Film screening in region about conversion therapy, “Boy Erased”

In lieu of its regular monthly meeting, East Central MN PFLAG is offering a free movie, “Boy Erased”, to the community on Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Braham Event Center, 655 8th St. SW, Braham, MN 55006.

This full-length film, “Boy Erased”, is a story that exposes the cruelty of LGBTQ conversion therapy.  It is the story of a young man who is pressured into a conversion therapy program, his survival and his journey to find his own voice and true self.  The movie is rated R due to its mature theme; an open discussion will follow.

PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) provides information and support for the LGBTQ+ community in East Central Minnesota.  Anyone who wishes to improve the environment for LGBTQ+ people in East Central Minnesota are welcome, free-of-charge, to this event.  More info at www.ecmnpflag.org.

2019 Pride Planning Underway – Help us put on the best Pride yet

If you’d like to be involved in planning the 2019 East Central Minnesota Pride, please contact a Board Member below to let us know.  Our first planning meeting will be held this month (January) in Rush City.  This is our 15th Annual Pride, and is sure to be our biggest and best yet.  We welcome your involvement.

  • Gary Skarsten, of Braham, 320-396-3726
  • Phil or Barb Schroeder, of Mora, 320-310-5202
  • Julie Redpath, of Chisago City, 612-817-9541


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Julie Redpath

Julie Redpath, of Chisago City (and formerly of Rock Creek) was recognized by Lavender Magazine for her involvement as Chair for East Central Minnesota Pride, and as founder of the East Central Purple Circle.

Though Pride in Pine City existed since 2005, it didn’t become an official nonprofit until 2010, about the time Julie became a regular fixture on the committee.  She and her partner, Rebecca Hostetler, support the community in a number of ways including serving as election judges, supporting the diversity groups within Pine Technical and Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge), and celebrating with LGBT clergy when they are called to serve churches in East Central Minnesota.

Mora couple receives 2017 Lavender Community Award


The recipients of the Lavender Community Awards were nominated and voted for online November, 2017.  Barb and Phil Schroeder of Mora were selected winners due to their demonstrated clear dedication and leadership by being either out or an ally, and working for the advancement of the community that is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied people.  They were featured in Lavender Magazine.

The iconic PFLAG Popcorn Wagon

As proud parents of children in the rainbow community, the Schroeder’s have devoted time and work to East Central Minnesota PFLAG. “East Central Minnesota PFLAG is an all-volunteer organization that provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning persons (and those who are perceived to be), their families and friends by being a visible presence in communities across the five-county region of east central Minnesota.

I’m more than proud of the GLBT community in East Central Minnesota.  They all work very hard every year to put together the Pine City Pride Picnic. The event is growing in attendance and fun each year.

-Dennis Burns, owner of DB Signs in Pine City

More fun each year

You wouldn’t believe how many gay people live around here.  I have a lot of local clients who are gay.

-Rob Morrisette, owner of Rob’s Place Salon, Pine City

LGBTQ people live here