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.