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PFLAG Support Group meets in Peachtree City GA

support_groupThe PFLAG Peachtree City Support Group serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their parents, families and friends from Fayette, Coweta, Clayton and Henry County. We will be meeting in the St. Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 7:00 PM on the Third Thursday of every month.  St. Andrews in the Pines church is located at the intersection of North Peachtree Pkwy and Interlochen Dr/Stevens Entry. If you put in the address into Google maps, it usually puts you one intersection away. Use the cross streets above to get the exact location.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015 07:00 pm

Where: St. Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church (Parish hall)
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PFLAG Support Groups for parents and families of LGBTQ at SLCA

Sum13-GroupSupportWe meet on a Sunday afternoon on the third Sunday of every month at Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta. Parents and family who are struggling with the news of a loved one coming out and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons are encouraged to attend our support group meetings. If you are lesbian, gay, bi or transgender and would like to come out to your friends and family, and are looking for ways to come out, this is an excellent place to get support and ideas that have worked for others. We often have a program or speaker from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. After our program, we have an hour of facilitated support groups. These meetings will run to 5pm. If we only have support groups (no speaker/program) our meeting ends at 4pm. In support groups, we share our stories but do not counsel. Trained facilitators moderate the discussion. Everything that is said within the group remains confidential.

When: Sunday, October 18, 2015 02:30 pm – 4:00pm (if support only) / 5:00pm (if starting with program)

Where: Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta 

1730 Northeast Expressway NE Atlanta, GA 30329

Attending a PFLAG meeting is ALWAYS free and we encourage you to attend if you are a parent, LGBT person or a straight ally. We share our stories but do not counsel. Everything that is said within the group remains confidential. Please park in the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta (SLCA) parking lot and come towards the back of the building. Entrance is from the left hand side of the building, towards the back. Look for the PFLAG sign.

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PFLAG Support Group meets in Johns Creek GA (North Fulton / Gwinnett / Forsyth)

http://townmapsusa.com/images/maps/map_of_johns_creek_ga.jpgHello Johns Creek, Alpharetta and North Fulton County! We will have our meetings on the Third Tuesday of every month at Johns Creek United Methodist Church at 7:00 PM. The meeting is support-based and all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are invited along with their parents, friends and family members. We will break into small groups and each will be led by a trained facilitator. Everything that is said is confidential and we share our stories without giving advice.

Click here to sign up for Johns Creek PFLAG updates — https://tinyletter.com/pflagjohnscreek

When : Tuesday, October 20, 2015 07:00 pm

Where: Johns Creek UMC (Room 214) , 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd. Duluth GA 30097
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NEW PFLAG Support Group meets in Spalding / Henry County!

Sum13-GroupSupportWe are excited to announce a new PFLAG support group has started to serve Henry and Spalding County. This will serve Stockbridge, Morrow, Griffin, Sun City, Lovejoy, Fairview, Hampton, McDonough, Locust Grove, Jenkinsburg, etc

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 07:00 pm

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: Piedmont Henry Hospital, Education Building Boardroom, 1133 Eagle’s Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281

Email for more information at pflaghenryspalding@yahoo.com


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Delaware Senate Approves Transgender Rights Bill

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The Delaware Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would add gender identity and expression to the state’s anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.Delaware

The 11-7 vote came after lawmakers debated the measure that Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington) introduced late last month. Senate Bill 97 would specifically ban anti-transgender discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and works contracting and insurance.

Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere) and state Sens. Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrooke,) Bethany Hall-Long (D-Middletown,) Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington,) David McBride (D-Hawk’s Nest,) Harris McDowell III (D-Wilmington,) Karen Peterson (D-Stanton,) Nicole Poore (D-New Castle,) David Sokola (D-Newark) and Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) voted for SB 97.

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford) and state Sens. Colin Bonini (R-Dover,) Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna,) Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View,) David Lawson (R-Marydel,) Ernesto Lopez (R-Lewes) and Robert Venables, Sr., (D-Laurel) voted against the measure. State Sens. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) and Senate Majority Whip Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharpley) abstained, while Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) was absent.

“This bill lets people know that Delaware will welcome you and that, in keeping with our highest ideals as Americans, we will not tolerate discrimination or violence against a person based on their race, color, religion, sexual orientation or now based on their perceived gender,” Henry said after the vote.

Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman also welcomed SB 97’s passage.

“We are so proud of the 11 senators who voted today to make Delaware a fair and welcoming place for transgender Delawareans,” she told the Washington Blade.

WDDE reported Delaware Family Policy Council President Nicole Theis was among those who testified against SB 97 during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. The public radio station said Theis, who also testified against the same-sex marriage bill that Gov. Jack Markell signed into law last month, told lawmakers the measure would allow criminals to go into bathrooms and locker rooms.

“There’s nothing in this legislation that would prevent a predator who wants to express themselves as a female from having access to all of those public accommodations,” Theis said.

Bonini also accused Deputy Attorney General Patricia Dailey Lewis of lying during her testimony in support of SB 97 after she responded to his hypothetical question about whether he would be arrested if he walked into a TGIFridays bathroom wearing a dress and a wig. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, who presides over the Senate, and other senators challenged the Dover Republican for interrupting Lewis.

Sixteen states and D.C. have trans-inclusive anti-discrimination laws. Thirteen of those states and the nation’s capital have also added gender identity and expression to their hate crimes statutes.

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Padilla García last month signed a bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in the U.S. commonwealth. The New York Assembly last month once again approved a measure – the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act – that would add trans-specific protections to the state’s non-discrimination and hate crimes laws.

The University of Delaware has also added gender identity and expression to its anti-discrimination policies.

Attorney General Beau Biden and Markell have both publicly backed SB 97.

“We’re very focused in Delaware on making sure the law does not discriminate,” Markell said in a press release. “We’re a very welcoming state and we want people who want to build a good life here.”

The House Administration Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on SB 97 on June 12.

Goodman told the Blade she remains optimistic it has enough votes to pass in the House.

“We are confident that our House will pass the bill, and Gov. Markell is ready to sign it,” she said.

This article was reposted from WashingtonBlade.com

Link to this article: http://www.pflagatl.org/2013/06/delaware-senate-approves-transgender-rights-bill/


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