The Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality (CCRE) will hold an “Embracing Our LGBT Community” Conference on May 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education, 125 North Court St., in Westminster.
“Every year the CCRE committee plans a conference to raise consciousness about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism while developing positive and collaborative relationships with other agencies in Carroll County,” says Erin Snell, a member of CCRE.
Scheduled speakers are Michael Eselun of GLIDE (Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality), author Martha Johnson who wrote the novel In Our Midst, and the local panelists will include Judy Gaver of PFLAG and pastor Marty Kuchma. Breakfast and lunch are free to those who register. Both PFLAG-Westminster and United Church of Christ, the venue for the PFLAG meetings, have volunteered to co-sponsor the event.
“Carroll County is a conservative county and sometimes there seems to be an unawareness, misunderstanding, and/or fear of the LGBT community,” explains Snell. “It is my hope that this year’s conference will help folks have a positive dialogue about LGBT-related topics so that together we may become a healthier and more compassionate community.”