Tuesday, September 2, 2008

PFLAG Boulder Hosts Cutting-Edge Conference on Intergenerational LGBT Issues

Jean Hodges, of our PFLAG Boulder, Colorado chapter, shared this news about an upcoming conference that Colorado chapters are hosting. United We Can: An Intergenerational Call to Action is "a multi-state conference bringing together LGBT people and allies of all ages for workshops, panels, networking, and entertainment, focusing on issues as diverse as faith and LGBT identity, transgender issues, queer identity, and the politics of equality." Our own Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National, will be there as a speaker. The conference is open to the public.

Featured speakers include Judy Shepard, president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will open the conference with her keynote speech marking the tenth anniversary of the brutal hate crime that killed her son Matthew. Other speakers include Mara Kiesling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National, and Dr. Miguel De La Torre, from the Iliff School of Theology.

The program includes 22 workshops on topics as diverse as Two-Spirit Traditions, Racism and Homophobia, the Ex-Gay Survivor Movement, Making Schools Safe, Reconciling Spirituality and LGBT Identities, Supporting Families with Transgender Youth, and Hate Crimes and Community Accountability. The conference features music from Mosaic Youth Chorus, OutLoud Men’s Chorus, Somethin’ About Lulu, and a dramatic performance by Vox Rising, the youth arm of Boulder’s own acclaimed “performance tribe,” Vox Feminista.

A special PFLAG “Straight for Equality Award” will be presented to Jean Dubofsky, victorious lead counsel in Romer vs. Evans, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1996 rejection of Amendment 2.

United We Can! An Intergenerational Call to Action begins Friday evening, September 19, and continues through Saturday, September 20, at the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder. Sunday, September 21, the conference moves to the University of Colorado, to the University Memorial Center (UMC), room 235.

Registration for the full weekend, which includes four meals, is $110/$100 for students and seniors. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities, as well as reduced-price program tickets, are available to defray conference admission. Boulder Valley School District Educators are eligible to receive financial support and CDE credit for attendance.

This event is sponsored by the Colorado Coalition of PFLAG Chapters, and the University of Colorado’s GLBT Resource Center.

For further information, contact Jean Hodges, PFLAG Boulder County, at 303-444-8164 or 303-444-4580, by email at info@pflagmountainwest.org, or the conference web site, at www.pflagmountainwest.org.

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