This month’s PFLAG meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, located at 414 SW Ninth St. in Newport. It will introduce a new generation of leadership, results of the recent community survey and the opportunity to suggest activities, events, programs and services that affect the Q (formerly LGBTQ) Community — PFLAG OCC has adopted the current and simpler Q as an umbrella term for those in the minority regarding gender identity and sexual orientation.
Incoming PFLAG Chair Elizabeth “Lisa” Norton is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, where she has lived and worked for more than 20 years. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of capacities for the Siletz Tribe, including tribal court, child welfare, enrollment, mental health research and small business development. She has been a sexual assault advocate for over five years, including as director of My Sisters’ Place. She received her MSW from Portland State University, where she is completing her Ph.D. in social work and research. She serves as trainer for the Oregon Sexual Assault Taskforce, and presents on Two-Spirit identities, as well as sexual assault and domestic violence.
Incoming secretary/treasurer Tracey Cummings is the current director of My Sisters’ Place, where she has worked with Q clients who are in domestic violence situations. Other board members include Bruce Fairman, Claire Hall, Dawna McLain, Amy Shumate, Debbie Spicer and Jeanne St John.
All members of the Q community, their families and friends are invited to these monthly information and support group meetings. Following the program, there is time to get acquainted and visit with others who share the joys and concerns of Q families.
PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of education, support and advocacy. Research shows that LGBT students who receive support from their families, schools and communities are able to survive the stress and challenges far better than students who don’t have that support.
PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information, call 541-265-7194.