Monday, July 21, 2008

PFLAG Tacoma in the News

PFLAG's Tacoma, Washington chapter was the subject of a Sunday profile in the Tacoma News-Tribune. Reporter Debbie Cafazzo profiles three local PFLAG families: the Scheurers, the Lathams, and Sue Redkey and Dan Chushing and their daughter, Saracristina Garcia.

Writing about the Scheurers, Cafazzo says that "Both Larry, now 61, and Vernene, now 55, made an immediate decision to accept their son for who he is. But as accepting and supportive as they were, the Puyallup couple knew they also needed support. They turned to the Tacoma chapter of a national organization called PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays."

"Jarid is glad his parents are PFLAG members," the paper reports.

“I have some gay friends who are jealous of that,” he says. He has one friend whose mom thinks he’ll grow out of being gay. Another is afraid to tell his parents.

Claudia Latham (pictured, with her husband), who now serves as president of the chapter, recounts her daughter's coming out, too, telling the paper that "I burst into tears."

Her daughter, Kristen, shared a PFLAG brochure with her mom, who, after she left her daughter and headed back home following her announcement, says that, "“I stopped at every rest stop on the way back to read chapters in the book . . . I knew right away I had to accept it. I didn’t want to lose her.”

“I had no dreams for a gay person,” Claudia told the News-Tribune. “I hadn’t thought about it. Now I see all kinds of dreams fulfilled by gay people. … My little narrow view of what makes families happy got bigger.”

You can read the full report from Sunday's News-Tribune online here.

Photo by Drew Perine for the News-Tribune.

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