Friday, May 1, 2009

Sharing Our Stories for Those Who Come Out

PFLAG New York City Families of Color and Allies (FCA) chapter is in the process of making a booklet of testimonies by LGBT youth and their parents about the ongoing process of coming out, and the help and support that PFLG can offer. The goal of this booklet is to guide families through the emotions that arise when a child or family member comes out as LGBT, educate them through the process, and hopefully encourage LGBT individuals of color and their families to attend monthly meetings.

PFLAG New York City FCA applied for a diversity grant from PFLAG National to cover the costs of hiring a part-time person to interview and document stories, organize the results of the interviews, and put them into an accessible booklet format in both English and Spanish. The booklet will be published on their website as soon as it is produced. PFLAG National is thrilled to be helping with the funding of this project.

The chapter, since its first meeting, has always been an example of outstanding outreach to diverse communities. The chapter has published several other brochures in English and Spanish. They have worked with radio stations with a predominantly Latino or African American listener base to create PFLAG public service announcements. The chapter was also featured in the documentary Anyone and Everyone.

PFLAG New York City FCA also has amazing relationships with other organizations of color in NYC. They mentored a new chapter in Newark, NJ that is primarily comprised of African American individuals residing in the area. They have built a coalition called We Are Your Family with NYCLU and the Bronx Community Pride Center. The chapter has also provided speakers to audiences comprised primarily of people of color at Hostos Community College, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Riverside Church, and Harlem Hospital.

Keep up the great work New York City FCA! We look forward to the booklet and other great things from your chapter!

-Kimberly Isaura Jones

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