Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PFLAG Stars, Part Two: Dave (and Joan) Parker

From Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National:

One of the aspects of PFLAG’s work that makes me most proud is our long-term commitment to the inclusion of our transgender family and friends in all of the work that we do, from support, to education, to advocacy. In fact, PFLAG was the first national organization to pass a resolution that codified this commitment, ensuring that everything that we support be fully inclusive.

Understanding why this commitment is so critical is simple when you meet someone like Dave Parker. He and his wife, Joan, have been long-time PFLAG leaders and integral figures in PFLAG’s Transgender Network (TNET). Like most PFLAG members, it was the revelation of one of their children that propelled them into action, and their work has touched countless family members and transgender individuals around the country. They are active on a local level with their chapter in Greensboro, NC and on the national level, with Dave sitting on the PFLAG National Board of Directors.

On Feb. 27, Dave Parker will be presented with the Legacy Award by The Human Rights Campaign in North Carolina. This award recognizes an individual who has contributed efforts to improve the lives and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people over a period of time. The recipient should have a consistent and significant list of contributions to the LGBT community and be seen as a role model to others. Examples could include initiating, leading and enhancing LGBT organizations and events. From where I sit, Dave certainly deserves this honor.

You can learn more about the HRC Carolinas dinner at their website. Tickets are still available, so if you’re in the area, please consider attending and you’ll have the chance to see Dave and hear about his work in-person. And if you can’t make it, be sure to read Dave and Joan’s story as part of the PFLAG Story Center or learn more about TNET.

Congratulations, Dave!

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