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National Coming Out Day, October 11

Two seniors in high school, both very smart, both active in school activities, both headed to college, both come out.   One family is accepting.  One family put their child’s belonging on the porch and has not had contact with their child for years.

National Coming Out Day is full of excitement for many because they want to live their lives openly.  Coming out is your story and you get to decide when to share it and who to share it with.

It is important that you have support so that you can come out safely.  It is especially important to our youth.  Youth must make sure that they have a trusted adult available to help if a change in living arrangements is necessary.  Find your support!

Lisa W.

PFLAG Kansas City Chapter President

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Speaking Out — A Note from the President

Your New Chapter President

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am the current PFLAG-KC Chapter President.  I am a wife and the mother of five children, a fish and a dog.  I try to be a good person, neighbor and friend.  I love to cook.  I have always pretended to have eyes in the back of my head, but I have never had all the answers.

Shortly after my daughter came out, she found PFLAG for me.  And I am so glad she did.   PFLAG welcomed me with open arms.  PFLAG is a great source of support and information.  It helped me just knowing that others struggled with the same questions I had and I was able to get answers to those questions.  It was and continues to provide a sense of relief.

We have LBGTQ individuals, parents, siblings, grandparents and friends attend the meetings for support and to give support to the LBGTQ community.

One of the new booklets PFLAG National has available, “OUR CHILD” provides a section on terminology and definitions.  Having the proper language helps all of us feel more comfortable discussing these issues.   At PFLAG in addition to an extensive library, which also includes videos, we have literature available which may help you in your journey.

I look forward to learning about your journey in the coming year.

Lisa

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