Please join us on April 14 for our general meeting for a discussion of “Tony’s Place.” Tony’s Place is a drop-in shelter for LGBTQ+ youth up to 25 years of age who are unstably housed, couch surfing, or homeless. Their goal is to provide for kids’ immediate needs and to be a place where they can learn life skills for a better future.
Tony’s Place was named after Tony Carroll, a long-time member of PFLAG Houston. Carroll, along with his husband, Dr. Bruce Smith, was a pillar of the Houston community and a tireless advocate for numerous LGBTQ+ causes. Carroll and Smith were strong advocates for a drop-in center for LGBTQ+ young people. Carroll’s dream became a reality with the opening of Tony’s Place.
Tony’s Place is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. ’til 5 p.m., co-located with Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) at 1621 McGowen Street, Houston, TX 77004. YARC is available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. ’til 4 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street. Parking is available between Fannin and San Jacinto, across from the art museum parking. The general meeting runs from 2 ’til 3 p.m. with small groups meeting until 4:20 p.m. We have a small group for people who want support for issues of sexuality (LGB) and one for gender identity (TQI+).
PFLAG Houston has four other small groups that meet during the month to share support throughout the metro area:
Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at Bering United Methodist Church, 1140 Harold Street, Houston, Texas Use entrance beside
Fourth Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Fellowship Hall. 17503 El Camino Real Drive, Clear Lake, Texas.
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 22101 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, Texas. Enter through front doors.
Last Sunday of the month, 2 ’til 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Boulevard, Pearland, Texas. Use Jasmine St. entrance, room B211 in the Bethel building.
PFLAG relies on membership and volunteers. Our membership drive will continue through the end of February. We invite all to join us in our three-fold mission of supporting families, educating communities concerning LGBTQ issues, and advocating for inclusive policies in order to end discrimination and promote equality. Some day, we hope that there will be no need for PFLAG. Until then, we look forward to expanding our membership so that our important work can continue. Information about joining PFLAG Houston is available on the website, PFLAGHouston.org.
PFLAG Houston is committed to supporting families and educating the public about LGBTQ
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.