Sterling home to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender support group
Metro DC PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), is starting a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and parent support group to meet in Sterling.
The group is holding a kickoff event on Sunday, Jan. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalists, located at 22135 Davis Dr. in Sterling.
“This is an urgent need in our area, and it’s exciting that it is finally getting off of the ground,” Lori A. Stevens, who is on the Metro DC PFLAG board of directors, said.
The group plans to meet on the fourth Sunday of every month. The group will offer different services.
“For the youth group, it will be an open forum,” Stevens said. “They will have a safe place to create a support system. Facilitators will be trained to lead discussions with them about challenges they’re facing at home, at school, in the community, etc.”
Additionally, a parent support group will meet concurrently that will allow parents to share ideas and learn from others.
“Straight allies are encouraged to attend as well,” Stevens said. “It is a support group, and ally support is just as important as family support. We are a Loudoun County group, but we keep our doors are open to teens outside of the county as well.”
Stevens told the Times-Mirror that she expects some level of controversy that usually accompanies similar groups.
“This is the first group of its kind in Loudoun County, and this is a hot button issue for some.”
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