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Lead with Love at October 8 Coming Out Meeting

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Lead with Love at October 8 Coming Out Meeting
6 – 7:30 pm, St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert, Newport

An excellent short film which includes a variety of families who learn that a child or young adult is LGBT, will be shown and discussed at the October 8 PFLAG meeting from 6-7:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert in Newport. The film provides comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents’ most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time.

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast focuses on the Coming Out process each October to raise awareness about the effects of living secretly or “in the closet” and the risks and benefits of “coming out” more publicly as members of a sexual or gender minority. Copies of the article, “Eighteen Things to Think About Before Coming Out” will be available at the meeting. Participants will be invited to share from their own experiences of living in and/or coming out of the LGBT closet—as a parent, family member, friend or LGBT person.

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.

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