WELCOME! We are glad you found PFLAG Gold Beach/Curry County in Oregon.
Your first reaction to learning that your loved one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning can range anywhere from anger to sadness, fear to hurt, confusion to grief, and anywhere and everything in between. These emotions and the thousands of others that parents, families, and friends experience as they navigate their loved ones coming out process are normal. We can tell you with absolute certainty that you’re not alone. According to statistics, one in every ten people in this country and around the world is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Approximately one in four families has an immediate family member who is LGBT, and most people have at least one LGBT individual in their extended circle of friends and family.Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is here for you. Our members are parents, families and friends of LGBT people and LGBT people themselves. We have been through much of what you are now feeling. We understand. – See more at: http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=539#sthash.HfYtHHSc.dpuf
PFLAG Publications: Our Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People. One of our most popular publications, this is a “must read” for parents who are forming new and honest relationships with a loved one who has come out to them. This booklet answers several commonly-asked questions about having a gay child. It includes a list of related resources. Download a one-page summary of Our Daughters & Sons. – See more at: http://community.pflag.org/freepublications#sthash.FroMK5OR.dpuf
A brief history of PFLAG as shown on the Rachel Maddow Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8PkipDe_eI (8:02 minutes)
Mike & Linda Bratsen talk about why they attend PFLAG and what it means to them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFAC1ivbSWI (6:56 minutes)
Hear from other parents who are making this journey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D2UalFW0eA (6:50 minutes)
LGBTQ Issues Information for Parents: Young people who are GLBTQ may not only experience personal confusion, but face discrimination from a homophobic culture. Research has shown that youth whose parents are rejecting of their GLBTQ identity are more likely to experience depression and attempt suicide. GLBTQ youth need parents who respect, support, and listen to them, as well as advocating for equal rights for GLBTQ people. Read on to learn more.
- Ten Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Child
- Are Parents and Teens Talking about Sex?
- Talking about Sexuality and Values
- Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Children
Stressors in the Lives of GLBTQ Youth: Publication. http://advocatesforyouth.org/component/content/article/697-stressors-in-the-lives-of-glbtq-youth
Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children by Rachel Pepper, editor.
A TED TALK BY DECKER MOSS “Hey Doc, Some Boys Are Born Girls” Gain more understanding of the transgender experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOmstbKVebM