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It’s LGBT Pride Month!

It’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month and
organizations in Kitsap County have plans well underway for
There is the main event, Kitsap Pride, as well as a special Kitsap PFLAkitsappride2015HappyPrideG
meeting.  I have also included a link to a video that might help explain why we celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June.


The main event is the Kitsap Pride Festival on July 18th, noon – 5 pm, at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.

For current information and updates check out the Kitsap Pride Network web page or follow them on Facebook:

Why June?  Are you wondering why we celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June? This video explains:
You Tube – Why Pride?
A brief historical perspective of LGBT Pride Month, along with current information about events and resources in Kitsap County.



The June 15th Kitsap PFLAG meeting will include a screening of Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience. This short documentary shares the stories of 18 transgender people and their families. It is a moving look at the issues that transgender people can face with their families and coworkers.

We will screen the film at 6:45 p.m. and then have a discussion from 7:15 p.m.
About the film:
Produced and presented by PFLAG Boulder County
Co- directed by Gus Spheeris and Carol Christenson
Jean Hodges, Executive Producer, 2010
From their web site:

About “Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience:
“Eighteen people and their families share touching stories about the journey from despair and loss to the joy of being the gender they were meant to be. Diversity of ages, ethnicity and background of the interviewees put many faces on what it means to be gender variant. Some topics include how family relationships changed, employment discrimination and coming out at work, issues with law enforcement, interactions after transition, being the parent of a gender variant child and dealing with schools. The emphasis is on positive adjustment, the healthy choices trans people make to work with the challenges, without ignoring them. The purpose for a general non-trans audience will be to create awareness, reduce discomfort and prejudice about transgender persons, and to help people see gender variance as just another aspect of the human experience.”



Another diversity related event happening is the Olympic College Diversity Conference on Jun 25th and 26th. Last year’s, their first one, was wonderfully done and I am looking forward to this year’s.

~ Marcie

Two Local Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

Here are two Local Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Related Events:

Right to Dream
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
11:00 – 12:00
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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport

Captain Dave Kohnke will be the Master of Ceremonies. Featured presentation by The Living Voices. The Right to Dream recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.



Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
featuring the MLK Jr. Community Choir.

Monday January 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
President’s Hall, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Road NW, Bremerton, 360-337-5376

This annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration is by the Ebenezer AME Church, the City of Bremerton, the Kitsap County Commissioners, and Olympic College.

This is always an enlightening and uplifting event.



~  Marcie

The 24th Annual Kitsap County Human Rights Conference

This year’s Kitsap County Human Rights Conference is coming up and registration will be underway soon!

Save the date – Friday December 5th, 2014
Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton, WA

This year’s conference is around the important topic: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline – Changing the flow for our youth.

2014 HR Conf Save the DateMore information will be on the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights web site:

~ marcie

Missing Robin Williams

Like so many others, I was saddened by the death of Robin Williams. His roles brought such laughter and such depth of thought to all of us, and he will be incredibly missed.

Robin Williams was one my favorite actors. Back in the day, I used to watch Mork and Mindy occasionally, not because I liked the show necessarily, but just to see his humor in action. Over the years he would show up in some unusual roles, even on an episode of Law and Order SVU. I remember seeing him and John Ritter (from Three’s Company) doing a sort of stand-up comedy duet/stand off (I don’t remember the show) and Robin Williams ran comedic circles around John Ritter. He and his talent will be missed.

At first I had planned to say a bit about Robin Williams and his advocacy for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender folks. Then the news came out that he had Parkinson’s Disease and that hit close to home for me too. So I will mention both.

Robin Williams was an ally of LGBT folks. He did more than play several gay, and other diverse, characters. According to the Advocate, “Williams supported local efforts by LGBT community groups and was involved in multiple fundraisers and events. “
Link to article:

Parkinson’s Disease is a heartbreaking diagnosis. I have a movement disorder called Essential Tremor, and while there can be some outlying symptoms, the main thing I have to look forward to is shaking more and more as the years go by. Katherine Hepburn is one of many famous people who had Essential Tremor, and it is much more common than Parkinson’s. Folks with Essential Tremor have an increased risk of having Parkinson’s Disease but the connection is not understood. The prognosis for someone with Parkinson’s Disease is much grimmer, but more and more treatments are available.

I can’t know how much the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease had to do with Robin Williams’ decision to end his life.  I just wish he hadn’t.
RIP Robin Williams.

More about Parkinson’s Disease:

More about Essential Tremor:


~ Marcie


Microaggressions and More at the Olympic College’s Diversity Conference


Olympic College Diversity Conference – Great Job!OCDiversityConfProgam&Bag


Olympic College’s first Diversity Conference was very well done, with so much good thought provoking information I am still processing it all.





What I enjoyed most about the conference were the two keynote speakers: Dr. Joy DeGruy and Yoshiko Harden.

