The Oklahoma City Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through:
- Support to cope with an adverse society
- Education to enlighten an ill-informed public
- Advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
PFLAG Oklahoma City provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Keeping families together is the mission of PFLAG. Our family values stress education, understanding, acceptance, and support, but most of all love, thereby empowering our children — straight and gay — to lead happy and productive lives.
This is a story of how two OKCYU teens met and started dating. Young love is such a sweet time in everyone’s life. LGBT teens shouldn’t have to be scared to make the first step to ask someone out (well they shouldn’t have to be any more nervous than any other teen doing the same thing). I hope this story gives an lgbt teen the courage make a move and to talk to their crush.
“My boyfriend and I met at a skating rink in OKC. We started talking and finally got together in February of 2012. Although, at the time we decided to keep it a secret. He and I were petrified. We didn’t know whether we could trust anyone to accept us or not. After about a year we started to tell close friends and family. After we came out New Year’s Eve right before 2014 things started to go downhill. Some of my family members were upset and didn’t understand our lifestyle. They couldn’t see our love for the pure love that it was. They thought my boyfriend “made me this way” and that he was pressuring me to be with him. Truth be told, I’m the one who asked him out in the first place. Overall people have calmed down and we have received a lot of support from family and friends. I wanted to ask him to the school prom in a special way. One day I took his little sister to get a poster board and glitter glue and made a sign. I told him to come outside (his sister was video recording it the whole time). When he came outside the porch light turned on and revealed me with the sign asking him to prom. What was hilarious was that when we made the sign, we forgot to put the letter “R” in PROM. It was hilarious. By the way, he said yes and we went to POM together. ”
June is PRIDE month! This is a great video that explains the history of LGBT Pride month.
Let’s celebrate the advances in equality rights that we are able to enjoy today and raise awareness for those that we are still pushing for in the future.
Tonight is MOVIE NIGHT.
“Broken Heart Land” is a film which specifically deals with LGBT issues in Oklahoma and spotlights a case of a gay teen suicide in Norman, OK. The movie is playing TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. the OKC Museum of Art and is FREE.
Still Point Pictures
415 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
If you want to RSVP follow this link.
The film centers on a conservative military family living in Norman, left to unravel the mystery behind their gay teenage son’s suicide. On an early autumn afternoon, in his parent’s ranch in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. One week earlier, Zack had attended a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month in Norman, Oklahoma. When the floor was opened up for public comment, some community members made highly controversial and incendiary statements equating being gay with the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
Against the backdrop of a town divided on the issue of homosexuality, Zack’s grief-stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death. Determined to understand Zack, they discover a private diary, which paints a gripping portrait of a boy in crisis. Ultimately, they discover a chilling secret that Zack kept hidden for almost two years, which leads them to some painful conclusions about their son’s life and death.
When an outspoken conservative citizen runs for the town’s City Council, the Harringtons decide to join a politically active group called “MOMS: Mothers of Many” (mainly comprised of local mothers of LGBT youth). Over the course of the local election season, Zack’s family must decide whether to remain in the background or publicly honor their son’s legacy.
There will be an engaging QA with the filmmakers and subjects of the film after the screening. Hope you all can make it!
The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the appeal of the case that overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage in January by U.S. District Judge Terence Kern. This appeal hearing will take place on April 17, 2014.
Regardless of what ruling takes place on the 17th, it is inevitable that this case will be heard by the Supreme Court. It is just a matter of time.
Hear from the Tulsa Plaintiffs!
What an exciting time for marriage equality in Oklahoma!
Ok, so I’m a little late in posting about this, but check out the spotlight that GSAs in OKC have received. GSAs in middle and high schools across America are a great way to connect with other LGBTQ advocates at your school. Be sure to ask around at your school to find out if you have one that you can join. If your school doesn’t have an active GSA, ask around, maybe a teacher you know and feel supported by will sponsor a new GSA at your school.
LGBTQ YOUTH – SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL EXPERIENCES!
Help GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) inform education policymakers and the public about what’s really going on in our nation’s schools by completing the 2013-National School Climate Survey, GLSEN’s eighth national survey about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in school.
If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2012-2013) and are at least 13 years old, tell us about your experiences in school. (If you did not complete the entire school year you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is completely anonymous.
For more info and to complete the survey online, visit: glsen.org/2013survey
I have been getting a lot of emails lately regarding resources for parents and teens to get more involved in the lgbt community.
Of course, teens are welcome to join our weekly meetings in OKC. See our Weekly Meetings page for more info.
Here is a link to a great list of marriage equality blogs.
Top 5 Oklahoma Resources
The mission of Cimarron Alliance is to support educational efforts that validate personal identity, promote public enlightenment, and advance equality for LGBT Oklahomans.
The Equality Network is a 501 (c) (4) organization that lobbies for pro-equality legislation and public policies.
T.E.N. Statement of Values
“We believe that the LGBT equality movement in Oklahoma is inextricably linked to a broader movement for social justice and social change and that we cannot achieve a just society by working for LGBT equality in isolation from other forms of oppression.
We are therefore committed to working with allies and allied communities in ending oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, class, and familial status, as well as sexual orientation, sex and gender — including gender identity and gender expression. And we are committed to eliminate those forms of oppression as they operate within the LGBT community and LGBT organizations as well as within society as a whole.”
The Equality Network has a GREAT list of resources on their resources page. Check it out!
“Be The Change is a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to connect with our marginalized citizens through service and advocacy; working together to build and sustain healthy communities. When we seize the opportunity to be of service to others, we tear down the walls that separate us.”
“Oklahomans for Equality(OkEq) seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Serving LGBT Oklahomans and their allies since 1980, Oklahomans for Equality is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, knowledgeable staff, and dedicated volunteers. Visit often, discover who we are, what we do, and why we are here – and join us.”
I hope this list satiates your surfing cravings for now. Please get involved in organizations that encourage equality and promote treating one another with respect. Being involved in LGBT groups in your area can help spread awareness and connect you with like-minded people. I know I thank OKCYU for being a hub of compassionate and fun people that I can connect with.