Thursday, October 16, 2008

Straight for Equality in Columbia, Maryland

Last night I visited the Columbia/Howard County (Maryland) PFLAG chapter with Equality Partnership’s Jean-Marie Navetta and Julie Handy. Jean-Marie and I presented our latest Straight for Equality training The Care and Feeding of Straight Allies: What PFLAGers Need to Know to Attract Straight Allies. About 50 people attended the training to learn more about Straight for Equality.
The workshop helped people to step back out of their “PFLAG comfort zone” and think about things from a potential ally’s perspective. Better understanding this perspective is the first step to learning how to best approach and work with straight allies. Reexamining the way that we do things can be a difficult but necessary process in trying to work with straight allies and keep them engaged.

Overall, it was a great meeting (and Julie’s first PFLAG meeting!). Many thanks to PFLAG Columbia/Howard County for their warm welcome and all of the hard work that they are doing.

-Jamie Curtis

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