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When your body and brain are at odds…

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Transgender Panel at Nov. 12 PFLAG Meeting
6 – 7:30 pm, St. Stephen’s Church, SW 9th & Hurbert, Newport

Four local transgender residents will share November 12th their experiences of discovery and decision when they became aware that their bodies and brains were at odds.

Transgender is the term used to describe the rare condition when a person’s innate sense of male or female does not match their body. This is the most misunderstood aspect of being “different,” – lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – varieties of sexual orientation or gender identity.

As more transgender people transition from one gender to another and become more visible in our culture, it’s important for families and friends to understand the condition and the issues that are raised in the process.

PFLAG OCC is joining many other human rights organizations in observing Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20. This day was established to remember and honor those who have been killed, brutalized, or made to suffer through abuse or isolation because of the difference in their gender identity.

Additional transgender educational events will be scheduled for early in 2015.
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 receive that support.

PFLAG provides factual and helpful information along with 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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