PFLAG Hero Linda Orange to be honored at Sept. 10 Meeting
Linda Orange has volunteered to meet with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender teens nearly every week for the last seven years! The program that started in 2007 while Linda was working as a Mental Health therapist for LC Health Services and with psychiatrist Dr. Tom DeBlois, has continued because of Linda’s dedication to the well-being of LGBT teens.
Linda has stayed with “her kids” through thick and thin, through changes of staffing in LCHHS and with Lincoln County Schools through her own retirement from county health and the establishment of Newport High’s School based Health Center. Most recently the LGBT Teen Lunch Bunch has met weekly in the new SBHC where they share dreams, challenges, sorrows and support along with large quantities of pizza. Linda’s compassion, caring, and competence have guided dozens of young LGBT students through the tough passages of their high school years.
Now Linda is seriously retiring and is planning to spend much of the winter in Arizona
with her wife, Ardie, where they will play golf and enjoy time together in the sun. They
plan to keep their home here where she will continue a part-time practice between her long walks on the beach.
At the regular PFLAG meeting at 6pm, Wednesday, September 10, we will express our gratitude to Linda for her service to LGBT teens all these years. We pledge that the group will go on and that kids will have a place to come for support and encouragement. PFLAG will continue to nurture the weekly support group by providing lunches through Equity Foundation’s grant funding and by being an active part of the adult staffing.
PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of Education, Support and Advocacy. Research shows that LGBT students who receive support from their families, schools and communities are able to survive the stress and challenges far better than students who don’t have that support.
PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation or identity. For more information, call Jeanne St.John at 541-265-7194.