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Open Invitation to ALCA From ALGBTICAL


June 2016

 

We are sure all of you have been following the news regarding the horrific event in Orlando.  We thank the many of you who have reached out to our division to express concern not only for the victims, but also for us and our well being.

 

In turn,  ALGBTICAL  wishes to offer our support to you.  If you are in need of “counseling the counselor” regarding this event, we have members who are ready to respond and serve.  Or, if you don’t understand something you have seen on television or read in the news or just need to talk about the tragic event in Orlando, we are also available.  Our division is diverse.  While we offer many perspectives we uphold the concept that ultimately a professional counselor must believe that love overcomes hate.

 

If you know any of our division members, please reach us via our personal email address.  If you don’t know any of us, you can email us at algbtical@gmail.com.  The latest news along with many tools to assist you in talking with others is available at our website:  www.algbtical.org

 

Sincerely

 

Dina Marble, President

Glenda Elliott & Frank Hrabe, Co-Founders

 


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ALGBTICAL Members Participate in Birmingham Pride Parade


June 11, 2016

 

Under the leadership of ALGBTICAL President Dina Marble, division members marched in the 38th annual Central Alabama Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, in Birmingham.  ALGBTICAL officers and members were part of the festivities and carried banners and signs and threw beads. The ALGBTICAL board members were proud of this opportunity to join with the rest of the community in showing its support for LGBT people.  ALGBTICAL were counted among the local companies, organizations, groups, agencies, and churches that officially participated in this annual event.

 

 

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Central Alabama Pride

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Glenda Elliott Honored


February 2014

 

ALGBTICAL is proud to acknowledge that Dr. Glenda Elliott has received a prestigious award for her work as an LGBT activist.  And Birmingham Weld Magazine has featured her in a lengthy article in which she is interviewed.

 

Equality Alabama has named Dr. Glenda Elliott for the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award.  She is being recognized for her work and advocacy with LGBT youth and for her tireless efforts in making Alabama schools safe for LGBT students.

 

 

On Sunday, February 16 Equality Alabama held its 16th Annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence. Glenda was one of the day’s honorees (Along with Auburn University transgender student Darcy Corbitt). She says she is honored to be receiving an award named for Billy Jack Gaither, the very victim whose crime sparked her involvement with LGBT equality.

 

In the interview that is featured in the Birmingham Weld article, Glenda makes several important comments, including this one:  "What’s been found in national surveys is that the factors that create a safer environment for all students would be first of all to have inclusive non-discrimination policies and inclusive anti-harassment polices. When I say inclusive, I mean sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. And then to have training and professional development of all the staff in the school to know how to implement the policy to learn ways in which to go about reacting when harassment does occur. And in a more positive way: What can be done to create a more respectful environment in the schools where all students are respected?"

 

In addition, Equality Alabama has posted a recap of the day's activities on their website.  You can read the remarks from Equality Alabama Chair Ben Cooper and the acceptance speeches of award-winners Glenda Elliott and Darcy Corbitt.

 

Also, Glenda Elliott was recently selected by the Alabama Counseling Association for its ongoing Counselor Icon Interview project.  ALCA conducts interviews with counselors from across the state of Alabama to acknowledge the contributions of prominent counselors (many of which had state and national prominence), to engage past leaders in a dialogue about their contributions to the field, and to educate current and future counselors about the history of the counseling profession.  By visiting the ALCA website, you can view photographs and read the complete transcript of Glenda's Icon Interview.

LINKS:

 

Equality Alabama: Highlights From the Vigil

Bham Weld: Dr. Elliott Awarded for Safe School Efforts

Alabama Counseling Association Icon Interviews

 


First ALGBTIC National Conference

 

ALGBTIC Inaugural Conference
September 19 - 20, 2014
Location: New Orleans, LA

Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Theme: LGBT Advocacy over the Lifespan: Celebrating and Moving Forward

 


ALGBTICAL Members Interviewed


November 2012

 

A columnist in Norway, Henning Carr Ekroll, was researching an article she was writing on same sex marriage and LGBT rights in the United States.  She interviewed ALGBTICAL President Jessica Merchant (and her wife Amanda) and ALGBTICAL member Paul Hard.

