October Updates

PFLAG Charlotte held its October meeting last night (Monday, October 10th). We were honored to have with us Kim and Mike Lyda, parents of a local transgender youth who made the news when he won the Morehead-Caine scholarship last year. The Lydas spoke about their experience as parents of a transgender teen and the journey that they took with their son Kaleb to help him to live as the person he was meant to be. You can read more about their inspirational story at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/article95083932.html.

Our next meeting will be held at 6:30pm on November 14th at Time Out Youth. We will be hosting local therapists who will speak about their experience at the Transgender Healthcare Providers Summit and sharing with us what they learned about new developments in transgender health and medicine. We hope to see you there!

The Carolina Conference on Queer Youth took place last Friday at UNCC from 8am to 5pm in the Student Union. The conference focused on addressing issues that impact LGBT+ youth in our area and is open to community members, teachers, and youth of all ages. Four PFLAG members presented workshops this year: Jordan Frederick is spoke about advocacy in the classroom, and Ashley Nurkin, Sarah Eyssen, and Jesse Ryan spoke on behalf of our Transparents group about bridging the healthcare gap for transgender children.

PFLAG is partnering with the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project and the Hetrick-Martin Institute to bring Gender Conference East to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Newark Airport, NJ on November 11 and 12. It’s not too late to register attend this two-day event dedicated to discussing the needs of children and youth across the gender spectrum. Visit http://www.genderconferenceeast.org/ for more information and to sign up today.

Finally, with our website under construction, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page for more information about the goings-on of our chapter. Search “PFLAG Charlotte” on Facebook and join our group to make sure that you’re up-to-date on important news items and opportunities in the Charlotte area!

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