LGBTQ+

Alert: PFLAG Ventura Chapter to Close on July 16 Unless New Volunteers Step Forward

Thanks to the hard work of a few devoted volunteers, PFLAG Ventura has met monthly and been an active presence in the community for the past 5 years. However, due to life transitions, the meeting facilitator and board of directors will be retiring at the end of this month (June). This means that the Ventura PFLAG chapter will close on July 16 unless new leaders step forward who are (1) willing to facilitate the monthly meetings, and (2) willing to serve on the board to continue the ongoing administrative work. If you have LGBT members of your families that you love and you are committed to their support and advocacy, please volunteer and attend the next PFLAG meeting on June 28. Also, please contact:

Brook Masters: brookgmasters@gmail.com, 805-729-6773
Paul Leighton, dpleighton20@gmail.com
Next Meeting:  Wed. June 28, 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura
5654 Ralston St., 93003  

See flyer at bottom of this page.

PFLAG offers support, education, and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  PFLAG’s mission is to 1) promote understanding of variations of sexual orientation and gender identity, 2) help strengthen families, and 3) provide support during the often difficult adjustment when a family member comes-out. 

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Building a Network of Support in our Community

Did you know? 50% of 11th graders in Ventura County who identified as LGBTQ+ said that they have considered suicide.

LGBTQ+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and other sexual and gender identities. LGBTQ+ teens and adults can feel isolated and misunderstood, and are at a higher risk for bullying and suicide. Support for teens is available through GSA, anti-bullying and related school clubs as well as the resources listed below. 

In November 2015, Ventura County Behavioral Health's Pride Project hosted a community planning forum to address the needs of LGBTQ+ teens in our community. The overwhelming consensus from both teens and adults was that although there are more local resources than most people realize, more are needed, and that sharing information about them is key. 

Let's all commit to working together to share information, increase support and make a difference in our community!