 

In the article entitled "Political Struggle for Gay Marriage," the Norwegian columnist highlighted Jessica and Amanda's relationship, saying, "Amanda and Jessica are a legally married couple in Iowa. But in their home state of Alabama they are considered simply two single women."

 

The article pointed out, "The issue of gay marriage is causing splits in US policy and was one of the most important value issues in the fall presidential election."

 

 

The article also featured Paul Hard and his thoughts on his marriage to David.  The article states, "Paul lost his husband David in a car accident last year. The two had married in Massachusetts, but since the accident occurred in Alabama, Paul had no rights as married couples usually do when one party dies."  Paul said, "When I got to the hospital they would not say how David died. I felt that the nurses seemed confused and were unsure if it was actually allowed to let me know what had happened." 

 

The article explained, "In Alabama, the late David was legally regarded as a single man. Money that would normally be paid as financial assistance to the remaining spouse went straight to the government. Paul had to arrange everything himself."  "I'm still paying for both the wedding and the funeral," Paul said.

 

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Norwegian Article: Same Sex Marriage & LGBT Rights

 


ALGBTICAL President at Out of Darkness Walk


November 2012

 

ALGBTICAL President Jessica Merchant is very active in the community!  She represented ALGBTICAL at the Out of Darkness Walk on Sunday, November 4.  The Out of the Darkness Walk supports the good work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. ALGBTICAL had a table set up and handouts for participants.

 

 

 

Jessica reported that, "There was a great turnout with over 1,200 walkers and over $110,000 raised for AFSP. ALGBTICAL was well represented with over 40 visitors at our booth and young adult supporters ranging in age 7-25 and parents."

 


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ALGBTICAL Officer Speaks at Chapter V Workshop


October 2012

 

ALGBTICAL President Elect Kelli Lasseter spoke to the members and attendees at the Chapter V Workshop on Friday, October 19 on the Jacksonville State University campus. Chapter V President Ashley Garrett granted Kelli the opportunity to make a presentation to the group about ALGBTICAL.  Kelli spoke about the mission and activities of the division, distributed membership materials, and gave out purple Spirit Day ribbons.

 

 

Kelli said, "I had such a great time and really feel like I made some great contacts.  Afterwards lots of folks came up to ask questions, offer support and collect our materials.  It was so cool looking out over that audience and seeing colleagues wearing the ribbons in support of the LGBT community. I love this division and the work we are doing."

 

Kelli Lasseter, who is Project Coordinator of the Health Services Center in Anniston, is the current President Elect for ALGBTICAL.

 


ALGBTIC Past Prez in Atlanta Pride Parade

 

October 2012

 

The 42nd Annual Atlanta Pride Festival took place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.  The main event was the Annual Atlanta Pride Parade, which took place on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 PM.  It is the largest parade in the City of Atlanta. Thousands of spectators were on hand to watch the procession on the streets of Midtown Atlanta.

 

 

ALGBTICAL Officer Michael Lebeau marched in the Atlanta Pride Parade with some of his students from Birmingham-Southern College.  This is the second year that the BSC Gay Straight Ally Group was an official participant in the parade, featuring 25 students and four faculty and staff members.

 


ALGBTICAL Meet and Greet in Montgomery

 

September 2012

 

ALGBTICAL sponsored a special organizational Meet & Greet event in Montgomery on Friday, September 21, on the AUM campus.  With over 75 people in attendance, and lots of good networking activity taking place, it certainly was a successful event! 

 

 

The event included the regular business meeting of the ALGBTICAL Executive Council along with socializing and networking afterwards.  Attendees to the event had the opportunity to talk with representatives from local LGBT organizations, service providers, and advocacy groups...  Safe Schools Coalition...  Family Sunshine Center...  Hate Crimes Vigil...  Montgomery AIDS Outreach...  PFLAG Montgomery...  Out of Darkness/Theta Gamma Xi...  Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

 

 

ALGBTICAL Officers who attended included President Jessica Merchant, Paul Hard, Glenda Elliott, Secretary Angela Stowe, Jamie Satcher, and Michael Lebeau.

