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Sept 2013 Draft Revision

Sept 2013 Draft Revision

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Published by Julie Christiano
This is the September newsletter from Pflag Buffalo-Niagara in NY.
This is the September newsletter from Pflag Buffalo-Niagara in NY.

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Published by: Julie Christiano on Aug 28, 2013
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September 2013
Buffalo / Niagara
PO Box 617Buffalo, NY 14207716-883-0384PFLAG@bfn.orgwww.PFLAG-buffalo-niagara.org
We meet because we have learned that someone very close to us is Gay, Lesbian,Bisexual, or Transgendered.We try to help one another deal with this information in a positive manner.Although we do not agree at all times, we try to be understanding.We offer help to those who seek it, but do not force ourselves on others.We strive to maintain anonymity while sharing on a level that is comfortable for alof us.We encourage all to attend meetings for their own benefit as well as that of the group.It is our hope that when each of us reaches a point of understanding and acceptance, we realizthat this is when others need us the most.
Monthly Meeting Schedule
Sharing Sunday, September 15, 2013 
4:30 PMKenilworth United Church of Christ45 Dalton Drive - Tonawanda, NY 14223Parents will be invited to share their personal stories. As always,newcomers will be offered the alternative of meeting privately with a PFLAGparent.The church is located two blocks west of Niagara Falls Boulevard at thecorner of Decatur Rd and Dalton Dr. Decatur runs off of Niagara FallsBoulevard about 0.8 miles south of Sheridan Drive and about 0.8 milesnorth of Kenmore Ave.Our monthly meetings are in the library, which is near the parking lotentrance. The facility is handicap accessible.
Time to Stop Bullying 
Time to Take Action Special Event! Bully Sunday, October 20, 201
4:30 PMCentral Library1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203Mark your calendars and plan to bring family and friends to watch thepowerful documentary
This screening is free of charge andappropriate for all ages. The presentation will be followed by a groupdiscussion.
Please note this event will take the place of the October members
New Parents Meetings
are scheduled as needed at a location convenient tothose involved. These self-help one-on-one meetings deal with the concerns of parents and family members who have recently learned that a loved one isLesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Buffalo/Niagara, is a non-profit,all volunteer, community-based organization not affiliated with any ethnic, religious,economic, or political group. Membership is open to all. PFLAG membership lists arekept confidential and mailings are sent in plain envelopes.
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White House to Host Meeting on Bisexual Issues
By Trudy Ring, The Advocate
The White House will host a roundtable discussion
of issues facing bisexuals, in “an apparentfirst for the Obama administration,” the Washington Blade reports.
 The meeting, by invitation only and closed to the media, will be held September 23 at theEisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. According to an invitation obtained by
the Blade, “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics includinghealth, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying.” 
 Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz said the HRC will be in on the
meeting, and he praised the effort. “It’s a testament to this administration that they are
focusing on all elements of the LGBT community, and they should be applauded for hosting anevent focused on
some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” he told the Blade.
Ulrich, author of the “Bisexual Invisibility” report released by the San FranciscoHuman Rights Commission, also commented positively on the initiative. “I’m very excited that
the White House is holding this roundtable
it feels like a turning point in the needs of the bi
community finally being taken seriously,” she told The Advocate. “Given all the disparitiesbisexuals face in terms of health, suicidality, funding, and a host of other issues, we’ve got an
opportunity here to start a national conversation that could have a positive effect on the largest
segment of the LGBTQ community. I hope this will be just the beginning.” 
 Albany pols push for ban on ga
therapy for teens, citing new N.J. law 
By Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News
Three New York lawmakers are using thecontroversy over a New Jersey law banning teenanti-gay therapy to push similar legislation in NewYork.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made nationalnews when he signed a bill abolishing the therapy that attempts to turn gay teens straight.Now, State Sens. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) andAssemblywoman Deborah Glick say New York pols should swiftly pass a similar bill theyintroduced earlier this year that stalled in Albany.
 “Conversion therapy
is among the worstfrauds in history and has been discredited by the American Psychological Association and other
... leading mental health organizations,” said Hoylman, the state’s only openly gay senator.
 The New York bill would bar mental health providers from trying to change the sexualorientation of anyone under the age of 18. If enacted, a licensed mental health provider whoignored the law would be cited for unprofessional conduct and subject to licensing sanctions.Similar legislation has been enacted in California. Christie, who is eyeing a GOP presidential runin 2016, endorsed it.
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 “This is not a hyperpartisan issue,” said Gianaris, the senate’s deputy Democratic leader. “This
is about protecting young people who are being forced to believe that the way they are is
wrong, when it’s not.” 
Glick said conversion therapy “adds to a hostile environment” at a time when the gay
community has been subjected to increased bullying and gay bashing.The Daily News reported that the NYPD is on pace to investigate about twice the number of anti-gay incidents in 2013
from slurs to felony assaults
compared to 2012. The crimesinclude the May 18 murder of a 32-year-old man in Greenwich Village.Melissa Ingraham, a licensed mental health counselor with the Christian Counseling Center inupstate Johnson City, argued that the bill would keep some teens from getting the help theywant.
 “If someone has an attraction to someone of the same sex that they don’t want, they
should have the ability to pursue counseling
to work it out,” Ingraham said.
GLAAD Finds Movies Lag Behind TV in LGBT Roles
by Jocelyn Noveck, AP National Writer
We may be seeing more prominent gay and lesbian characters on TV shows, but the movieindustry lags well behind the small screen, an advocacy group reports.In its first study of LGBT roles in major studio releases, GLAAD found that compared with TV,where there has been a significant shift over the past decade, "Major studios appear reluctantto include LGBT characters in significant roles or franchises."In its , GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, found that of 101 releases from Hollywood's six major studios in 2012, just 14 included characters identifiedas lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Most were no more than cameos or minor roles, it said
andnone of the films tracked had transgender characters."Until LGBT characters appear more regularly in these studio films, there will be theappearance of bias," said Wilson Cruz, GLAAD's national spokesperson, in an interview. Headded that his organization will be meeting with studio executives to discuss the findings.There were some bright spots in 2012, and some more ambiguous ones, the group said. Forexample, "Skyfall," the hugely successful installment of the James Bond franchise, featured amain villain, played by Javier Bardem, who was apparently bisexual. "It was great to see anLGBT character in such a significant role," said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainmentmedia at GLAAD, also in an interview. "But unfortunately the character was also devious,psychotic, and untrustworthy
it fell into that trap."As genre films like comic book adaptations consume much of the studios' capital andpromotional efforts, the report says, such films have a striking lack of LGBT characters. In "TheAvengers," it notes, there is a gay news anchor, but his appearance is "so brief it was likelymissed by many viewers."The report
called the 2013 Studio Responsibility Index
rates each of the six studiosaccording to the LGBT-inclusive films they released. Faring worst: 20th Century Fox andDisney, which each receive "failing" grades; the other four
Paramount, Sony, Universal and

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