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The 2013 August Newsletter can be found here.

Don’t miss these events…..

Coming Out as a Person of Faith Exhibit and Receptions–Marriage Equality from a faith perspective–presentation and discussion: Sunday, August 4 2-4 pm at Congregational Church in Lincoln City Sunday, August 11 2-4 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Waldport Sunday, August 25 2-4 pm at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport

First PFLAG Meeting in Lincoln City: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:00-8:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Lincoln City Join us to get this new PFLAG chapter off to a good start!

Annual PFLAG & Welcoming Congregations Picnic: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2:00-4:00 pm at Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site (Fishermen’s Park) in Newport, west of the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge–at the picnic area at the South end of the park, between Yaquina Bay Bridge and Old Lighthouse. Bring some food to share–and bring a friend for this relaxing time together

Marriage Equality Petitions: If you haven’t yet been trained (15 min.) to collect signatures for the marriage equality petitions, call Ineka at 1-541-829-9049 for Newport area or Nancy Mead at 541-765-2371 for north county to arrange for training or to get more petitions. We have over 20 people trained and have collected almost 500 signatures in only FIVE days!! Way to go, Lincoln County!!

Thanks for all you’re doing to make Lincoln County safer and more welcoming!

The 2013 July Newsletter can be found here.

PFLAG to meet in Lincoln City Aug. 7 Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (OCC PFLAG) has been meeting in Newport since 2008. And will meet in Lincoln City for the first time on August 7 at 6:00 pm at St. James Santiago Episcopal Church, 2490 N.E. U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City. All GLBT and parents, family, and friends of GLBT are invited to attend. Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) was established in the early 1970’s. PFLAG is a national organization whose purpose is to provide support, education, and advocacy for families and friends of people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities. OCC PFLAG was started in 2008 following the suicide of a Newport High School student who had been harassed and bullied at school. A group of LGBT professionals in Lincoln County decided to make our county safer for gay teens. The first step was to establish a PFLAG chapter for support, education and advocacy. Supporting teens continues as a top priority for OCC PFLAG. PFLAG acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. As the parents, families, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, we celebrate diversity and work toward a society that embraces everyone. We provide love and support for all PFLAG members, family and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender loved ones can live safely with dignity and respect.

Coming Out as a Person of Faith. An Exhibit entitled “Coming Out as a Person of Faith” will be at three of the Welcoming Churches in Lincoln County in August. A short description of the exhibit is found here: and in more detail here The exhibit will be shown at the following welcoming congregations and followed by a discussion. August 4, 2:00 pm — Congregational Church of Lincoln City 1760 NW 25th Street Lincoln City, OR 97367 August 11, 2:00 pm — St. Luke’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Highway 101 Waldport, OR 97394

July 2013 meeting and newsletter The July 2013 newsletter of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG can be found here. Big thanks to Nel Ward who does a great job with our newsletter. Please join us on Thursday, July 4 in Yachats when PFLAG will be a rainbow presence in the LaDeDa Parade. We’ll gather about 11 AM in the covered shelter behind Yachats Commons to make signs and share our rainbow gear! The parade starts at noon and there are lots of activities and food events to enjoy in Yachats all afternoon. On Wed., July 10 our PFLAG meeting at 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport will focus on Welcoming Churches–and how they came to be Welcoming! Always time for support, socializing, and refreshments as well. Saturday, July 13 is our turn at Saturday Market in Newport–stop by to visit and thank the PFLAG and Welcoming Church volunteers! Saturday, July 20 is the statewide kickoff for Oregon’s Marriage Equality ballot measure signature gathering. Watch for an email with more info on how we will organize to gather LOTS of signatures in Lincoln County. Thanks for all you’re doing to make our communities safer and more welcoming to our LGBT family & friends,

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