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August 2015, Vol. 37 No. 8 A publication of the PCSO formerly the GLSO
TransKyAdvocate Tuesday writes about where the LGBTQ+ community should put their emphasis, now that the marriage equality battle is over
What I Learned At Summer Camp Carol Taylor-Shim tells of her experience at Camp Pride 2015.
Being Locally Proud Ranada touts the benefits of shopping at the Farmers’ Market and buying locally.
Rural Pride Summit
Coming to Lexington on August 12, the USDA, NCLR, True Colors Fund, and the PCSO host an event to raise the voices for LGBT people from rural communities.
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That’s What I’m Talkin’ About By Helena Handbasket
ell... it was bound to
than anyone else.
I just go from
conscience - will never lead you
my own experiences and try to help
wrong. Does that mean that I have
Mamaw would talk about God
people find their own way, and if
always made the right choices?
at some point, didn’t ya?
they want to use my experiences as
Don’t make me laugh. I’m human,
would I want to take on a subject
a gauge to base their own stuff on,
that inspires so much debate?
then who am I to stop them.
People have asked me how I can
guess it is because I just want to
You see, I always believed there
believe in this God thing when I can’t
share my own experience. Many of
was something bigger than myself
see Him (or Her). I can’t touch or
y’all know that I go to church most
out there somewhere that seemed to
hear God. Then why believe? (By
Sundays, but that doesn’t make me
be watching over me. I have been
the way, I do refer to God as Him,
holier than thou. Truth be known,
in so many situations in my life
but in all actuality, I believe that
I am just trying to do my best on
that could have ended tragically
God embodies the perfect mix of all
this journey, and what I get out of
but instead I came out okay. I’ve
that is both masculine and feminine
church on Sunday seems to help me
never been a person who claimed to
and understands everything about
find the strength to endure life’s
have all the answers, but in my life,
us.) My answer is that I exercise
It helps me find my
it has seemed that when I needed
my faith and just choose to believe.
center so that I handle things from
an answer about something, it was
What is this FAITH thing anyway,
a place of peace rather than chaos.
always there - right on time. Not
you might ask? A cousin of mine
Does that mean I have my “stuff”
always on my time but at least it
recently defined it as well as I have
together all the time?
was there when I really needed it
ever heard it.
silly. I can freak out just as easily
to be. It was as if I heard or felt
walking around corners.” Think
as anyone... but when I get to my
someone or something guiding me
about it. That is exactly what he
quiet place and try to find my center,
to where I needed to be or what I
said, and he was right. We walk
I can usually talk myself off of the
needed to do.
Someone told me
around corners metaphorically and
ledge. Does that mean that I know
once that when you hear that voice
literally everyday not knowing what
and understand everything about
in your head trying to get you to
is around that corner, but we do it.
God and spirituality? Yeah, right!
choose right over wrong, it is more
We walk around that corner, and we
Not a chance. But I have learned to
than your conscience talking. Many
believe that whatever we encounter,
trust my heart. I know sometimes I
people think that your conscience
we will be able to deal with.
can get a little preachy, and I really
is the voice of God and if we listen
what does it mean to “exercise”
don’t mean to act like I know more
close enough, then your heart - or
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He said, “Faith is
Continued from previous page
own heart and soul based on your
at 10am at our church: Bluegrass
my faith? For me, I exercise my
own life experiences.
United Church of Christ, 500 Don
faith by thanking God for the
thing I would try to get everyone to
answer even before I know what
do is to find your quiet place and
drink any Kool-Aid or bite the head
the answer is. I believe or “have
truly listen to what is inside you.
off any chicken (not the first visit
faith” that what I need will be there
Search your heart and be brutally
anyway). Just come and check it
when I need it. That doesn’t mean
honest with yourself. Don’t try to
out. I like to say that we don’t love
I can just sit around and wait for
convince yourself one way or the
you in spite of who you are; we love
God to work miracles. Sometimes
Listen to your heart and
you BECAUSE of who you are. We
those miracles happen through my
listen to that voice in your head.
embrace all of the differences and
own efforts, and I am guided by the
Then and only then will you find
we celebrate diversity. We live this
force that lives within me. Could
motto, “No matter who you are or
that be God?
You don’t have to
Anyway,this is what works for me.
where you are on life’s journey...
