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January 14, 2018 PFLAG KC Meeting – JoCo Q-Space

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Our first meeting of 2018 features Cassandra Peters, founder of JoCo Q-Space, the only LGBTQ+ youth center on the Kansas side of the KC Metro.

JoCo Q-Space’s purpose is to empower LGBTQ youth to become out and proud members of our community by offering a safe, drug-free, and hate-free space where LGBTQ+ youth can be themselves without judgment. Q-Space started in March of 2017 after one of her children came out as transgender and she realized there was a need in Johnson County for youth resources.

Cassandra is also a board member for Equality Kansas Greater KC Chapter and has been working with area City Councils and Human Relations Commissions regularly to add sexual orientation and gender identity to their non-discrimination ordinances.

Cassandra has hosted numerous community events in support of the LGBTQ+ community including screenings of Gender Revolution, an LGBT panel discussion, an ally rally at Olathe Northwest, and most recently, a full day transgender education workshop.

Share this meeting information with others who can benefit from this valuable information for our youth!  See you Sunday at 3-5 at Village Presbyterian Church!

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No PFLAG-KC Meeting on December 24th!

There will be no meeting at the Kansas Center for Inclusion on December 24th. Merry Christmas!

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December 10th PFLAG Meeting

Our December meeting is a potluck at 3:00. We will not have a scheduled speaker. Bring a dish to share. Come to enjoy food and each other’s company!

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November 12th PFLAG KC Meeting features Ceri Anne Lewis

Ceri Anne Lewis is a Christian Transgender Woman, and parent of two adult kids, Kevin and Kaitlin. Ceri (pronounced Carrie) lives in the Kansas City area, but was raised in Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota. As a Navy Veteran she has been stationed in Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, Pensacola, and Key West, FL. Ceri grew up in a family of Evangelical Ministers. In the process of reconciling her faith with being transgender, she was called to help others struggling with the suffering the church has been causing LGBT people. She currently attends UMC Church of the Resurrection, and is a graduate of the 2017 Reformation Project Leadership Cohort. Professionally, Ceri has worked in photography her whole life, beginning with newspapers, then Naval intelligence, studio, dance and theater. She’s been in the technical, photo science side of photography for the last 27 years. She has a long history working as a Scout, and Church Youth Leader, having led many youth missions to Mexico. Her passions include travel, music, motorcycles, and the outdoors.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Ceri Anne speak and know many of us will learn from her experiences.

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October 8 Meeting

October 8th PFLAG KC Meeting.

Our meeting features Debi Jackson.  Debi is a PFLAG KC past president. Debi lives with her husband and two children in Kansas City, Missouri. She has become an advocate for transgender rights and acceptance because of her daughter. She now speaks openly about her family to provide others with a personal connection to learn about transgender youth, using her story to prove that conservative Southern families can be supportive of LGBT issues. Debi was awarded the 2016 NEA GLBT Caucus Role Model Award for her contributions to education about the LGBTQ+ community and now works at the National Center for Transgender Equality as a Family Organizer. Her daughter, Avery, has also told her own story in a children’s book and was featured on a cover of the “Gender Revolution” issue of National Geographic magazine.

You will be inspired by Debi’s story! See you Sunday at 3!

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