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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through Support, to encourage a healthy family and community perspective, Education, to enlighten the public, and Advocacy, to secure equal civil and human rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Just a few of our wonderful members at Circle City Pride 2013
We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 8:00
p.m. at Indiana Youth Group, 2943 East 46th Street (near Allisonville Road). Click here to view a map.
Our next Support Meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at 2943 East 46th Street, Indianapolis (IYG).* Our guest speaker will be Dan Tepfer, Region Advisor for the Great Lakes District. Dan, a PFLAG dad, has been a member of the Dayton OH chapter for over 15 years. Dan is a past president and currently serves as Membership Chair. He was the first Ohio state coordinator, initiating monthly conference calls and annual state meetings. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 49 years. They are the proud parents of three adult children and they have three grandchildren.
As PFLAG Great Lakes Regional Director (RD), Dan interacts with local chapters in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. He served on the national PFLAG Board of Directors, representing the RD Council for seven years. Dan has retired from both the US Air Force and GE Aviation-Cincinnati. As a retired USAF colonel, he represented PFLAG National in March of 2009 at the U.S. Capitol where he was one of fourteen speakers urging repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Because of his work for repeal, he was privileged to represent PFLAG at President Obama’s signing of the repeal legislation on December 22, 2010.
Dan will speak about PFLAG's initiative "Straight for Equality." Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project created in 2007 by PFLAG National to empower new straight allies who, unlike a more traditional PFLAG member, don't necessarily have a family connection to the LGBT community. You will learn how to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about LGBT people, not in a militant way, but rather by having conversations and being willing to learn more and speak up when you have the chance. This is a wonderful way for your friends and family members to learn how to be more supportive of the LGBT community. A Q&A session will be included. Following a short break, we will have our confidential Sharing Circle, where we share our stories and offer support.
*PFLAG is not affiliated with Indiana Youth Group.
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As you drive around Indianapolis, be on the lookout for a billboard featuring the PFLAG logo. Indianapolis PFLAG is proud to announce that we have a billboard that will be in a different location every month. This billboard will enable us to reach out to out to more parents and families in the community who need our help but don’t know we exist. We want to be able to provide them with the support that will make their families stronger. That is why we are asking you to make a contribution to help fund this project. All amounts are appreciated. To make a tax-deductible donation follow the instructions on the Donations box above. Thank you for helping us to change hearts and minds!
Indy PFLAG lost a wonderful friend and board member last month - Betty Salwak - who passed away from a long battle with breast cancer. Betty was our chapter's Secretary - not only did she take minutes at our board meetings, but she kept us on track by making sure we knew what our "assignments" were for the next month.
Betty came to PFLAG not as a parent of an LGBT child, but as a straight Christian who lost her gay brother to AIDS. When Betty learned that her brother was afraid to come out to her because she was a Christian, Betty spent years learning as much as she could about the LGBT community. She particularly wanted to let people know that not all Christians were hateful and homophobic. By working with PFLAG and blogging on various sites, Betty spread her message of love and inclusion.
When Betty joined our chapter, she offered to turn her beloved convertible into the "Indy PFLAG Float." She decorated it with rainbow banners and flags, and added a giant PFLAG sticker on one of the doors. Betty's car was used as our float at three separate Pride Parades, and it's a memory those of us who were at those Prides will never forget.
There is a lot more we can say about Betty. One of the blogs that Betty contributed to was "Joe.My.God." Joe published a beautiful tribute to Betty, which we will share with you. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/10/sad-news-beloved-jmg-community-member.html
Indy PFLAG extends our condolences to Betty's family. We were fortunate to have known Betty and are sorry to lose such a wonderful friend.