Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared the Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional yesterday. Read more at LGBTQ Nation:
PFLAG Lubbock President Tony Thornton had the following statement:
This is great day for equality in Texas. An enormous leap forward for same-sex couples in the State of Texas. This ruling cuts one more slice out of discrimination and we are proud of the Judges ruling. We know this ruling will go higher and we will not start providing same sex marriages in Texas immediately, this is a great day for forwarding the spirit of marriage for love and justice.
For our February chapter meeting, we are pleased to present a night of original theater — a first for PFLAG Lubbock. We will be treated to three original short plays on LGBT topics written by Dr. Norman Bert, Professor of Playwriting & Dramatic Structure at Texas Tech, with performance readings by actors from Tech’s Department of Theatre & Dance directed by Jonathon Peck. Follow-up discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Ted Dotts.
Coming Out and End of the World are the titles of the first two plays running only about five minutes each. The final play, For All the Saints, is longer, about 15 minutes, and more celebratory. The title comes from the hymn of the same name.
“Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” Read the Court Decision
Preview of the 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, held Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2014, in Houston, TX. Learn more and register at http://www.creatingchange.org. PFLAG Lubbock is sending four members. Are you going?
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.