Local Stories: PFLAG to host speakers for National Coming Out Day. I’ll be one.

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October 11 is/was National Coming Out Day.  2015 marks the 27th annual observance, commemorating the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, held in 1987.  On this day, those still in the closet, whether they are LGBTQ or allies, are urged to step out and tell their stories.  In recognition of NCOD, PFLAG Tulare-Kings Counties will host two Visalia residents as they discuss their “coming out”.

Since the first NCOD was celebrated in 1988, there has been a sea-change in the way society in general, and the law specifically, views the LGBTQ community.  From the riots in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that sparked the modern LGBTQ movement, to the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that made marriage equality the law of the land, few would have thought such progress possible.

In 1977, Harvey Milk of San Francisco won election to the City Council as California’s first openly gay person to run for office.  During his campaign, and his short time in office (he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in their offices on November 27, 1978), Milk often urged closeted members of the gay community to “come out”.  He maintained it was the only way for the LGBTQ community to truly advance.  As more people came out over the years, Harvey’s words have proven prophetic.  Harvey Milk is recognized in California with a “Special Day of Significance”, each May 22nd.

Each October, PFLAG Tulare-Kings Counties recognizes Coming Out Day with programs related to the subject.  This year, two Visalia residents will speak, telling their “coming out” stories.  Gail McCarthy, author of a five book murder mystery series, the Alexandria Whitney mysteries, and Jim Reeves (that’s me!), 9-1-1 dispatcher, blogger, and LGBTQ activist, will be discussing the coming out process and how it’s impacted our lives.  We’ll talk about the societies we lived in as we approached our own “coming out”, the atmosphere that colored our perceptions, and how being “out” has affected our lives since.

The public is, as always, invited to attend PFLAG meetings.  Admission is always free, and refreshments are served.  This month’s will be Sunday, October 18, from 3 pm till 5 pm.  We meet at the Congregation B’nai David, in their Educational and Cultural Center, 1039 S. Chinowth, Visalia.  (Just follow the rainbow flags)

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Temptation looms as JimmieJoe hangs out with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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A contingent from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were the featured program for the Tulare-Kings Counties PFLAG March meeting.  Four of the Sisters drove up from Los Angeles to tell us about the group and it’s charitable works, along with a non-stop barrage of one-liners and poignant stories.

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Public speaking? In front of a crowd?

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In the past, you’d never find me speaking in front of a group. It’s just something I’d never do. Now, for some reason, I’ve been asked to join a panel discussion. The good folks at Tulare-Kings PFLAG have asked Brooke Burke of GayVisalia.com, Justin Kamimoto and Ted Freitas of My LGBT Plus, Andrew Miller of Tulare-Kings PFLAG, and myself to talk about LGBTQ blogging in the central valley.
We’ll be speaking at the February meeting, Sunday the 19th. The meeting starts at 3pm, check out the link for PFLAG for the location and directions.
I’m actually looking forward to the panel, even though I’m not sure what I’m going to say!

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Holiday Potluck and White Elephants! (via Queer Visalia)

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Holiday Potluck and White Elephants! Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Gift Exchange The count down has started, and the date is coming for the most exciting time of the year. PFLAG Tulare-Kings Counties Meeting 305 E. Center St., Visalia (corner of Bridge) December 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm Following our regular introductions will be the breakout support groups THEN !!!! in place of our regular programming we will be having … Our Annual Holiday Potluck – White Elephant Gift Exchange E … Read More

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Buy a Book, Support Tulare-Kings PFLAG! (via Queer Visalia)

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Always worth supporting, go to QueerVisalia and click on the link to print out coupons that will donate to the Tulare-Kings Chapter of PFLAG with every purchase you make.

Buy a Book, Support Tulare-Kings PFLAG! Benefit Days Voucher for PFLAG-1 Planning on making Holiday gift purchases at Borders or Waldenbooks? Click on the link above, and print out coupons that will donate a portion of the proceeds to Tulare-Kings Chapter of PFLAG.  Coupons valid December 17 thru December 19, 2010. PFLAG Tulare-Kings Counties … Read More 

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Creepy Weather-Odd Happenings-Random Meanderings

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So the weekend has just started, and already things are weird.  Big storm early in the week, that blew down part of my fence.

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I called the insurance company that holds my homeowner’s policy, and after my deductible, sharing with the adjoining property owner, and depreciation, they would gladly cut me a check for $10.54.  I told them “never mind”.

After the rain, fog.  Now fog is normal after rain here, but this fog was creepy.  It was warm and muggy fog, something I can’t remember ever experiencing.  It’s creeping me out big time.

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