I leave you with this, my prayer:
you are WELCOME here.” See ya
that everyone who reads this article
Your faith and your beliefs
will find that force within him or
(Send comments or suggestions to
are yours. They are what you feel
her that leads to a place of true joy.
and what you sense and what you
Lastly, consider this your invitation
choose to believe in inside your
to join me any Sunday morning
Would I dare to try to get everyone to believe just like I do? NO.
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Imperial Court of Kentucky News
By H.M.I.M. Empress XXXIV of the Imperial Court of Kentucky Kali Dupree
ummer is in full swing and I hope
All of the events that the Imperial Court
everyone is enjoying themselves.
plans and hosts are for the community.
During the summer, we find ourselves
We are unique in the fact that we raise
traveling, hanging out, and typically,
money, $1 at a time, to give to our other
just socializing more with our friends
local charities so that they can continue the
and loved ones. We have late evenings,
work that they do. Our relationships are
warm weather, vacation times, and there’s
very important because of this.
typically lots to do. With our relationships
Throughout the many years that the
with friends and loved ones in full bloom
Imperial Court has been established, we
and stronger than ever, I find myself
have been able to put hundreds of thousands
looking at the strong community that I live
of dollars into our charities. This success
in and that I consider my family.
comes from the hard work of many people
The multitude of wonderful organizations
and many organizations. The participation
in Lexington, KY and the surrounding
and collaborations between the different
areas that do incredible things in the
organizations and even some businesses
community is outstanding. All of these
giving back to community is key to
organizations have a relationship with the
bettering and lifting up our community.
community and the community depends
on them. Since becoming Empress 34, I
relationships have been stronger than ever,
have personally taken an interest in these
and the plan is to make them even stronger.
relationships - an interest not only in The
The Imperial Court was given the chance
Imperial Court’s relationship with our
to represent at the Pride Festival where I
members or any individual organization’s
was able to perform to raise some money
relationship with its members and clients,
through tips. We were at the Fairness
but in the relationships between the many
Awards where I was, again, able to raise
organizations within our great community.
some money through the opportunity to
Two months have already passed
perform, and again, walking in the Fourth
into reign 34, and The Imperial Court
of July Parade with all my brothers and
of Kentucky has already been moving
sisters from the different organizations.
forward with our fundraising endeavors.
Simply amazing is the feeling of unity.
On August 29 the Imperial Court will raise money to help gather school supplies for children in need. We have been working with AVOL, Fayette County School systems, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters to make sure we are able to help as many of these families as possible. Also in the works is Dragging Out For Life on September 16 at Crossings Lexington, which is a kick off to AVOL’s Dining Out For Life on the 17th. There will be many participating restaurants throughout Lexington. This is a great opportunity for any of you to get out and witness the amazing team work that goes into the events that raise money for this community. For any information for upcoming events, questions, or to donate, feel free to contact me, any board member, follow the Imperial Court of KY on Facebook, or go
to imperialcourtkentucky.org. LinQ
TransKyAdvocate By Tuesday G Meadows
Where Do We Go From Here? “Slip Kid, slip kid, realization… There’s no easy way to be free... It’s a hard, hard world... I am a solider at sixty-three... No easy way to be free.” Slip Kid, The Who
he Supreme Court of the United
children, who may be subject to harmful
from its list of mental illnesses in 1973.
States has made marriage equality a
conversion therapy. Let us make Leelah’s
Gender Identity disorder was removed from
reality. The law is now on our side despite any
law to ban conversion therapy a reality.
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
resistance. Now a burning question remains:
The law is named for Leelah Alcorn, a
Disorders when the DSM - 5 was published
Where does the LGBTQ+ community put
transgender teen from Ohio who killed
in May 2013. The people still practicing
its collective advocacy emphasis next? My
herself last winter after experiencing
conversion therapy ignore what the APA
answer is, to paraphrase a bartender or two,
conversion therapy. Banning conversion
has said and act as if being LGBTQ+ were
“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t
therapy would benefit not just transgender
something that needs to be cured.
stay here.” We still need to move forward.
children who are subject to the practice,
Unfortunately, our state Senate has already
Many battles remain in the fight for
but also those children whose families may
proven that they are more than willing to use
equality. Marriage is just one piece of the
not accept their sexual orientation. In fact,
our children as cannon fodder for their own
puzzle. We are all aware of the backlash of
many mental health professionals (including
political pandering to the far right. It will be
recalcitrant county clerks who are virtually
most major associations of physicians and
an uphill battle to break their habit of picking
daring Governor Beshear to fire them for
psychologists) believe that conversion
on LGBTQ+ children when they reconvene.
not doing their jobs. However, instead of
therapy is harmful. Not only is it ineffective,
Of course, there is always push back from
focusing on the small-minded folks, who
it also can cause harm to the victims
progress, be it child labor laws or interracial
history is in the process of leaving behind,
tantamount to child abuse. It can lead some
marriage, but we owe it to the next generation
let us continue to bring the fight forward
to depression, substance abuse, self-harm, or
to protect them and help them flourish.
to make a more equal, just, and fair world
even, like in Leelah’s case, suicide.
