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Reclaiming Frederick's LGBTQ History

posted May 4, 2015, 9:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 4, 2015, 10:25 PM ]
Wow.  The last three years have been amazing, haven't they?  Same sex marriage, Fairness for All Marylanders Act ... who would have thought ...?  Yet we have also seen the backlash in Indiana and Oklahoma, our youth are still at high risk for suicide, and murder among the transgender community is a frightening fact - we still have a long way to go.

How did we get here?  How do we move forward?  Join The Frederick Center on May 17, 2015 at Dublin Roasters from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to kick off a community history project for the next three months to help recover and reclaim Frederick's LGBTQ history.

Bring your friends and your memories to start a conversation about what has happened, and when, within our very lifetimes in Frederick.  Key players in our community will join us to help get the conversation started, but we invite all of the LGBTQ community to add to this project.  We'll send folks home with homework - to write a brief story or two about how we each lived in our community over the years.  

June is Gay Pride Month!  Bring that homework back in June to contribute to an online Frederick LGBTQ history timeline.  We'll also talk about how to use journals to create a "life review" to document how we participated in producing these historic changes, how we benefited from the growth of the Frederick LGBTQ community, and how we might commit to developing the community further.

Then we will continue the project work in July.  Let's comtinue the Pride Month celebration of our history and our progress by gathering to get a decent draft of the online timeline posted, and to develop some community goals for furthering the progress we've helped foster.

Our first event is scheduled for May 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Dublin Roasters.  We will schedule the remainder of the events during this first meeting.