PFLAG Portland, Oregon

supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons, their families, and friends 
in the Portland Metropolitan Region
through love and understanding, education, and advocacy.

26 March 2012

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8944
Portland, OR 97207-8944

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News and Events

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Applications Available

Applications for the Audra M. Edwards Scholarships are due by May 1st. Applicants are eligible if the will be pursuing undergraduate education in 2012-13, are LGBT or have an LGBT parent, and have lived for at least 1 year in Oregon or in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum Counties in SW Washington. For more information wisit

Awards will be presented at the 5th annual Peacock After Dark at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts on September 5th, 2012. Tickets are available at

Jay Michaelson and  “God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality” - April 25, 2012

Jay Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and activist whose work addresses the intersections of religion, sexuality, spirituality, and law. His newest book is God vs. Gay? The s Case for Equality. 7-9 PM at the Q Center, PDX..

A CLASS ACT 2012: Classic Blues with The Norman Sylvester Band- April 27, 2012

Norman “The Boogie Cat” Sylvester brings his award-winning brand of blues to A Class Act, the 18th Annual Benefit for the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation on Friday, April 27, 2012 at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave; Portland, Oregon (Corner of 11th & SW Clay) (Google Map). Doors open at 6:30PM, Show starts at 7:30PM.

Tickets are $40.00 online, $50.00 at the door, $350.00 to sponsor a pew (10 Seats).

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Thank you for your continued support in these very difficult economic times.  PFLAG is an all volunteer organization which receives no operating money from PFLAG National. Your membership is critical to keeping PFLAG Portland a strong and growing presence in the Portland Metro area.


This Month’s Chapter Meetings...

April PFLAG Portland Chapter Meeting

Join us to hear from Reid Vanderburgh, MA, LMFT, author of Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity.

Reid’s book, now in its 2nd printing, has already been widely accepted among trans people and their families. Reid will read from his book and answer questions on a variety of topics related to the transgender experience: the issues trans folk face, spouses/mates/family members, religion, addiction, transition, workplace disclosure, how young is too young?, what “support” looks like, and what “post-transition” means.

Tuesday, 4/10/12, 7:00PM, 1st Methodist Church, Portland, OR.

April PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Meeting

Our monthly meeting is a chance to meet others from the African-American LGBTQ community and to find out what events are on the horizon for this very active group. Support group offered during meeting. Please NOTE: March’s meeting will remain at its normal location at the John Garlington Center (former home of SMYRC).

Saturday, 4/21/12, 12-2:30 PM at 3024 MLK Blvd, PDX.

PFLAG East County Chapter Meeting

East County Chapter is rebuilding. Meetings have been temporarily suspended.  If you’d like get involved with the East County leadership team, contact us at Check our Facebook page for latest news!

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Quick Info

PFLAG Portland meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

PFLAG Portland maintains an extensive lending library.  Browse it at our 2nd Tuesday Chapter Meetings. Download the library catalog here: Updated Library.pdf

PFLAG has 4 other chapters in the Portland Metro Area:

  1. -PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
    (Meets on 3rd Saturdays, 12-2PM) at SMYRC, 3024 MLK Blvd, Portland).

  2. -PFLAG Portland East County Chapter
    (meetings suspended effective 9/28/2011. Contact PFLAG Porltand Chapter for more information)

  3. -Clackamas County

  4. -Washington County

Thanks you and congratulations to the 2011/2012 GSA Mini-Grant Program.recipients!
Eight youth oriented organizations, 4 in the Portland area and 4 across the state, were awarded mini-grants as part of this year’s program, our first.  Watch for the March newsletter; we’ll be telling you more about this year’s recipients.
This year’s program is now complete - but we’re making plans for next year’s program. Put your thinking caps on and be ready to apply in September 2012 for the 2012/2013 grants.  If your a member, a donor, or thinking of being one, this is a great way to make a direct difference in our community.  Consider donating an earmarked contribution for the GSA Mini-Grant program today!