PFLAG Dallas

PFLAG Dallas PFLAG Dallas promotes the health and well being of LGBT persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. We meet at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
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PFLAG is a support organization made up of parents, family, friends and allies of le***an, gay, bisexual, transgender and q***r+ people, for equality.

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Over 140 out LGBTQ+ athletes will compete across 26 sports representing at least 25 countries, according to Outsports. T...
07/19/2021
Team USA Is Sending Dozens of LGBTQ+ Athletes to Tokyo. Here Are 7 You Should Follow

Over 140 out LGBTQ+ athletes will compete across 26 sports representing at least 25 countries, according to Outsports. That figure is larger than all previous summer Olympics combined. Overall, there are eight times more openly q***r women athletes than men, and the gold medal for the highest number of LGBTQ+ athletes goes to Team USA, which will reportedly send more than 30 LGBTQ+ competitors to Japan. 🤩

From rugby to wrestling, you won’t want to miss these out Olympians.

Community is everything! Join our community of engaged and passionate parents and allies. Our next virtual support meeti...
07/17/2021

Community is everything! Join our community of engaged and passionate parents and allies. Our next virtual support meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 pm. Our speaker will be Jeannie Gainsburg, author of The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Register today at pflagdallas.org 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

PFLAG is a support group of le***an, gay, bi sexual and trans individuals their parents, family and allies in support, education and advocacy to gain equality for everyone. If you need someone to talk to, call 972.849.0383 or email us at [email protected].
Because together we are stronger.

Community is everything! Join our community of engaged and passionate parents and allies. Our next virtual support meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7 pm. Our speaker will be Jeannie Gainsburg, author of The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Register today at pflagdallas.org 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧

PFLAG is a support group of le***an, gay, bi sexual and trans individuals their parents, family and allies in support, education and advocacy to gain equality for everyone. If you need someone to talk to, call 972.849.0383 or email us at [email protected].
Because together we are stronger.

Just because there's no quorum in Austin doesn't mean anti-transgender legislation in Texas isn't moving forward. SB2 an...
07/16/2021
Texas Senate approves limits on transgender athletes, but bills are still in limbo

Just because there's no quorum in Austin doesn't mean anti-transgender legislation in Texas isn't moving forward. SB2 and SB32 have received overwhelming Republican support and is one of 11 priorities on Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda. Authored by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, these bills would apply restrictions in K-12 public schools as weak as public colleges and universities. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/14/texas-transgender-sports-bills-advance/

Transgender students would be prevented from joining public school and university sports teams that correspond to their gender.

07/13/2021

Today kicks off #nonbinary week and we’ll be uplifting content across our channels all week to bring awareness (shameless plug, if you're not already, to follow us on all social @pflag).

To our nonbinary community know that, yes this week, but all other weeks we see you and love you for exactly who you are 💛🤍💜🖤 #PFLAGProud #NonbinaryWeek

Are you an #ally to nonbinary folks? Not sure where to start your learning? Check out great resources from PFLAG National and our partners: pflag.org/blog/nonbinary-resources.

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07/01/2021
The U.S. Will Add A Third Gender Option On Passports

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With the changes, "we don't have to lie to get our passports. We can just be ourselves," said Dana Zzyym, an intersex person who has fought for more gender options on U.S. passports.

Timeline Photos
06/27/2021

Timeline Photos

Today is National HIV Testing Day. How long since you've checked your status? Take charge of your sexual health and get tested for HIV in a way that works best for you—whether that’s self-testing in your own space or at Nelson-Tebedo. Visit myresourcecenter.org/testing for information about FREE HIV TESTING and low-cost HIV prevention options.

Hello to Mahoganie Gaston from PFLAG Dallas. She spoke to us a couple of years ago.
06/27/2021
Mahoganie Gaston is working to make all campuses inclusive for LGBTQ students | The Hub

Hello to Mahoganie Gaston from PFLAG Dallas. She spoke to us a couple of years ago.

As the U.S. and countries around the world celebrate gay pride this month, Mahoganie Gaston wants to get out the word that Dallas ISD has its own program to support LGBTQ students. As coordinator of the district’s LGBTQ Youth Services, one question guides her daily work: How do we make our campuse...

