2015 Programming
PFLAG isn’t just for support; it’s also for education & advocacy! At most of our monthly meetings, whether in Brewster or Falmouth, we devote at least part of the meeting to support, and the remainder to an educational or advocacy-related program.

April:
Brewster, April 20: Program (7:00 - 7:45): Discussion of how far faith leaders and congregants have come in accepting and supporting LGBTQ people, and what PFLAG of Cape Cod can do locally to further that movement.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month found that 52% of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry.  Last month, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution to include a “commitment between two people”, becoming the largest US Protestant group to formally recognize and allow gay marriage.  However, allowing gay marriage does not end discrimination against some LGBTQ congregants.  Here on the Cape, a gay congregant recently received hate mail from another congregant of the church in which he and his husband were married several years ago.  
We will review the resources we have; our Speakers Bureau and a new PFLAG brochure, “Straight for Equality in Your Faith Community”.  Please come to discuss with us how can we utilize these resources to continue to open hearts and minds in faith communities.

Falmouth: April 28: A talk by Candace Waldron about her book, "My Daughter, He: Transitioning with Our Transgender Children" (rescheduled from Feb.) The book is part memoir and part instructional about raising a transgender child. Candace describes her feelings and experiences as the mother of a 16-year-old daughter who comes out as transgender and, during the ensuing years, transitions to a son. Copies will be available for purchase. A support group session will follow at 8:00pm, Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, Falmouth. Download Poster

Brewster Meetings: every third Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at First Parish UU Church, 1969 Main Street Brewster.
Falmouth Meetings: every last Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, Falmouth.
   Please join us. You will be welcomed warmly, listened to respectfully without judgment, and hopefully stimulated by the discussion. Your confidentiality is assured.

Support Group for Parents of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children
Meets the 3rd Sunday of the month 3:30–5 pm
West Barnstable Community Building
2401 Meetinghouse Way (Rte.149), West Barnstable.
This is a support group for parents of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth (ages 2-21). The group is led by a parent of a transgender youth and a transgender woman who is an advocate for transgender youth and is a gender diversity trainer.  For more information see the brochure or email Sarah.

 

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