PFLAG is creating a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Who is PFLAG?
We are the parents and friends of gay and lesbian people who are a part of our gender-diverse community. Some of our families may be large, some small. Some of us are married, some divorced, some single. Our occupations are as varied as our personalities and educational levels. HOWEVER. We do have a common bond. Someone we love and care for is a gender-diverse community.
WHY DOES PFLAG ExIST?
In Australia today, there are many parents with gender diverse children. In the beginning, usually referred to as gay or lesbian. Today, the definitions are changing almost daily and gender-diverse is the new gay & lesbian with a various names now attributed to types of gender. No matter what they are called, they are our children. These children, and often their families are victims of social, political and economic prejudice. Gay persons in many communities are affected by discrimination in their pursuit of happiness and in striving to live their lives with openness and dignity.
Gender-diverse persons are not the only ones touched by this discrimination. It also touches their friends and families. We as parents, families and friends wish to join together to appeal to the public conscience. We want to achieve the same rights and opportunities for our children as are enjoyed by other Australians.
As proud parents, our lives have been enriched by reaching an understanding and acceptance of our children and embracing their diversity. It is our goal to bring this understanding and acceptance of diversity to the community.
WHY DOES PFLAG DO?
We have a number of activities aimed at supporting our members & communities. We:
Hold bi-monthly support meetings where we discuss member issues and concerns. Sometimes we have guest speakers who are professionals in their field to discuss topics of interest to the members.
Provide a safe, friendly place where participants can talk freely and openly. All our meetings are confidential to the participants.
Maintain a library of books, videos, pamphlets, and articles to help educate parents and others on issues of gender -diversity.
PFLAG advocates on behalf of our children to parliaments, politicians, community and business on issues of human rights and equality in law, also for inclusion and social acceptance.
We strictly respect and are sensitive to the
confidentiality of all participants.
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