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Pflag Sedona/Verde Valley PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley provides Support, Education and Advocacy for those in the LGBTQ community, their families and friends.

Democratic Perspective

Watch this morning’s radio broadcast to learn about PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley, our scholarship program, and current issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

Kathy Kinsella and JJ O'Brien, PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley are on today. Learn about the history of PFLAG, the scholarships the local chapter is offering and a discussion of proposed legislation impacting the LGBTQ community.

Help us get the word out on our local PFLAG scholarships. 🌈

Help us get the word out on our local PFLAG scholarships. 🌈




PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley will be on the radio Monday, Feb. 17, 8:15 AM on KZAM780 AM

Streaming live on FB ("Democratic Perspective") and archived later at

An interview with PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley about the history of PFLAG, the scholarships the local chapter is offering and a discussion of proposed legislation impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

PFLAG boasts 400 chapters and over 200,000 supporters and represented in many countries (China, Spain, Vietnam, etc) Started by one mother, its history is fascinating

The idea for PFLAG began in 1972 when Jeanne Manford marched with her son, Morty, in New York's Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the precursor to today's Pride parade. After many gay and lesbian people ran up to Jeanne during the parade and begged her to talk to their parents, she decided to...


Please join us at our Tuesday, February 11, 2020 support meeting of PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library, located at 3250 White Bear Road in Sedona.

Our speaker will be Carolyn Kavanagh. Carolyn is the mother of a transgender daughter, age 32, and has been a member of Sedona/Verde Valley PFLAG for five years. She is a retired public school teacher who taught mostly middle school in Phoenix and Flagstaff for 25 years. Her master’s degree was in education with an emphasis on reading and ESL (English as a Second Language).

PFLAG has become an important resource in Carolyn’s journey to understand the transition from male to female. While the journey has its challenges, she has looked at it as an opportunity to educate herself and others in voicing support as a straight ally. Fortunately, there are many helpful resources in the community that will be shared by our PFLAG members. Carolyn is sharing her story in order to address some of the concerns of transgender parents, as well as to engage the LGBTQIA and straight community.

Please join PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley in welcoming Carolyn Kavanagh and hearing her powerful and educational story.

After Carolyn Kavanagh’s presentation, we will begin our 60-minute support group sharing and discussion session at 7:35 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us at our Tuesday, February 11, 2020 support meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

Sedona Pride

Sedona Pride

“I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people.”
“I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people.”

“I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people.”

"I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the "homosexual agenda.” You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood." I am the Mom of two LGBTQ children. I love them and advocate for them daily. I stand against the hat...
Methodist Church Splitting Over Same-Sex Marriage, LGBTQ Clergy

The United Methodist Church is preparing to split over disagreements about LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage, culminating a years-long fracture that blew open at the Christian denomination’s global conference last year.

Thank you Jeanne

Thank you Jeanne

Today we honor our founder, Jeanne Manford, who died on this date in 2013. We are honored to continue her work, supporting and fighting for our #LGBTQ+ loved ones, for nearly 50 years! #PFLAGSavesLives #ThankYouJeanneManford

Mama Bears

Mama Bears

When #lgbtq youth are supported by their parents, that support can literally save lives. Always show unconditional love and acceptance.


Please join us at our Tuesday, January 14, 2020 support meeting of PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library, located at 3250 White Bear Road in Sedona.

Our speaker will be Mr. Barry Maketansky, Vice President and founding member of Unify Sedona, A Rainbow Alliance.

Barry is actively involved in the non-profit community across the Verde Valley. In addition to being the Vice President of Unify Sedona, Barry is a board member and lead facilitator for Northern Arizona Restorative Justice and serves on the board of the Sedona International Film Festival. Barry was also the former president of the Verde Valley Sanctuary.

Raised in New Jersey, Barry did his undergraduate work at Michigan State University and has continued his graduate studies in the non-profit and philanthropic areas. Much of Barry’s work has included the defense of endangered species against extinction, special expedition cruises in the Amazon and varied ecological studies for national Geographic in Mexico and Central America. Barry’s interests include the environment, animal welfare, theater and social injustice.

Barry Maketansky’s presentation will focus on the activities of Unify Sedona. Unify Sedona promotes acceptance and celebrates diversity through education and collaboration. The organization facilitates conversations around films, speakers, theater, etc., that address issues of importance to the LGBTQ community. They embrace uniqueness, value the strength of togetherness, and work to build bridges that unify Sedona and surrounding communities.

Unify Sedona’s work centers around four pillars that are the organization’s foundation: nondiscrimination, youth and education, transgender rights and health and aging.
Please join PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley in welcoming Barry Maketansky and learning about Unify Sedona.

