PFLAG Alamance

                   Parents, families, friends and allies

                        United with LGBTQ people

                                  To move equality forward

 

PO Box 623                 Elon, NC  27244              336-584-8722

 

 www.pflagalamance.org  

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PFLAG Alamance Monthly Meeting 
Welcoming new people and old friends

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  
A great time to get to know our Chapter members 
in new and meaningful ways
 
Plenty of time to share your personal issues and concerns

Location:
Fellowship Room (upstairs)
Elon Community Church UCC
271 N. Williamson Ave. 
Elon, NC

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

 


Make plans to join us for a FREE screening of  Socrates on Saturday, May 11th , 7:00 PM at UNCSA's ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main Street in Winston-Salem.

After his mother's sudden death, Socrates a 15 year old living on the margins of Sao Paulo's coast, must survive on his own while coming to terms with his grief.  Running time of 71 minutes.  

Socrates was written and directed by by UNCSA School of Filmmaking graduate, Alex Moratto.  Alex recently won the Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award!  

For more information and to see the trailer, visit outatthemovies.org
Key West in Winston-Salem

The 9th annual Key West in Winston-Salem celebration will take place on Saturday, June 22nd, 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM.  Please join us for drinks, delicious island-inspired food and the best in female impersonation, male dancing and body painting!

For an invitation and more information, contact Rex at rex@outatthemovies.org or 336.918.0902.  To make a donation and secure  your ticket, visit outatthemovies.org and click on "Key West".

"Mayor Pete" and Rachel Madow

PFLAG Alamance is, and always will be, a non-sectarian and non-partisan  organization.  It is how we maintain our status as a tax exempt, non-profit corporation. We are however able to speak of life  issues we consider important.

The following clip involves a political figure and a partisan interviewer, but this has nothing to do with campaign politics.  We are not endorsing this candidate, but for LGBTQ folks, their families and friends, the clip makes and important point. It demonstrates the experience of coming out and how two people have handled their story. We think you will find it meaningful.


 


This one may be old, but it is the season of weddings



An unforgettable Father's Toast at his Gay Son's Wedding
 

We know this clip has been around on Facebook for quite  some time, but we think you will find it meaningful.  You might even have an occasion to use it some day yourself!


One of our members shared this interesting link . . . 

11 Stereotypes People Should Stop Believing About the LGBTQ Community


Before the 1970s, most  stereotypes about the LGBTQ community  were extremely negative. In fact, for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, a vast majority of the population (including doctors and scholars) believed that members of the LGBTQ community suffered from mental disorders.

Then, the Stonewall Riots changed everything. In 1969, police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City and those inside fought back. This wasn't just a historic moment-it was a movement. In the following decade, LGBTQ rights were at the forefront of  social justice activism-which, in turn, led to increased awareness about the  LGBTQ community. And while the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s created more obstacles and stereotypes about LGBTQ people, by the 1990s, that all started to change. LGTBQ characters began appearing with regularity on  television with shows like Queer as Folk, The L Word, and Will&Grace.

Still, the LGBTQ community has always been pegged as "different," and therefore subjected to stereotyping. In order to shed on the truth, we've rounded up a list of some of the most common LGBTQ stereotypes. If you hear these phrases, know that they're all utterly, demonstrably false. Then, educate others by correcting them, too. And for more phrases to make a mental note of, here are  20 Stereotypes to Remove from Your Vocab in 2019.

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More Rainbow Flags Fly After Pride Banner Burned in South Carolina

Charleston Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. 
An anti-LGBTQ vandal inadvertently made South Carolina a lot more colorful.
A Pride banner displayed at a private Charleston home was recently ripped down, burned, and left charred in the driveway,  The Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Although the residents are a straight couple with three children, Charleston Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. 
Following the assault of a local transgender woman and the vandalism of an LGBTQ youth center, Charleston passed an ordinance in November increasing punishments for bias crimes, including those motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity.

After news of the arson broke, local LGBTQ advocacy group  Alliance For Full Acceptance began offering similar flags to community members and have since distributed more than 50.

"Whenever an incident like this happens, it can really kind of get into the psyche of the LGBTQ community just knowing that this sort of thing still exists and still happened," says AFFA executive director Chase Glenn. "But to know the incident is being taken seriously by the police is very comforting."


 

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.