All are welcome to attend. We have an active email list , for all who have come to our Gatherings. Contact the Email List Manager for more information. We are in the process of launching an electronic newsletter. Look for more information about this in the Fall of We are collecting Marriage Minutes written by Quaker Meetings affirming same-sex Quaker marriages and other commitment ceremonies.
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
June is LGBT Pride Month, and although the president has broken with tradition by not proclaiming the celebration , LGBT Americans will spend the month celebrating their cultural and political significance with parades, festivals, and ceremonies. More Americans know a gay or lesbian person. Seven in ten 70 percent Americans say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian, up 12 percentage points since Republicans see the most notable spike in regular contact with gays and lesbians, from 46 percent in to 63 percent in Fully three-quarters 75 percent of Democrats report having a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian, up from 68 percent in The views of political independents mirror those of the general public. Social contact is a particularly effective way of reducing anti-gay sentiment because gay and lesbian identity is independent of the socio-economic, ethnic, racial, religious and regional divisions that separate Americans on other issues.
PFLAG was founded in and has amassed more than , members in the United States and more than affiliates , making it the largest membership organization of its kind in the United States. Similar independent groups began to form around the country. In they came together for a national meeting in Washington, D. They were among the first organizations to distribute accurate, positive information about gay people to educational institutions and communities of faith.
Friends play important roles throughout our lives by providing expressive, instrumental, and companionate support. We examined sexual orientation, gender, and age differences in the number of friends people can rely on for expressive, instrumental, and companionate support. Additionally, we examined the extent to which people relied on same-gender versus cross-gender friends for these types of support.