Welcome to PFLAG Denver!
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has more than 368 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.
The December meeting will feature out traditional holiday party, starting at 6:30 p.m. on December 3rd. The chapter will provide turkey, beverages, and table settings, and members are asked to bring side dishes.
Following a festive dinner there will be caroling by Denver School of the Arts students.
No New Families Support Group meeting is scheduled but support will be available if needed.
Our speaker for November will be Thomas Deem, RN, BSN, who has worked in public health and HIV/STI prevention for 8½ years. He will bring us the latest information about preventing infection with HIV.
[PrEP is an acronym for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which means the use of prescription drugs by HIV-negative people who are at high risk of becoming infected. Interest in this subject has been growing since the CDC’s 2014 endorsement of Truvalda, the brand name of a drug combination of two antiviral medications. Truvalda is taken orally and does not work the same way as a vaccine.]
Thomas joined the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) as a Disease Intervention Specialist in 2011. With an educational background in molecular biology and nursing, he is currently the acting Biomedical Intervention Program Coordinator for the STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Branch at CDPHE.
Thomas assisted with the writing and successful acquisition of a three-year, multimillion dollar federally funded (CDC) grant that supports a focus on increased population level uptake of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk groups. He is currently assisting with the development and implementation of a scalable, statewide plan of action which involves cross-program collaboration both interdepartmentally and with local health departments, hospitals and community-based organizations.
The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, all will move to the Community Room for announcements, refreshments, and the program.
Steve Lee-O’Neal’s life greatly improved the day he left his strict, anti-gay church and came out to his three kids. An active Mormon for 40 years, and a conversion therapy participant for 12 years, he and his then wife believed that he could be “cured” of his homosexuality. His cure was to leave his disingenuous life and start again.
Steve will discuss his sojourn in a Mormon-sponsored conversion therapy program, and how it eventually became his catalyst for change and growth. Steve and his husband of 11 years live in Lafayette CO, and they have raised six kids together. Their oldest child is a transgender woman, and their youngest recently came out as bisexual at age 14, having just started high school. Steve has a unique perspective on life that he would like to share with us.
On October 1, The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, all will move to the Community Room for announcements, refreshments, and the program.