As we enter nto "the holiday season," we need to be especially aware of the stress experienced at this time by many lesbians and gay men. How many families welcome the "significant others" of their lesbian and gay male children to their holiday festivities? How many families deny this example of loving support to their children? How many families have told their children "You are no longer a part of us"? How many families refuse to acknowledge the orientation of their lesbian daughters and gay sons? Silencing is to render invisible and nonexistent. In a word, silence = death. Most fortunately, support groups for families with lesbian and gay male children have for many years addressed family concerns with care and compassion. The local group, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAGAnn Arbor) meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2 pm at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard justwestof Eisenhower. For more nformation, cali 663-1867, 769-1684 or 763-4186. Write the Detroit área PFLAG co P.O. Box 145, Farmington Ml 48024 or cali (313) 478-8408. Please support the Ann Arbor P-FLAG in their attempt to edúcate public school administrators, faculty, and staff about the concerns of lesbian and gay male children and their families. To what degree do our local school boards carry out a resolution passed by the National Educators Association at its 1988 convention, which stated that "Every school district should provide counseling for students who are struggling with their sexualgender orientation?" And when counseling is provided, to what degree is it compassionate, nformed, and unbiased? All good wishes to everyone for the holidays! Gay Liberation's Purpose is to provide mation, counseling, and related social services for people concerned about sexual orientation. We maintain a hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling and referral. We help provide factual nformation to offset prejudice and misinformation about lesbians and gay men. We work to obtain human and civil rights for all, regardless of sexual orientaion. We help lesbian and gay men's groups organize. And we are a link to other community groups. Community Services include: a Hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral. Education: workshops and conferences on lesbian and gay male concerns, with an emphasis on how people in the "helping professions" and "teaching professions" can work positively with lesbian and gay male clients, patients, & students. Speakers Bureau: phone for Information. Human & Civil Rights: nformation and referral to help people who are being discriminaied against because of their actual or presumed sexual orientation or because of their presumed "cross-gender" characteristics; lobbying for human and civil rights. Community Organizing: information and assistance in organizing groups, setting goals, addressing conflict, linking with other groups and resources. Gay Liberation Meetings vary according to purpose; we do most of our work in subcommittees (counseling, groupwork, education, civil rights). Cali for time and place. Gay Liberation includes U-M students, staff, and faculty, and people from the larger community. We have a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. We're a registered non-profit organization. Gay Liberation, co 4117 Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109; 763-4186.
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