Favorite

Functional family 

LR gay and lesbian support group gets a reboot.

The Little Rock chapter of a national advocacy group that helps the friends and parents of gays and lesbians come to grips with their loved one's homosexuality is getting a new lease on life.

Randi Romo, one of the backers of the new Central Arkansas chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, said the group would stress diversity, advocacy for gay and lesbian issues, and would be a safe place for gays and lesbians and their families to talk about their experiences.

“Some parents are really good with where  their kids are and they want to help other families that are struggling,” Romo said. “[PFLAG is] a place to get information, to have camaraderie, to understand you're not there by yourself.”

Romo, the director of Little Rock's Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR), which often advocates for gay and lesbian rights, said that a previous Little Rock PFLAG chapter “kinda just silently folded up into the night” a few years back. The new PFLAG chapter will be administrated through and housed with CAR and their gay youth outreach program Diverse Youth for Social Change (DYSC). Romo said the new PFLAG chapter is intended to reflect the whole community, and will be staffed and administrated by Latino, white and African-American volunteers. “We're really trying hard to show the diversities of the faces in the community,” she said. “This is everybody's family.”

PFLAG was founded in New York in 1973. The group claims to have over 200,000 members worldwide. There is one other chapter in Arkansas, based in Fayetteville.

The new Central Arkansas chapter will have monthly meetings and get-togethers, speakers, films and classes. A large part of the group's mission, Romo said, will also be to advocate for gay and lesbian rights. When parents of gays and lesbians finally accept their children, they often turn to activism.

“Once a parent ‘gets it' and sees that all the legal entities are actively discriminating against their child, they get kind of pissed off about that,” Romo said. “They want to fight for the rights of their children to have the best quality of life and access to the same rights as everybody else.”

The revamped Central Arkansas chapter of PFLAG will hold its first event, a meet-and-greet and mixer, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott St. in Little Rock. For more information, call Randi Romo at 244-9690.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by David Koon

  • Join us Sept. 21 for Pig & Swig!

    Make plans to join Arkansas Times at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 for Pig & Swig, an event centered around two of life's finest pleasures: sippin' whiskey and fine swine. The event, which benefits the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will be held at the Heifer Project Pavilion and Urban Farm near the Clinton Center.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • French Hill to join anti-violence leaders for MacArthur Park press conference

    A press release from the office of Arkansas Congressman French Hill says that Hill will join a press conference set for tomorrow that will spotlight the efforts of the Victory Over Violence Coalition, which seeks to promote peaceful resolution of conflict.The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Little Rock's MacArthur Park, at the corner of E. 9th and Commerce Streets.
    • Sep 15, 2017
  • Family of man shot by LRPD claims cruiser dashcam video confirms their account

    Attorneys for the family of a man killed by an LRPD officer in October 2016 allege that a video released to the media yesterday, shot from a dashcam in the officer's cruiser, both proves the family's account of the shooting and shows that the LRPD didn't fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act when the family requested all materials related to the case. Attorneys for the family say the video was not included in materials released to them following a recent FOIA request.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Latest in Arkansas Reporter

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: On bullshit

    • In response to Dr. Richard Owings justifying doctors refusal to cooperate with medical marijuana laws:…

    • on September 17, 2017
  • Re: Lesbian communities

    • I once lived across the hollow from Sassafras, those wonderful women just wanted to be…

    • on September 16, 2017
  • Re: Stopping the bleeding: police, EMS coordination at Power Ultra

    • Have you guys checked out this guy cyberprofessionalhacker@gmail.com dudes a Great successful hacker,involved with cloning…

    • on September 16, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation