January 14, 2016
Mary Ann Nelson was recently selected as Citizen of the Year by the Cathlamet Womans Club, in Washington, for her tireless and generous work with PFLAG, as president and member of the Southwestern Washington Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA), as well as Kiwanis and her thirty years as a Preschool teacher for St. James Family Center.
Nelson has been a little busy!
Nelson, the mom of two kids--one gay, and one trans, was quoted in a piece in the Wahkiakum County Eagle, saying, "I've got awesome kids...They are people who are out there to help others. They've gone far educationally. They are trying to make a difference in the world in what they are doing. They are kind, they are helpful."
Clearly they aren't the only ones. Nelson, when her gay son came out, joined a local church group for support, and that group eventually became a local PFLAG chapter. That was in the early 2000s and now she has become a local leader in a variety of support groups, mostly centered around helping people who are LGBTQ and their faith-centered families.
Congrats to Mary Ann...sounds like an honor well deserved!