I think that a law banning conversion therapy
for all LGBTQ+ individuals. Let us focus
New Jersey, California, Oregon, and
can be accomplished here in Kentucky. Then
on better and more accessible healthcare.
Washington DC have banned conversion
again, we do have a group that wants to use
Let us tackle workplace discrimination. Let
therapy. Those bans have held strong in the
our tax dollars to build Noah’s Ark right up
us challenge the rampant violence against
face of challenges in federal courts. A New
the road from Frankfort. To me, passing
LGBTQ+ people of color. Let us help
Jersey Superior Court noted, “Saying that
Leelah’s law is not only a worthy endeavor
undocumented LGBTQ+ people who may
homosexuality is a disorder is not novel, like
but it should be a top priority. You may write
be fleeing persecution.
the notion that the earth is flat, it is outdated
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow
My personal quest will be to advocate for
and refuted.” The American Psychiatric
me on Twitter Tuesday Meadows@trishgigi.
LGBTQ+ children, especially transgender
Association (APA) removed homosexuality
Now Tuesday is gone with the wind.
What I Learned At Summer Camp By Carol Taylor-Shim, MSW
rowing up I thought I was missing out on the rite of
We shared so many experiences together.
many people that night. Some campers
kids brag about all the new friends they
downright frightening. We all got a real
couldn’t understand the concept of
made, who they made out with, and all
life lesson on the need for solidarity
intersectionality until they realized the
the cool friendship bracelets they got,
when the campus police showed up to
reason their fellow campers could’ve
made me feel like I was missing out on
engage in state policing of Black and
died right in front of us simply for being
something. Last summer I made up for
Brown bodies. In those moments, the
black. Being anything other than white
my lack of childhood camp experience,
fear of death of some of our own was
in America automatically puts a target on
and I went to Camp Pride and GOT
palpable. They dared to exist in their
your back. But it shouldn’t take seeing
MY ENTIRE LIFE. Camp Pride is
identities as people of color, as trans
it up close and personal to believe that
women of color, as queer people of
our lives are at risk. If you are a person
for LGBTQQIA students and higher
color. The white officers, with their state-
of color in America, your life is at risk.
education professionals. My life was
sanctioned power, had complete and
If you are a queer person of color, your
completely changed last year thanks to
total control over the lives and bodies of
risk is even greater. If you are a trans
Camp Pride. They showed me how being
people I cared deeply for. The thought
woman of color, you are at the greatest
a woman of color and a lesbian intersect.
of them becoming a hashtag brings
risk for death, which is the ultimate price
They gave me a sense of pride as a queer
about an overwhelming sadness, fear,
to pay for daring to exist as a full, 100%
woman of color that I never had before,
and frustration that is hard to explain,
and I am forever grateful for that gift.
but I feel it deep in my soul. The need
For me Camp Pride was the first
This summer I came back as part of
for solidarity presented itself again as
time I’ve seen my entire LGBTQQIA
Camp Staff, and I am still reeling and
our campers were harassed by a group of
community come together in the truest
reveling from the beauty of it all. This
misinformed, misguided, and completely
form of solidarity. When I look back, I am
year camp taught me a lot of things like
obnoxious middle-schoolers who threw
so thankful for the time I spent with some
North Carolina humidity is oppressive,
food and ice and called some of our
of the most powerful and courageous
it is possible to sweat your eyebrows off,
campers “disgusting.” Once again, our
social justice activists you could ever
and sometimes bees come in dinosaur
campers were merely existing in their
bring together. They gave me so much
sizes. The best thing I learned at summer
own glorious kaleidoscopes of identities
hope for our future. We cried out of shared
camp was the beauty and necessity of
and living their lives out loud. Some
pain, fear and utter exhaustion, celebrated
solidarity within and across marginalized
folks just can’t handle all that fierceness
one another with love and admiration,
populations. Our community is in
and committed to each other to work in
one of our own became a reality to so
passage that is summer camp. Hearing
we were feeling. The thought of losing
After both incidents, we came together
solidarity with all oppressed identities. It
yesterday, not next week, not after the
in community as a family to process
is solidarity NOW or nothing at all. That’s
next big thing, but RIGHT NOW!
