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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 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 AND NEWS

  • January 2015 PFLAG Support Meeting.  Scott Blades of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) will be speaking to us. From TIHAN's website:  "With a wide-ranging background in education, law, counseling, media, GLBT issues, and volunteer management, Scott helped found TIHAN in 1994 as a means of supporting the religious community to address the growing crisis of HIV affecting our community and the accompanying issues of religious homophobia. With his passion for equality and justice issues, Scott is active in many groups and organizations in community, advocating and working to build bridges of understanding. He has been featured in many print and television stories and has received multiple community awards for his leadership and contributions."
     
  • PFLAG 2015 Scholarship Program PFLAG will be again offering LGBT scholarships in 2015.  We will have the materials posted on the PFLAG website in mid-January, with applications due March 31, 2015.  We won't be able to offer as many scholarships this year because of the delay in Alliance Fund grants until later in 2015.  We anticipate offering three to four $1,000 scholarships.  As always, LGBT graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students can apply.  Applicants need to be from southern Arizona or be attending an Arizona university or college.
     
  • PFLAG 2015 Couples Celebration.  PFLAG's 2015 LGBT Couples Celebration will be on Wednesday, February 4, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Ward 6 City Council offices at 3202 E. 1st Street, our regular meeting place.  PFLAG will provide all the refreshments and appetizers.  We ask that people RSVP so that we know how much food and drink to bring.  People can do that by emailing pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org or calling (520) 360-3795.  The gathering both celebrates committed LGBT relationships and provides an opportunity for PFLAG parents and friends to see what committed LGBT relationships are like.  This gives parents, allies, and LGBT people themselves hope and encouragement for lasting LGBT relationships.
     
  • PFLAG Speakers for 2015. PFLAG's Jennie Bennett has lined up the following speakers for us through May 2015:

    February Our annual Couples Celebration
    March Marcy Nathan, Organizer for the Harvey Milk Foundation
    April Michael Woodward, past director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and graduate student in Public Health Policy and Management, University of Arizona.
    May Ryan Fette, Board Member, LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund

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. See the Violence Defined section for more specific definitions of types of violence. 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.  The program coordinator is Patrick Farr, (520) 547-6113, email pfarr@wingspan.org.

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, January 7, 2014
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.  TIHAN Director Scott Blades will talk to us about his organization and what it does for southern Arizona's HIV/AIDS community.

Wednesday, February 4, 2014
PFLAG Annual LGBT Couples Celebration, 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.  Please join us to celebrate committed LGBT couples!

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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