One of my favorite bumper stickers is “The EARTH without ART is just EH.” The pandemic disrupted many things in our lives and one of the biggest is the arts. Live music stopped. Art openings stopped. Theatre and performance stopped. Earth continued to turn and time to flow, but it’s been “eh.”
As we look through the haze of variants, we can see a future where things go back to normal and the arts will once again lift us. Folks will gather to experience the creativity of our fellow human beings who will bring renewed hope through shared stories, songs, and poetry.
One such organization which uses art to lift society is The T.R.U.T.H. Project. The T.R.U.T.H. Project educates and mobilizes LGBTQ communities of color and their allies through social arts that promote mental, emotional, and sexual health. Kevin Anderson, the founder, and chief executive officer of the organization, is our guest speaker on August 8, discussing Community Focused Programs: How The T.R.U.T.H. Project best serves LGBTQ Communities of color and allies.
Our general meeting begins at 2 p.m. After our guest speaks, 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.
The meeting, along with small groups will be held via Zoom, the online meeting platform. 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. You may also request a meeting link on our website, www.PFLAGHouston.com. Having a different link each week helps keep outside shenanigans at bay and keeps our warm circle of love safe.
Our weekly support groups are still being held online, as well. Until the danger of COVID-19, we will meet safely through Zoom online meetings each Sunday at 2 p.m. Meeting announcements are sent out to our emailing 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.
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, email helplinePFLAGHouston@gmail.com or call the PFLAG Helpline at 713-467-3524.