Outloud | Executive Director
How hard are the Holidays for Queer folks?
As you prepare for your holiday parties think about what it would be like to be cut off from your family just because they didn’t understand you. Not because you did anything wrong or hurt anyone else, just because you finally became who you were always meant to be. Nope, you didn’t choose another path or try to fit into a group that you liked. You could not live a lie anymore of being something or someone you are not. We have all felt what its like to be picked last, not chosen for a game or part, and maybe even shunned by people. That is absolutely nothing compared to the queer person who’s family has decided to reject them just because the family does not get it. Try to think about what you would do in this situation where everyone who is supposed to be on your side has now abandoned you. That’s the reality for some and that is what we need to change. Come and meet some great queer people over coffee tonight and see how you can help.
Dec 11 – 7 to 9pm at the Collective, 43 St Thomas street, St Albert
PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ+ children. The “coming-out” process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.