PACEY Fundraiser — Monday, 18 February 2019

The Port Grill will be hosting a fundraiser for PACEY (PACE’s social support group for LGBTQA high school to college age individuals) on Monday (18 February 2019) from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

More details about this fund-raiser can be found here (Facebook event link).

PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) is a nonpartisan organization that works to advance equality in Northwest Louisiana so that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can lead open, honest, responsible, and safe lives at home and in the workplace.

PACEY provides a safe and affirming environment for peer-to-peer social interaction and support for LGBTQA youth and young adults in our community.

 

PACE Pride in the Park this Saturday (28 April 2018)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PACE’s Pride in the Park Family Picnic this Saturday (28 April 2018) with live music from the Hollow Decks, food trucks, a bounce house, vendors and more!!!

Shreveport LA  (24 April 2018) — Last year PACE moved its annual pride picnic to April to avoid the summer heat and it was such a great success that we are making the move permanent!! Everyone is invited to join us as we proudly celebrate the lives of Northwest Louisiana’s LGBTQ community at our annual family-friendly “Pride in the Park” picnic at Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport LA on Saturday (28 April 2018) from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, with a free yoga class preceding the picnic at 10:00 AM.

The fifth annual PACE Pride in the Park will have food trucks on hand, various community booths to visit, vendors, and much more! There will be fun for the whole family with a story time booth, a bounce house, and a face painting vendor on site. The Ice Queen from Never Ending Stories, LLC, will be walking around throughout the park passing out coloring sheets, taking pictures, and making new friends.

Food trucks include: Ono’s Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine, Happy Belly’s Italian Ice Factory, Dat’s Nacho Truck, Music to Your Mouth Food Truck, Shiver Shack Shaved Ice, Rib Tip Express, and Hot Dog Hut. Beer and wine will be for sale by the Korner Lounge. PACE koozies also for sale!!!

There will be LIVE music from a Shreveport favorite, The Hollow Decks! The Hollow Decks play all the nostalgic hits from the ‘90s, from Alternative, Grunge, Pop, R&B, and everything in between. The Hollow Decks – All ‘90s All the Time!

Come early at 10 am for FREE yoga with James Osborne from Breathe Yoga. Make sure to bring your yoga mat and comfy clothes!

See our Pride in the Park event on Facebook or on our website.

For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org or find us on Facebook.

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Contact information

Nicole McFarland, Social Chair
(318) 415-9802
nem89@comcast.net

Submitted by

Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political & Communications Director
(318) 393-6556
Critcher@earthlink.net

Gender Infinity Conference (23-24 October 2015 // Houston TX)

We received this email and we are forwarding along for your consideration:

Dear PFLAG Shreveport,

I’m emailing you on behalf of Gender Infinity, a Houston based group that hosts annual conferences exclusively for transgender and gender diverse youth ages 4 to 25. October 23-24 is our 5th annual conference.

If you have any further questions feel free to email us at info@genderinfinity.com. We hope to hear from you soon!

http://www.genderinfinity.com

Along with this email, the event organizers provided postcard flyers with additional event info in English and Spanish:

“PFLAG supports Obamas LGBT executive order” (from KTAL News)

ObamaSignsExecutiveOrder

President Obama signed an executive order protecting federal workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The executive order applies to all government facilities as well as federal contractors.

That covers roughly 28 million workers, about one fifth of the U.S. workforce.

Sherry Kircus is part of Shreveport Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and says “I would never have believed as long ago as when my son came out to me that things would change this much in my lifetime. This is so beautiful. Our Shreveport city ordinance, our fairness ordinance for LGBT people is such a pride, such a joy. ”

The order still exempts contractors with religious affiliations. Those contractors can favor workers of their own faith or religious roles.

Video available on ArkLaTex Homepage (KTAL website).

#GetCovered Shreveport (8 March 2014)

#GetCovered Shreveport will be happening at Mall St. Vincent (in front of Sears) on Saturday (8 March 2014) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is leading a massive mission to get Shreveport residents enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.

The “Get Covered Shreveport” campaign is being spearheaded by local barbers, beauticians, health care professionals, community and faith-based organizations committed to helping people prepare to register on Saturday.

Volunteers will be available at this event to help individuals enroll on the spot.

The #GetCovered Shreveport Day of action seeks to:

  • Inform people about new coverage options and the financial assistance available
  • Provide information to help people make the best health care decision for themselves and their families
  • Offer trained counselors to discuss appropriate options, either in person or via telephone

In order to enroll, applicants will need the following:

  1. Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  2. Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  3. Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members.
  4. A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible.

For more information — call 1-800-318-2596 or visit www.healthcare.gov.

Shreveport Fairness Ordinance Stands (14 January 2014)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHREVEPORT CITY COUNCIL UPHOLDS FAIRNESS ORDINANCE BANNING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE LGBT COMMUNITY

BeFairShreveportSHREVEPORT— A Shreveport City Council member dropped his attempt to overturn the city’s month-old Fairness Ordinance that grants far-reaching protections to the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizens.

