Friday, March 6, 2015

  Read our current newsletter, then see our Welcome below.

Newsletter correction: The correct email address
in the heading should be pflagcenpa@yahoo.com

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  Welcome to our chapter of PFLAG. 
Just who are we?


The family voice of 
a just America  
We’re parents, family members and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ) people. We know how to educate a misinformed society about homosexuality because many of us were once misinformed ourselves.
    
With more than 35 years experience of building bridges of understanding about GLBTQ people, PFLAG is the family voice of love, acceptance, celebration and justice for people of all sexual orientations. 

We learn from and support one another.
With lifetimes of myths and misinformation about homosexuality, many people don’t know where to turn when a loved one comes out.
  
PFLAG’s 500+ affiliates nationwide provide direct support to those needing answers to their questions. Confidential support group meetings offer a non-judgmental outlet for feelings. Meetings provide the truth about gay people through speakers, film/video presentations, book reviews and ongoing discussions. Those who initially come for help ultimately become those who help others. 

PFLAG’s publications, available online at www.pflag.org, address many questions asked by those who are on their journey to understanding and acceptance of a loved one’s – or their own – orientation.

We advocate for equality
Sen. Rob Teplitz was program speaker.
Educating lawmakers with the truth about LGBTQ people and their family members and friends is crucial for public policy that is just an equal. PFLAG is active on issues of employment discrimination, same-gender marriage, hate crimes, bullying, and education. PFLAG advocates for equal rights by meeting, writing, calling, or e-mailing public officials.

We inform and educate our community
Making a safer world for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (GLBTQ) people and their family members and friends mean dispelling negative myths about GLBTQ people, including:

Safe schools - We carry out a commitment to safe and inclusive learning environments for GLBTQ youth by meeting with educators and counselors to create awareness about issues face by young people.

Safe and inclusive faith communities - We are not a religious organization but know that inclusive worship environments are important to GLBTQ people and those who love them. We reach out to faith community groups, community religious leaders, and congregations to encourage moral leadership in fostering tolerance and acceptance of a faith community's diverse makeup.

Creating a safe and just world
PFLAG's family voice has a rich tradition, begun in 1972, when a courageous mother marched alongside her gay son in New York City' gay pride parade. She also called on society to treat all of its citizens with
understanding and to provide equality for all, and she has been joined by tens of thousands of voices over the years -- both straight and gay -- to make PFLAG the respected family voice on issues crucial to GLBTQ people, their parents, their families, and friends.

About our families
GLBTQ people come from families who live in all corners of the earth, from every culture, religion, and ethnic group. One of every four families has an GLBTQ member. Rejection of these people by their families is a tragedy for each person in the family unit.

GLBTQ people are naturally oriented
People's sexual orientation or gender identification is
neither chosen nor something taught. It's not just "a stage" they are going through or something that will change with the "right person." The GLBTQ child is often aware of his or her situation at a very early age. For GLBTQ people, their orientation is natural and normal.

Gay people are emotionally healthy
Both the American Psychiatric Association have long recognized, for example, that homosexuality is not a mental or emotional disorder. Both associations have also stated that there is no credible evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and that attempts at change can be harmful. GLBTQ persons establish stable, long-lasting relationships and have families.