News and Updates

LGBT Sensitivity — An Introduction (26 June 2017)

The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) in Shreveport LA will be offering “LGBT Sensitivity – An Introduction” with Mr. Guy Robison.

The OBVAMC Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program will be offering this education and training opportunity.

OBVAMC employees can earn 1 hour of free CEU for their continuing education requirements.

  • LOCATION: OBVAMC Education Center, Room 2W62/2W63
  • DATE: Monday, 26 June 2017
  • TIME: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This presentation will be offered twice:

  • SESSION 1: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • SESSION 2: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Light refreshments will be served.

A downloadable flyer for this event is available here.

LGBT Military and Veterans Focus Group — Next Meeting 8 July 2017

All lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) active duty service members and veterans are invited to attend.

Active duty military and veterans will be in charge of this focus group.

Meeting time and location:

For more information please contact Dr. Karmen Gadsden (318-221-8411, Ext 5917).

The LGBT Military Focus Group is sponsored by the Overton Brooks Veterans Administration LGBT program.

The group is open to all LGBT veterans, active duty military members, and their allies.

A downloadable flyer for this meeting is available here.

LGBT Military and Veterans Focus Group — First Meeting 10 June 2017

LGBTVeteransThis is a follow-up to our earlier announcement (“LGBT Veterans Group Starting in June 2017“).

The first meeting for this focus group for LGBT active-duty military and veterans will happen on Saturday (10 June 2017) at 1:00 PM.

The meeting will be hosted by All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA 71106).

This meeting is sponsored by our local Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital — Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

LGBT Veterans Group Starting in June 2017

LGBTVeteransOur local VA hospital (Overton Brooks VA Medical Center) in Shreveport is launching a LGBT (lesbian – gay – bisexual – transgender) focus group during the month of June 2017.

If you or someone you know can be helped by this LGBT veterans focus group (active duty military or veteran), please contact us by email.

We will forward your info request and the VA staff representative for this group will let you know more about the new group.

We will have more details soon (meeting times, location, etc) coming from the VA hospital staff.

Equality Texarkana

EqualityTexarkanaFor anyone looking for LGBT resources in our region, here is a new organization —Equality Texarkana.

From their web site:

We are a new public charitable non-profit organization that was formed to serve and empower the local LGBT community as well as other under-served and discriminated communities in the greater Texarkana area.

We will be adding to this site often so please check back with us soon!

For questions about donations, volunteering, or any other questions or comments you may have, please email us at

PACE moves pride picnic to April — Pride in the Park family picnic 8 April 2017

For Immediate Release
PACE moves its pride picnic to April: Pride in the Park family picnic, 8 April 2017

Shreveport LA — 17 March 2017 — PACE is moving its annual pride picnic this year to avoid the summer heat!!  Everyone is invited to join us as we proudly celebrate the lives of Northwest Louisiana’s LGBT community at our annual family-friendly “Pride in the Park” picnic at Betty Virginia Park on Saturday, 8 April 2017, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Bring a picnic lunch or cash to purchase food from Jester’s Catering.  Beer will be available for purchase from The Korner Lounge (cash only).  Water will be provided.  Local nonprofits and businesses will have tables at the picnic, and there are five festive fun events planned:  Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Themed T-Shirt Contest, Easter Themed Best Basket Contest, Drag Race, and dress your pet in their best Pride or Easter finery for the Doggy Style Show.

See our Pride in the Park event on Facebook.


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 or find us on Facebook at


Contact information
Allen Phelps, Social Chair
(701) 500-0227

Submitted by
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political & Communications Director

No Shreveport PFLAG Meeting for January 2017 — Next Meeting 18 February 2017

We will not have a PFLAG Shreveport meeting on the third Saturday of January (21 January 2017) due to medical and travel scheduling conflicts for our organizers.

We will resume our regularly scheduled meetings in February (18 February 2017) at 1000 AM.

Thanks for your understanding.

Stop-Kiss (Centenary College Theater — 4-6 February 2016)

stopkissposterresizeWe learned about this play at Centenary College’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse during last weekend’s PFLAG meeting.

