PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside participates in various events, such as parades and marches, lobby days, and more, that support the LGBTQ community and let us share a fun and team-building experience together. Listed below are upcoming events (including ones by ally groups) open to our members, friends, and the public. To help plan and coordinate these events, please contact us.
October 26th, and November 9th at 4:30-6:30pm the Rainbow Teen Advisory Board (R-TAB) meets at the Redmond Library. LGBTQ youth and allies from any Eastside School district and in grades 6th-12 grade are welcome to attend. Members create safe spaces, socialize, and gain valuable leadership experience as they create community events. No application necessary. See flyer for details. The board is also sponsoring two events:
- Saturday October 28th, 7-10pm Drag Pageant & Cosplay Fashion Show at Kirkland Teen Union Building, hosted Seattle celebrity drag queen Aleksa Manila. Interested teen performers are invited to participate. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 6th. See flyer for complete details.
- Friday December 1, 7-10pm Spectrum: Identity is an art exhibit and talent show showcasing East king County LGBTQ+ youth artists at Bellevue Arts Museum on December 1. Bellevue Arts Museum. Interested teens are encouraged to submit this Artist Application Form. Please note that you can still submit the application after its stated deadline of October 25th, which is now extended.
October 10th 5-6pm Eastside youth in grades 6-12 can attend the Youth GSA+ for LGBTQ youth and/or youth from LGBTQ families as well as straight ally youth at the YMCA/Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center (its new location). The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month in the YMCA’s Met Market Conference room. You do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend. A chance to be in a fun, inclusive, and supportive club.
Friday-Sunday, October 20-22 is the 2017 PFLAG National Convention. This year’s location, Portland, Oregon, provides a great opportunity for PFLAG members and friends to attend. A bunch our chapter is already registered and we’d love for you to join us! Register now.
Saturday, November 18th 10am-4 pm The Seattle Buddhist Temple will conduct a seminar “Rainbow of Infinite Light,” open the public. Keynote speakers include Buddhist minister, Reverend Dr. Jeff Wilson, who will present “A Queer History of Buddhism,” and Marsha and Aiden Aizumi, a nationally known mother and transgender son. Local LGBTQ panelist will discuss “Naturalness, Becoming Our Authentic Selves,” which will highlight personal thoughts on how the Buddhist teachings have supported and encouraged them. The seminar will also include “Talk Story” sessions, where attendees can participate in small group discussions on the topics of Buddhism, social justice and spirituality as it relates to those who are LGBTQ. Registration (which closes Nov 8th) and additional details here. Also see flyer.