A meeting for Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is being held on August 21 at Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.
The meeting is being organized by Jeremy Scott Hobbs, a local community activist and head of the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation, a local AIDS/HIV prevention charity. Hobbs says that the time has come for a group like PFLAG in Columbus.
“Everyday the families and friends of LGBT have so many questions and concerns regarding their loved ones,” Hobbs posted on the Facebook event page. “It’s time to offer a loving and informative venue that will address their needs.”
The August 21 meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 in the Auditorium of the Library. It is open to the public.
PFLAG is a national organization which provides local support groups for those who have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender friends, children, family members or peers. It was founded in 1973 in New York City by Jeanne Manford, a heterosexual school teacher, who was spurred to action by learning of homophobic violence against her openly-gay son. Manford broke ground by marching with her son at the previous year’s pride parade holding up a sign saying “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children”.
The organization, being established only four years after the Stonewall riots, has grown over the decades to become a prominent grassroots advocacy group for straight allies of LGBT people and civil rights, but continues to serve as a support group for those who seek to better understand the lives of LGBT people.
PFLAG has several chapters in both Georgia and Alabama.