Our “Decades of Unconditional Love” fundraiser at The 519 was a wonderful evening to celebrate with all our supporters and friends two exceptional allies, Jim Callaghan and Sonia Smith. Jim is a longtime (25 years and counting) Pflag volunteer, and Sonia has spent almost as long looking after our kids at The Fly Nightclub.Two volunteers also went the extra mile to see this event come to life: our heartfelt thanks to Michael Ain and Marla Green for all their hard work. It amazes me what we can do. To our many sponsors and donors, thank you for your support. We have more great ideas so stay tuned!
Our theme of looking back took Michael Ain and me to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives on Isabella to look at the contributions from Mary Jones and Ruby Hamilton. How lucky we are to have this wonderful resource. Michael and I learned so much about our organization’s beginnings and successes through the years. It was fascinating, humbling and inspiring to see what generations of parents did before we came along. Marg and Ruby An important part of our research came through meetings with Marg Nosworthy and Ruby Hamilton to pick their brains and hear some wonderful anecdotes about their time as activists. We were delighted they could join us at The 519.
What a treat to see Irene on the big screen. In addition, she sent us all the Pflag minutes dating back to 2001. What a trove of information. Ask us anything! Thanks to all this research we now have much more perspective on our efforts. Go ahead: ask us anything!
New Group for Tweens
Pflag Mom Michelle Sparrow has worked tirelessly to get this new group from LGBTQ youth from 12 to 15 up and running starting in February. They are holding an open house at The Studio on January 27th from 6 to 8 pm.
If nothing else, the outcome of the American election reminds us that the road to equity is not one-way forward. While Trump’s targets were not usually explicitly LGBTQ, the hatred and bigotry he unleashed hurts us all. And of course, we are one heartbeat away from an avowed homophobe and transphobe taking us back to the dark ages in Vice President-Elect Michael Pence. It chills me to think I must rely on Trump to temper Pence. I know we should avoid politics but this is HUGE!