Show Support for Your LGBTQ Loved Ones this Saturday at Charlottesville Pride!

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PFLAG is the original ally organization, and PFLAG Blue Ridge encourages parents, families, friends, and allies to show support of LGBTQ loved ones this Saturday by attending the Charlottesville Pride Festival.

The Pride Fest will be held in Lee Park from 11am-7pm, and will feature activities and vendors for the entire family.

We’d love to have you stop by our booth to learn more about our work in education, support, and advocacy. If you are the parent or caregiver of a gender non-conforming youth, we’d love to talk with you about our monthly support group designated for families of transgender individuals.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this Saturday as we show our pride and support!

Announcement Regarding Change In Charlottesville Group Meetings

In an effort to best respond to the needs of our community and the members we serve, PFLAG Blue Ridge is making the following change to our Charlottesville group meetings, which meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at ASG:

Our Charlottesville meetings will now be designated for parents/families of transgender youth.

The majority of our regular participants over the last year and a half have been parents and caregivers of trans* and gender nonconforming children and teenagers, and a large majority of our contacts seeking support are related to gender identity questions.

We feel that this change in our meeting format will offer means of providing a regular “safe space” for those families who are looking for in-person support, and allow us to better focus our group’s mission.

Our Harrisonburg group remains open to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

As always, individuals looking for peer support or who have other needs beyond the scope of our Charlottesville group meetings are welcome to contact us, and one or more of our volunteers will be happy to meet with you in person, or talk by phone or email.

PFLAG Blue Ridge at the White House

In December 2012, the White House extended an invitation to regional PFLAG chapter members to attend a meeting to discuss the impact that potential “fiscal cliff” funding cuts would have on the LGBTQ community, particularly youth.

One of our members attended this meeting, and gave us a wonderful report of the day. She was also gifted with the following document — a copy of the signed proclamation by President Obama declaring in 2012 that June is LGBT Pride Month.

Here is a close-up photo of the framed document:

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And here is the document in its current home, our Charlottesville Group meeting space at ASG:

proclamation at ASG

Announcing the PFLAG Blue Ridge Store

 

PFLAG Blue Ridge Logo T-ShirtPFLAG Blue Ridge has opened a CafePress store featuring t-shirts, buttons, stickers, and other merchandise with the PFLAG Blue Ridge logo. This will allow the PFLAG Blue Ridge board members the opportunity to purchase similar items for a cohesive look as we participate in walks, parades, and festivals, and will allow chapter members and members of the public to support the work of our all-volunteer organization while helping to promote our cause.

All proceeds from the purchases of these items go directly to the PFLAG Blue Ridge mission of support, education, and advocacy in the following ways: financing materials and refreshments for support group meetings; covering the cost of materials offered to attendees at festivals; funding expenses for educational workshops, films, and guest speaker events; paying for web hosting and post office box rental; and purchasing items for our lending library.

Thank you for your support of the work that we are doing. If you’d like to donate to PFLAG Blue Ridge or become a chapter member, please visit our website to learn more!

PFLAG Blue Ridge Announcing Harrisonburg Support Group Meetings

lgbta logoPFLAG Blue Ridge is proud to announce that beginning in February, we will be offering support group meetings on the 1st Thursday of the month in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

We are partnering with JMU’s LGBT & Ally Education Center to bring these group meetings to the Harrisonburg community. They will be located in the JMU LGBT & Ally space in Montpelier Hall on JMU’s Campus, 5th Floor. More information here.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!