Pivoting to tackle transgender, other issues
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)