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Equality advocacy group PFLAG to hold annual Valentine's Day dance

The Carroll County chapter of PFLAG, an equality advocacy group composed of allies of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — or LGBTQ — will hold a Valentine's Day dance this Sunday.

The dance, which organizers say is typically well attended, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fellowship Hall in St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

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"The idea is just to have a Valentine's Day event option for people of any age who maybe would feel comfortable at other places or dances because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," PFLAG member Lane Cogdill said. There is a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $2 for students, but it's not required, Cogdill said.

There will be a DJ, dancing, a cake walk and a photo booth, she said, and people are encouraged to bring their own devices with music.

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Cogdill, who formerly worked as an instructional assistant for Carroll County Public Schools, said the organization was "really glad" to receive permission from the school system's central office staff to hand out fliers to students with information about the dance.

"We're hoping to see … the students from the schools, who need some affirmation that there are other people out there like them," Cogdill said.

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