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Walk with PFLAG in the Atlanta Pride Parade!

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!

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Buy a PFLAG T-shirt for the parade ($10)

Our t-shirt design for 2014 remains the same as 2013.

Walking with PFLAG is extra special when you have on one of our PFLAG T-shirts!

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T-shirts are $10 and must be bought in advance (latest by Sunday Oct 6th). You will be able to pick More >

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PFLAG Support Group meets in Macon GA

PFLAG Macon has support meetings and coffee chats. Please refer to their website and Facebook page for more information.

 

https://www.facebook.com/PFLAGMaconGA

 

More detailshttp://www.pflagmacon.org/

 

 

Happy Holidays from PFLAG Atlanta

Happy Holidays from PFLAG Atlanta

From our PFLAG families to yours, we wish you happy holidays and lots of together time with your family. We look forward to an exciting 2014 full of exciting news and opportunities for our LGBTQ community!

Happy Holidays from PFLAG

 

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Visit us at PFLAG Love Booth @ Atlanta Pride Festival

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Visit us in the Pride Festival Market! Come by and see us! Free hugs, coming out advice, pens, stickers, bumper stickers and buttons!

Please check-in at our booth on Facebook to let people know they can come visit us! We are right at the end of Park Drive across the little bridge where it More >

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Fortunate Families Catholic Parents Retreat on Nov 10th 2013

Kathy Farrell, is one of the leaders of Fortunate Families, a group of Catholic parents who have LGBT children. She gave the homily on Sunday Sep 29th during mass at The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta where she shared her story. 

 An afternoon retreat for Catholic parents of gay More >

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Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son | Huffington Post

On the night of Nov. 20, 2001, a conversation held over Instant Messenger changed our lives forever. Our 12-year-old son messaged me in my office from the computer in his bedroom.

Ryan says: can i tell u something

Mom says: Yes I am listening

Ryan says: well i don’t know how to say this really but, More >

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What Actually Happened At The Supreme Court | Buzzfeed

The Supreme Court issued two big decisions on Wednesday. So, what did the decisions do? What did the decisions not do? What remains up in the air?

What The Court Decisions Do:

In the first case, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — the portion of the 1996 law that defined “marriage” and More >

YouTube Celebrates Gay Pride With Proud To Love VIDEO

Like so many other companies and websites, YouTube has joined the celebration that has resulted from the Supreme Court verdicts and the video they have created is one of the most touching of all.

The clip is compiled from various YouTube videos of everything from coming out confessionals and gay

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BREAKING: Supreme Court finds DOMA unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.

The decision is a landmark win for the More >

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Is Being Straight a ‘Lifestyle Choice’?

If you are straight and oppose equality for gay and lesbian people, I’d like you to reflect on two specific questions. Firstly, when did you “choose” to be straight? Secondly, do you think being straight is a “lifestyle choice”?

Based on knowledge of your own sexuality, you may think these More >

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Report: LGBT Support And Acceptance Growing In U.S.

Reactions to Learning Your Child Is Gay or Lesbian

In 1985, a Los Angeles Times survey found that 64% of the public said they would be “very upset” if their child told them he or she was gay or lesbian. By 2004, that number had fallen by almost half (33%). Since then, it has declined another 14 More >

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Calif. Priest Says Gay Couples ‘Enrich’ Institution of Marriage

The Rev. Ed Bacon of the 4,000-member All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., told Oprah Winfrey that, if same-sex marriage were to become a dominant force in the United States, the institution of marriage would be “enriched” and not crumble, as some might fear.

“So a lot of people were afraid that More >

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How to Talk To Your Children About Gay Parents, By a Gay Parent

Imagine you’re at the train station, taking your kids into the city to see the Lion King. A man steps off the train, and two toddlers run up to him shouting, “Daddy! Daddy!” He gives out two hugs and about a thousand kisses and tells them how much he missed them while he was at work. You’ve More >

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Gender-Bending Crime Fighter Hits Television, Stirs Up Controversy

There’s a new TV character in town, a 12-year-old-boy-turned-girl-crime-fighter on Hub‘s new children’s cartoon program, SheZow. Hub, a cable network owned by parent companies Discovery Communications and Hasbro Inc., is hoping their new superhero(ine) will bring in viewers and interest.

The Los More >

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My Friend Says He Is Gay, What Should I Do?

