Last month, members of PFLAG Riverview received a Chapter Award from PFLAG National at the closing ceremonies of We Are the Change: The PFLAG National Convention 2021. This award recognizes PFLAG Riverview’s contributions to PFLAG’s triple mission of support , education and advocacy.
“I couldn’t be more honored, excited and proud of my PFLAG Riverview family’s first year as a Chapter,” said Faith Moeller, President and Co-Founder of PFLAG Riverview and mother of two LGBTQ + youth.
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ +) people, their parents, families and allies. With over 400 chapters and nearly 250,000 members and supporters spanning generations of families in major urban centers, small towns and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated. and where all people are respected, valued and affirmed.
Moeller is especially proud to receive the recognition given the restrictions placed on the group due to the pandemic.
“We have only met once in person to provide in-person support and a safe space for LGBTQ + people, their families and allies before the world goes shut down due to the pandemic,” a- she explained. “The next month, April 13, the new plan was to meet on Zoom. That same morning, I received a call from a new member informing me that her husband had committed suicide overnight. That same evening, she attended our PFLAG Riverview Support Meeting on Zoom, where we were able to mourn with her and offer her love and support. In some ways, this tragic loss made a group of strangers friends and, today, chosen family for many of us. “
During the remainder of 2020, the group met weekly on Zoom.
“Everyone is welcome no matter where they are on their trip,” Moeller said. “We grew to 100 members, including LGBTQ + adults and youth, grandparents, parents and allies, in our very first year, despite the pandemic. We currently offer virtual and in-person monthly support to the Regent in Riverview, as well as social and community event opportunities.
In addition to receiving the award, PFLAG Riverview members joined hundreds of other PFLAG members from across the country at the three-day We Are the Change virtual convention.
“The We Are the Change virtual convention is an opportunity for LGBTQ + people and people who have LGBTQ + relatives in their lives, as well as community leaders, PFLAG Chapter members and LGBTQ + allies, to come together, network and to learn, ”Moeller said.
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