January! A new year with new expectations and hopes. And, boy, do I hold tightly to a hope that 2022 will bring progress and acceptance for everyone. As a school librarian, I am disheartened and tired of seeing books with diverse protagonists and topics challenged by parents and politicians.
Representation within books is important for all children to see, not just our “diverse” children. Unfortunately, the loudest voices are those shouting for the removal of books. We can protect our children’s freedom to read by reaching out to local school boards, schools, and politicians to add a balance to the messaging, to show them that there are folks who value books like Jerry Craft’s New Kid (Black character), Raina Telgemeier’s Drama (gay characters), and Cathy Johnson’s The Breakaways (LGBTQ characters).
Please call your school or public librarian to see what you can do to protect the first amendment right to information and the freedom to read for the students in our state and communities.
January meeting. PFLAG Houston invites The Mahogany Project to share information about their mission during the January General Meeting. The Project works to reduce social isolation, stigma, and acts of injustice in the TQLGB+ communities of color. They will tell us about their programming which is designed to be a healing and affirming space that prioritizes the lives of Black folx of the transgender experience and individuals living intersectional lives. (The Mahogany Project, 2021)
The general meeting will be held on January 9, 2 p.m. via Zoom. Small-Group will follow the general meeting at 3 p.m. If you would like a Zoom link for the General meeting, please visit the PFLAG Houston website, PFLAGHouston.org or send an email request to helplinePFLAGhouston@gmail.com.
For updated information and details about other small group meetings, please visit our website. We will continue to monitor the danger of COVID-19 and its variants. Meeting announcements are also sent out to our email list; subscribe at PFLAGHouston.org.
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.
For information about support, upcoming events and meetings, as well as up-to-date news relevant to PFLAG Houston’s family and friends, visit PFLAGHouston.org, find us on social media @PFLAGHouston, email helplinePFLAGHouston@gmail.com or call the PFLAG Helpline at 713-467-3524.