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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Letter to Editor About PFLAG Tri-Cities

Thanks to Stacey Williams for this letter in today's Johnson City Press. Nicely put, Stacey!

Humanity at PFLAG meeting

On April 17, I attended the inaugural Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meeting. I was so moved by the humanity in the meeting room that I feel compelled to write a brief letter in response.

Those who were in attendance are everyday people who believe in supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons and their families. I found the acceptance and sense of connectedness in that meeting room to be palpable. As I looked around the room that night at the crowd of people — strangers to each other — who came together for this common cause it became evident just how much this group has been needed in the Tri-Cities. I walked away from the meeting not only grateful I had been there but inspired to be an active member.

There will be much good done by this chapter of PFLAG — for GLBTQ people, families, as well as the community. We as a community are incredibly fortunate to have this organized group of people who care deeply about people regardless of sexual orientation or identity.

Johnson City

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