Piv­ot­ing to tackle trans­gen­der, other is­sues

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

Three decades af­ter its start, PFLAG At­lanta lead­ers say the grass­roots group has piv­oted to be­come more rel­e­vant to fam­i­lies with new and more com­plex is­sues – among them, trans­gen­der needs and sex­ual iden­tity among in­creas­ingly pre­co­cious youth.

The na­tional group re­cently em­braced a more trans­gen­der-friendly name, while lo­cally, At­lanta sup­port cir­cles have opened meet­ings to chil­dren.

“For some peo­ple, this re­ally is a safe haven, where they can feel safe and welcome,” said PFLAG At­lanta Pres­i­dent Maria Voutos, ex­plain­ing the group’s stay­ing power.

The PFLAG At­lanta for­mat is sim­ple: Queer men and women, al­lies and any other sup­port­ers meet on first Mon­days and third Sun­days, form a cir­cle and talk about what­ever they need to get out.

Septem­ber 30, 2016

PFLAG At­lanta al­ways has a strong pres­ence in the an­nual At­lanta Pride pa­rade, and will again this year af­ter be­ing se­lected as a grand mar­shal. (File photo)

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