PFLAG Lubbock will host our annual holiday party on Monday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room of St. John’s UMC. Note that this is on the second Monday of the month, not our usual meeting day. The party begins with a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share, as well as your own serving utensil. Drinks will be furnished.
After our meal, we will have a food gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped food item to participate in this new tradition.
In the spirit of the season and going along with our food theme, we are also asking that each person bring one or more cans of soup to donate to Meals on Wheels.
Our November meeting will feature James Villanueva of Slaton, Texas. Villanueva is the managing editor for The Slatonite newspaper and writes a column called “Around the Square.” He is a published writer whose works have appeared in Texas Monthly, among others. In 2011, his blog about Slaton was picked up by The History Press and turned into a full length book entitled Remembering Slaton, Texas: Centennial Stories 1311-2011.
Villanueva is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Eastern New Mexico University in 2005. He is the former Education and Marketing Coordinator for Lubbock’s Buddy Holly Center.
Villanueva was a cast member on Season 3 of Disney Channel’s “Bug Juice” in 2001. He spent time as entertainment reporter for Campus Pride and has interviewed various LGBT celebrities including the late Perry Merry (executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia and one of People Magazine’s sexiest men) and author Salvatore Sapienza.
Recently, Villanueva’s short story “Dancing with White Boys” was a finalist for the Lambda Literary awards, having been nominated by famed LGBT author Christopher Rice, the son of Anne Rice. Villanueva’s LGBT young adult novel, Flick, was published in October 2013.
Please join us on November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church (1501 University Ave., Lubbock). We will also hold our annual election of officers for the upcoming calendar year.
Our latest newsletter came out today, and it’s full of upcoming events this month for October – LGBTQ Pride Month. Check this issue for lots to do right here in Lubbock.
Our own October meeting is set for Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church (15th & University). This program will feature a duo from St. John’s United Methodist Church: The Reverend Kevin D. Young and Tyson Lemasters. Kevin Young was appointed Senior Minister to St. John’s UMC in June, 2012, and Tyson Lemasters has been an active part of St. John’s since August, 2012. Each speaker has a personal story to share.
Please join us, and remember to bring your dues for the upcoming PFLAG year if you’re joining us as paid members of our organization. Your dues entitle you to a year of membership in our Lubbock chapter as well as in PFLAG National. We hope you’ll consider supporting the LGBT community with us!
Please join us on Tuesday, August 20th for a special viewing of Brokeback Mountain at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room of St. John’s United Methodist Church. There is no admission charge and snacks are free!
Longtime members of PFLAG Lubbock will remember that Summer Movie Night was a staple event during the years when Bill Armstrong was served as president. In our 20th anniversary year, we’re reinstating this tradition.
If you have seen Brokeback Mountain before, come for a repeat screening of this stunning film; if you haven’t seen the movie, be prepared for a rare and heartbreaking experience. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room of St. John’s UMC, 1501 University Avenue, and runs 2 hours and 15 minutes.
We’ll have lots more information on the film and other upcoming programs this fall in the summer issue of News & Views due out today. Watch your email, or check back here for the PDF link on our blog.
good op-ed piece in the New York Times about transgender people and their need for rights, too.
Boylan, Jennifer. “We Want Cake, Too.”