PFLAG Alamance

                   Parents, families, friends and allies

                        United with LGBTQ people

                                  To move equality forward


PO Box 623                 Elon, NC  27244              336-584-8722  

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PFLAG Alamance Monthly Meeting 
Welcoming new people and old friends

Tuesday, Septemer 10, 2019
6:30 pm
See important announcement below
as this is a special meeting time and location.

See and hear from someone who knows the tragedy of "conversion therapy" . . .

(No Charge for the evening)

When:  Tuesday September 10, 2019.   Program begins at 6:30. Discussion with Mr. Conley will follow the screening.

Where: Turner Theatre, Located at the corner of 
S. Williamson Ave and E. Lebanon Ave. in Elon, NC

Free Parking: Elon Community Church.

Directions:  I-40,  Exit 140, University Pkwy, go north to Elon, take Haggard St Exit, left on Haggard toward campus.  Elon Community Church is on the corner of Haggard and Williamson for parking.  Theatre is  south on Williamson at the next corner ...about 100 yards.

Co-sponsored by: Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon and
PFLAG Alamance (Parents, Families, Friends and Allies united with LGBTQ People)

Who is Garrard Conley?

Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times Best Selling memoir  Boy Erased (Penguin 2016), now a major motion pictureBoy Erased was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was featured as a top 2016 nonfiction book by O Magazine, Buzzfeed Books, and Shelf Aware ness, among others. It has now been translated in over a dozen languages.

Conley is also a producer and creator of the podcast UnErased, which explores the history of conversion therapy in America through interviews, historical documents, and archive materials provided by the Mattach ine Society of Washington, D.C.

A survivo r of conversion therapy, Conley is an  activist and speaker  for Penguin  Random House Speakers Bureau, lecturing at schools and venues a cross the country on radical compassion, writing through trauma, and growing up gay in the complicated South. He works with other activists to help end conversion therapy in the United States and abroad.

He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has taught writing classes for Catapult, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. Last year he was the memoir instructor for GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator program. He is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Ukraine as an ESL instructor and HIV/AIDS educator.

His work can be found in The New York Times, TIME, VICE, CNN, BuzzFeed, Them, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Huffington Post, among other places, and he is currently at work on a novel (Penguin 2020) about queer 18th century lives.
He is a member of the PEN/America Foundation and serves on the board of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.


Elon Community Church UCC greets
Students and the Community with a 
unique message of welcome

This church has been a welcoming host to PFLAG Alamance since our beginning.  We are happy to see this visual message as the new school year begins.
While this article comes from one Christian denomination's struggles, the Bishop's journey speaks to where many of us  have been. . .

Gay daughter sent bishop back to Scriptures

By Bishop Richard Wilke
Aug. 21, 2019 | WINFIELD, Kansas (UM News)

Thirty years ago our daughter Sarah shared with Julia and me that she is gay and that she had entered into a committed relationship. She came
 out to us when she was 27 years old. We never imagined this was anything that would touch our family. While I had never studied in depth the passages in the Bible that seem to condemn homosexuality, I felt the Bible was clear, and as a pastor and leader in the church I stood by what our United Methodist Book of Discipline said.

Now, however, I was facing this matter as a parent. The night that Sarah shared her news with us, Julia and I talked, and we were immediately at peace with knowing that her homosexuality was not a result of her upbringing. We had raised all four of our children in a loving, Christ-centered home. In one way or another, all of our children have devoted themselves to a life of faith and service in the church. Sarah heard a call to mission at a young age, and over the years she has served in United Methodist roles ranging from director of an inner-city community center to religious publisher. She is a lifelong member of the church.

Luis Garay will serve as Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at Elon!
   The Division of Student Life is excited to announce Luis Garay (they/them) as the next Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center (GLC). Luis served as Director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Virginia Tech and brings previous experience from the Cross Cultural Center at St. Louis University.  They earned a bachelor's  degree in thea ter a
rts at Dominican University and a master's degree in college student personnel administration from University of Central Missouri.

A graduate of the national Social Justice Training Institute, Luis has fused student leadership, identity, and intersectionality throughout conference presentations and talks, including "Tracing Histories of Student Resistance in the Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." and "Anti-Blackness in Mexican and Mexican-American Communities."

Luis will report to Dr. Matthew Antonio Bosch in the new Student Life structure with CREDE and the GLC both reporting through the Dean of Student Inclusive Excellence. We look forward to welcoming Luis to Elon on Monday, September 9. If you would like to welcome Luis before that time, you can reach them at

Editor's note: PFLAG National signed on to this statement dated August 6th, led by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), of which we are a member.  We share it with you in hopes of giving guidance to us all across the country during this extraordinary and historic moment


Contact: Kristen Voorhees,  voorhees@, 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Voto Latino, MoveOn, and 100 other civil rights and gun reform organizations issued the below statement in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio:

"The tragedies of this past weekend represent a confluence of two dangerous forces: the rise of white supremacist terror and our federal government's inaction on commonsense gun safety. Both deserve sweeping and consequential action by our elected leaders. Every person in our country should feel safe while shopping, enjoying a night out with friends, attending school or religious services, or engaging in any other lawful activity. Instead, white supremacist violence against communities of color, religious minorities, and other marginalized communities continues to escalate under the administration's watch.

"When the president and his enablers routinely denigrate and dehumanize certain communities, he gives permission to white supremacists to commit horrific violence - violence that is at a level unprecedented in more than 20 years. None of this is acceptable. None of this is normal. Our organizations are united in saying that members of Congress can no longer look away as communities of color and religious minorities are murdered with impunity. It is not enough for Republican leadership in Congress to offer thoughts and prayers, nor should they repeatedly blame gun violence on mental illness - an unfounded and harmful trope. We must all unite and demand accountability."


Welcome to PFLAG Alamance. We offer a safe, confidential space in which to explore our feelings and under-standings about the LGBT experience, especially "coming out" and what this means to families and other loved ones. Listen and share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with, knowing that others can understand.




And remember....when you no longer feel you need PFLAG, PFLAG needs you! There are people out there who need a supportive friend.