PFLAG Johns Creek – Upcoming Monthly Support Group Meetings – Tuesday, May 17th

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
7 – 9 PM

WHERE:
Johns Creek United Methodist Church
11180 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(3rd Floor – Rooms 315, 320, 322)

* Enter the building via the smaller portico entrance on the Bell Road side of the building. Look for the PFLAG signs and/or greeters outside or just inside the building. Take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor, rooms 315, 320, and 322. Look for the signs and/or greeters in the 3rd floor hallway. *

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We have three separate small groups, each led by PFLAG trained facilitators and each room has a sign identifying which group is meeting in that room. Choose the group that is best for you:

* LGBTQ – General support/discussion for LGBTQ individuals and their parents/families/friends.

* LGBTQ Youth – Specific support/discussion for LGBTQ youth and their youth friends/allies.

* Transgender – Specific support/discussion for transgender individuals and their parents/families/friends.

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PFLAG Johns Creek is here for you! Providing free and confidential support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, and their parents, families, and friends in the North Atlanta community, including North Fulton, Forsyth, and Gwinnett counties and the communities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Suwanee, Cumming, Buford, and other surrounding areas.

PFLAG Johns Creek meets at Johns Creek United Methodist Church at 7 PM on the third Tuesday of each and every month.

CONNECT WITH US
E-mail: PFLAGJohnsCreek@gmail.com
Web: https://johnscreekpflag.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pflagjohnscreek
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PFLAGJohnsCreek
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pflagjohnscreek/

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Not in the Johns Creek area? Visit the PFLAG National website for other locations: http://pflag-chapter-map.herokuapp.com/.

PFLAG Johns Creek – Upcoming Support Group Meetings – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

PFLAG JOHNS CREEK upcoming support group meetings:

When
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7 – 9 PM

Where
Johns Creek United Methodist Church
11180 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA  30097
(3rd Floor – Rooms 315, 320, 322)

Google Maps link: MAP

Enter the building via the smaller portico entrance on the Bell Road side of the building. Look for the PFLAG signs and/or greeters outside or just inside the building. Take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor, rooms 315, 320, and 322. Look for the signs and/or greeters in the 3rd floor hallway. *


We have three separate small groups, each led by PFLAG trained facilitators and each room has a sign identifying which group is meeting in that room. Choose the group that is best for you:

LGBTQ – General support/discussion for LGBTQ individuals and their parents/families/friends.
LGBTQ Youth – Specific support/discussion for LGBTQ youth and their youth friends/allies.
Transgender – Specific support/discussion for transgender individuals and their parents/families/friends.


PFLAG Johns Creek is here for you! Providing free and confidential support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, and their parents, families, and friends in the North Atlanta community, including North Fulton, Forsyth, and Gwinnett counties and the communities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Suwanee, Cumming, Buford, and other surrounding areas.

PFLAG Johns Creek meets at Johns Creek United Methodist Church at 7 PM on the third Tuesday of each and every month.

If you do not feel comfortable coming to a meeting or you urgently need to speak with someone before the date of our next meetings, PFLAG Johns Creek is here to help and we are happy to speak with you over the phone or in person. Just send us a message at our secure and confidential e-mail address: pflagjohnscreek@gmail.com.

CONNECT WITH US:

E-mail:            PFLAGJohnsCreek@gmail.com
Web:               https://johnscreekpflag.wordpress.com
Facebook:      http://www.facebook.com/pflagjohnscreek
Twitter:           https://twitter.com/PFLAGJohnsCreek
Instagram:      https://www.instagram.com/pflagjohnscreek/


Not in the Johns Creek area? Visit the PFLAG National website for other locations:  http://pflag-chapter-map.herokuapp.com/.

How can you help with our upcoming educational event?

It’s simple!  Here’s what you can do:

1.) Download our flyer and share it with anyone and everyone you know! Family, friends, doctors/nurses, counselors/therapists, school counselors/administrators, church pastors/leaders, business people…the possibilities are endless! And YOU know best the people who are supportive and would no doubt like to learn more or benefit from it the most.

2.) Personally invite your friends and family via e-mail or social media!  Or in-person!  Put a flyer in their hands!

3.) Follow us on Facebook and share our Facebook Event on your social media sites!

4.) Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and share our event posts!

5.) Personally attend the event yourself! There is no better way to show your support than being present at the event.

This is PFLAG Johns Creek‘s first-ever educational event. And we need your help!

UNDERSTANDING TRANSGENDER ISSUES – PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
1-3 PM
Johns Creek Christian Church (PFLAG Faith Ally and Partner)
10800 Bell Road
Johns Creek, Georgia  30097

This thoughtful and gracefully engaging workshop will consist of two panel discussions: (1) led by transgender youth and (2) another led by parents of trans/gender non-conforming youth.  

Our panel members will discuss the struggles, successes, and the community needs of transgender individuals by sharing their own personal stories. We hope to provide you with a better understanding of transgender issues and how to better serve transgender people in your community.

So come! Hear directly from trans youth and their parents and get answers to the questions you may have.

No reservation or registration is required.

Interested in volunteering at the event?  E-mail us at: pflagjohnscreek@gmail.com.

 

2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit – Georgia Safe Schools Coalition

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2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit

Georgia Safe Schools Coalition

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit

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SPONSOR:

A Project of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition (GSSC) and its partner organizations (e.g., PFLAG, Lambda Legal, Georgia Equality)

 

GENERAL INFO:

The 2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit will run from 9:00-9:00, and will offer education, entertainment, breakout sessions, advocacy, and new friendships.