all that we had experienced and all that
what I learned at summer camp. LinQ
Being Locally Proud! By Ranada West-Riley
s a business owner and chef, I find our diner is
perfectly located near the Saturday
SNAP, and WIC cards are accepted
Farmers’ Market in downtown
at many locations. Beyond those
Lexington. This gift has opened
my eyes to the beauty of keeping
incredible recipes to use with their
my buying as local as possible.
produce and products. You’ll also
A sad statistic is that there are
have an opportunity to try new
fewer than a million farmers left
fruits and vegetables normally not
in our nation, yet it was what our
available at chain grocery stores.
Since it’s the middle of summer,
nation was built upon. We have
Fresh fruits, in turn, are filled with
I figured a nice fruity and cool
lost nearly 5 million farms in less
antioxidants and phytonutrients -
treat would be the best recipe.
than 75 years.
a hidden benefit.
Buying locally is fun, promotes
sustainability of your community
markets boost the local economy
and neighborhood, and stimulates
as well as educate the community
- 2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
about healthy factors of fresh
- 1 cup raspberry juice drink, such
Farmers’ markets are
foods and the impact farming has
easy to find in cities, and keeping
on our environment.
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
it local benefits the community as
or creme de cassis
a whole. Farmers give consumers
Local goes beyond just food and
access to foods they normally
farmers’ markets and restaurants.
- In a blender, puree 1½ cups
would not get at local stores for
Seek out local printers for printing
raspberries, raspberry juice drink,
a lesser price than you’ll find
needs, local breweries for some
and corn syrup (or crème de
of the best beers around,
cassis) until smooth.
local salons instead of
- Fold in the remaining cup of
the cookie cutter chain
salons, and even local
- Divide among the molds or paper
boutiques with locally
cups. Cover and freeze until firm,
Happy Being Healthy By Angel Algarin Agua-Fit
ater is an essential part
plastic waste, but this also allows
a lemon wedge or a low calorie
you to count how many full bottles
flavor shot into your water not only
you need to drink in any given day.
changes up the flavor of plain water
today are not drinking as much
When you find that number, make
but it may also satisfy some hunger
sure to spread the intake throughout
is so important in weight loss,
the day so you maintain a consistent
not drinking enough could be a
If you want your lifestyle to continue on a healthy path, make
contributing factor as to why the
2. Eat your way to hydration.
sure to drink plenty of water. Not
obesity rate in our country is so
Some foods like melons and citrus
only does it decrease your appetite
large. Here are three different ways
contain very high amounts of water.
but it also helps rid your body of
you can add water to your diet
By adding these foods to your diet,
the waste of the fat that you are
without feeling waterlogged:
you increase your fluid intake
burning. So go turn on your tap for
without having to drink it all.
your free weight loss supplement!
1. Start carrying a water bottle. Not only does this cut down on
3. Flavor your fluids. Adding
oach’s Corner will be featuring
me, volleyball was a very exciting
that supports the acceptance, visibility,
the Captains and Coaches
sport to watch. The way it combined
and participation of members of the
from our various leagues as a chance
speed, strength, and teamwork was
LGBT community in professional,
for you to reach out if you have any
something I wanted to learn more
amateur, and recreational athletic
questions or would like to get more
about and be a part of.
programs without regard to race,
involved. This month, the Volleyball
Favorite Sport Memory So Far:
Playing in the 2014 Gay Games in
Lexington Gay Sports Commission
Coach’s Name: Ben de Jesus Sport: Volleyball (sand and indoor) Why You Became Involved: For 12
age. The programs
Team Lex Volleyball is available
that educate members of the LGBT
for both beginners and intermediate
community about the sports and
For more information on TeamLex
to them. Although the Lexington
Volleyball: email teamlexvb@gmail.
Gay Sports Commission serves the
com or visit www.facebook.com/
interests of the LGBT community, all
persons are welcome in the true spirit
Commission is a non-profit 501(c)3
of humanity and sportsmanship.
We will bring the wedding of your dreams to life.
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Please visit us at Bridal Bliss Classic August 30, 2015 at the Hilton Lexington.
