Friday, December 5, 2008

PFLAG Expands in Illinois

The Northern Star, the newspaper of record at Northern Illinois University, recently reported on plans by PFLAG to establish a new chapter in DeKalb County, Illinois, expanding our presence in the midwest as that region prepares to tackle important LGBT issues, including legislation in the Illinois Legislature to recognize LGBT relationships. The new PFLAG chapter, the paper reports, will be in the community - and on the ground - by the end of the current school year.

"By gaining advocacy, PFLAG hopes to prompt communities and their members to speak up about favorable LGBT opportunities, and speak out against practices that are unfavorable to them," PFLAG National president John Cepek told the paper.

“In rural areas, by their very nature, people are separated; nothing beats two or more people getting together in a room and talking about their lives,” he added.

PFLAG DeKalb County plans to hold its meetings at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 158 N. Fourth Street, and, “As a denomination we support and except the full integration of LGBT people in our congregation,” said the Rev. Linda Slabon. “We would be delighted to have them.”

To read the Northern Star's full story, click here.

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