April 30, 2015

Last night, singer Belinda Carlisle and her son, actor James Duke Mason, were the special guests at a monthly meeting of PFLAG Bakersfield. Duke, gay and out since 2006, has had the full support of his parents, but it was the first time that they publicly shared their coming out journey together.

A huge number of people gathered with PFLAG Bakersfield--as well as other local LGBTQ organizations including The Trevor Project, Bakersfield Pride, Youth Empowerment Pride Project, and the Bakersfield AIDS Project (which hosted panels from the AIDS quilt, including that of activist Morty Manford, whose mother Jeanne Manford founded PFLAG in 1973).

Watch the video highlights of the interview with Mason and his mom who, without even realizing it, has the fighting spirit of PFLAG moms everywhere!

The leaders of the Bakersfield chapter have so much to be proud of--from booking wonderful and interesting guests for their meetings to helping bring so many different local organizations together in support of the common goal of support of and equality for people who are LGBTQ.

Congratulations, PFLAG Bakersfield!