The recent incident of hiring and firing a youth counselor at The Firs is a reminder to our community that despite WA State laws protecting the rights of all, the LGBTQ community is still vulnerable to discrimination by some religious groups. We at PFLAG Bellingham/Whatcom County are very concerned that this is still happening in our county and we encourage the public to ask pointed questions about LGBTQ issues when looking for a religious group to join. While many churches and affiliated groups are welcoming and affirming, others are not. More broadly, many people still struggle to reconcile their sincerely held religious views with a variety of LGBTQ issues. To help with this, we would like to offer access to one of our brochures called "Faith in Our Families" (available at https://pflag.org/resource/faith-our-families).
PFLAG, a national organization with a chapter in Bellingham, envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes this vision through support, advocacy and education.
PFLAG is made up of LGBTQ people, their families, friends and allies. We are the extended family of the LGBTQ community and offer support to all. We are not affiliated with any religion or political organization. For more information see our website: www.whatcompflag.org and facebook page: facebook.com/whatcompflag.
Francie Gass and Rebecca Browning, Co-Chairs
on behalf of the Board
PFLAG Bellingham/Whatcom County