#179 Elisabeth Menning President of PFLAG Crown Point and Amari Victoria LGBTQ Northwest Indiana
(March 11, 2020 Hammond IN) Elisabeth Menning President of PFLAG Crown Point and Amari Victoria LGBTQ Northwest Indiana stop by Studio A to discuss these two wonderful organizations that provide support to family members and members of the LGBTQ community. Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by the staff of PFLAG National, the National Board of Directors, and the all-volunteer Regional Directors Council. LGBTQ Northwest Indiana’s Primary Mission is to provide support, education and resources to the LGBTQ+ community support groups, workshops, special topics and an online resource directory will serve to fulfill our primary mission. Promote LGBTQ+ community visibility, acceptance and equality The LGBTQ+ community is a valid and tangible contributor to the Northwest Indiana area. With visibility comes acceptance, with acceptance comes equality.Foster the awareness of, and provide education about the LGBTQ+ community in Northwest Indiana. The community is not just the LGBTQ+ community; it is everyone living and working in the Northwest Indiana area. Removing the stigmas and phobias, and changing the negative assumptions and beliefs is goal of this mission.Advocate for human rights and equalityThe LGBTQ+ community is diverse, just as the community at-large in Northwest Indiana is also diverse. The rights of all in the community must be protected and normalized. We are all equals.