Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Pleasant Street Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St, Waterville, ME. All those interested in promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends are invited to attend.
If you’d like to learn more about PFLAG Waterville contact our President, Charles Kelly at 207.872.0816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the PLFAG team page you must first register as a user on our website here: http://rem1.org/register/
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(Taken from pflag.org)
We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Our Strategic Goals
- Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.
- Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.
- Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family members within those communities.
- Work toward full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.
- Create a society in which all GLBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.
- Create a society in which all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.
How the Waterville Chapter Got Started
Charlie and Carol Kelly of Waterville came to \”dream catch\” with REM\’s Director and Dream Catcher, Faye Nicholson. They were concerned about children they knew who had been disowned by their families thereby placing these young people at risk for suicide. Having enjoyed a 30 year relationship with their gay daughter, they wanted to explore a way to help others maintain those important relationships.
A small group met to discuss the possibilities. After studying PFLAG, the group called the director for our area and asked her to come speak with folks in our community interested in pursuing an educational support group format. She will meet with us on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m., August 10th in REM Forum at The Center.
Faye Nicholson wrote the following letter to the editor and presented it to the editorial staff at the Sentinel.
The community nicknamed me the “Dream Catcher”. People share their ideas with me and I connect them to others who share that dream as well as to more than 70 different REM services manned by area volunteers eager to support initiatives which build our community. Dreams fuel our jets, give flight to our souls, and are the basis of all of our greatest accomplishments.
Today was a great day…one of those days that show me why I do what I do. Charlie and Carol Kelly, who hardly know anything about REM, came to me with a dream. Their dream was to help people learn unconditional love for their children, family and friends particularly, but for others as well. I was moved when they handed me a piece of paper and on it was written a paragraph from the Mid-Maine Strategic Vision for the Year 2020. “Family in our community is about our relationships with each other: We are all family. We are an inclusive community that embraces individuality and values diversity. We respect each other.”
Charlie and Carol had written an article which appeared in the Morning Sentinel on July 22, explaining their desire to offer comfort, support and knowledge to parents and friends who want to understand homosexuality in order to protect and strengthen their relationships. Charlie and Carol, (who have for 30 years enjoyed their relationship with their gay daughter and her partner) are familiar with an organization called PFLAG which is an organization whose mission sounds very like our community vision: “…Celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.”
Isn’t it funny that “love they neighbor”, our greatest joy, can sometimes also be our biggest challenge? To learn more about issues that would be concerns of PFLAG I watched a movie, The Bible Tells Me So. I learned a lot. You might like to take a look at it on Netflix.
Charlie and Carol Kelly
Mac and Celia Williams