PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Growing a PFLAG Chapter in a Conservative Rural Area
Lead by Example
Penny Connell, PFLAG Blairsville
Workshop Block 2: Saturday, October 21 - 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Establishing a PFLAG Chapter in a conservative rural area has its challenges. This workshop will explore the questions that need to be asked and the steps necessary to create and grow a chapter. Participants will leave the session with an understanding that establishing and running a PFLAG chapter in a conservative rural area has challenges and rewards. Participants will learn how to determine the need for a PFLAG chapter, gather members, and locate a safe space to meet. They will also learn how to grow a chapter in a sometimes unfriendly environment while keeping the meeting a safe and loving space.
Penny is the proud mother of a gay daughter, Kristin. After moving to the North Georgia Mountains from Florida in 2014, Penny was surprised to learn of a PFLAG chapter in this very conservative rural area. After attending her first meeting she became active in the chapter and became president of the chapter in 2016. Penny has been married to Steve for 39 years and also has another daughter, Nicole. Penny is retired from the United States Postal Service where she served over 20 years as a union steward. She now advocates for the LGBTQ community in Blairsville Georgia.