The first thing you need to do is take a step back from your feelings of shock and confusion and try to see things rationally. This is easier than it sounds, but it is not impossible. Being homosexual in modern Western culture carries with it a great deal of social taboo and ostracization. It is More >

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The Experiences of LGBT Students in Rural and Small Town Schools

Rural lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students feel less safe, face heightened victimization and have fewer supportive resources than LGBT students in suburban and urban areas, according to Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in More >

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President Obama Awards Jeanne Manford Presidential Citizens Medal

From PFLAG National: This morning, Feb 15, 2013 at the White House, President Obama awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal to PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford. Mrs. Manford’s daughter, Suzanne Swan, accepted the award on behalf of her mother, who passed away last month, at the age of 92.

“When More >

Creating Change 2013!

‘Creating Change’ is coming to Atlanta January 23-27, 2013

Creating Change 2013!

The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is coming to Atlanta! Yes, from January 23-27, 2013 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, thousands of LGBT and allied people will convene to build the grassroots power of our movement for freedom, justice More >

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How a Queens Home Became a Cradle of the Gay Rights Movement – NYTimes.com

David W. Dunlap/The New York TimesThe home of the Manford family from the 1950s through the 1990s stands on 171st Street, between 35th and 33rd Avenues, in Queens.

The Manfords’ door on 171st Street in Queens was always open, especially if you were a young gay man whose own family had closed the More >

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The passing of PFLAG’s founder, Jeanne Manford

From PFLAG National Executive Director, Jody Huckaby:

Today, January 8th 2013, the world has lost a pioneer: Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Mother of the Straight Ally movement.

Jeanne was one of the fiercest fighters in the battle More >

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Coming Out by Christmas Card

Holiday cards that really catch my eye, either for their brilliance or buffoonery, tend to be trying too hard. My sin, on the other hand, is not trying hard enough. I either don’t send out a card at all, producing a low-grade guilt that dogs me into the New Year, or slap together a family picture More >

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Parents of LGBT Children Speak Out about their Journeys

On Dec 16th 2012, we had an incredible panel of parents — a father of a gay man, mother of a lesbian daughter, father of a trans child and mother of a gender non-conforming child speak to us about their journeys with their children. Here is audio of that panel discussion.

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The Atlanta Police Department says “It Gets Better”

Twenty-three gay and lesbian officers shared their personal stories of coming out in an “It Gets Better” video as part of a global movement to help young people struggling with their sexuality and gender identity.

The video was shown for the first time to the public Wednesday at the Phillip Rush More >

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Flipping the Script

Voters in Springfield, Missouri, spent much of their summer debating whether or not to expand their town’s non-discrimination policies to LGBT people. At the height of the back-and-forth, a local reverend named Phil Snider appeared before the city council to deliver what is being described as a More >

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PFLAG Atlanta 3rd Sunday is moving to St. Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown Atlanta

 

After many years of holding our 3rd Sunday meetings at First Metropolitan Community Church (First MCC), PFLAG Atlanta now has a new home in midtown Atlanta – St. Mark UMC.

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When: Third Sundays of the month, 02:45 pm – 5:00pm

Where: St. Mark UMC 781 More >

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Thank you for an incredible Atlanta Pride 2012!

 

A simple thank you from all of us at PFLAG Atlanta for making our day, and our year! Today you marched for all of us — for equality, acceptance and love. You brightened the hearts of the 200,000 people who had gathered to see you. We were 128 strong this year and every year our numbers More >
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PFLAG National Responds to Chick-Fil-A Controversy

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)—the nation’s original family and ally organization, and the largest grassroots-based non-profit for families, friends, and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people—issued the following statement More >

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Protect the Children (and mean it) from WakingUpNow.com

From Waking Up Now: We know that campaigners for Prop 8 were claiming gays are 12 times more likely than straights to molest children. This is the most vicious sort of lie told about the gay community. This video is meant to arm people with the truth to combat this evil.

Lots of lies out there More >

Out with the Stars is on June 23rd 2012

Out with the Stars 2012: What a spectacular evening!

What a spectacular evening!

By Karen Turner

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What a spectacular evening! On Saturday, June 23, PFLAG Atlanta held its annual fundraiser and social event “Out with the Stars”, celebrating 26 years of service. Over 140 guests were treated to a night of musical More >

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