PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Southern Pacific: Southern California, Hawaii
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Saturday, October 26 – 5:10 PM – 6:00 PM
Room: Count Basie Ballroom
Being part of a PFLAG chapter comes with lots of successes and many questions. Our work is not easy. However, there is one person who can help your chapter navigate the challenges and celebrate the victories: your Regional Director. Each volunteer Regional Director oversees several states in one of thirteen Regions. Regional Directors work to start new chapters and trouble shoot the inevitable concerns that are a part of our work. You should know your Regional Director! We are here to help. So come spend time with your Regional Director, and other chapter leaders from your state and region, and let’s talk. Bring your questions, your concerns, your hopes, and your successes. Your Regional Director won’t have all the answers, but the best ideas start with a conversation. See you there!
Robert Petersen, PFLAG National Regional Director
When Robert came out to his parents in 1988, the first place he turned to for support for his family was PFLAG. Ever since then he's always had a special place in his heart for PFLAG. After going to the National Equality March in Washington, DC in 2009, he was inspired to step-up his efforts in LGBT activism. It was only natural for him to look to PFLAG, the organization that gave so much to his own family. He joined PFLAG Bakersfield's board in 2010 and was elected their vice president in 2011. In recent years, Robert has been a passionate advocate for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV prevention. He has given PrEP Presentations to PFLAG chapters throughout California, college LGBT clubs and LGBT community centers in Nashville and Las Vegas.