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May 26, 2014
Posted in: Update
Passing the Torch

From Irene Miller:

My plans to step down as President of Toronto PFLAG were shared publicly during the IDAHOT event at City Hall, capping off my last public speaking engagement in that capacity on May 16th. In many ways IDAHOT is seen as a harbinger of Pride, albeit  IDAHOT is an event to recognize injustices and speak out against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and Pride is all about celebrating our unique diversities.

At the end of IDAHOT we are left with the feeling of hope that equality will become a reality for those whose lives are still undervalued by their governments, communities or families, and that Toronto will live up to the words in the Proclamation and truly be a safe and welcoming city for all.  With the raising of the Pride Flag on May 16th, excitement builds for the countdown to Pride.

Pride

This year Toronto will host World Pride in June. During the 10 days of celebrations I hope you will mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 25th for Proud FM’s Pride Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre where we’ll raise the roof with The Village People! And don’t forget to register for Toronto PFLAG’s Pride Family Brunch at Pogue Mahone’s on College Street, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29th.  This year we expect five International Grand Marshals to join us for Brunch – come and welcome them and share a meal with PFLAG families and visitors united in Pride.

Gratitude

I am a mum with both straight and gay kids, and I am proud of them for so many reasons, not the least of which is seeing them love and support one another unconditionally.  That family support is what I wish for all LGBTQ. During my four years as President of this charity I have been truly blessed.  My world has expanded and been enriched by all those who have shared part of their stories with me, let me into their lives, and from whom I have learned so much.

From Church Street to Bay Street; from schools in Scarborough to Weston; from street fairs to Toronto City Hall, every story shared with me broadened my understanding and deepened my resolve to be an advocate for those for whom equality is not always a reality.  I feel privileged that in my capacity as President of Toronto PFLAG I may have been able to help in some small way.

 As Past-President and a member of the Board of Directors of Toronto PFLAG I have the privilege and pleasure of introducing you to our charity’s new President, Anne Creighton.

 With Pride and a heart full of wonderful memories,

 Irene Miller

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From Anne Creighton:

Hello everyone.  My name is Anne Creighton and I am honoured that Toronto PFLAG has chosen me to be its new President.

When Irene Miller explained to me two years ago that we have a “working board”, I had no idea that Irene’s definition of working board meant not just rolling up our collective sleeves, but committing our hearts and minds as well as our wallets and schedules to the service of families who need us.

I have a lesbian daughter and a straight son. Sadly, life is easier for one than the other.  Amy is 20 and I couldn’t love her more.  I have her back and that’s why I am in PFLAG.

I also am in PFLAG because there is no more loving, dedicated bunch of parents, prepared to take on the world on behalf of their LGBTQ kids.

For us, PFLAG starts at home, helping families love and support their LGBTQ kids.

But we don’t stop there because our kids have to live in the real world.  PFLAG is in the schools, doing workshops in workplaces and at City Hall speaking out for equality and acceptance.

We are Allies.

Toronto PFLAG is also a proud member of Toronto’s LBGTQ family.  In the months ahead I look forward to meeting more members of our community and of course celebrating World Pride in just a few weeks.  See you there!

Anne Creighton

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