While most of us have been disappointed by what 2020 has brought to us so far, the Supreme Court of the United States brought some more joyous news in June. With the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County (Georgia), the Court extended Title VII protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers against discrimination in the workplace. This is one of the biggest victories for LGBT workers since the Court allowed marriage equality and the biggest victory ever from the Court for the transgender community. Finally, a reason to celebrate in 2020.
As the mother of three children affected by the Bostock decision, I realize how little the country’s laws have protected them. The idea that someone was denied basic civil rights protection simply for being outside the norm on sexual orientation or gender identity seems preposterous, yet common in our society. Finally, it is the right of everyone to work and earn a living without having to conceal your true sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a right which we have fought to obtain, and continue to protect.
Representatives from ACLU Texas will be our guest speaker at our general meeting scheduled Sunday, July 12 via Zoom, the online meeting platform. The ACLU’s work and efforts to push for expanded civil rights have helped bring this victory. They will discuss what this means for our families and their futures. Other intersecting factors will be discussed, as well, such as the civil rights movement of Black Lives Matter. This is a tumultuous time, but a time for hope of progress.
Our virtual “doors” will open at 1:45 p.m. to allow people to settle in on Zoom and get to know each other. The General meeting will begin at 2 p.m.
After our guests speak, we will break into small support groups. Small groups are the heart of PFLAG. It’s a time where you can meet other parents and allies and LGBTQ folk. We share our stories and experiences, voice our concerns and triumphs.
Small groups will also be held via Zoom. The meeting is open to everyone, but you must get an email invitation and password to attend. To get that invitation, email helplinePFLAGhouston@gmail.com and one will be sent out to you. This helps keep outside shenanigans at bay and keeps our warm circle of love safe.
Ordinarily, our support groups are available in Pearland, Katy, Clear Lake, and at the Montrose Center near downtown Houston. When the safety precautions of social distancing are over, we will resume meeting in person for small groups in those areas. Until then, we will meet safely through Zoom online meetings each Sunday at 2 p.m. Meeting announcements are sent out to our e-mailing list. Let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
PFLAG Houston is committed to supporting families and educating the public about LGBT issues and invites all to consider the group’s numerous volunteer opportunities. PFLAG Houston is also passionate about advocacy to ensure equal human rights and end discrimination. PFLAG Houston invites all family members, parents and/or youth who are having problems with coming out issues, and welcomes everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity or political persuasion. The group is proud of its rich history and the continued contributions of members and invites all to learn more about the organization and join in efforts to create a more diverse, accepting society. Find a home in PFLAG.