Collaboration with Local and National Partners: A Case Study

Track: Lead by Example
Room: Big Joe Turner B
Presenters: Aiden Takeo Aizumi, PFLAG Pasadena and Marsha Aizumi, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander (SGV API), and Biden Foundation LGBTQ Advisory Council

Two different PFLAG chapter leaders share innovative approaches to expand outreach of your chapter by collaborating with partners. Aiden Aizumi’s chapter is focused on partnerships for youth and fun ways to bring greater visibility to their work at PFLAG Pasadena, His mother, Marsha, and PFLAG SGV API, focuses on partnerships with national and local organizations that specifically reach Asian Pacific Islander and API faith communities. A small group discussion will provide additional ideas from other chapter participants which will be shared with the larger group. The hope is participants will walk away with at least one idea they can implement whether their chapter is large or small.

Difficult Conversations: Tackling the Hot Topics without Getting Heated!

Track: Build the Future
Room: Mary Lou Williams AB
Presenter: Brian C. Vega, Gay Resources of the Ozarks (GRO)

Take the fear out of difficult conversations by setting the stage for success! When we identify and suspend our own biases, we can have more productive exchanges with others who hold different beliefs. Furthermore, there are some simple skills that are necessary for courageous conversations about “hot topics” to have impact. Having the passion without the skillset can often ruin the opportunity for a teachable moment. Learn how to have an intentional dialogue and “live to fight another day” with a resistant person or audience. Small disturbances like a meaningful conversation can change large and complicated systems! Your voice can change the world!

Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable

Track: Interact in Roundtables
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)
Facilitator: Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National 

PFLAG chapters need to find ways to serve and be inclusive of communities of color. But becoming inclusive is an ongoing and multifaceted effort. From different support models, to providing cultural competency education, to partnering with diverse organizations, the paths forward can seem complicated…but they don’t need to be. This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are working to build chapters that are more inclusive of communities of color. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!

F.A.I.T.H*– Finding Answers In The HEALING

Track: Lead by Example
Room: Lester Young A
Presenters: Pastor Dionne T. Boyice, Rev. Starla Carr, Iris Johnson, Lanesha Huggins, Talicia D McFeders, and LeAundra Stewart-Boyice, WHOSOEVER: Community Of F.A.I.T.H*, and Stephenie Hardaway, Just My Opinion 

Because the world is hungry for peace and seeks answers for spiritual healing within the LGBTQ+ community, the organization known as WHOSOEVER Community Of F.A.I.T.H*– Finding Answers In The HEALING was birthed for those who have been spiritually and/or morally injured by spiritual and church communities. This interactive and thought-provoking session will be a time of dialogue, listening, sharing and learning about the hurts that may be associated with spiritual spaces. This LGBTQ+ panel is composed of social workers, clergy, nurses and educators. As well as parents, advocates and friends of the LGBTQ+ community. While we do not promote or encourage any religion, we will share our thoughts and expertise on how to find HEALING in the hurts that our PFLAG loved ones may unfortunately encounter.

Let's Get Social: Social Media the PFLAG Way

Track: Build the Future
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)
Presenters: Dimetri O’Brien and Liz Owen, PFLAG National

Focusing primarily on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we'll take a basic look at each platform and what it works best for. Then we'll take a deeper dive on best practices across all three platforms, including tips on moderating comments and conversation; finding good creative content; discerning good sources of news; and more. We'll have time for questions at the end...or bring them to staff at our first-ever Digital Lounge, which will be open in the Exhibit Hall through most of the convention!

Let’s Talk About Sex

Track: Raise Your Voice
Room: Lester Young B
Presenters: Jonathon I. Antle and Elmer Corado, KC CARE Health Center

This interactive presentation will explore the topic of sexual health within LGBTQ+ communities, including the role of allies and allied organizations in providing sexual health information, education, and resources, including on issues of STIs, HIV/AIDS treatment, the use of condoms/barriers, PrEP, and PEP. By being informed of specific sexual health issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals, allies and allied organizations can in turn use this information to advocate for comprehensive and LGBTQ+-inclusive sexual health education at local, state, and national levels and become powerful advocates for change, equipped with facts and science, in addressing sexual health disparities for LGBTQ+ communities.

Publishing an Engaging PFLAG Community Newsletter

Track: Lead by Example
Room: Julia Lee AB
Presenter: Andrew Zanevsky, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois

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

Trans 101: Tools to Uplevel Your Advocacy and Allyship

Track: Build the Future
Room: Jay McShann A
Presenter: Joni Stacy, Academy LGBTQ

Participants will receive a working understanding of how biology, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are related and together help comprise our sexuality. Many people have heard words that are used in describing gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, but many describe this workshop as putting all the concepts together in a way that helps you to use the language more confidently in advocacy and allyship. Participants will be able to confidently respond to common objections about the trans community with informed (lay and legal) responses regarding the trans community, such as bathrooms and locker rooms in school and work settings, in their everyday lives as well as in their advocacy.

What You Don't Know About Your Child’s Identity

Track: Raise Your Voice
Room: Bennie Moten AB
Presenter: Linda K. Reeves, PFLAG Manhattan Beach/South Bay

This is an opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the psycho-social-emotional experience of growing up LGBTQ+. The workshop will explore how cultural heteronormativity and cisgenderism contribute to internalized toxic shame in the LGBTQ+ individual and unconscious internalized beliefs and biases in parents. By examining childhood identity development parent participants will gain a deeper understanding on how to support themselves and their child, and PFLAG facilitators will be better equipped with strategies to support PFLAG group members.

Why or When Should a Chapter Consider a Satellite Group?

Track: Build the Future
Room: Big Joe Turner A
Presenter: Kathy Godwin, PFLAG National Board

Successful chapters often find that they are not attracting community participation or interest from diverse groups living in their community of influence. This can include faith, language, race, ethnicity, identity, economics, and varied abilities. Satellite groups can create comfortable, appropriate and culturally-specific environments. There is work involved to evaluate the need, desire, commitment and the likeliness of a successful satellite group that can fill a void and get more people supported. This session will utilize specific examples of success in the PFLAG network. We hope to encourage sharing other examples in our communities which we can learn from and work with to increase our outreach beyond our previous space and model. 

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