Guest Speakers at PFLAG NYC in November

The TransParents Project and PFLAG NYC’s Staten Island meeting will both welcome guest speakers at their November meetings. All PFLAG NYC support groups are free of charge and open to all.

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT
Director, Ackerman Gender & Family Project

On Sunday, November 24, Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, will speak at the TransParents Project meeting on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Jean has a private family therapy practice and is also the director of International Training and of the Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He has presented nationally and internationally on issues of gender, sexuality, couple and family therapy. He has published several articles and chapters on his work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, couples and families, including the article “Between Pink and Blue: A Multidimensional Approach to Gender Nonconforming Children and their Families.” Jean is on the editorial board of the Journal of LGBT Family Studies and a board member of the American Family Therapy Academy. Jean’s leadership has been recognized by the first Early Career Award of the American Family Therapy Academy.

The Ackerman Gender and Family Project empowers families of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents by offering affirmative clinical services, professional training and community building. GFP also promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family. The Gender and Family Project was awarded the first Family Process Institute Early Career Training Grant. GFP offers a range of psychosocial and community-oriented services, including a monthly multi-family support group for parents and a monthly play group for pre-teens. More information is available from the Ackerman Institute and through the group’s Facebook page.

The first hour of the TPP meeting will be dedicated to open discussion and peer support. Jean Malpas will speak during the second hour and lead Q&A and discussion. For questions or more information on the TransParents Project, please email moderator Judy Sennesh at

TransParents Project of PFLAG NYC
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street


The following day, PFLAG NYC’s Staten Island Meeting will welcome the Rev. Megan Sanders of the Church of St. Andrew, Staten Island.

The Rev. Megan Sanders
Church of St. Andrew

We are glad to welcome Rev. Sanders to Staten Island and look forward to an open conversation about how families address religious questions as part of their relationship with LGBT loved ones. The Rev. Sanders began work as Interim Pastor at the Church of Saint Andrew in June 2013. She had previously served as Port Chaplain and Tri State Church Coordinator at the Seamen’s Church Institute at the Port of Newark. Originally from Washington, DC, she grew up a military and government kid in the DC and Florida areas. She has her B.A. from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL and is a 2007 M.Div. graduate of the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, New York. Megan and her wife, Kristin, live in the rectory at St. Andrew’s in Historic Richmondtown.

PFLAG NYC on Staten Island
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center
25 Victory Blvd., 3rd Floor
Staten Island

Please RSVP and address any questions about the Staten Island meeting to moderator Joanne Waglione at