*** THIS IS OUR FINAL 3RD SUNDAY MEETING IN THIS LOCATION. PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS OF JANUARY 2015 MEETING***
PFLAG will host a support group meeting at our regular 3rd Sunday meeting. If you are the parent of a lesbian, gay, bi or trans child or an LGBT person yourself, you are welcome to attend! We share our stories but do not counsel. Everything that is said within the group remains confidential. We begin promptly at 2:30pm.
Entry to the PFLAG meeting is from the building behind the church. From Peachtree Street or Juniper St, please walk halfway down 5th street to find our entrance from the parking lot.
When: Sunday, December 21, 2014 02:30 pm – 4:00pm
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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Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for nearly a decade.
“I’ve had foster homes who completely said you can’t live here if you’re gay,” said Cancel, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Commonwealth University who bounced between half a dozen foster homes while in care. “For a long time I had that self-hatred and uncomfortableness with who I am.”
Discrimination against gay and lesbian youths in foster care is prevalent enough around the country that federal health officials sent a letter in 2011 encouraging states to develop training for caseworkers and foster parents on the issue. Advocates in a handful of states including Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts have increased efforts to train caseworkers, recruit foster parents and assign mentors. Officials don’t want to force youths to disclose their sexuality, but must try to create environments where they feel safe to come out when ready. Without such support, the federal government memo says, gay and lesbian youths who leave the foster care system can wind up homeless
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Link to this article: http://www.pflagatl.org/2013/06/gay-foster-kids-discrimination-battle-heats-up-in-states/