Clara Yoon: "Everyone needs understanding and love from parents." — 부모님의 이해와 사랑이 필요합니다.Clara Yoon: "Everyone needs understanding and love from parents." — 부모님의 이해와 사랑이 필요합니다.

The API Project is a new initiative of PFLAG NYC to help families and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals of Asian & Pacific Islander (API) background. Clara Yoon, the founder and leader of the API Project, shares the background and goals for the group:

When my child came out as transgender a few years ago, I remember spending countless hours on the internet researching and learning about transgender issues. I also joined PFLAG NYC’s TransParents Project, a wonderful group of parents, and received much needed support and resources as I struggled through each milestone for my son’s transitioning.

Looking back, I know how fortunate I was to have these resources and support. Equipped with knowledge, better understanding and support from other parents, I was able to overcome my fear, anxiety and misconception to navigate through steps necessary to support my child in his journey. I cannot imagine how lost I would have been if I was living in some place with no supportive community and resources that I could rely on. Read more »

Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG NYC and the pioneering mother whose simple show of support for her gay son launched an international movement of straight allies for gay rights, passed away at her home in Daly City, California, on January 8, 2013. She was 92. PFLAG NYC joins the extended LGBT community, including friends, family and allies, in mourning her passing.

It was Jeanne’s outspoken support of her son, Morty, during a gay rights march in New York in 1972 that led her on a 40‐year journey of outspoken activism for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In 2009, President Obama celebrated Jeanne’s work, calling it “the story of America…of ordinary citizens organizing, agitating, educating for change, of hope stronger than hate, of love more powerful than any insult or injury.” Read more »

Aundaray Guess is one of our most active speakers in the Safe Schools Program. He now has four years under his belt visiting schools with PFLAG NYC. A program manager at GMAD, Aundaray is also an actor and producer. If you ever see one of his Safe Schools presentations, you would immediately recognize his flair for the performing arts. Aundaray mesmerizes students not only with the drama of his personal experiences, but with his body language and facial expressions that make his storytelling vivid and engaging. Every student can feel what it is like to walk a day in Aundaray’s shoes.

Aundaray is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post, and his newest post is about his experience as a Safe Schools speaker. It’s been eye-opening for him, not only for the situations he encounters in schools, but also for his learning that PFLAG NYC is doing a whole lot more than he once believed. Here we share some of his observations. You can read entire thing on the Huffington Post. Read more »

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The Safe Schools Program of PFLAG NYC is making things better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in ways that no one else can. As parents and other family members joining together with the LGBT people we love, we use our powerful family stories to help students who don’t know where to turn in school or at home to talk about their feelings.

Although it gets better for adults who are LGBT, we cannot just tell our children, “Wait until you grow up.” For too many young people it is still a frightening experience to go to school every day. The latest research still shows that nearly every student hears terms like “gay” being used as a slur in school, and it can be terrifying for any student to be different.

That is why PFLAG NYC brings the Safe Schools Program to help change the climate for LGBT and straight students alike in schools throughout New York City. Watch our Safe Schools video to learn more about the program and hear actual students and teachers talk about the difference it has made in their schools.

Donate to PFLAG NYC now to help us keep the Safe Schools Program growing!

PFLAG NYC’s Midtown Support Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 14, and will also include the October meeting of the TransParents Project.

Dr. John SteeverDr. John Steever with peer health educators from ASCNYC

Dr. John Steever of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center will speak during the meeting. The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center was the first health service in New York State created specifically to serve adolescents. Over the past 34 years, it has offered high-quality, comprehensive care to teenagers from around the city. Today, the MSAHC stands as the largest program of its kind in the country and as a successful model for other teen-targeted healthcare efforts. Read more »

PFLAG NYC has teamed with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Walgreens, and Duane Reade in Care with Pride™, an innovative partnership to support PFLAG’s efforts to help end bullying of all youth through the Safe Schools Program. As half of all children are bullied at some point in their school years, including 90% of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth, Care with Pride™ will address these staggering statistics through national media, regional events and digital resources that raise awareness and promote the Safe Schools Action Pack.

PFLAG Mom Betty Degeneres is speaking out about the Care with Pride™ program and PFLAG’s work to help make schools safe for all:
 

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