The first keynote speaker was  Dr. Joy DeGruy

From her website: “Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter.”

The topic of her presentation was Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
From the Olympic College Diversity Conference Program “The theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggest that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in mutigenerational adaptive behaviors – some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience, and others that are detrimental and destructive.”

I was enlightened by her presentation and have bought her book on the subject, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.

  The second keynote was given by Yoshiko Harden, Vice President for Diversity at Bellevue College

Her speech title was “Good Intentions Aren’t Enough; The Damaging Effects of Microaggressions”

Microaggression was a new concept to me, and some of you may not be familiar with it either.

From Wikipedia – “Microaggression is a theory that hypothesizes that specific interactions between those of different races, cultures, genders or sexual orientation can be interpreted as small acts of mostly non-physical aggression; the term was coined by Chester M. Pierce[1] in 1970.”

Yoshiko Harden OC Diversity Conf

From the Olympic College Diversity Conference Program: “Often it is well intended, “nice” people who tend to perpetuate microagressions”
According to the speech description “Participants will learn to identify both individual and institutional forms of microagressions, and learn practical and useful strategies to address, interrupt,a nd dismantle them.” Yoshiko Harden’s Keynote speech did all of that for me.




The topic of microaggressions found its way into a couple of the sessions, and I attended two of those.

One of the things I like about the idea of microagressions is it helps make sense of something I have seen and felt, but couldn’t find a way to describe. One thing that comes to mind for me is how I feel when someone says to me “Wow, you are an engineer?!  Good for you!”  (Usually interpreted as ‘you are smart for a woman’) I also like that the concept helps break down our overwhelming anti-inclusion systems into bits we can makes sense of, and find ways to each make a real difference.

There were two videos presented at the conference that showed, in a humorous way, some examples of microagression.

What Kind of Asian Are You? (this video was posted just over a hear ago and has over 7 millions hits)

Top 100 – Things White People Say to Black People




There were so many good sessions, and I was impressed by the presenters.









I look forward to attending the Olympic College Diversity Conference next year!


~ Marcie

Kudos to Youth!



On Friday March 21st I attended the 20th annual Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights at Olympic College in Bremerton.  I was once again amazed and encouraged by what our youth are able to accomplish.

The Rally is supported by Kitsap Safe Schools, the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and the Olympic College Multicultural Services Center, and is primarily planned and achieved by youth.





Some of the 12 workshops the youth prepared and presented were:

Alternative Voices of Humanity’s Universal Soul
Volunteering in the Community
Shattered Spirits: A Native Perspective

 There were also break out sessions dealing with difficult topics like rape and identity, and a production by the North Kitsap High Theater Arts and GSA of PUSH: A Social Awareness Play.


Kudos to the hosting Bremerton School District and all the youth that participated!















~   Marcie

Seattle Women’s Chorus – We Can Swing It

In a concert at the Admiral Theatre the Seattle Women’s Chorus will celebrate the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter in a whole new way:

Through the power of an original composition by Associate Artistic Director, Eric Lane Barnes. Highlighted by pieces entitled “It Ain’t Women’s Work,” “Femininity Quotient,” and “The Doors You Opened,” this moving narrative gives you a glimpse into the lives of the women who lived and worked in these dark but exciting times. Joining Seattle Women’s Chorus for a portion of the show is local all-female group, the MoodSwings Jazz Band


3:00 Sunday February 23rd
Admiral Theatre, Bremerton
Tickets are still available at














The concert is sponsored by the Kitsap Pride Network



~ Marcie

Tuesday September 24th: “Cracking the Codes” – a film about racism in America

On Tuesday September 24th the film “Cracking the Codes” will be shown on Bainbridge Island.
Following the film will be a community discussion.

Event details:

Cracking-CodeEvent details:
Racism — 50 Years After the Dream

Tuesday, September 24th
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church
Community Room
105 Winslow Way W.
Bainbridge Island
$5 suggested donation

Here is some more information from the Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church:

A new documentary film about racism in America is being co-sponsored by Cedars Adult Programs.

The 70-minute film is titled Cracking the Codes – The System of Racial Inequity.  The film includes moving personal testimony from 23 leaders who illuminate the issues around racial disparities, and how important it is to deepen the dialogue around race in America.

Following the showing there will be an open discussion facilitated by three members of the community (Peggi Erickson, Sharon Negri, and Charlotte Rovelstad).

Join us at 7pm on Tuesday evening, September 24th at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (the building with the white steeple in the heart of Winslow). There is a $5 suggested donation to cover the cost of the room and handouts.  For additional information call 206-780-9718.


Yes! Magazine says “”Cracking the Codes is the most dignified and evidenced response possible to the blithe assertion that we now live in a “post-racial” America.”

Co-sponsors include: Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, Yes! Magazine, Bethany Lutheran Church, and Suquamish United Church of Christ.

Link to information about the event:


~ Marcie