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July Newsletter-PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara

July Newsletter-PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara

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July 2014 PFLAG Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo / Niagara
PO Box 617 Buffalo, NY 14207 716-883-0384 info@pflagbuffalo.org www.pflagbuffalo.org www.facebook.com/pflag.niagara
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 all of 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 realize that this is when others need us the most.
There is no sharing meeting in July. Please come to our next sharing meeting August 17
Though there is no meeting in July, please read below to learn about the meetings that are held on the third Sunday of each month except in July and December.
Please join us as we welcome families and friends to share their personal stories with us. As always, newcomers will be offered the alternative of meeting privately with a PFLAG parent. Kenilworth United Church of Christ is located two blocks west of Niagara Falls Boulevard at the corner of Decatur Rd and Dalton Dr. Decatur runs off of Niagara Falls Boulevard about 0.8 miles south of Sheridan Drive and about 0.8 miles north of Kenmore Ave. Our monthly meetings are in the library, which is near the parking lot entrance. The facility is handicap accessible.
New Parents Meetings
are scheduled as needed at a location convenient to those 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 is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered.
July 2014 Page 2
Principal Cahall on right with openly gay DC Council member, David
Catania on left after Cahall’s
A Washington, D.C., principal was met with cheers as he came out to his students as gay during a Pride Day event that drew protest threats from Westboro Baptist Church. "I turned 50. I'm tired of hiding," Principal Pete Cahall said before praising Wilson High School's students for the supportive environment they've created since Westboro Baptist Church made their plans known
This is the first time Cahall, who has been the principal at Wilson for six years, has come out publicly. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was informed of his decision just moments before. The school held its second annual Pride Day event Wednesday, bringing together over 20 organizations that support the needs of LGBTQ youth.
 Westboro, known for its public crusade against gay people at military funerals, announced plans to protest the school's Pride celebration on June 9 and called the school's support of gay and lesbian students a "shame." That protest is just one of 12 the church has planned in the D.C. area over the next few days.
After Westboro made its intentions known, students at Wilson began planning a peaceful counter-protest, 
reported. Around 1,000 students volunteered to participate in the silent protest.
You can follow back and forth commentary and read updates on Twitter at @wilsonhsdcps, a sample of which is below: 
Congratulations to @Wilsonhsdcps Principal Pete Cahall for his courage in coming out today to his students. Great example of  #tigerpride 
July 2014 Page 3
On June 8
, PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara gathered to thank board members who are changing their board status or leaving the board. President Kristian Rickard, who has served with passion and talent for four years, will step down in accordance with PFLAG by-laws regarding term limits. Kristian has given so much to the organization and has been instrumental in developing key initiatives
such as “Safe Schools” and
the PFLAG Scholarships. Fortunately, Kristian will still be with the board, moving to one of the vice president positions along with Amy Fularz. Both were
voted in at last month’s Members’ Meeting.
John Covert, a longtime PFLAG member with over twenty years of commitment and service, has also stepped down
from his director’s position d
ue to term limits. John, a past president, has served PFLAG and WNY in many ways. John and his wife Diane, who has also served on the board, have been extremely active in speaking to local schools, corporations, and community groups. Managing the help-line has been another of the many PFLAG duties John has taken on. John worked with Kristian Rickard to develop, finalize, and present the PFLAG Scholarships. This dream took years to reach its fruition, and both John and Kristian see these two scholarships as a highlight of their time with PFLAG. PFLAG also is saying goodbye to Suzanne Evans, a board member and past vice-president who has been active on the board for many years. Suzanne has also been an integral part
of the speakers’ bureau,
 always willing to support, educate, and advocate. Suzanne has been a longtime and frequent member at the sharing meetings, helping countless new parents as they come seeking support and information. PFLAG Buffalo-Niagara sends its heartfelt thanks to these three dedicated friends and board members. Each will be sorely missed. However, Kristian, John, and Suzanne have said they still want PFLAG to be a part of their lives, as it is such a big part of their hearts.

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