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PFLAG upcoming events  Bring it On, The Musical at Toms River North High School and Speaking OUT:  Queer Youth in Focus,
                                           meet photographer Rachelle Lee Smith, Thursday, March 30th at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Branch Library,
                                           732 269 2144.
         Dear PFLAGers:

Welcome to all our new support group attendees!  Our chapter continues to grow each month and we hope you are finding our meetings a place of comfort and support in a safe and confidential setting.  Below you will find lots of upcoming events and we hope you will participate and attend those of interest to you.

As many of you know,  PFLAG is on the forefront of advocacy and for protecting the rights of our LGBTQ loved ones, and now more so, our transgender youth.  Your voice is needed to speak up and speak out. Being an ally is so very important to speak up when an LGBT person may not be able to do so...for fear of being bullied, harassed, fired or assaulted. And in troubling and worried times, please remember self-care.  Take care of yourselves as well.  Remember, we are here if you need to speak to someone and if we don't have the answers, we will refer you to someone who does.  

If you haven't visited PFLAG National's website recently, please do so. There is a wealth of information there on current events and other matters that are important to all of us that are part of an LGBTQ family.  And please remember to "like" our Facebook page and Twitter; as we strive to post current happenings that affect our families and community.


We are very excited to report that New Jersey's first all-inclusive, hospital-based LGBTQIA health center has opened at Robert Wood Johnson in Somerset, called PROUD Family Center.  For further information or for an appointment, please call:  1-855-776-8334.


March 2017, Jersey Shore PFLAG Support/Sharing Meetings:

Both our meetings start at 7 PM and we ask that you kindly arrive on time.  When you arrive, please sign in our log sheet with your name and email address.  This information is only used by us to send you Jersey Shore PFLAG information or announcements of area events that we feel you might find of interest. Our email list is never shared, as privacy and confidentiality is of utmost importance at our meetings. Also, please put on a name tag with your first name only (the name you would like to be called at our meetings). We do have a social time after each meeting. Thank you!

Wednesday, 03/08/17, PFLAG General Support Meeting, United Church of Christ, 1681 Ridgeway Road, Toms River/Manchester. This group welcomes Parents of LGBTQ children, LGBTQ individuals, family, friends and allies, and provides discussion and support of all LGBT-related issues or concerns.

Monday, 03/20/17, PFLAG Transgender/Transfamilies Support Meeting.  Presbyterian Church House of Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury. This group welcomes those that are transgender, gender nonconforming or gender expressive, their parents, friends, family, and supporters, to discuss issues and concerns that are specific to trans* individuals and their families.  Please park in the rear parking lot, enter under the awning, go up one flight of stairs. We are past the kitchen to the left.


Toms River High School North at 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, will be presenting "Bring It On", a musical play on March 9-11th, 7 PM. The show has a transgender character in it named La Cienega. The student that was cast and the musical director have spent a lot of time both interviewing transgender women and conducting online research. Many of the interviews they have had with high school students revolved around support they received. Quite a few mentioned our PFLAG meetings. Tickets are $7 each.  Flyer is attached with more information. This would be a great night out to support a local school who is supporting PFLAG!


Thursday, March 30th: "Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus", Berkeley Branch of the Ocean County Library, 6:30 PM. Rachelle Lee Smith is an award winning, nationally and internationally shown and published photographer.  Rachelle's photographic essay Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus will be on display in the library meeting room for the month of March and Rachelle will also be giving an artist talk on 03/30/17 at 6:30 PM.  Please see flyer attached for details about registering.


Princeton University will be hosting the fourth annual Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference (NEQTPOC) on April 7-8, 2017. This conference is primarily a brave space for QTPOC individuals to gather in community and mobilization. Historically, the NEQTPOC conference has been closed off to people who don’t identify as a queer/trans person of color. Princeton will follow in this tradition and will make all events a qtpoc-specific space.

Give OUT Day, April 20, 2017: Give OUT Day is the national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event  that unites the LGBTQ community nationally to raise critically needed funds to support hundreds of nonprofits serving and advocating for the LGBTQ community. Each year, Jersey Shore PFLAG participates in Give OUT Day. For us, since we subsist solely on membership fees and donations, Give OUT Day has been a successful way for us to raise funds to help cover our operating costs. We are proud to say that for the last three years in a row, Jersey Shore PFLAG has been the #1 PFLAG chapter in the United States receiving the highest in donations and we would love to continue this trend with your help! If we have helped you and your family in any way, please consider giving back and making a donation to our chapter. Every dollar helps. You can donate now and set it up so that your donation registers on April 20th. Please let others know about this fundraiser - share the information in an email to your friends and relatives, share the link on Facebook telling how we have helped you and your family and why you support us. Your donation is tax deductible since we are a registered 501(c)3.  Thank you for your support! ☺


*SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3rd Annual Transgender Youth Forum to be held at Rutger's Livingston Campus!*


Please sign up and let your voices be heard:  PFLAG National's Rapid Response Team! By joining the PFLAG National Rapid Response Team, you will be a part of the immediate PFLAG boots-on-the-ground frontline in the fight for equality for LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities.You'll be among the first to know when action is needed, and will get the information and support you need to speak up and make a difference in the days and months ahead. Please register and you will get email notification of what you can do and how you can help be an advocate for our LGBT loved ones:


Early Bird Registration is open for the 2017 PFLAG National Convention in Portland, OR. Register today to take advantage of our discounted rate. To learn more and register, visit our convention website.   Learn more about the PFLAG National Organization - what we do on the national and local level, attend workshops, hear keynote speakers and see what goes on behind the scenes. We guarantee you will leave the conference feeling PFLAG-energized and wanting to make a difference in the lives that we love!


Not a member of Jersey Shore PFLAG yet or your membership has lapsed/expired?  Consider joining/renewing and supporting your local PFLAG chapter while also becoming a member of PFLAG National.  You will have the opportunity to participate in monthly educational and informative Webinars presented by PFLAG National (next one is 03/30, "Powerful Partnerships: Making Diversity & Inclusion Successful in PFLAG Chapters!").

Past Webinars are available on demand.  You will also receive biweekly "Policy Matters" email and other important notifications, particularly vital in today's political atmosphere and with worries that many of us have, letting you know what you can do to help speak up and speak out to protect our loved ones.  These are only available to paid members. You can download a membership form and bring it to any meeting or mail it to Jersey Shore PFLAG, P.O. Box 677, Howell, NJ  07731


We hope you have a great month!  Happy St. Patrick's Day to those who celebrate!  We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming support/sharing meetings or events!

Abby Maisonave

North Atlantic Regional Director, PFLAG National

President, Jersey Shore PFLAG

Helpline:  (908) 814-2155

PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. We're made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies. Because together, we're stronger. we're stronger.