Note, this post will experience updates within the week!
Our first PFLAG to sign onto our Project, hailing from Collingswood, NJ, is holding an LPP event this fall. PFLAG (acronym used for the historical name Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a national organization that unites LGBTQ+ community members, family, and friends, who offer support and advocacy initiatives for their hometowns. There are currently more than 400 chapters and 200,000 members!
It’s been a pleasure working with PFLAG Collingswood Vice President Jim DeSimone as we’ve signed on this local organization to our mission. Their chapter will be partnering with the Social Responsibility Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. The event is free and open to the public, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill on October 15, 2017 from 6-9pm.
This autumn, PFLAG will be honoring Luis Daniel Conde. Luis owned a hair and beauty salon in Kissimmee with his partner Juan Pablo Rivera Velasquez (who also died in the shooting, and was recently honored by Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.) The Alta Peluqueria D’Magazine Salon was locally renowned for the beautifully fun and positive times, as customers sometimes visited just to say hi to Juan and Daniel.
I wish I could attend to PFLAG event, but I will be in Colorado that night, as the Bear To Make A Difference Gala for the Matthew Shepard Foundation is that weekend. I encourage any LPP locals to attend this event and see the LPP in action, as well as supporting two incredible regional groups!
We are so excited to welcome aboard organizations that fight daily for acceptance in local communities! We are also so proud of having a PFLAG of our own state join us, and our second religious organization sign on. It’s so beautiful to see LGBTQ+ advocacy with roots close to home. Collingswood is a town I visit so many times a year, as one of my best friends lives there, and Cherry Hill is not that far from me at all either!
For more information about The PFLAG organization, visit their site at https://www.pflag.org/
PFLAG Collingswood’s own page is at this link: https://www.pflag.org/chapter/pflag-collingswood
And here is their Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/collingswood.pflag/
LPP Team Leader Alyssa
Luis (left) and Juan (right)…both together in Heaven.
We miss your beautiful heart, Luis!