News from the LGBT community in Atlanta and beyond
Dear PFLAG Atlanta members,
A warm hello from your PFLAG Atlanta co-presidents, David Stivers and Maria Voutos. We are so honored to volunteer our time as co-presidents for such an incredible organization like PFLAG. PFLAG has helped both of our families at different times in our lives; therefore More >
Lesbian, Gay, Bi,Trans people (LGBTQ) come because sometimes they want to know from parents how they can tell their own parents that they are LGBTQ. Sometimes LGBTQ More >
David Stivers, the Co-President of PFLAG Atlanta recently spoke on October 23 at Georgia Equality’s Rally for Marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, where marriage supporters made the case that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens should stop defending marriage More >
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!
Make sure you are present near the PFLAG Atlanta truck outside the MARTA Civic Center Station latest by 12.30pm. Please note that there is NO parking near the More >
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 >
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 >
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 >
What The Court Decisions Do:
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?
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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.
As the audio fileMore >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >