Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Publishing an Engaging PFLAG Community Newsletter
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 1 – Saturday, October 26 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: Julia Lee AB
The presenter will share his long-term experience of editing and publishing Open Doors, the monthly newsletter of the PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois, an association of 15 PFLAG chapters. Discuss how to find and motivate contributors, add art, photography, poetry, fiction, LGBTQIA+ community news, and resources. Using the newsletter to keep members engaged even when they can't attend their chapter meetings, and encourages, promotes, and celebrates achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals. Learn how a volunteer-produced newsletter can compete with social media and mainstream media for readers' attention. Discuss the newsletter content submission principle: materials by, for, or about LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families. An archive of Open Doors newsletters is available at pflagillinois.org/newsletters-old-editions/.
Andrew Zanevsky, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois
Andrew Zanevsky holds a number of titles and responsibilities. He is a database administrator, consultant, small business owner, and published author of one book and more than a hundred articles on database programing and administrator topics. Andrew is also a volunteer for PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois, working as secretary, editor of its monthly newsletter, and being responsible for the web site administration.