SisterSound’s 20th Anniversary Season Begins with Picnic/Rehearsal Startup Y ou’ve heard us sing and visited
Crossing and Kohl’s Shopping Center).
our booth at the Pride Festival
If you are female, at least 18 years old,
Choir Room, 2800
in June. Now, it’s time to plan to join
and have thought about singing with
Tates Creek Road,
SisterSound, the Lexington Women’s
SisterSound, come to the picnic and
Chorus, and help celebrate our 20th
meet other SisterSound members. We
looking forward to
anniversary! Kicking things off will be
are a non-audition chorus, and if you
this special concert
a Prospective and Returning Members
can match pitch with those around you,
season and hope to
Picnic on Sunday, August 23, 6 p.m. at
we want you singing with us.
see many new and
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection Pavilion,
If you can’t join us for the picnic,
rehearsals for our 2015-2016 season
Nicholasville (on left side of outbound
begin on Sunday, September 13, 6:00
Nicholasville Road between Brannon
p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Centenary United
returning members in September. Need more information? Give Patti a call at (859) 806-0243.
Mendy J Daniels
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Carmella Yates, PhD Licensed Psychologist
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Daniels, Yates, & Associates Psychotherapeutic Services
PRIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES ORGANIZATION presents:
PRIDE COMMUNITY PROM “Same Love”
An 18+ Event A prom for adults that didn’t feel comfortable taking the date of their choice to prom, because love knows no gender.
Cash/Credit Bar Hors D’oeuvres DJ • Photographer
Friday, August 28 8PM-12PM Lyric Theatre 300 E Third Street Lexington, KY
Tickets Can Be Purchased at the PCSO Center (Tuesdays-Fridays 1PM-5PM, Saturdays 11AM-3PM) 389 Waller Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40504
or online at: www.pcsoky.org/site/?page_id=2987
Estate Planning Basics For Same-Sex Couples - Part 1 By Michael T. Palermo Attorney At Law
s an ally of the LGBT
partner, and perhaps your children
only (or “estate”), whether you have
or other loved ones.
a will or not. Your probate estate
I share your
joy over the recent Supreme Court
An estate plan almost always
consists of everything you own that
Finally, marriage is an
involves a will, but there are
is not distributed via a non-probate
option in life for same-sex partners.
other aspects to it as well, such
method. This month we’ll review
For those who choose to tie the
as the manner in which you hold
four non-probate techniques for
knot, estate planning will now
title to property and beneficiary
be much the same as for straight
designations forms on which you
couples. Regardless, the need for
specify to whom some kinds of
obvious: if you don’t own something
proper estate planning remains –
assets will pass.
when you die, it’s not part of your
especially for committed partners
people should make arrangements
who choose not to marry. In this
to handle their affairs in the event
your assets to others before you
article, and ones to follow, we
they become disabled. The planning
pass takes it completely out of the
will explore a few key issues that
process should also involve the
realm of probate. Just remember to
middle-aged and seasoned partners
deeply personal medical choices
keep enough for you to live on.
should consider, and the legal tools
that might have to be made as life
that address those issues.
nears its end.
What is estate planning? When
Gifting some of
Property owned jointly with right of survivorship: When the first
This month we will look at
of two joint owners dies, his or
property and how to plan for it in
her share automatically passes to
the event of death.
the survivor. This is traditionally
property dies, that property has to go to somebody, somehow.
Lifetime gifts: Remember
how spouses take title to their first Different kinds of property
home, for example.
As for joint
competent adult can arrange his or
and the law: probate and
bank accounts, make sure that it is
her affairs to decide, “Who gets
truly jointly owned, i.e., that your
The process of making decisions
definition of estate planning.
you need to be concerned about:
have signing privileges. Property titled in the name of your
good estate plan provides a legal
district court of every Kentucky
living trust: We’ll talk more about
and practical mechanism to dispose
trusts later. For now, just think of a
of your property in a way that
living trust as a legal “pot” created
acknowledges your wishes and the
“probating”) wills and overseeing
while you are alive that holds
needs of your spouse or committed
distribution of your probate property
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probate and non-probate.
spouse or partner does not merely
There are two classes of property
Continued from previous page property under your control until you die, and then passes control to your designated trustee. Assets
pay-on-death (POD) bank accounts and
Be sure you
name a loved one(s). Don’t name “my estate” or leave the designation forms blank. As you can see, almost everything in one’s estate can be transferred without a will, via non-probate means.
a will to pass down as you wish. That said, non-probate transfers can serve you well. No muss, just
household items, however, require
Furniture, vehicles, and
a little fuss, and, except for real estate, no lawyer. In future articles, we’ll look more closely at the will and the law that applies if you don’t have one as well
as other estate planning tools such as the Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will Directive. Mike is a general practice lawyer in Lexington and author of the 2005 book, The AARP Crash Course in
information and advice on estate planning, he can be reached through the PCSO Pride Center.
informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.