For the first time in Mexico, two trans women will sit in the country’s lower house of Congress 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 More than 100 ...
06/27/2021
Two Trans Women Elected to Congress for First Time in Mexico’s History

For the first time in Mexico, two trans women will sit in the country’s lower house of Congress 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 More than 100 LGBTQ+ people ran for office in Mexico’s June 6 elections, which had the largest mid-term turnout in over twenty years! Celebrating progress worldwide for #Pride

Maria Clemente Garcia and Salma Luevano are longtime LGBTQ+ activists.

The importance of marriage equality - Dallas Voice
06/26/2021
The importance of marriage equality - Dallas Voice

The importance of marriage equality - Dallas Voice

Rights that hetero couples take for granted are hard-won and precious for same-sex couples The time is right, so I want to share something that illustrates the importance of equality and equity in general, and Pride month in particular. As some of you may know, my dad is gay. He came out in the late...

What is gender-affirming care and why is it important? Learn more about the need for safe and affordable healthcare amon...
06/25/2021
What is gender-affirming care and why is it important? | Resource Center

What is gender-affirming care and why is it important? Learn more about the need for safe and affordable healthcare among the trans community from the Resource Center 🏳️‍⚧

June 16, 2021 More than 125,000 transgender people live in Texas. For many, access to safe, affordable support and nonjudgmental healthcare treatment can be a struggle. According to a 2015 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, nearly one-third of transgender people report being r...

06/24/2021

The new £50 note featuring LGBTQ icon Alan Turing officially enters circulation today, on what would've been the WWII codebreaker's 109th birthday!

06/20/2021
Kids Ask About Gender | Little Kids Big Talk

Talking about gender should not be taboo. These kids find they have more in common with a drag queen than they thought ❤️ Sometimes the seemingly “hard conversations” aren’t that difficult if you go in with an open heart and mind. #Pride

06/19/2021

"The story of #Juneteenth is one of hardship and delayed justice. That this day has finally been recognized as a federal holiday sends a powerful message; now, even more, must be done to ensure equality, freedom, and opportunity for all.

The PFLAG community will continue the fight for justice alongside our Black and African-American loved ones."

– Brian K. Bond, PFLAG National Executive Director

Showing outward support for the LGBTQ+ community can still be a tricky business when you are part of a local government ...
06/17/2021

Showing outward support for the LGBTQ+ community can still be a tricky business when you are part of a local government entity, depending on where you are. This post made the rounds throughout the P&R industry, so we had to share. Thank you Grandview Parks & Recreation for showing your pride!

It's true--parks are for everyone! Park and recreation professionals across the country are dedicated to making life better for people of all backgrounds. How does your city's parks and recreation system rank? Let's support them in providing inclusive spaces for everyone to create healthy and vibrant communities 🏳️‍🌈

Parks and Recreation is for everyone! 🌈

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06/17/2021
4 Ways To Make Your Workplace Equitable For Trans People : Life Kit

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This week, the Supreme Court ruled LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination. So how can your workplace be truly equitable to transgender people? Gender Reveal host Tuck Woodstock answers questions about making the workplace safer and more inclusive for trans people and provides simple ide...

06/16/2021

PFLAG's next support meeting is August 12th at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Our speaker will be Jeannie Gainsburg, author of The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. The support group meeting will follow. You can register on our website pflagdallas.org.

PFLAG is here for support, if you need someone to talk to call and leave a message at 972.849.0383 and your call will be returned. We also check email at [email protected]. You can also find information at our website pflagdallas.org

PFLAG is a support group of le***an, gay, bi sexual and trans individuals their parents, family and allies in support, education and advocacy to gain equality for everyone. Because together we are stronger.

Recommending this book! On sale during Pride month! ❤️❤️❤️
06/14/2021
A Quick & Easy Guide to Q***r & Trans Identities - Comics by comiXology

Recommending this book! On sale during Pride month! ❤️❤️❤️

In this quick and easy guide to q***r and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experienc...

