Regular meetings are held each month on the 2nd Wednesday at 6 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Newport. Attendance averages 15-20, with a wide range of ages (16-80’s) and a mix of PFLAG parents, gays and straight allies.  At each meeting  there’s a program, refreshment break, and support group time.  Recent programs have included films on Bullying, a Coming Out Party, Home for the Holidays—or Not, guest speakers, and planning for the Love is Love Valentine Party.

Teen Projects:

GSA Groups: Support for our county’s GSA groups at our county’s schools is high on our agenda. One of the grants we received provided start-up funding for the new GSA groups.  PFLAG members have also attended GSA meetings and help support their staff sponsors with materials, program ideas, etc.

Rainbow Books: With help from PFLAG, the Lincoln County School District added hundreds of LGBT-friendly books to its collection. OCC PFLAG coordinated funding from an Equity Foundation grant, PFLAG funds, individual donors, and publisher contributions, to acquire library books that discuss gender-identity differences and how these affect relationship with family and friends. Through these books—fiction and nonfiction—students have an opportunity to see non-traditional viewpoints, build tolerance, and read about conflicts perhaps not found in other works.  Every school in the district was able to complete its collection of LGBT-friendly books.

Day of Silence: Each year PFLAG provides materials and financial support to the three GSA groups in Lincoln County for their observance of the Day of Silence in mid-April.  Participating students vow not to speak for an entire school day to emphasize the cost of silence to the LGBT community.  Some schools hold a party afterward, a Night of Noise event.

Anti-Bullying Books:  Purchased books to help support the Sept. 2010 back-to-  school anti-bullying curriculum at INMS.

No Name-Calling Week: PFLAG initiated activities for No Name-Calling Week at Lincoln County High Schools and encouraged GSA groups to participate.  The County’s Board of Commissioners declared Jan. 24-28 as No Name-Calling Week and heard PFLAG members testify about the effect of bullying on LGBT and other students.  PFLAG also made a presentation to the LCSD School Board regarding NNC Week and encouraged support for the related art projects.