You are invited to march with PFLAG on Sunday Oct 12th to show your support and love for our LGBT sons, daughters, family and friends!
Christopher Coleman is our featured speaker for September.
He writes,” My struggles began at birth because I was born dead and did not breathe for fifteen minutes. Once I started to breathe doctors diagnosed me with cerebral palsy and said that I would never move, talk or think for myself. My six siblings and I fought hard to defuse the stereotype and labels that came with a black single parent home. Being a black disabled Christian made it difficult for me to come to grips with my sexuality. I knew the reality of being attracted to the same sex would open the door for me to experience more segregation and heartbreak. I know first hand what its like to be stereotyped because of a label, belittled for your physical appearance and an outcast for your sexual orientation. There was a period in my life that I felt guilty for loving the very thing that made me who I am, because society looked down upon it.”
Come listen to Christopher Coleman as he speaks about his life, unconfined.
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 02:30 pm – 5:00pm
Where: St. Mark United Methodist Church (UMC) Church Bldg (entry from halfway down 5th St)
Free and plentiful parking is available in the St. Mark UMC on-site parking lot. Traffic is generally very light in town on Sunday afternoons. Look for signs to indicate parking locations during PFLAG meeting times. Parking entry from 5th street (elderly/disabled parking only) and from Juniper south of 5th St (general parking).
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Our program on April 15th featured the Ellis family who is behind the Family Acceptance website. It has been a wonderful and informative resource for parents of gay and lesbian children and we are fortunate that the folks behind it are from our very own city, Atlanta!
From Patti & Jeff Ellis:
I thought our journey started December 17, 1997, but actually it started August 31, 1981, the day Adam was born. That day we were given a gift of a baby boy. Each year of his life was a gift and our love grew deeper. The day he told us he was gay sent us to the bottom of the mountain. We were stuck there until we slowly began our journey to seek the truth because this is our child and he was worth it. While we prayed that God would change Adam, we finally came to understand it was us, his parents, who needed to change, not Adam.
The world we lived in used the Bible as a weapon against us. However, it was our faith that gave us strength and comfort. That faith kept us searching for what God wanted us to do as Adam’s mom and dad. After much prayer we found our way to creating the Family Acceptance website. Our blessing now is to know we can help other families in their journey and maybe one day this will not have to be a journey at all.
Link to this article: http://www.pflagatl.org/2012/04/watch-the-ellis-family-talks-about-coming-out-and-family-acceptance/