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Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Transgender Community Resources

On Coming Out to Family Members and Friends

Parents, Families, and Friends, and Allies United with LBGT People to move equality forward (PFLAG)

PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states.

PFLAG website: www.pflag.org

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Keshet

Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community. We began as a small, grassroots group working for change in the Greater Boston area, and we are now a national organization with offices in the Bay Area and Denver, in addition to our national office in Boston.

Keshet website: www.keshetonline.org

 

Books/Resources

http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=538

http://gaylife.about.com/od/comingout/ig/Best-Coming-Out-Books/

Information about Homosexuality and the Conservative Movement

On December 6, 2006, Conservative Jewish scholars eased their ban on ordaining gays and same-sex marriage. The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which interprets religious law for the movement, adopted three starkly conflicting policies that nonetheless gave gays the chance to serve as clergy and to marry.  It leaves seminaries and synagogues to decide on their own which approach to follow.  For details, see the following links to the full texts on each approved response:

 

 
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