A big "Thank you!" to those that attended our first meeting of the year! We had a great turnout, yummy food and good networking! We gave out our 2017 calendar and have provided a copy below. Please print and share with others. Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 1st. We will be prepping for the Phoenix PRIDE parade on Sunday, April 2nd.
What happens at a typical PFLAG support group meeting?
PFLAG support meetings are where we do our best and most important work, and where we see real magic occur in the lives of countless individuals and families. Our welcoming support meetings provide a safe, confidential place for those who are learning about sexual orientation or gender-identity/expression in their lives, their families, or circle of friends. At our support meetings, we provide loving, non-judgmental support for LGBT individuals, their family and friends. We welcome and encourage everyone to attend our meetings.
In our small sharing groups, gentle discussion takes place in a safe, informal atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. We each are given the opportunity to share our questions and concerns, as well as our successes and joys, or we may just sit and listen -- it is perfectly acceptable to not speak (although we strongly encourage you, if you can, to share what is on your heart so that we may begin the healing process with you). We are not there to judge -- people who just starting this journey can say some unpleasant things, and we are there to listen and to support and educate. We ask everyone in attendance to show respect to everyone else. We all listen and learn from one another. Parents in attendance learn from the shared experiences from other parents, as well as the shared experience of other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals who are present. LGBTQ individuals learn from the shared experiences of other LGBTQ individuals, as well as from the shared experiences of parents, family members, and friends who are present. As always, our straight allies are also welcome at our meetings. During our support meetings, there is often laughter, there are sometimes tears, and afterwards, there are hugs shared between old friends and new friends. Over time, some who continue to attend our meetings develop long-lasting friendships with other attendees. We invite you to come and share the magic that is PFLAG.
On February 22, 2017, the Trump Administration decide to rescind protection for trans students that allowed them to use the bathroom of their choosing. This was an act supported by the Department of Education and Justice Department. With this, trans students will be forced to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the boy/girl binary of biological sex. According to White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer, President Trump is a believer in states rights and has decided that this is not a federal issue. According to the Williams Institute at Harvard Law, 150,000 students aged 13-17 will be hurt by the new administrations decision. This is a civil rights issue that needs to be addressed. Forcing trans students into situations that make them feel unsafe and could result in acts of violence is a civil rights issue.
If you are concerned, please take the time to voice those concerns to your Arizona representatives.
Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake can be reached through their contact pages.