Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: There will be something for EVERYONE Saturday in Anchorage!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

There will be something for EVERYONE Saturday in Anchorage!

**Cue calliope music**

"The Ex-Gays are Coming! The Ex-Gays are Coming!"

Focus on the Family's "Love (Hate) Won Out" Conference will be at the Abbott Loop "Community" Church this Saturday, September 13th. Yes, THIS is the conference that Sarah Palin's Church has been promoting which has been broadcast all over the news.

The explanation is per Bent, Alaska:
On Saturday morning, PFLAG families, supporters and allies will come together in Anchorage, Alaska as Love Won Out brings its so-called "ex-gay" conference to our 49th state. PFLAGers will gather outside the conference to offer support for youth attending and information for parents and families.

"Families never win at Love Won Out," said Jane Schlittler, president of PFLAG's Anchorage, Alaska chapter. "The conference's organizers maliciously target often well-meaning parents who are dealing with a difficult issue in their lives, and in the process put their kids' well-being at risk. Make no mistake: There is far more 'preying' than 'praying' taking place at these meetings, and far more harming than healing in the doctrine of Love Won Out."

Programs such as Love Won Out, which is a project of the far-right American Family Association, use out-moded medical theories and radical religious beliefs to justify trying to alter gay and lesbian people's natural sexual orientation.

"Programs like Love Won Out are dangerous for kids and divisive for families," said PFLAG National executive director Jody M. Huckaby. "Every bit of evidence available suggests that children who grow up in homes that accept them – and not try to change them – are far happier and healthier than those subjected to these anti-family tactics. It is nothing short of extremist to imply that families should do anything other than love their children as they are, and nothing short of outrageous to infer that LGBT kids aren't fine just the way they are."

In response, the LGBT Community and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be hosting some excellent events starting on Thursday September 11th. Go to the blog for more information and to RSVP.

To be part of the Saturday event outside of the Abbott Loops Community Church, email Anchorage PFLAG President Jane Schlittler. (I'll be there with my friendliest smile!)

Big Eddie is coming to Anchorage this Saturday because "It's our turn!"

Per KUDO/Tati Broadcasting Press Release:
NEWSTALK 1080am KUDO, Alaska's Progressive Voice is pleased to announce:

America's premiere progressive talk show host, Ed Schultz, is coming to Alaska to host a town hall meeting!

Now that she has been chosen by Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain to be his running mate, Big Eddie wants to learn everything he can about Governor Sarah Palin. He also wants to learn about Alaska... from its history, to its people, to its issues.

The town hall meeting will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2008, from 7 to 10pm at The Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The event will be recorded and played back Monday, September 15th on all of Schultz’s national affiliates coast to coast.

If you would like tickets, the only way to get them as of right now is to go to the Ed Schultz website and order them.

I highly recommend going...we'll be there (husband and I) and it's going to be a blast!

I mentioned these ladies yesterday on the blog...while I agree with CC from KUDO 1080 that I'd rather see them named "Alaska Women for Biden," I support the idea to show that Sarah Palin is NOT a "woman-friendly" candidate. All I know about this event is on the flyer pictured above.

So, we have NO EXCUSES this weekend as there are so many "blue friendly" events taking place. Pick one or go to all of them!

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Blogger Polarbear said...

CelticDiva: While progressives are working hard to attend events and counter the Republican propaganda on Sarah Palin, here is an article to bolster our confidence in the Obama campaign strategy:

"Democrats Post Big Gains in Voter Registration"
9/6/2008 Associated Press
Julie Pace and Stephen Ohlemacher

Remember, when big demographic shifts like this occur in registered voters, the polling tools lag behind, missing the correct representation of who is likely to vote. Take heart, and continue to work hard for Obama and Biden.

"Nationwide there are about 42 million registered Democrats and about 31 million Republicans, according to statistics compiled by the Associated Press."

9/09/2008 10:24 PM  
Blogger Linda Sama said...

wrote about your blog today over at http://agelesshippiechick.blogspot.com

keep up the great work of exposing Palin for what she really is!

9/10/2008 5:52 AM  
Blogger Tea N. Crumpet said...

Your sign asks us to stick to policy issues. Does that mean we can't talk about her hair or glasses or about how she is normal just like the rest of us gutter snipes with pregnant teenagers?

9/10/2008 9:24 AM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

Ummm...hair, glasses, lipstick...ooops...maybe not lipstick...*grin*

9/10/2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger E. Ross said...

Thanks for posting about the PFLAG gathering! We're meeting outside the Abbott Loop Church (corner of Abbott and Lake Otis) at 7 a.m. to hand out flyers inviting the families to the next PFLAG meeting. They need to know there is a loving and supportive alternative.


9/10/2008 3:12 PM  

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