PFLAG Alamance Monthly Meeting
Welcoming new people and old friends
March 10 , 2020
Fellowship Room (upstairs)
Elon Community Church UCC
271 N. Williamson Ave.
Please enter the building through the covered walk behind the sanctuary.
Plenty of parking there.
Welcome Our Three Guests
Three young women from North Carolina Central University in Durham have chosen PFLAG Alamance for a study in their Social Work Practice class, looking at organizations that are engaged in community service in the area of Social Justice. They have met with some of our chapter already and are gathering material on our mission and role in the the Burlington area.
We have invited Destiny, Tyler and Philicia to our meeting so that they could observe who we are and how we approach our service and work. Help us welcome this team, not just as students engaged in a project assignment, but as interested persons who want to prepare themselves for careers in areas of need in out society.
OUR LOVE IS LOUDER
When PFLAG parents, families, allies -- and you -- show up in full force,
powered by love for our LGBTQ+ loved ones,
we get things done.
PFLAGers like Jennifer Solomon showed the entire country the power of PFLAG love after her home state of Florida introduced a bill that would ban necessary medical care for transgender youth -- including her son. She called PFLAG National for help to prepare, our team mobilized to provide advice and support, and Jennifer's passionate testimony in concert with that of other loving advocates helped drown out the rhetoric of anti-LGBTQ+ extremists, defeating the bill!
We know these anti-trans bills can be defeated when PFLAG moms, dads, parents, guardians, family members, and allies come together and fight back -- because our love is louder.
- Pennsylvania, where PFLAG National staff joined with PFLAG Chapter Network leaders to advocate for a "conversion therapy" ban to the state legislature;
- Virginia, where PFLAG Chapter Network leaders, supported by PFLAG National staff, successfully passed a bill prohibiting health insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of gender identity or transgender status; and
- South Carolina, where PFLAG National's Advocacy and Chapter Engagement teams are working with PFLAG Spartansburg and other chapters on the ground in the coalition to stop two bills -- one preventing transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatment and another that discriminates against transgender athletes.
In these extremely dangerous times for our trans loved ones, PFLAG National's expert staff and life-saving resources are helping local advocates across the country as they work tirelessly to ensure these anti-LGBTQ+ bills never come up for consideration again.
PFLAG ALAMANCE HAS HELPFUL RESOURCES TO SHARE
We have books, videos and booklets from a variety of sources for your information and sharing. Our rolling cart is at all our meetings and you are welcome to check them out for as long as needed.
If you want copies to keep, we are happy to provide them. Just let us know.
Some highly recommended books are:
Changing our Mind, by David P. Gushee
Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America,
by Mitchell Gold and Mindy Drucker
Resource booklets from PFLAG National, include:
Our Children -
Questions and answers for families of LGBTQ youth and adults
Be Yourself -
Questions and answsers for LGBTQ Youth
Our Trans Loved Ones
Questions and answers for parents, families and friends of people who are Transgender and Gender Expansive
Faith in Our Families
- exploring religious issues of LGBTQ matters.
Trans Day of Visibility on March 31st
Climbing Every Mountain
PFLAG National is announcing Trans Day of Visibility on March 31st, when they will finally get to release Climbing Every Mountain
, a film by the team at Transilient. Throughout the month of March, they will be sharing updates, short films, portraits, and more, across all of PFLAG National's social media channels. So be sure to follow PFLAG National-and #ClimbingEveryMountain-on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Dallas will soon have the most rainbow crosswalks in the country
They're springing up all over the country, but everything is bigger in Texas.
Dallas will soon become the city with the most rainbow crosswalks in the country. Ten are currently being installed in the city's LGBT neighborhood of Oak Lawn, a place that
NBC News described
as "the heartbeat of the North Texas LGBT community."
A group of business owners and elected officials collectively raised the money for the $128,ooo project; no public funds will be used. Since the neighborhood is near the airport, they even secured a donation from Southwest Airlines.
"This is still the geographic heart of our community," Tony Vedda, President and CEO of the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, told NBC.
"So to have this, I think people will feel pride in knowing that we're doing something to not just preserve this community but to really make it stand out."