Lexington Hosts Next #RuralPride Summit
he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Lexington, Kentucky on August 12. The day-long event, co-hosted by the True Colors Fund and the Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) will be held at PCSOâ€™s office, 389 Waller Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington, Kentucky, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. #RuralPride is an afternoon-long summit being organized across the country to elevate the voices of LGBT people and families in rural communities, explore how these communities are particularly vulnerable, and discuss proposed and enacted federal
policy changes that can increase equality and access for rural LGBT people and their families. ThespeakersfortheLexington #RuralPride summit include: Michael Aldridge, Director, ACLU of Kentucky; Dan Canon of Clay Daniel Walton Adams PLCL; Ashlee Davis, Director, LGBT Rural Summit, USDA; Dawn Elliot, Fauver Law Office; Chris Hartman, Director, Fairness Campaign; Ming Wong, Supervising Helpline Attorney, NCLR; and Pride Community Services Organization Board Member Roberto Abreu, a counseling-psychology doctoral student with research focused on LGBT youth, especially in communities of color.
The #RuralPride summits center on LGBT experiences in rural America, including increased rates of economic insecurity, lack of family and nondiscrimination protections, the relationship between LGBT and faith communities, and the heightened challenges facing rural LGBT youth and rural LGBT people of color. The #RuralPride summit series is a partnership between NCLR and USDA that challenges the stereotype that LGBT people only live in metropolitan areas by raising awareness of the particular issues faced by LGBT rural communities. This event is free and open to the public.
COMMUNIT Y By Chad Hundley 2015 Lexington Pride Festival Chair Another Great Year of PRIDE!
consisting of the GLSO rebranding
as you can. I guarantee you will find
ell, what can I say except
and unveiling their new and inclusive
it fulfilling, and you will feel like you
WOW! What a grand event
are having an active part in all of our
the 2015 Lexington Pride Festival
Services Organization (PCSO) and
causes! With that being said, I want to
was this year! First Marriage Equality
the announcement of the PCSO Pride
invite any and all who wish to be a part
passed across all 50 states the day before
Center becoming an official “Safe
of this exciting committee to come out
Pride and then led us into the grand
Place.” The committee, PCSO Board,
for the annual Pride Festival committee
celebration on Saturday June 27. We had
and community really showed up and
elections on Thursday, August 27, 2015
a record number of attendees estimated
out for this grand occasion, and I am
at 6:30 pm at the PCSO Pride Center
at 25,000 individuals in the downtown
honored to have been part of it. We also
located at 389 Waller Avenue, Suite
courthouse plaza. We had a little rain
raised a record breaking $38,000+ to
#100, Lexington, KY 40504. For those
shower while setting up for the festival,
help the PCSO Pride Center with it’s
who volunteered with the PCSO and
but I must say that in all eight years of
operating expenses and help to continue
Pride Festival as official volunteers, we
having the Pride Festival downtown,
all of their programs and services they
invite you to come earlier that evening
this had to have been the best weather
offer to the whole community! Without
at 5 pm for a Volunteer Appreciation
we have ever had for our event. With
the monies raised at Pride, we would find
Cookout there at the same location! It
an overcast of clouds and a light breeze,
ourselves without a Pride Center in the
takes an army to lead this revolution, and
the weather was phenomenal!
state of Kentucky and would not be able
I am so thankful that you all entrusted
The celebration kicked off with the
to help out the community effectively
me to help lead this charge this year!
proclamation from Mayor Jim Gray
like we have been able to do for 38+
Thank you, and I Hope to see you at the
announcing to the city of Lexington
years. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
that it was “Pride Day!” We also had a
I encourage you to get involved with
couple of other special announcements
our community and programs as much
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PFLAG Central Kentucky Tuesday, August 11 @ 6:30 to 8:30 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 2025 Bellefonte in Lexington
ur speaker is from TransYouth Family Allies. She has been a lifelong advocate for her son who is now in his twenties. Learn what it means to advocate for your trans child, friend, or loved one within your family, in the school system, and in the community.. Support group discussion will follow. We welcome LGBTQ persons, friends, families and allies to our confidential group meetings. For more information, go to www.pflagcentralky.org
Kene Bishop and Daniel Beasley provide a stirring duet during “Draw the Circle Wide” an interfaith blessing of couples at the Lyric Theatre.
