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PFLAG MISSION STATEMENT

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:

  • Support, to cope with an adverse society;
  • Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and
  • Advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

PFLAG provides opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identify, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

If you need help, please call our hotline at (520) 360-3795 or e-mail us at pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org.  We will connect you with a PFLAG member who has been where you are and who understands.  You may download the PFLAG Tucson pamphlet here.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

PFLAG Tucson support meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E. 1st Street.  Click here for more detailed directions and a location map.  For our schedule, see below.  Please call our help line (360-3795) or send us an e-mail message (pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org) if you want or need immediate support.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 2016 Scholarships Awarded.  PFLAG Tucson and the LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund for the Community Fund of Southern Arizona awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to LGBT students and an ally at PFLAG Tucson's monthly support meeting on May 4.  Again we had an outstanding selection of applicants to choose from.  It is difficult to turn down any of them.  You may download biosketches and photos of this year's winners at this link.
     
  • PFLAG Support Meeting Program, June 1.  For our June 1 support meeting Dr. Jamie Lee from the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona will introduce us to the LGBTQ archives, which she has been developing since 2011.  She will also walk us through some of the steps to begin organizing our own collection to be donated to the archives. Please join us to learn about her work and how we may be able to contribute.
     
  • 2016 Let's Get Better Together Conference, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, June 3.  The LGBTQ Coalition of Southern Arizona and the LGBTQ Consortium are hosting the 5th Let’s Get Better Together Conference this June 2 and 3.  An overview of the conference is below, with a link to registration and event info.  PFLAG always has a table at the conference if anyone would like to attend and represent us on June 3.

    The theme of this year’s conference is Body, Mind and Spirit: Approaches to holistic healing, LGBTQ health and wellness in Arizona.  The conference will be held at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and will feature:
    • Body, Mind and Spirit Keynote Panel - moderated by Kourtney Stafford.  The Keynote Panel features leading experts in LGBTQ integration of Body, Mind and Spirit practices:
      • Representing Body: Luis Ortega, Emily Oake
      • Representing Mind: Dr. Mandee Rowley, Yvette Jackson
      • Representing Spirit: Sr. Angelica Lindsey Ali and Rev. Delle McCormick
    • CHAMPIONS for CHANGE LGBTQ Leadership Session on June 2nd (more information below)
    • An Expo of LGBTQ and Behavioral Health vendors
    • Networking time with LGBTQ behavioral health leaders in Arizona

    For full information and registration, see http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-lets-get-better-together-conference-tickets-19672702583?aff=erelexpmlt.  Lauryn Bianco and Davin Franklin-Hicks, 2016 Co-Chairs.
     

  • Treasures for TIHAN, Mattiott Hotel University Park, June 4 TIHAN’s annual “Treasures for TIHAN” benefit auction is coming up on Saturday, June 4th, and TIHAN has asked if PFLAG would like to provide volunteers to help.  This will give us some community exposure and help TIHAN.  Volunteers will assist with event registration, ticket sales, check-in, check-out, as well as silent auction monitoring. The event starts at 6:00 pm, but volunteer shifts are available in the morning to help with setup as well as the Friday afternoon before. The best bet for good visibility and where TIHAN needs the most help is with one of the “event night operations” shifts, which are from 5:00-8:30 pm, or 7:00-10:30 pm.  You can sign up online at https://tihan.wufoo.com/forms/z58xipf0iigyni/.  For full information about the event, see http://www.tihan.org/treasures2015/treasures_event_info.htm.
     
    Please let us know if you can help.  Bennett Burke is coordinating the volunteer list for the event, and you can contact him at volunteercoordinator@tihan.org, 299-6647 x206 if you have questions.

NEWS

  • Open AZ / ONE Community / Competitive Arizona These three groups are teaming up with the Human Rights Campaign and the America Civil Liberties Union to pass a comprehensive non-discrimination statute for the state of Arizona, coming up in 2016.  Sign Open AZ's Unity Pledge at https://openaz.co/.  What do these groups do?  Open AZ's mission to get 10,000 Arizona businesses and organizations to stand up for diversity by signing this pledge.  ONE Community is a gay-friendly business directory - Open for Business to everyone.  List your company, search for a friendly service provider.  Competitive Arizona is a coalition of businesses and individuals working to promote economic development in Arizona through equality and inclusion for all people, including gay and transgender individuals, in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

PFLAG'S ANTI-BULLYING/SAFE SCHOOLS FOR ALL CAMPAIGN

Top 10 Way to Make Schools Safer

PFLAG offers simple and powerful steps to help make schools safe for all students.  For full information, see PFLAG's webpage at Cultivating Respect:  Creating Safe Schools for All.

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Understand the language
  3. Stop bad behavior
  4. Set the policy
  5. Plan school-wide activities
  6. Be public
  7. Address cyber bullying
  8. Train and educate everyone
  9. Work for comprehensive health education
  10. Resources, resources, resources

OTHER INFORMATION

EON HOT MEALS
Every third Wednesday of each month, Wingspan hosts a hot meal for Eon youth, which is now held at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation at 375 S. Euclid Avenue.  For more information and to get on the contact list, contact Jeana Butler of PFLAG at respectall27@yahoo.com, (520) 307-6177.

WINGSPAN ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM
The Wingspan Anti-Violence Programs (AVP) is a social change and social service program that works to address and end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention, information, support, referrals, emergency shelter, and advocacy to LGBT victim/survivors of violence. Additionally, we offer extensive outreach and education programs. If you are anyone you know may have a victim of violence, please call us.  If you are in crisis, please call Wingspan's 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line at 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.  For full information, see https://www.facebook.com/avpwingspan/info.

DONATE TO PFLAG TUCSON ON-LINE
PFLAG Tucson is now registered with Network for Good so that we can receive donations on-line. You can specify a specific purpose for your gift, such as our Scholarship Fund, general expenses, etc.  Click here for more information and instructions.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
PFLAG Support Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  Jamie Lee from the Institute of LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona will talk to us about her work on the Tucson LGBTQ Archives.

Wednesday, July 6 2016
PFLAG Support Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  We have no special program planned for this month yet.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 36264, Tucson, AZ  85740
Cell Phone:   (520) 360-3795 (Tucson number)
E-mail Address: pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org

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(Last updated May 08, 2016)
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