06/13/2021
Pride Party+ Schedule of Events | Dallas Museum of Art

Got plans next weekend? Come out to the Pride Party in the Dallas Arts District! Virtual and in-person lineups feature musical performances, family fun, and opportunities to learn about the inspirational works of LGBTQ+ artists, authors and creators. Learn more: https://dma.org/programs-adult-programs/pride-party-schedule-events

Join us for our annual Pride celebration—this year with virtual and on-site programming for all ages! Visit the Dallas Arts District page to see the full schedule of events at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Museum of Asian Art, and throughout the Arts District. Join us on-site or virtually f...

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with Point Foundation, the nati...
06/13/2021

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with Point Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the educational opportunities, financial security, and housing stability of many college students in the U.S., including an estimated 3.4 million LGBTQ+ students ages 18-40.

Help empower these promising students achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧ #PrideMonth #messageofpride

LGBTQ college students have been through a particularly difficult year, with over a third reporting that their ability to pursue their studies was worse than before the pandemic. Share encouragement and hope with these students this #PrideMonth by sharing a #MessageOfPride! Submit your message in text, image, video, or a combination of all three at https://pointfoundation.org/messagesofpride/

06/12/2021

Five years ago today, 49 lives were taken during the deadliest attack against #LGBTQ+ people in U.S. history ❤️🕯 #Pulse5YearsLater

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old
Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

This year, we’re choosing to #HonorThemWithAction by fighting for legislation that will protect LGBTQ folks across the country from discrimination. We’re far overdue to #PassTheEqualityAct. Join us and urge your senators to pass this important legislation: pflag.org/EqualityAct.

Pride Month is indeed a celebration, but let’s not forget our origins. June honors the 1969 Stonewall riots--a demonstra...
06/12/2021

Pride Month is indeed a celebration, but let’s not forget our origins. June honors the 1969 Stonewall riots--a demonstration that blazed the trail for activists across the country. While there has been tremendous progress since then, LGBT advocates are still working toward a future without discrimination in the workplace and beyond. Join us as we educate and advocate for equality for all. Together we are stronger! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ #Pride2021

Pride Month is indeed a celebration, but let’s not forget our origins. June honors the 1969 Stonewall riots--a demonstration that blazed the trail for activists across the country. While there has been tremendous progress since then, LGBT advocates are still working toward a future without discrimination in the workplace and beyond. Join us as we educate and advocate for equality for all. Together we are stronger! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ #Pride2021

Jim and Sondra are going.
06/09/2021

Jim and Sondra are going.

DPD will host an in-person meet and greet with the new DPD LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer Megan Thomas next week! All are welcome! 🏳️‍🌈 #pride365

06/08/2021
So true.
06/07/2021

So true.

Even though I suspect most events will be virtual again this year, here are some examples where Pride isn't for everyone.

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A full-color, four panel comic. Above the panels, it says, "Pride isn't for everyone when..."
Panel 1
Caption:"There are stairs but no elevators."
Image: A set of stairs with a poster taped beside them with an image of a rainbow flag and an arrow pointing up the stairs.
Panel 2
Caption: "Cops in uniforms are present."
Image: Two uniformed cops carring a banner that says, "Rainbow Cops" above a gun shooting rainbow-colored bullets.
Panel 3
Caption: "Every event is sensory overloading (and without signed interpretation)."
Image: A person with a pained expression on their face standing in front of a large speaker wearing heavy-duty, ear-protecting headphones.
Panel 4
Caption: "The gender binary is reinforced through gendered restrooms, greetings, etc."
Image: Two restroom doors with signs depicting traditional male and female silhouettes. Someone out of frame is saying "Ladies and gentleman!"
Below the panels, it says "Assigned Male Comics" followed by the name of the artist, Sophie Labelle.
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06/07/2021

History was made this past week thanks to the efforts of community based organizations like our partners (@aboundingprosperity ) and community organizations such as Dallas Southern Pride. It was imperative to us all that we continue to expand our efforts of #Unity & #Inclusion across our city! The flying of the Dallas City #Pride Flag at various city official buildings including the Dallas Police Department proves that we are making necessary strides to ensure we are seen, and heard! Head on over to @dallas_voice to read the full article on their site!

