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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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Janet MockJanet Mock
Photo by & Portfolio">Aaron Tredwell Photography © 2011

The TransParents Project, PFLAG NYC’s dedicated support meeting for parents and relatives of transgender people, will welcome a special guest speaker Janet Mock at its meeting on May 20, 2012. Janet will share the story of her teenage coming-of-age and search for identity. A writer and trans advocate, Janet publicly shared her teenage transition story in Marie Claire and a video testimony for the It Gets Better project in 2011.

A native of Honolulu, Janet tells stories from her life on her blog, hosts a relationships podcast called & Aaron Tredwell">The Missing Piece with her boyfriend, photographer Aaron Tredwell, and is writing her forthcoming memoir, Fish Food, about her quest to live visibly. Read more »

Night of a Thousand Gowns 2012

On March 31, 2012, the Imperial Court of New York will fête the Safe Schools Program of PFLAG NYC at the 26th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns!

The Safe Schools Program of PFLAG NYC is the primary beneficiary of the 2012 gala, one of the biggest events of the year on the NYC scene. The entertainment line-up this year includes Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli, Lea DeLaria, Superstar DJ Johnny Dynell, Dance Music Recording Artist Reina, and the Chart-Topping Artist Adam Barta. But the entertainment that rocks the night is are the hotly anticipated performances by members of the Imperial Court itself. This is Broadway Show-quality entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which takes place on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. in the heart of Times Square at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Learn more about the star-studded list of honorees and entertainers and buy tickets now at the Imperial Court website. Read more »

Judy SenneshJudy Sennesh, Board Member &
Founder, TransParents Project

Try to imagine how I felt when my lesbian daughter — “out” since her early teens and accepted and loved by family and friends — came to me at the end of her junior year at college and announced,

Mom, I was born with the wrong body and need to become a boy.”

Ask any parent with a transgender child and they will tell you that these words, which we’ve all heard in one form or another, send shockwaves through your soul. You pour over the details of your parenting, searching for the thing you did that was “wrong.” You panic, thinking about hormones and surgeries that loom ahead, lining and defining the path of your beloved child’s life for years to come. You lie awake at night, trying to imagine how grandparents could ever embrace, or even comprehend, such strange news. Read more »