It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case does not codify discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, but it

Source: It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities | National Organization for Women

Wins For Women: States Stepping Up for Equal Pay, Affordable and High Quality Child Care, Students’ Fair Access to School, and Transgender Rights

While the White House is doing everything they can to roll back our rights, states and localities have really been stepping up this spring to ensure that transgender, gender nonconforming, and cisgender girls and women have strong legal protections to be able to achieve their potential throughout their lives.

Source: Wins For Women: States Stepping Up for Equal Pay, Affordable and High Quality Child Care, Students’ Fair Access to School, and Transgender Rights – NWLC

Joy Reid Says She Did Not Write ‘Hateful Things’ but Cannot Prove Hacking

The MSNBC host, whose recently resurfaced former blog posts include homophobic sentiments, discussed the controversy on her show on Saturday.

Source: New York Times Joy Reid Says She Did Not Write ‘Hateful Things’ but Cannot Prove Hacking – The New York Times

Watch Panel Discussion here:

Joy Reid Hosts Panel of LGBT Activists to Talk About Blog Posts: ‘Feel Free to Grill Me’


Let’s all go to the movies! Love, Simon THIS WEEKEND!

Let’s all go to the movies! Love, Simon THIS WEEKEND!

The local PFLAG chapter is sponsoring the movie admission this Saturday in Newport and this Sunday in Lincoln City for any student who can show their LCSD ID and wants to see this AMAZING movie, Love, Simon. And we want everyone there: allies and LGBPTQ folks of all ages! Let’s make this a community event! 

Please help get the word out and send this message especially to all Lincoln County middle and HS LGBPTQ students.

Please tell students (AND EVERYONE!) … This is a first-come, first-snagged ticket opp.

Saturday, March 24th: (after the March)
Newport: Newport Cinema: Up to 30 tickets will begin to be distributed at 3pm for 3:40pm showing.
Must show LCSD student ID
Concessions on your own.

Sunday, March 25th: 
Lincoln City, Bijou Theater: Up to 15 tickets will begin to be distributed at 1:30pm for the 2:00pm showing.

Must show LCSD student ID

Concessions on your own.

If you’d like to help underwrite the costs of movie tickets for LGBTQ students for these specific showtimes, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Central Coast PFLAG. Link to donate via PayPal is here

Please spread the word. This movie is powerful. I cannot recommend it enough!

Love Simon trailer
Love Simon local press

Love, Simon educational resources 

Thank you!

Ineka Estabrook will be honored by organization

Ineka Estabrook, chair of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be honored as a PFLAG Hero at the group’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at St. Stephen’s Church, 414 SW 9th St., Newport.

Estabrook, who will be moving to Europe at the end of June, has been very active in the LGBTQ community in Lincoln County and across the state since her teen came out to their family and at school five years ago. She was recently honored as a Queer Hero of the Northwest in recognition of the work she has done with the schools and in educating the entire community.

Estabrook has had a large influence on the Lincoln County School District with the many LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 trainings she and high school students have presented for school a d m i n i s t r a t o r s , teachers and classrooms. The school
district implemented plans for transgender restrooms in each school following the students’ first Trans-101 presentation.

Under Estabrook’s leadership LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 workshops have also been presented to the community’s health professionals, to Senior & Disability Services,
the Department of Human Services and other human service agencies.

PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of education, support and advocacy.  PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation
or identity. For more information about the local group, call 541-265-7194.

Newport News Times, June 9, 2017, B8


Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t a Debate

Nigerian writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a favorite of mine since I first saw her “We Should All Be Feminists” speech. It was just a few months shy of Beyoncé’s release of her iconic anthem “***Flawless,” which heavily sampled Adichie’s stripped-down thesis on what feminism means.

Source: Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t a Debate

“The Rise In Transgender Homicides Is A National Crisis”

Statement by NOW President Terry O’Neill

March 9, 2017

Washington, DC – The numbers are horrifying, but they don’t tell the whole story.

In one week alone, four transgender black women were murdered in the United States. So far this year, there have been seven murders of transgender people, well above last year’s figure. And 2016 saw the murder of 23 transgender and gender nonconforming people, the highest ever recorded by groups that monitor this violence.

Beyond these shocking statistics are real people, parts of vibrant communities, people who are loved and treasured and who are targeted because of their gender identity. Now, those hate-fueled perpetrators see a national climate of rising intolerance against transgender people, with a disregard for their safety and human rights that starts at the very top.

Donald Trump’s decision to rescind President Barack Obama’s guidance on protections for transgender school children, along with the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear what would have been the Court’s first case involving transgender rights, compels us to redouble our efforts to end the culture of violence and the culture of sexism that’s seen such an alarming rise in recent months.

The rise in transgender homicides is a national emergency, but so is the federal government’s abandonment of its constitutional obligation to protect and defend the rights of all citizens, regardless of gender identity. NOW stands with the transgender community and will work tirelessly to support their freedom in the current climate of discrimination, prejudice and violence.

For Press Inquiries Contact

M.E. Ficarra,, (951) 547-1241

View this statement online by clicking here.

PFLAG will honor local ‘heroes’ Sept. 14 in Newport

Newport News Times, September 9, 2016, Page B8

The Sept. 14 meeting of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), which takes place at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 414 SW Ninth St., Newport, will celebrate three PFLAG heroes — Nel Ward, Jeanne St. John and Kae Bates.   

Nel Ward moved to Lincoln County with her partner, Sue Hardesty, about 23 years ago. She has served as director of the local preview center for youth books, donating many thousands of books to Lincoln County libraries and classrooms and annually publishing hundreds of reviews of youth-oriented books   

Ward’s first experience in local politics was campaigning against the Oregon Citizens    Alliance Measure 9, in 1992, and that experience led her to run for city council as an out lesbian in 1994.  

Through her affiliation with the National Organization for Women, she helped write and actively supported the implementation of an anti-harassment policy for the Newport schools.   

Almost seven years ago, Ward started writing and publishing the monthly Central Coast PFLAG newsletter, which includes national and international news and politics, action items, and pieces about people who change LGBT life for the better. She also writes a progressive blog:   

Jeanne St. John and her late wife, Kae Bates, moved to Lincoln County 26 years ago. They are the co-founders, and St. John was the first president of the Oregon Central Coast chapter of PFLAG in Newport. That happened in 2008 following the suicide of a Newport High School student who was harassed and bullied at school and had no support at home or in the community. St. John and Bates had retired from the Lincoln County School District, St. John as a principal, and Bates as a school nurse. They were not only well qualified, but dynamic enough and well-enough connected to advocate effectively for queer kids in a community that has not always been open to change.   

Together they promoted Bully Prevention programs in Lincoln County schools.   St. John created and taught LGBT 101 workshops to school staff, students, and community groups. They helped establish Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in local schools and in the Angell Job Corps. They forged partnerships with schools, local elected officials, and community mental health organizations to serve LGBTQ youth. Under their leadership PFLAG OCC won the award for education from the national PFLAG organization in 2013. They  were also responsible for starting the tradition of a very well-attended Love is Love Community Valentine Party, which attracts young and old, gay and straight community members each year.   

PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information, call 541-265-7194.  

  Jeanne St. John, left, and Kae Bates were co-founders of the Oregon Central Coast chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). They have been named PFLAG heroes. (Courtesy photos)


  Nel Ward is being honored as a PFLAG hero during the group’s meeting on Sept. 14 in Newport. (Courtesy photo)