good work in the LGBTQ+ community. You can spend as much or as little time as fits your availability. Current opportunities include openings on committees, ongoing projects, and tabling and attending events as soon as reasonably safe, in accordance with local guidelines regarding COVID. To sign up, contact PFLAG SDC President, Tiffany Gonzalez, email@example.com.
Individual support groups will continue to meet virtually, as well as the monthly virtual Countywide Support Group meeting. We encourage you to contact your support group facilitator at any time, as they will remain excellent resources for information. The support group locations, dates, and times will continue to be posted on the PFLAG San Diego County Facebook page. You can join in any of the digital meetings. For Zoom links, contact each support group.
If you have an account with Amazon, you can help our chapter every time you shop. Go to smile.Amazon.com and search for PFLAG San Diego County. For every purchase, our chapter will receive .05% of the dollar amount of the order. This may not sound like a lot, but it adds up with the more people we have participating. Now that more of us are ordering online than ever due to the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to use Amazon Smile to support PFLAG.
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through: Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ+; Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ+; Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ+.