There will be a social/talent show.

 

What Programs Would Interest You?

Take the survey and let  the program folks know:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X8JqCRRUfmVI5E5uyxHB1IgaiOFQbrR89p2atU1YL2A/viewform?usp=send_form

 

Previous year’s Summit included the following sessions:

  • A Beginner’s Guide To Activism/Advocacy
  • Artful Activism for the Queer-minded
  • Campus Crossroads
  • Confronting Hetero and Cisgender Privilege in the Classroom…
  • Embracing Intersections of Identity to Promote Personal Development and Academic Achievement for LGBTQQIA College Students
  • Experience as the accepting mother of a gay child
  • Exploring Femme Identity
  • Faithful and True: Being LGBTQ in a Religious Community
  • From The Ground Up: Building Safe Spaces At All Intersections
  • Fundraising 101: “Show Me The Money”
  • Garbo – Garland – Gaga: Pop Culture & the Queer Community
  • Hello I’m Straight Gay
  • Identity Crisis
  • Identity Poetics: A Queer Poetry Writing and Performance Workshop
  • Let’s Get This Party Started
  • Loving Ourselv(es) Through Contemplative Practice
  • People of Color Caucus
  • Pushing Back Against Push Out!
  • QTPOCs in College
  • Queer Youth Advocacy!
  • Questions Parents/Guardians Ask Counselors: Supporting for families with LGBTQ children
  • Roundtable: Planning
  • Sero-Junction
  • Teen Dating Violence and the LGBTQ Community
  • The Affordable Care Act and How It Benefits LGBT Youth
  • The Dynamics of the Black Family: Adolescent Trials and Tribulations of LGBT Youth
  • This assignment is so gay.
  • Trans* Youth Caucus
  • West African Drumming
  • What is sex and what does it mean to you?
  • Yoga Fit
  • Youth Leadership Roundtable
  • Youth Panel

 

Housing

If you are looking for an LGBTQ friendly place to stay near the summit, we encourage you to make reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur.  You can access their webpage at http://www.courtyarddecatur.com

 

Talent Show!

At the end of the event we have an exciting talent show. Please plan to stay.  If you would like to participate, please note it on this site. In addition, email Jesse McNulty (sirjesse@gmail.com) with the type, length of act, and stage name.

 

Resource Fair

There was also a Resource Fair of LGBTQ organizations and supports groups to share info. Many colleges had tables sharing about their school and the GSA community there. For many high school students, this was a key resource!

 

Have questions about 2016 Georgia GSA Youth Summit? Contact Georgia Safe Schools Coalition

NPR StoryCorps: Amid A Lost Love, A Son And Father Finally Speak The Secret Between Them

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Amid A Lost Love, A Son And Father Finally Speak The Secret Between Them

Andy Goodling, with his father, Scott, on a recent visit with StoryCorps.

Andy Goodling, with his father, Scott, on a recent visit with StoryCorps.

StoryCorps

Andy Goodling met his boyfriend, Bryan, at college in Pennsylvania. Six years ago, they started dating — but for years, they kept their relationship hidden.

“Bryan was my best friend, but we were both very much in the closet,” Goodling tells his father, Scott, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. “You know, we knew who we were. We just didn’t want to actually say it.”

Indoors, at Goodling’s house, they were boyfriends. They would spend time together in private, express their love for one another — then, when they stepped back into public, they’d put their hats back on and assume a familiar act, “trying to be straight,” Goodling says.

He even changed Bryan’s name in his phone to a woman’s name, just in case someone happened to be looking over his shoulder when he received a text.

“Any possible way to show that I wasn’t gay I would do it.”

Goodling says they’d decided finally to tell their families about the relationship while on a trip to Florida. When they said goodbye to each other at the airport, Goodling was so nervous he was scared to hug and kiss Bryan, for fear of someone seeing them.

It was the last time Goodling saw Bryan. In April 2014, Bryan died suddenly from pneumonia. And Goodling was left with the lingering memory of that abrupt farewell.

“I will always be upset that I couldn’t have said a proper goodbye,” Goodling says.

Still, he summoned the courage to tell his father about their relationship.

“You called me roughly 3 p.m., and I knew immediately from your tone of voice, something was really wrong,” his father, Scott, recalls. The elder Goodling listened as his son explained that Bryan wasn’t just a friend, that Bryan had been his boyfriend for four years.

Even now, it remains something Goodling feels uncomfortable admitting to his father.

“I’m afraid of disappointing you,” he tells his dad. “I’m afraid it doesn’t fulfill the life that you probably intended for me to have. And I also didn’t want to change our relationship.”

His father’s response?

“I’ve never had any of those thoughts about planning a life for you,” he tells his son. “Whatever it means for you to be happy, that’s all I care. I told you, right after Bryan died, anybody that’s that important to you is that important to me.”

At Bryan’s funeral, his cousins approached some of the girls both he and Goodling knew. They asked around, trying to find out which of them was Bryan’s girlfriend. All the while, Goodling stood by and watched.

“This is not the time to say it,” Goodling recalls thinking to himself at the time, “but you really don’t know who Bryan was.”

Partly to help with that, to draw back the curtain Bryan had kept over his secrets, Goodling says he wrote Bryan’s parents a letter — “because I think they should know that he was loved and that he was in love.”

They haven’t responded. And while Goodling harbors hopes, he says he doesn’t know if they ever will.

“But I want them to know that Bryan was my everything,” he says. “And we had an amazing future planned.”

Audio produced for Morning Edition by Von Diaz.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, atStoryCorps.org.