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PFLAG MISSION STATEMENT

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:

  • Support, to cope with an adverse society;
  • Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and
  • Advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

PFLAG provides opportunity to dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identify, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

If you need help, please call our hotline at (520) 360-3795 or e-mail us at pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org.  We will connect you with a PFLAG member who has been where you are and who understands.  You may download the PFLAG Tucson pamphlet here.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

PFLAG support meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E. 1st Street.  Click here for more detailed directions and a location map.  For our schedule, see below.  Please call our help line (360-3795) or send us an e-mail message (pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org) if you want or need immediate support.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND NEWS

  • Wingspan Closure.  Wingspan, Tucson's LGBT Community Center, will be closing its doors on July 31, 2014 after more than 25 years of service.  Its most important programs, the Eon Youth Program and the Anti-Violence Program, are being absorbed by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF).  Much is still uncertain about the fate of other programs and services.  For updates, please check http://www.wingspan.org.
     
  • Wingspan Annual Dinner.  This year's annual dinner for Wingspan was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 13, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, but with Wingspan's pending reorganization, this will probably be postponed until later in the year.  The Wingspan Board of Directors is still deciding on what to do.  Registration, cocktails, and the silent auction would begin at 6:00 pm with the dinner and program at 7:30 pm and dancing at 9:00 pm.  Watch Wingspan's website for further information (http://www.wingspan.org).
     
  • 2014 Pride on Parade.  This year's Pride Parade will be back on Fourth Avenue, its starting place.  The theme is "Stonewall 45 - Reflections of Pride."  The parade will be on Saturday evening, October 11, starting at 6:00 pm from Catalina Park, to be followed by a block party on Fifth Street east of Fourth Avenue.  For full information and to register for the parade, see http://tucsonpride.org/parade.html.
     
  • 2014 Pride Service.  This year's interfaith Pride Service will be on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El at 225 N. Country Club Road.  If you are interested in helping with this year's service, contact Marc Paley at mpinsights@gmail.com.
     
  • 2014 Pride in the Desert Festival.  This year's Out in the Desert Pride Festival will be Saturday, October 18, at the Kino Sports complex.  For vendor and sponsor information, see http://tucsonpride.org/sponsorsandvendors.html.

PFLAG'S CARE WITH PRIDE ANTI-BULLYING/SAFE SCHOOLS FOR ALL CAMPAIGN
 
 

This year again, Johnson & Johnson is joining with PFLAG to extend its "Care With Pride" campaign to combat bullying.  We will be distributing coupon booklets again for J&J products.  Part of these proceeds will again to to PFLAG.

Top 10 Way to Make Schools Safer

PFLAG offers simple and powerful steps to help make schools safe for all students.  Please see PFLAG's associated webpage on Cultivating Respect:  Creating Safe Schools for All.

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Understand the language
  3. Stop bad behavior
  4. Set the policy
  5. Plan school-wide activities
  6. Be public
  7. Address cyber bullying
  8. Train and educate everyone
  9. Work for comprehensive health education
  10. Resources, resources, resources

OTHER INFORMATION

EON HOT MEALS
Every third Wednesday of each month, Wingspan hosts a hot meal for Eon youth.  Again, everyone is invited to bring food.  Those bringing food should plan to arrive by 4:15 pm.  If you cannot stay, however, non-perishable, clearly labeled food items can be dropped off before the meal or before 7:30 pm the night before.  For more information and to get on the contact list, contact Jeana Bulter of PFLAG at respectall27@yahoo.com.

WINGSPAN ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM
From Wingspan's website:  The Wingspan Anti-Violence Programs (AVP) is a social change and social service program that works to address and end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention, information, support, referrals, emergency shelter, and advocacy to LGBT victim/survivors of violence. Additionally, we offer extensive outreach and education programs. See the Violence Defined section for more specific definitions of types of violence. If you are anyone you know may have a victim of violence, please call us.  If you are in crisis, please call Wingspan's 24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Line at 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.  For full information, see http://wingspan.org/programs/anti-violence-project/ The program coordinator is Catherine Memail, 520-624-1779 ext 121, email cmemale@wingspan.org.

DONATE TO PFLAG TUCSON ON-LINE
PFLAG Tucson is now registered with Network for Good so that we can receive donations on-line. You can specify a specific purpose for your gift, such as our Scholarship Fund, general expenses, etc.  Click here for more information and instructions.

SUPPORT MEETINGS

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
PFLAG Support Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  Dea Brasgalla and Rick Jorgenson will be talking with us about the future of Senior Pride..

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
PFLAG Support Meeting, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Ward VI City Council Offices at 3202 E 1st. Street, one block east of Country Club Road and one block south of Speedway Boulevard.  We have no special program planned yet for this month.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 36264, Tucson, AZ  85740
Cell Phone:   (520) 360-3795 (Tucson number)
E-mail Address: pflagtuc@pflagtucson.org

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