During the uncertainty of COVID-19, there are still things to celebrate. Twelve years ago, on April 28, 2009, PFLAG Washburn had its first meeting.

From its 2009 press release comes PFLAG’s proud vision statement: “We, the parents, families and friends of LGBTQ persons celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.” Its first program featured the movie “Prayers for Bobby,” a true story about a 1970s religious suburban mother who struggles to accept her young gay son, Bobby. What happens to Bobby causes his mother, Mary, to question her faith. Ultimately Mary changes her views and becomes a gay rights crusader. She gets information and support while attending a local PFLAG meeting. This film exemplifies how PFLAG can impact and support those in need in our community through regular programs. Support, education and advocacy are the foundation of their mission.

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