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Coming Out Stories at PFLAG Meeting on Oct. 9

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From Oregon Coast PFLAG:

Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold its monthly meeting at 6 PM on Wed., Oct. 9, at St. Stephen’s Church at SW 9th & Hurbert in Newport. Participants will share experiences of coming out to family, friends, and co-workers as LGBT, and as straight family and friends–what we’ve learned, wished we had known, and will never forget. PFLAG meetings also include time for support groups as well as refreshments and conversation.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, an acknowledgment of the difficult and life-changing decision of some LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) to tell the true story of their lives. It’s even hard for some people to speak comfortably and supportively about their LGBT children, grandchildren, and friends.  Coming Out is not just for those who are LGBT–it’s an opportunity for the community to affirm the essential value and equality of all its members–and to honor and encourage those who have been the target of bullying, discrimination, and alienation.

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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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