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Dear PFLAG Members,




There comes a time in the life of every not for profit organization when we must ask ourselves “are we still relevant, are we still needed?”.  The simple reality for PFLAG Central Oregon lies in the strength of our community and the children it has raised.  

These children, these incredible towers of strength are doing what we boomers and gen-xers set the foundation for:  they stood and fought for their rights.  They made demands for their sexual freedom and they challenged every school and business to provide safe spaces and respect.  With most schools now offering GSA councils, gender training for teachers and administrators and LGBTQ+ positivity, the need for organizations such as PFLAG must take a backseat.


With so many different organizations nationwide, easy access to internet peer group support and the advancement of GSAs, there is no need for PFLAG as a support group.  PFLAG from is very inception was a safe place for parents, family and friends of queer people to come together and be supported.  We were never intended as merely a social gathering but rather, to provide guidance and understanding for people who had no place else to turn.    For years we fulfilled this duty with both love and dignity.  But PFLAG is limited in what we can provide without overstepping our non-profit status.  Gender affirming care, mental health care, and political action are simply not in our non-profit wheelhouse and this alone, renders us ineffective.  Because of all of the current services and websites our membership is down, meeting attendance in non-existent and no one steps up to serve on the Board.


For these reasons, PFLAG Central Oregon by vote of the Board has made the tough decision to close our doors.  PFLAG Prineville is new and very active and they will gladly accept your current memberships.  Please support them!

On a positive note … All of us at PFLAG CO have been honored to be part of this journey, to serve this community and to see so much positive change.  

And now, let’s support the next generation of strong warriors on their journey to make a better future for themselves and those around them!


Our very best to each of you,


PFLAG CENTRAL OREGON

Board of Directors


P.S.


Scholarships: We have handed out 4 $500 dollar scholarships for the Cliff Cook Memorial Scholarship 2024 year. Future scholarship applications for Cliff Cook Memorial will be directed to PFLAG Prineville.

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Hello everyone! 


Next PFLAG Meeting will be April 9th, 630 PM at Lutheran Nativity Church. I will work on announcing plans of what the tone of conversation will be within the next two weeks.

That being said, we have decided to plan a hike! Saturday April 20th 11 AM at Smith Rock State Park. You can do a guided hike with our host last night, Jennifer, or roam free knowing there is a supportive community around. 


There is a $5 parking fee, if you are cash strapped email here for coordination of parking ticket.


Please only apply if you need assistance, our resources are minimal.

Thank you for the spectacular attendance and wonderful conversations last night.

Jennifer provided incredible insight for hiking safety as well as a picture show one cannot forget! Thank you for sharing your life work with us.


Sometimes, the universe puts people into your path with similar ideology and today we had an unintended guest who provided a chance for the community! The guests from Heart of Oregon who are creating an LGBTQIA Crew for conservation. There are only 5 spots available for ages between 16-18ish. I have attached the PDF below. Maddie will be forging a new path for inclusion and we celebrate that in every single darn way! 


A few other individuals came forward and wanted to provide services. While Central Oregon may be a desert (pun absolutely intended) for healthcare, there are still options over the mountain. I'll be working on a resource page on our website as well.



Last but not least it's come to my attention that Pride is coming back to Drake Park this year, I don't have a lot of details but Pride Coalition in hand with OCO I believe. What an outstanding step to community service. As we all know... I have strong feelings about staying in Drake Park for history and visibility. 


Local New Source: Natlie Schwartzbauer - QMHP www.infinitehealingsolutions.org 


Portland New Resource: Paige Meyers-Matthews, LPC, CADC 1 fullspectrumpdx.com





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