In addition to our monthly meetings, PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside participates in various events, such panels and workshops, parades, and more, that support the LGBTQ community. We list them here and on Facebook, and also occasionally share events by other LGBTQ ally groups. For the health and well-being of our community, we are now only posting information about virtual events.
February 5-7 The Laramie Project: a special two-part streaming event, sponsored by the Social Action Ministry Team of Bellevue First United Methodist Church, which was also responsible for the Transgender Day of Remembrance display in downtown Bellevue in November. (This is our chapter’s host church, who for many years have graciously provided us space for our in-person meetings.)
- Part 1: The Laramie Project performed by the youth of Studio EastThe Laramie Project. The stream opens 12:00AM, Friday on February 5 and expires 11:59PM, Sunday on February 7 . A gripping play about the effects on a small town of the murder of gay student Matthew Shepherd performed by area youth from Studio East in Kirkland. Check here for registration and details on the digital presentation.
- Part 2: Post-production conversation with cast, 1PM, Sunday on February 7. A special opportunity that will encompass a range of topics (Register here).
- What are the exciting aspects and terrifying truths about the performing arts during a pandemic? How can the seemingly impossible be made possible?
- The Youth Experience: How are youth impacted by the pandemic and participation in the performing arts? How do plays like The Laramie Project help shape their future?
- LGBTQIA+ attitudes: How are attitudes changing toward the LGBTQIA+ population? ARE they changing? What can The Laramie Project teach us about prejudice and tolerance?
June 2021 Eastside Pride is coming! We’ll keep you updated on this budding event as news develops. Covid restrictions will limit more public activities, but we can still focus on many other aspects. Together we can accomplish these goals:
- Form the legal and financial structure of the organization.
- Obtain official buy-in from the leadership of all Eastside cities.
- Make long overdue statement with an event that builds bridges of LGBTQ inclusion across all Eastside cities and community groups.
- Mark 2021 as the year that all Eastside cities make a statement about LGBTQ inclusion together.
Upcoming events at Lambert House for LGBTQ youth Lambert House has ongoing programs seven days a week on five different platforms. Upcoming events include a discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act and intersectionality with LGBTQ rights), Coming Out, and an LGBTQ joint book club event with KCLS teens. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow Teen Advisory Board
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 5-7PM LGBTQ youth and allies from any Eastside School district and in grades 6th-12 grade are welcome to join the Rainbow Teen Advisory Board (also known as R-TAB). R-TAB has suspended their normal meetings at Redmond Library and is investigating moving virtual ones. Please consult their Facebook wall for details. Members create safe spaces, socialize, and gain valuable leadership experience as they create community events. No application necessary.