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Reformed Evangelical mom to speak to PFLAG Atlanta on Sunday

Susan Cottrell of Austin, Texas, is a reformed Evangelical Christian. When one of her daughters came out as a lesbian and another came out as bisexual, she and her husband, Robert, knew that their love for them was stronger than any church teaching them to "love the sinner, hate the sin."

Susan runs a blog at where she writes about her experiences and tries to help other parents who find conflict with their Christian beliefs and that of accepting LGBTQ people.

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PFLAG conference works to unite LGBT allies across Ga.

The Atlanta chapter of Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will host the “Leading with Love” Conference Saturday, April 20. The conference is a meeting of leaders and members from PFLAG chapters across the state that will feature guest speakers, seminars and tips for creating local chapters of the LGBT support group.

Conal Charles, co-president of the Atlanta PFLAG chapter, told GA Voice the upcoming conference will give attendees the chance to network with other allies for equality while giving them the tools necessary to start their own LGBT supportive groups.

“We only do this once every three years,” Charles said. “You won’t get this information anywhere else. These are the experts in their fields. Everything you need in a box.”

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New PFLAG chapter hosts inaugural meeting tonight in Athens


Athens is again the home of a local Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter and will host its first meeting tonight at the Aloha Counseling Center in Oakview Square Office Park.

Tonight's meeting is scheduled from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

“The meeting is open to everyone. We want to especially make sure people know they have a resource for supporting their loved ones who are LGBTQ,” the group wrote on its newly created Facebook page.

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PFLAG Atlanta goes ‘Out with the Stars’

PFLAG awards gala

Atlanta’s chapter of Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays will host its first-ever “Out with the Stars” awards dinner on Saturday, June 23, to honor educators, students, parents and nonprofits that have advocated acceptance and tolerance for gays and lesbians in Atlanta.

“This event is our chance to say ‘thank you’ to them for all they do,” said Conal Charles, co-president of PFLAG Atlanta.

The gala at Labella at Lambert Place will double as a fundraiser for PFLAG Atlanta, which celebrates its 26th year of service to the community this year. PFLAG Atlanta was founded in 1986 to give parents of LGBT children a network of support.

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[Video] Parents of transgender children say ‘It Gets Better’

A new video featuring parents of transgender children saying "It Gets Better," making it the first such video of its kind.

In the Life Media debuted the video today online that includes members of PFLAG support groups explaining the difficulties and the joys they experience of having transgender and gender nonconforming children. 

“Those early days were very difficult,” says Catherine, mother of an 18-year old transgender girl. “I was scared. I felt alone. I felt somehow responsible for having done this to my child.”

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Braves game to benefit Georgia Equality after coach’s flap

The Atlanta Braves will host a Sept. 13 game to benefit Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, in what is being called “Out in the Stands.”

Georgia Equality and members from PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) met with Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz after pitching coach Roger McDowell was accused of using anti-gay slurs toward fans in San Francisco over Easter weekend.

McDowell allegedly shouted, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" at fans and imitated a sex act using a baseball bat. He was suspended and publicly apologized for the incident.

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PFLAG Atlanta invites you to be ‘Out in the Garden’

PFLAG Atlanta Chapter

When Conal Charles, 32, decided in 2009 to come out to his parents, he sought help from PFLAG Atlanta. Today, he’s the co-president of the organization that works to “support, educate and advocate” for LGBT people, their families and loved ones.

“I found out about PFLAG Atlanta on the web,” he says. “I was looking for ways to help come out to my parents. I was born and raised in India and my parents live in India. I ended up writing a very long email to them and then my mom called and we talked. And they are visiting me next month to go to their first PFLAG meeting.”

Charles said the help and support he received from the local chapter of PFLAG — a national organization with more than 500 chapters across the U.S. — prompted him to become actively involved. Most members are also giving back because of the help they received.