Program on Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Identities

East Central MN PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will have a guest speaker speaking about diversity and inclusion at their next meeting, Sunday, Jan. 13, and the public is invited to attend.

Ray Lockman, Hennepin County Librarian, UW-Madison Lecturer, and national speaker on topics related to diversity and inclusion, will be presenting and leading a discussion on trans. and gender non-conforming identities.  A variety of issues will be explored including gender identity and expression, vocabulary, gender pronouns and discrimination and barriers targeting this group.

The meeting is set for this Sunday, from 2-3:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church/Common Ground, 404 Cypress St. N., in Cambridge.

Anyone seeking info and support, and/or those who wish to improve the environment for LGBTQ+ people in East Central Minnesota are welcome to attend.  Free of charge.  For more information, call (320) 272-0069 or visit 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.

Read the entire article here.

GIVE TO THE MAX DAY  was Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018

Thank you to those who helped raise additional funds to continue to put on a successful event each year!

Last Call! Wreaths for Sale

Planning to purchase a wreath this holiday season?  Please consider buying one from East Central Minnesota PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).  They are raising funds for their high school scholarship program.
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Beautiful, 24″, fresh, traditional balsam and cedar wreaths with a large red bow and natural pine cones, hand made in Deer River, Minn., from local, sustainable materials.  $30 per wreath with 50% going to ECMN PFLAG.  Email pschroeder54@gmail.com or call 320.272.0069 to order one (or more) of these gorgeous wreaths.  Deadline to order is Nov. 10 with delivery after Thanksgiving weekend.  Thank you for supporting our region’s LGBTQ youth.ECMN PFLAG


The East Central Minnesota Pride Committee Thanks YOU!

A big thanks goes out to all the event sponsors, vendors, allies, volunteers, attendees and the entire region for another successful Pride in the Park (2018).  We hope to see you again next year!

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.

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

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