 

ALGBTICAL was pleased to co-sponsor this event with...   AUM Gay Straight Alliance...  and AUM Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

 

ALGBTICAL members, Alabama counselors, the LBGT community, and ally groups came together for this fun and informative Meet & Greet event.  Many thanks to Paul Hard for his role in hosting this activity.

 


ALGBTICAL Participates in Birmingham Pride Parade

 

June 11, 2011

 

Central Alabama Pride presented its annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 PM in Birmingham.  ALGBTICAL was an official part of the event and several of its officers and members marched in the parade.

 

 

Pictured here (left to right) are: Melissa Scott (Past President), Glenda Elliott, Jessica Merchant (President Elect), and Jeanell Norvell (President).

 

A successful effort by ALGBTICAL provided support and awareness at this year’s Central Pride Event held in downtown Birmingham. Collaboration of members and officers attending, included Glenda Elliott, Jeanell Norvell, Jessica Merchant, Melissa Scott, and two enduring supporters, provided representation in this festive event. Everyone enjoyed seeing the hundreds of supporters lining in the streets and the warm, welcoming chants and atmosphere provided by Central Pride fans. ALGBTICAL will continue to promote better understanding of sexual minority issues and engaging community awareness efforts through its amazing members’ support and enthusiasm.

 

 

 

The Mardi Gras themed parade was part of the 10 Days of Pride celebration, which will also include several other LGBT-related events. 

 


ALGBTICAL Members at Equality Weekend

 

Equality Alabama presented its Equality Weekend program on September 18-20, 2009 in Birmingham.  It featured an impressive line-up of speakers and presenters conducting sessions on a variety of timely LGBT issues.  Among the seminar speakers were notable ALGBTICAL members who have distinguished themselves as allies, advocates and activists in the community.  Sharing their expertise at the Equality Weekend event were Dr. Glenda Elliott and Gloria Anderson. 

At Equality Weekend, Glenda and Gloria shared the spotlight with other prominent LGBT activists.

 

 

The keynote speaker was renowned US Congressman John Lewis.  And the opening session speaker was Alabama Representative Patricia Todd.  Among the other notable speakers at the event were Mandy Carter, John Smallwood, Lori Stabler, Josh Burford, Pam Spaulding, Christine Sun, Anna Turkett, Scout O'Beirne, Patty Rudolph, Marda Sydnor, Dr. Carly Friedman, Rhonda Thomason, J. D. 'Ox' Freeman, Robyn Hall, Allyson 'Ally' Morgan, Gina Stanley, and Rev. Felicia Fontaine.

 


Safe Zone Launched at AUM

 

ALGBTICAL members Dr. Paul Hard and Michael Lebeau were part of the organizing committee that successfully launched the first Safe Zone program at Auburn University Montgomery.  The first Safe Zone training session at AUM was presented in the Fall of 2009.  The second training session was presented in the Spring of 2010.  Both sessions were well attended.

 

 

Dr. Paul Hard (left) is a professor in the AUM Counselor Education program.  He is an active ALGBTICAL member and Past President of ALCA.  Michael Lebeau (right) is an active ALGBTICAL member, Past President of ALGBTICAL, and Past President of ALCA.  Paul is a regular program presenter on LGBT topics.  Michael was part of the organizing committee that launched the UAB SAfe Zone Program.

 


ALGBTICAL Members Protest FOF Event in Birmingham

 

ALGBTICAL members Dr. Glenda Elliott and Michael Lebeau joined the members several Alabama gay rights organizations and LGBT activist individuals to protest the Focus on the Family "Love Won Out" conference on homosexuality that was held November 7, 2009, at Metropolitan Church of God.

 


Organizational Information

 

About ALGBTICAL
Mission of ALGBTICAL

ALGBTICAL Membership

ALGBTICAL Officers
History of ALGBTICAL
ALGBTICAL Takes a Stand
ALGBTICAL Activities

ALGBTICAL Announcements

Overview of ALGBTICAL

ALGBTICAL Workshops

ALGBTICAL Newsletters
ALGBTICAL By-Laws

ALGBTICAL Advocacy Award
ALCA Annual Conference
ALGBTICAL Award Winners

ALGBTICAL Community Activity
ALGBTICAL First Anniversary
ALGBTICAL First Reception

LGBT-Friendly Counselor List

ALGBTICAL Leadership Tools

 

 


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