PFLAG Alamance

                   Parents, families, friends and allies

                  United with LGBTQ people

                                  To move equality forward



Meeting is indoors where it is cool!!!
6:00 pm
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Please bring a picnic style side-dish or dessert to 
share with the group

There will be time after we eat for discussion and sharing 



Please enter the building through the covered walk behind the sanctuary. Plenty of parking there.  
Love Calls Back

Please take a few minutes to watch the Love Calls Back  video and be sure to have tissues ready. We are grateful to Verizon for their partnership and support, which helps us send an important message to LGBTQ+ people and their parents and families, everywhere: PFLAG is here for you. And when the call comes through, we will always help you answer with love.

 S hare this video with someone who needs to see it. It could change a life and rebuild a family. Better still, if you are the one who needs to make the call, do it!

These LGBT Seniors Are Building a Shared Community in Durham

In 2007, after 30 years in the city, Christopher Ross and Allan Keech left New York and moved to a 58-acre property outside the small town of South Boston, Virginia, near the border with North Carolina. Ross, a priest in the Independent Catholic Church since 2003, had worked for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, for the city, and for a few banks on Wall Street. Keech, a watercolorist, had been the creative director for Vidal Sassoon on 5th Avenue. After so much time in the city, they wanted to be surrounded by green space.

"It was very beautiful, but it was in the middle of nowhere," Ross says. "We were so isolated. And for me, it was very scary. There's a big difference between isolation and solitude, and we were isolated."

Today, Ross and Keech live in one side of a duplex in Durham, as they wait to move in to a new home at Village Hearth, a planned LGBT-oriented co-housing community for seniors at the edge of the city. The community will consist of 28 small, single-family, one-story houses, clustered together around shared walkways and a big common house with a kitchen, dining room, and laundry facilities. Last week, National Cooperative Bank closed on a $5.65 million construction loan for the community, which expects to have the first phase of homes ready for move-in next spring. Village Hearth members like Ross and Keech say they want to live in a community of people with shared experiences, and note that discrimination against LGBT people is still common in many traditional retirement communities.

An article from PFLAG Lexington'a Linda Angelo . . .

'They are not alone.' Show support for your LGBTQ friends and loved ones.

June is  Pride Month for the LGBTQ community and for all of us who support them. They are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers and friends. They are Americans, entitled to the same freedoms and protection as their straight allies. But statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public services have been extended to LBGTQ people in only 21 states, and no federal law has yet passed both houses of the U.S. Congress.

"OK," people say, "I get that we have work to do addressing discrimination, but why all this parading and rainbow-flag-waving? Most of America is on their side, so why don't they just get on with their lives?" Because just getting on with their lives is not so easy. Coming out is not so easy -to oneself, to one's family, to classmates, to co-workers. There is a good deal of fear and risk involved.

From the Lexington Herald Leader
June 13, 2019

Too late for early bird registration, but see details . . .


Gender Journey Conference Mid-Atlantic
Supporting the Journey for Gender-Creative Youth and their Families

Friday, October 4: Professional Symposium
Saturday, October 5: Family Day

Transgender no longer recognised as 'disorder' by WH O

Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization's global manual of diagnoses.

The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health.  A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is "not actually a mental health condition".  Human Rights Watch says the change will have a "liberating effect worldwide".



Welcome to PFLAG Alamance. We offer a safe, confidential space in which to explore our feelings and under-standings about the LGBT experience, especially "coming out" and what this means to families and other loved ones. Listen and share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with, knowing that others can understand.




And remember....when you no longer feel you need PFLAG, PFLAG needs you! There are people out there who need a supportive friend.