As PFLAG Houston’s next general meeting is May 12, Mother’s Day, our presentation will celebrate PFLAG Helpline Moms, who are very important.
A few years ago, my eighth grade child and I were having breakfast before school. We were talking about the politics of the day and bathroom bills came up. I told him that when he was four, I thought he might be transgender.
He got very quiet. I thought I had offended him, so I tried to explain my thinking. It was because he wanted a boy name, a boy haircut, and boy clothes, etc. I told him I had watched for any further signals from him as he grew older (ones that in hindsight I had missed.) He cut my explanation short by telling me quietly that he was transgender and that he had been afraid to tell me.
I was afraid for his safety. I was afraid for his future. I was afraid it was going to change our relationship.
I walked him to school, told him everything was going to be OK, and that I loved him. Then I went straight home and called the PFLAG Houston Helpline.
The mom that called me back was so loving and helpful. She told me what I could do for my kid to show my support and love for him. Most importantly, she let me know everything was going to be OK.
During the May general meeting, we will visit with some of the moms who volunteer for the helpline so that worried moms like me can talk to others who have children just like mine. These are moms who have been there for their children and are now there for parents and family of LGBTQ who want to be there for their children.
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+).
St. Paul’s is experiencing some construction in the courtyard in front of Jones Building. Do not let that deter you.
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 back parking lot.
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 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