October is LGBT History month, and the Tulare-Kings PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will dedicate this month’s program to a historic lawsuit filed by former Dallas City employee and current 30+ year resident of Visalia, Slade Childers. After applying for a position as a civilian employee in the police department’s property and evidence division, where he twice scored higher than any other candidate during testing, Childers sued for violations of his civil rights when it became clear that he was denied the job due to his sexual orientation and affiliation with the gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Church. Ultimately losing the court battles with a ruling by the United States District Court, N.D. Texas, Dallas Division, on March 30, 1981, the case is nonetheless a historic moment in the battle for LGBT civil rights.
Childers will talk about being a young gay activist in a major American city only a few short years after the New York City Stonewall riots of June 1969. Reflecting on the prejudices of the general public, the police department, and the courts, Childers will give us a look back at the early days of the LGBT equality movement, and how it felt to those deeply involved at the time.
Tulare-Kings PFLAG’s October meeting will be this Sunday, October 19, at 3pm. Meetings are held the third Sunday of each month, at the Educational and Cultural Center, Congregation B’nai David, 1039 S. Chinowth, Visalia. Meetings begin at 3pm, and conclude at 5pm. The public is invited.
PFLAG provides a safe and confidential space place to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity, and works to build a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
There is no cost to attend, and membership is optional.
PFLAG Tulare and Kings Counties is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.