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Happy Pride Month! I’m very much looking forward to my book talk and conversation with PFLAG Dallas on August 12th. Here is my June video on why straight/cisgender Pride isn’t a thing. Enjoy!
Hello everyone, My colleague Kim Hager and I are interested in studying the experiences and barriers to accessing mental health services for families. For the purpose of our research, we intend to compare three groups – caregivers of children with one or more mental health conditions (including developmental diagnoses), caregivers of children with mental health conditions and common medical conditions, and caregivers of children with mental health conditions and rare diseases. Caregivers include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, step-parents, guardians and kinship homes with children under the age of 18. The survey is nationwide and open to families who live anywhere within the United States. The hope is the survey results will assist mental health providers in tailoring services to meet families’ needs. The study was approved by the IRB and survey is anonymous. Please help us by filling out the survey and/or sharing it. English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQFSMVV Spanish survey:https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXD5TX Thank you and we appreciate all your help.
Today is the final day to sign up. Call and make an appointment. This clinic is free. Includes adults and adolescents. Questions? email me at [email protected]
Hello everyone, My colleague Kim Hager and I are interested in studying the experiences and barriers to accessing mental health services for families. For the purpose of our research, we intend to compare three groups – caregivers of children with one or more mental health conditions (including developmental disorders), caregivers of children with mental health conditions and common medical conditions, and caregivers of children with mental health conditions and rare diseases. Caregivers include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, step-parents, guardians and kinship homes with children under the age of 18. The survey is nationwide and open to families who live anywhere within the United States. The hope is the survey results will assist mental health providers in tailoring services to meet families’ needs. The study was approved by the IRB and survey is anonymous. Please help us by filling out the survey and/or sharing it. English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQFSMVV Spanish survey:https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXD5TX Thank you and we appreciate all your help.
I would like to share an email from the Executive Director of NASW-TX: A Sad Day For Social Work in Texas At the joint Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) and Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) meeting today, a last minute rule from the Governor’s Office was proposed and accepted in the rules. It alters our Code of Conduct (RULE §781.201) drastically, taking what we currently have: (1) A social worker shall not refuse to perform any act or service for which the person is licensed solely on the basis of a client's age; gender; race; color; religion; national origin; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity and expression; or political affiliation. And removing: “sexual orientation; gender identity and expression.” The changes were apparently sent it on Friday of last week, and so did not appear in the Texas Register, which is why NASW was unaware of this proposal until it was offered and voted on by the TSBSWE. This is legal, but incredibly offensive to our Rules Process. The original Code of Conduct was adopted in 2010 protecting sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression were proposed and added officially in 2012. The argument was made that these protections go further than our statute, but rules can always cover more ground as long as they don’t contradict the law, which these protections did not. I spoke out during the comment section, and my concerns were echoed by others. While turning to a bill next session is an option, I have concerns about the success of this route based on the make-up of the legislature. I spoke with the Chair of the LGTBQ Caucus, as well as Representative Senfronia Thompson’s office to make them aware of these changes. Both have indicated they can help behind the scenes or send a letter of support. One potential positive note is that the Chair of BHEC, Gloria Canseco, heard our concerns and asked that this issue be added to the agenda for the BHEC meeting on October 27th. It would be positive to see protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression added to BHEC and thus encompass all the boards at the agency. In preparation for the BHEC meeting I have reached out to our partners in the other mental health professions at the council about a possible joint letter. I will also update NASW members on how to offer public comment supporting anti-discrimination language at the meeting on the 27th. This change cannot stand, as it flies in the face of our Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct as originally adopted by the Board and the very foundation that social work was built upon. We will fight this, and we will ask your help in doing so. Will Francis, LMSW He/Him/His Executive Director National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter 810 W. 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701 512-474-1454 @socialworkwill [email protected]
"October is historically LGBTQ History Month, but we’ll really learn a lot that’s useful every day from recent anti-LGBTQ history. Most importantly, when we look back at it, we learn that there’s nothing new today that’s being said about LGBTQ people by their detractors."
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This happened last month here in Dallas. The person who shot her is out on bail. If you can help please do so. Every little bit will help even if it is just $5. If you are a person of faith please keep her in your prayers. As a community we can do better than this.