The performances are scheduled for 4, 5, and 6 February 2016.

This play speaks to issues that are important for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender communities along with their allies.

From the Centenary College web site:

Stop-Kiss by Diana Son
Directed by: Logan Sledge
Performance Dates:  4-5 February 2016 @ 7:30 PM, 6 February 2016 @ 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Sara and Callie are walking the streets of New York City when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured and falls into a coma. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation; Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended as Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion. The story is told in alternating scenes before and after the assault.

Tickets for this play can be bought online using this link.

Press Release — North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Opening Reception with Robert L. Camina


PACE’s 7th NLGLFF opening weekend reception to feature nationally recognized filmmaker Robert L. Camina and Upstairs Inferno — the forgotten New Orleans story about the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history

Shreveport LA — 20 August 2015 — On 24 June 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans LA.  The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.  Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified.  One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy.  The primary suspect was never charged with the crime.  The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives.  There were also the delayed injuries:  lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families.  The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.  So PACE is very pleased to announce that award-winning filmmaker Robert L. Camina will bring his 2015 documentary about this tragedy, Upstairs Inferno, to our 7th North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, running 18-24 September 2015 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. The film is narrated by New Orleans’ own New York Times Best Selling author, Christopher Rice.

Robert L. Camina will be the special guest at our festive Opening Weekend Reception from 6 – 7:30 PM, Saturday 19 September 2015, and will conduct a Q & A following his 7:45 PM documentary film Upstairs Inferno.  On Sunday afternoon, 20 September 2015, Camina will conduct an extended Q & A on filmmaking following another screening of his film.  A third screening will take place later in the week.

Camina is best known for his film, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, a documentary about the controversial 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar, which resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. The raid sparked an uproar, resulting in historic changes, transforming Fort Worth into a leader in LGBT equality.  The film, narrated by TV icon Meredith Baxter, opened to rave reviews and a media frenzy in March 2012.  Since the premiere, the film has screened at dozens of film festivals (including the NLGLFF) and garnered multiple awards, including 5 “Best” film awards.  After the film’s debut, Camina was invited to the White House for President Obama’s LGBT Pride Month Reception in 2012.  The U. S. State Department also screened Raid of the Rainbow Lounge to a delegation of visitors from Europe participating in the Department’s International Visitor Leadership program.  The North Texas U.S. Attorney asked Camina to speak about and screen the documentary for her office. It was also screened at the Library of Congress.

Our opening weekend films and Saturday reception will also feature additional filmmakers to be announced soon!

Reception tickets can be purchased online beginning 24 August 2015 at the film festival website for $25 ($30 cash at the door).  All film tickets will be available from the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas Street, Shreveport LA, 318-459-4122, starting 1 September 2015. Watch the web sites for announcements of additional films and special events during the festival.  Both the opening weekend reception and film (tickets purchased separately) are expected to sell out.

For more information about PACE, north Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the LGBT community, go to For more information about the film festival, visit


Contact information
Gary McCollister, Film Festival Chair

David Hylan, Film Festival Celebrity Chair

Submitted by
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political Director

Seeking Research Participants – LGBTQ Women in Rural Spaces (University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD Research)

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

Amanda Stewart, a Sociology PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and/or queer identified women who are currently living in the rural United States to participate in individual, in-depth interviews. This research will explore the experiences of queer women in rural settings. This research will challenge assumptions that are often made about rural living and will explore how rural queer women construct their identities and explore their sexuality within these spaces.

To participate, you must be between the ages of 25 and 65 and be currently living in the rural United States. (Rural defined as having a population less than 50,000 and more than 1 hour from a major city (major city defined has having a population of 200,000 or more). This project involves in-depth interviews lasting approximately 1-3 hours that are completely confidential. Interviews will take place at a site of your choosing. All interviews will be tape recorded and transcribed. You will not receive any compensation for your participation.

If you would like more information about participating or would like to volunteer, please email Amanda Stewart at Thank you for your interest in this project!

Amanda Stewart
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Sociology

A flyer for this project is included below:

Flyer — LGBTQ Women in Rural Spaces