A group of loving, friendly people is on a wonderful journey toward understanding and acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered persons. These people have a support group that meets here in Tucson every month. If you have a friend or relative who is (or might be) gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, and you would like help to understand this person, you will find our support meetings a rewarding experience. Talk with someone who has been there.
When and Where
1st Wednesday of every month
Community Conference Room
(Large conference room toward front of building)
Ward VI City Council Offices
3202 E. 1st Street
(One block east of Country Club and one block south of Speedway)
Parking available along E. 1st St and N. Anderson Blvd.
The Coming-Out Process
When a family member realizes that he or she is LGBTQ and “comes out”, it may take years to feel free to come out to friends and family, or it may never happen. This learning and growing experience can accelerate rapidly with support. Happiness is being able to say “I don’t have to hide anything from anyone.”
Gay, lesbian and trans people can also attend PFLAG meetings to get a better understanding of what their family members are going through. Their participation is very helpful to the parents and family of other gays, lesbians and trans persons.
Understanding and love grow rapidly, and every meeting feels like a victory.
If a son or daughter has come out to you, or if you would like help in coming out to your family or friends, come to a PFLAG support meeting. We can also be of help if you are out but are not well received by family or friends. Our meetings are confidential, so you should not fear being “outed” by attending.
Every individual is at a different stage in their journey to understanding the nature of sexual orientation and gender diversity. We share our experiences, what we have suffered or enjoyed, and what we have learned.
All of us have LGBTQ friends and acquaintances. In most cases we don’t know who they are, and when we do find out, we may not know how to respond. It is particularly hard if the LGBTQ person is a member of your family or a very close friend.
Support Meeting Guidelines
- The purpose of this meeting is to create a safe and supportive atmosphere for all of us here tonight, where we can share, listen, learn and grow.
- PFLAG was originally founded to support and educate family and friends concerning the topic of homosexuality. Over the years we have embraced and welcomed the addition of those of us who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
- By sharing our stories we find acceptance, strength and support. Your awareness, sensitivity and understanding are needed during these meetings.
- Confidentiality is essential. We are each responsible for making sure that the things we hear and the identities of people present do not leave this room.
- Each of us is at a different place in dealing with the topic of sexual orientation and gender diversity. We have found that giving empathy and respect, rather than judgment and advice, helps us all.
- By speaking of our own experience and feelings, we help others to realize they are not alone and give them the power to resolve their own issues.
- Please be considerate of others and refrain from monopolizing the conversation.
- The co-facilitators may feel it necessary to intervene if guidelines are not being followed.
- Each monthly meeting has a number of board members present. We are here to support you, and we invite your questions and comments during, after or between our monthly meetings.