Sedona Film Festival, Unify Sedona and PFLAG present ‘Danseur’ Jan. 12Film explores social stigmatization young men face...
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Sedona Film Festival, Unify Sedona and PFLAG present ‘Danseur’ Jan. 12
Film explores social stigmatization young men face in ballet; community discussion follows

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance and PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley to present the premiere of “Danseur” on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Come early for a pre-film reception hosted by Unify Sedona, and stay after the film for a Q&A and conversation with Joseph “Skip” Cavanaugh, a former dancer with Ballet Arizona.

“Danseur” is the award-winning documentary that addresses exactly what it is like to be a boy in ballet. Told through the first-person accounts of nearly two-dozen Danseurs, it tells the sometimes gut-wrenching stories of what it like to be gender stereotyped, bullied and outcast in pursuit of your dreams.

Enter any dance studio in the United States and the classes will be brimming with little bunheads dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center. But you will be hard pressed to find a single boy among them. “Danseur” explores why in a country that strives for gender equality, where young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields, especially by their parents, does this disparity exist? Why is it more socially acceptable for parents (fathers in particular) to encourage their sons to participate in all other physical pursuits (ie: sports, fitness) but not the ballet? A recent survey revealed that nearly 96% of male ballet dancers stated that they faced physical or verbal attacks because of dance.

"I never wanted to stop dancing, I just wanted the bullying to stop," says American Ballet Theatre corps member Patrick Frenette. His words shed light not only on the prevalence of harassment boys endure from peers outside the studio, but also their passion and determination to keep dancing in spite of it.

“Danseur” features interviews with ballet students, teachers and directors, as well as professional dancers like James Whiteside, John Lam, Derek Dunn and Harper Watters.

The documentary is the brainchild of director Scott Gormley. "I have a son who is a dancer, so I watched what he went through," he said. "I thought, is this typical?" After doing some research and talking to other parents and dancers, he realized that cruel and relentless teasing, along with social isolation and disapproval from peers and adults, was all too common. "It just felt like a message that had to be broadcast. My goal with the film is to educate people about the subject and hopefully start some conversations about what young men face when they choose to dance."

This special Sedona premiere of “Danseur” is co-presented by Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance and PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley and made possible by a grant from The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation. There will be a community discussion and Q&A with Joseph “Skip” Cavanaugh, a former dancer with Ballet Arizona, following the screening. You are invited to come early for a pre-film reception in the theatre courtyard.

“Danseur” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:


Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship speaker you won't want to miss:

SUUF Members & Friends,
SUUF is proud to welcome Chris Duarte to our pulpit on Sunday, December 29th, 2019. SUUF Member Carolyn Kavanagh has followed Chris Duarte's work in Northern Arizona for years and will serve as the celebration associate on this Sunday. Rev. Glenn got to know Chris at the Sedona Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 2019 and has been eager to have him come and speak to SUUF ever since!

SUUF Sunday Service December 29th, 2019 “Process of Becoming” with Chris Duarte
10am at the Sedona HUB.
There will be a donation box to support Chris Duarte's work with LBGTQ & Allies in Northern Arizona.

“A powerful and inspiring story of perseverance, discovering hope, and overcoming life’s challenges. Chris will share how his spiritual walk down the road less traveled led him to a life of fulfillment and joy. His story is a true testament of why it’s important to never give up on what you believe in. The Process of Becoming is a story you will never forget will change the way you see the world.”

Biography of Chris “Link” Duarte:
Chris “Link” Duarte M.S. BHT, has been committed to making the world a safer place for members of LGBTQ+ community in Northern AZ for almost 20 years. As an Army Veteran, he graduated with Honors and the President’s Award from NAU and is currently obtaining an MBA Certificate from Harvard in Business Analytics. Chris has created and directed several outreach programs, educated publicly about LGBTQ+ issues in more than 1500 speaking engagements, and has volunteered more than 10,000 hours to support members of the LGBTQ+ community in various capacities. As an “out” transgender man and dedicated parent, he shares his empowering story to inspire hope that anything is possible.

Pantene | Coming Home Should be #BeautifuLGBTQ

Pantene | Coming Home Should be #BeautifuLGBTQ

137 million Americans will travel home this holiday season. But, 44% of LGBTQ+ people feel they can’t come home as their true selves, fearing their identity ...


Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Rd
Sedona, AZ

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PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley provides Support in a confidential setting at our monthly meetings. These meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Rd., Sedona, AZ beginning at 6:30 PM. **NOTE THIS IS A NEW DAY AND LOCATION**


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