MAY 3, 2017
(1st Wednesday of every month)
Ward VI City Council Offices
3202 E. 1st Street
A special celebration for the winners of this year’s PFLAG Tucson Scholarship Program will take place at our regularly scheduled meeting, Wednesday, May 3rd, from 7-8:30pm. Eight deserving recipients will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships towards their higher education. This annual event has proven to be a welcome boost for so many aspiring college students over several years. Were it not for the financial assistance provided from individual donors and the continuing generosity of the Alliance Fund, such a program for our GLBTQ and Allied youth would not be possible. Gratitude of immense proportions is due our dedicated supporters. If we could honor every deserving applicant with a scholarship, that would be our greatest achievement. What all the applicants need to know is the selection committee works hard to choose winners in a fair and impartial manner, but are limited to the number of scholarships they can give out. You can be sure, a lot of heart goes into this important task.
Because this PFLAG gathering will largely be dedicated to our Scholarship winners, we will have less time for our support portion of the meeting. However, we encourage people to attend if an in-person connection is desired that evening. Also, our PFLAG Tucson Hot Line is available should you have concerns/questions at any time (520-360-3795). Calls will be answered directly as they come in, or you may leave a message for us to call you back.
Our current PFLAG Tucson President, Blain Tucker, along with our Board members and all others who lend their on-going support, do hope you will share this exciting evening with us on May 3rd. This will be PFLAG Tucson’s 15th year in providing scholarships for our GLBTQ young adults with college ambitions!
A special celebration for the winners of the 2017 PFLAG Tucson Scholarship Program took place at our regularly scheduled meeting, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 7-8:30pm.
Eight deserving recipients were awarded $1,000 scholarships towards their higher education in Fall 2017. Six recipients were in attendance at the May 3rd meeting, many with families and significant others joining them. The two winners who were unable to attend both sent letters of gratitude for the love and support they continue to receive, adding that once they have completed their studies out-of-area, they plan to return to Tucson.
All the highly deserving recipients expressed a desire to work in fields that are relative to the LGBTQ community, and their hope is to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ students to boldly move forward with confidence in their personal endeavors.
Being this was a regularly scheduled meeting night, around 8:30 our PFLAG support portion took place in a quiet corner of the room while those who wished to remain for the celebration enjoyed time together.
It was a memorable evening with much joy and much support for all.
Long time PFLAG-Tucson leader Norm Meader passed away, Friday, February 10, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by several close friends who played Handel and Bach, as Norm had requested. PFLAG-Tucson will be ever grateful for Norm, who was a quiet presence behind our group, holding us together. He had an amazing calm and acceptance of his walk to the other side. Norm will be deeply missed.
PFLAG Tucson’s 2017 Celebration of Love was Wednesday, February 1, at 7pm at the Ward VI City Council Office at 3202 E. 1st Street. PFLAG honored Tucson’s LGBT couples and their wonderful relationships. This year’s celebration also featured a special presentation of the relationship of Norm (Mick) Meader, long-time PFLAG supporter.
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The Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew presents its Quarterly Speaker Series, which provides speakers on current social issues. St. Matthew’s first Speaker Series presentation for 2017 was January 18 from 6:30-8pm and focused on transgender issues with a presentation by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA). Since its founding in 1998, SAGA has sought to bring about a change in attitudes and perceptions of, as well as by, transgender people. This presentation, Transgender 101, will address the questions: What defines someone’s gender? What does it mean to be transgender? And much more.
The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew is located at 9071 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ. Please contact Larry Waggoner at 520-329-9739 for more information.