We have all grown up in a society that assumes heterosexuality and assumes one pattern of gender expressions. We have been taught, or have absorbed through others' attitudes, deep-seated myths and untruths about those who are not heterosexual. Our intolerance causes immense pain to those we love and diminishes our lives, our families, and our communities.
PFLAG is working to change these norms and create a society that recognizes the full range of human diversity and embraces LGBT individuals. As family and friends of LGBT people, PFLAG Gainesville provides resources and uses its voice to reach out into the wider community:
- Through strong Community Presence & Outreach Programs, PFLAG Gainesville informs the general public and cultivates understanding through its participation at local events, forums and diversity education opportunities at community groups, religious institutions, and other organizations.
- The Safe Schools: Cultivating Respect Program is beginning the work of connecting with teachers, principals, counselors and students to ensure that LGBT youth are safe and successful in school.
- As well as offering a selection of informative brochures and other reading materials free to the public at events and meetings, PFLAG makes current and valid books available to its members through our lending library. Chapter members may peruse the library and check out items at our monthly meetings.