PFLAG Alamance

                   Parents, families, friends and allies

                        United with LGBTQ people

                                  To move equality forward


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

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PFLAG Alamance Monthly Meeting 
Welcoming new people and old friends

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
A great time to get to know our Chapter members 
and guests in new and meaningful ways
Plenty of time to share your personal issues and concerns

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.  
An event you won't want to miss. . . 


There is evidence of progress . . .

Mr. Ratburn came out & got married on
the children's cartoon 'Arthur' 

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Arthur, the beloved 22-year-old series on PBS Kids, has just introduced its first queer character, Arthur's teacher, Mr. Ratburn, who got married on yesterday's season premiere (May 13). Watch it in full online-and learn why, even though he's not the first queer character on children's television, he still breaks new ground.

The series, based on the books by Marc Brown, features anthropomorphic aardvark Arthur and his friends and family. In yesterday's episode, "Mr. Ratburn's Special Someone," the children learn that their third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is getting married, but they don't know to whom. Still, one of Arthur's friends opines, "Teachers don't get married. It's just wrong!" which leads to an amusing debate over whether teachers have any life outside the classroom. It's not that the kids don't want him marrying another man-it's that they can't envision him marrying anyone.

Later, they see Mr. Ratburn being berated by a strongly opinionated woman they assume is his fiancée (played by the wonderful and also queer Jane Lynch). They decide to split them up so she doesn't "toughen him up" as promised-which they imagine could lead to extra homework assignments. They ultimately learn that she is his sister, in town for his wedding.

 Breaking news about our July 
PFLAG Meeting 

At last month's meeting we talked about making our July meeting into our annual summer "Cook In" and changing the day.  It turns out that the Twin Lakes space is not available, so we will have our dinner and meeting on the regular night, July 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

We will still provide the hamburgers and hot dogs, and count on you to bring a favorite picnic style side or a dessert to share with the group. more details on this event in our July newsletter. Just hold the date and make your plans on a favorite side or dessert you would like to bring.


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 or (336) 918.0902.  To make a donation and secure  your ticket, visit and click on "Key West".

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".


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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.


To commemorate June Pride Month, honoring the LGBTQ community, beach-and-surf footwear brand Reef launched its first Pride Collection, which will benefit PFLAG National. Started in 1973 by Jeanne Manford, a mother who wanted to show support for her son Morty who was gay, PFLAG National is the largest organization in the United States to support the LGBTQ community and its allies.

With adult and children's styles included in the collection, Reef will donate 100 percent of profits from sales through  to PFLAG National.
"With 100 percent of profits supporting our grassroots efforts, we couldn't be more excited to work with Reef," said Jean-Marie Navetta, director of learning and inclusion for PFLAG National. "This vibrant collection aligns so beautifully with the diversity and inclusion efforts that are centered in our work at PFLAG National and across our network of more than 400 chapters across the country."

In addition to donating profits from the online sale of its Pride Collection, Reef will sponsor the San Diego Pride Parade, which will take place July 13.

"Reef is a brand that celebrates family, community and the personal freedom that the beach lifestyle represents," said Mike Matey, the company's vice president of marketing. "Our core values directly line up with PFLAG National's mission of equality and we couldn't have thought of a better organization to partner with in celebration of Pride Month."
The collection, which features rainbow colors in each design, includes flip flops, a slip-on style and boat shoe, and retails between $29 to $55.


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.