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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

  • Speaker for PFLAG September Support Meeting.  Rick Small of Reveille and Tucson Queer Strategic Partnership will talk to us about coming out after a long marriage and family life.  Please join us to explore Rick's life journey with us.
     
  • Special October PFLAG Support Meeting.  For our October meeting, Lou Anne Smoot and her partner Brenda McWilliams from Tyler, Texas, will talk about Lou Anne’s story, A Christian Coming Out: A Journal of the Darkest Period in My Life, which she published in June 2013. Since its publication, Lou Anne has spoken at various PFLAG chapters throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and North Carolina. You can learn more about her book at http://www.louannesmoot.com/From the website: “Lou Anne Smoot, a then 60-year-old lesbian who, as a young woman, sacrificed her happiness to do what she had been taught was the ‘right thing.’ She married and remained faithful to her husband for 37 years until she simply couldn't keep up the pretense any longer. This retired public school teacher, holder of two college degrees, mother of four, grandmother of six, and Baptist Sunday School teacher, courageously changed her life in the direction she felt God was ‘prodding’ her to go.”

THIS YEAR'S PRIDE EVENTS

  • 2014 Pride on Parade.  This year's Pride Parade will be back on Fourth Avenue, its starting place.  The theme is "Stonewall 45 - Reflections of Pride."  The parade will be on Saturday evening, October 11, starting at 6:00 pm from Catalina Park, to be followed by a block party on Fifth Street east of Fourth Avenue.  For full information and to register for the parade, see http://tucsonpride.org/parade.html.
     
  • 2014 Pride Service.  This year's interfaith Pride Service will be on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El at 225 N. Country Club Road.  If you are interested in helping with this year's service, contact Marc Paley at mpinsights@gmail.com.
     
  • 2014 Pride in the Desert Festival.  This year's Out in the Desert Pride Festival will be Saturday, October 18, at the Kino Sports complex.  For vendor and sponsor information, see http://tucsonpride.org/sponsorsandvendors.html.

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.  With Wingspan's move to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and it is uncertain yet how this program will continue.  For more information and to get on the contact list, contact Jeana Bulter of PFLAG at respectall27@yahoo.com.

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 http://wingspan.org/programs/anti-violence-project/ The program coordinator is Catherine Memail, 520-624-1779 ext 121, email cmemale@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, September 3, 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.  Rick Small of Reveille and Tucson Queer Strategic Partnership will talk to us about coming out after a long marriage and family life.

Wednesday, August 6, 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. Lou Anne Smoot and her partner Brenda McWilliams from Tyler, Texas, will talk about Lou Anne’s story, A Christian Coming Out: A Journal of the Darkest Period in My Life.

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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