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“Normality is a paved road: it's easy to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” ~Vincent VanGogh LinQ
ALL MEMBERS MUST RE-REGISTER NOW! Kroger is donating
to local organizations
Use your Kroger Plus Card & help us grow! Supporting our organization has never been easier — just shop at Kroger and scan your Plus Card! Here’s how to enroll: 1. Visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards 2. click “Enroll Now” 3. Sign in to your online account, or create an account 4. Find and select our organization, and click “Save” You’ll start earning rewards for our organization right away on qualifying purchases made using your Kroger Plus Card! Learn more at www.kroger.com/communityrewards and thank you for your support. *Remember, you’ll need to re-enroll every August.
PRIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION NUMBER: 11741 26
August Calendar & Telephone Directory All meetings are hosted at the PCSO Pride Center unless noted with * Saturday, August 1 7:30 p.m. TransKentucky Meeting Sunday, August 2 6:30 p.m. Team Lex Volleyball* Monday, August 3 7:00 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group Wednesday, August 5 7:00 p.m. “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group Thursday, August 6 7:30 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group* Saturday, August 8 12:00 p.m. Entre Nosotros (Between Us) 9:00 p.m. Kentucky Bourbon Bears Board Meeting* Sunday, August 9 6:00 p.m. Imperial Court Meeting 6:30 p.m. Team Lex Volleyball* Monday, August 10 7:00 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group
Community and Social Groups
Tuesday, August 11 6:30 p.m. PFLAG Meeting* Wednesday, August 12 7:00 p.m. “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group Thursday, August 13 7:30 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group* Sunday, August 16 6:30 p.m. Team Lex Volleyball* Monday, August 17 7:00 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group Wednesday, August 19 7:00 p.m. “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group Thursday, August 20 All Day Editorial Deadline for LINQ Magazine* 6:30 p.m. PCSO Board Work Session 7:30 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group* Friday, August 21 7:00 p.m. Senior’s Bistro (Potluck)
Sunday, August 23 6:00 p.m. Imperial Court Meeting 6:30 p.m. Team Lex Volleyball* Monday, August 24 7:00 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group Wednesday, August 26 7:00 p.m. “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group Thursday, August 27 6:30 p.m. LexPrideFest 2016 Elections 7:30 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group* Friday, August 28 8:00 p.m. Pride Community Prom* Saturday, August 29 7:00 p.m. A Night For the Nest* Sunday, August 30 6:30 p.m. Team Lex Volleyball* Monday, August 31 7:00 p.m. H.E.A.L. HIV Support Group
Community and Social Groups
HIV/STD Testing, Services
24-Hour Crisis Line
24-Hour Teen Crisis Line
Transgender Youth Family Allies 1-888-462-8932
Health Department, Fayette County
Arbor Youth Services
Trevor Lifeline 24/7
Health Department, Woodford County
HIV/AIDS Legal Project
Council for Peace and Justice
“Heart to Heart” Discussion Group
Northern KY Region
Fairness of Louisville
UK Adolescent Medicine
Gay-Straight Alliance, Teens
PCSO Pride Center
Imperial Court of Kentucky
International Gay Bowling
KY Survivors Area of Narcotics Anonymous 859-253-4673 Lexington Fair Housing Council
Lexington Human Rights
Lexington Pride Festival
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
PFLAG Central Kentucky, Inc.
Social Services, Lexington
College Student Groups Berea College ACE
BCTC Gay-Straight Alliance
Centre College BGLA
EKU Alphabet Center
EKU Pride Alliance
Morehead State University
UK Gay-Straight Alliance
Don’t see your group’s events or contact information? Email it to email@example.com and we will add you to our calendar!
AIDS Volunteers of Lexington (AVOL) 859-225-3000
Religious Groups Ahava Center for Spiritual Living
Bluegrass United Church of Christ
Faith Lutheran Church
First Presbyterian Church
Hunter Presbyterian Church
Lex Friends, Quakers
Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church
St. Martha’s Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Church
Woodland Christian Church
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