Councilmember Ron Webb moved to withdraw his proposal to repeal the ordinance after it became clear that the other six council members were firm in their votes to uphold the ordinance. His withdrawal was unanimously adopted.

Continue reading “Shreveport Fairness Ordinance Stands (14 January 2014)”

Policy Matters — 16 January 2014 (announcements from PFLAG National Offices)

PFLAG-PolicyMattersThis information comes to us from the National PFLAG organization:

TAKE ACTION
Early next month, PFLAG National–as a member of the ENDA Coalition and supporter of the Americans for Workplace Opportunity (AWO) ENDA Campaign–will begin a special, targeted effort to bring an inclusive ENDA to the House floor for a vote.

PFLAG National’s Lobby Day was the last organizational advocacy effort before the historic, successful Senate vote in 2013; we know that PFLAGers’ unique family voices made a difference. We still have time in the 113th Congress to move ENDA forward, and we’ll be working for its passage this year. No one sends the family message as effectively as PFLAGers, so be ready to take action as this effort gets underway.

Learn more about ENDA–as well as PFLAG’s other workplace equality efforts–at pflag.org/workplacefairness.

Continue reading “Policy Matters — 16 January 2014 (announcements from PFLAG National Offices)”

Stop the repeal of Fairness Ordinance

This comes from Adrienne Critcher (PACE Political Director):

HELP STOP REPEAL ATTEMPT OF SHREVEPORT FAIRNESS ORDINANCE!

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  On Tuesday (14 January 2014), the Shreveport City Council will vote on an ordinance that would legalize discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Shreveport Fairness Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity just passed overwhelmingly by 6-1 on 10 December 2013 and now — the lone dissenting voter — Ron Webb is immediately trying to get it repealed.  The repeal will be voted on 14 January 2014.

Please do 2 things:

  1. Attend the City Council meeting (3:00 PM, 14 January 2014, 505 Travis Street, Shreveport LA). The Facebook event is here.
  2. Please contact the City Council to ask them to continue to support the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance by voting against its repeal.  Ask them to vote against Ron Webb’s attempt to legalize discrimination!  Be positive–passage of the Fairness Ordinance got national attention branding Shreveport as forward-looking and welcoming to all!  Thank the City Council for its overwhelming support of the ordinance and ask them to reject the repeal.  Email the entire city council (council@shreveportla.gov) or email just the 6 council members who voted for the Fairness Ordinance:

Thanks,
Adrienne

Adrienne Critcher
PACE Political Director
@PACEAdrienne
critcher@earthlink.net

Support Shreveport Fairness Ordinance (20 Dec 2013 City Council Meeting)

We need everyone to come out again on Friday (20 December 2013) to stop the repeal of the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance.

Please attend the 20 December 2013 Shreveport City Council Meeting starting at 2:00 PM (Government Plaza — Shreveport, Louisiana).

More background on this issue can be found here.

Webb to Try to Repeal Shreveport Fairness Ordinance

This information comes to us from PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality):

BeFairShreveportOn 10 December 2013, the Shreveport City Council passed 6-1 the “Shreveport Fairness Ordinance” prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Friday, 20 December 2013, the lone dissenting voter — Ron Webb — will introduce an ordinance to repeal the fairness ordinance!

At the 10 December 2013 meeting, Webb unsuccessfully tried to postpone the vote and then used hateful language to speak against the ordinance. He used the “gays are an abomination” language, adding that he “worked with homosexuals but didn’t socialize with them and didn’t think we should.” Six of our seven council members stood up to this hateful rhetoric.

Please contact your city council member to ask him or her to continue to support the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance by voting against its repeal. Even if you have already thanked your council member for voting for the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance, please do so again.

The repeal vote will likely take place at the City Council meeting at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

The City Council members’ addresses and emails are below. You can email all council members at once: council@shreveportla.gov.

Rose McCulloch – District A
2509 Kemp Lane
Shreveport, LA 71107
Rose.McCulloch@shreveportla.gov

Jeff Everson – District B
P.O. Box 543
Shreveport, LA 71162
Jeff.Everson@shreveportla.gov

Oliver Jenkins – District C
P.O. Box 31109
Shreveport, LA 71130
Oliver.Jenkins@shreveportla.gov

Michael Corbin – District D
P.O. Box 31109
Shreveport, LA 71130
Michael.Corbin@shreveportla.gov

Joe Shyne – District F
4532 Alton
Shreveport, LA 71109
Joe.Shyne@shreveportla.gov

Sam Jenkins – District G
2419 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
Sam.Jenkins@shreveportla.gov

Thank you,
Adrienne Critcher

PACE Political Director
@PACEAdrienne
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