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PFLAG Kona/Big Island is a chapter of PFLAG Inc.

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Programs of PFLAG

& PFLAG Kona/Big Island

PFLAG Kona/Big Island is proud to offer monthly support meetings the third Wednesday of each month held at our office shared with Friends of the Children of West Hawaii at 74-5566 Luhia Street, Suite E4 at 6:00 PM. Meetings generally include light refreshments, about 30 minutes of sharing and peer support, and about 45 minutes of education or a group activity. Support meetings are open to all, not simply to members, so please feel free to join the group and the discussion.

We are also working to establish support meetings in various communities on the island. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist us in facilitating these meetings are encouraged to send us an email to get involved.

Ready to be an advocate for safe schools for all kids? Start here, with this publication created to give you the tools and resources you need to make sure that all kids have access to education in a safe and supportive environment. For too many of our children, attending school can be a frightening experience. And for parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators, providing a safe environment for young people can seem like a daunting task, especially when dealing with the issue of how to make not only classrooms, but all school facilities, more welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

Are you lesbian, gay or bi (or asexual, pansexual, queer, or somewhere in the LGB "family")? Are you trans, gender-expansive, gender-queer or somewhere on (or even off) the gender spectrum? Are you an awesome Ally? Our scholarship program is entering its 15th year and supports the next generation of leaders who have already been working tirelessly on numerous programs, projects, and activities aimed at making schools and communities safe and welcoming for all. PFLAG's scholarships are open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens (Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they attend an accredited institution in the United States).

PFLAG National awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships in 2015 with awards starting at $1,000 up to $5,000 for the winners. Want to see who was selected last year? The 2015 National Scholarship recipients are profiled in the PFLAGPole.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time this calendar year (if you graduated last year and took time off you are still eligible to apply)

  • Self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer...or anywhere within the LGBTQ "family," or as an ally

  • Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ community

  • Have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution. Cannot be receiving full tuition remission from other sources to fund the education (e.g., other full-tuition scholarships, established college trust fund, etc.)

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

 

The deadline to apply was April 30, 2016

Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project created in 2007 by PFLAG National to empower new straight allies who, unlike a more traditional PFLAG member, don’t necessarily have a family connection to the gay community.

If you’re one of the roughly 8 in 10 people who can say, “I have a gay friend (or coworker, or acquaintance)” this is the place for you.

Straight for Equality provides information and resources that will help straight allies understand their role in supporting and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. PFLAG’s work with parents and families over the past 40 years has helped us learn that there is a coming out process for straight allies. This process requires support and resources if allies want to move from just feeling supportive to actively being supportive. The personal stories of how and why people come to support equality for LGBT people are a significant advantage that straight allies possess, and we’d love to help you learn how to share that story.

We’re not talking about major political protests (although that's certainly an option) but the tiny everyday changes and conversations that can raise awareness and challenge assumptions and stereotypes about LGBT people. We don’t demand allies to be totally ‘there’ on all issues and you don’t have to know everything about statistics, national legislation, or state-wide ballot initiatives to stand up for equality and fairness. We just ask that you be willing to learn more and speak up when you have the chance.