DANA | President | She, Her pronouns
I am a transitioning service member preparing to retire from the Army and moved to Washington State in 2009. I grew up in Indiana but will remain here in Washington State after my retirement. I have and am very proud of my gay Son who came out his freshman year in high school. I feel a sense of pride being involved with PFLAG Olympia and knowing we are educating and promoting acceptance.
My favorite thing about PFLAG is that it is an extended family that is supportive and accepting and always willing to reach out to those family and friends of LGBTQIAA that are having difficulties accepting or need help in understanding.
GREG | Treasurer | He, Him pronouns
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DIANE | Board Member | She, Her pronouns
I have lived in the Olympia area since I was 12 and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. My daughter, my only child, is a lesbian. My brother, my only sibling, is gay. I love them more than anything, and I think they have a lot of support here.
My favorite thing about PFLAG is that it was started by a Mom. She didn’t start something on purpose, she was just being a Mom, supporting and loving her son. Jeanne Manford is one of my heroes.
KRISTIN | Board Member | She, Her pronouns
I first came to PFLAG Olympia 9 or 10 years ago to hear a panel presentation on transgender issues. I have been a member ever since and joined the board shortly thereafter.
My favorite thing about PFLAG is the people, the diversity and the friendship!
LARRY| Board Member | He, Him pronouns
Retired after 33 years as a cog in the wheels of DSHS, I am now happy to have the time for some meaningful social activism. Many people have never heard of PFLAG, and that included me until my stepdaughter came out to her Mom and me almost nine years ago. I currently serve as a board member of PFLAG Olympia and previously as treasurer until 2017.
Things in general have changed much in the last 15 years, but then again hardly at all for some, depending on your own particular social milieu. I find it astonishing and sad that up to 40 percent of homeless youth today are LGBTQ, many of them homeless because they have been rejected or feared rejection by their own immediate family. There is still so much to be done before everyone can feel truly safe inside their own skin, living their lives with full acceptance.
But time is on our side. I used to enjoy the little joke about, “Old age and treachery will win over youth and skill!” That’s sometimes true, but not for long. The vast majority of young people, even those with generally conservative values, believe that LGBTQ folks deserve full equality in our society. No one, not even the U.S. Supreme Court, will be able to hold back this tide.
My favorite thing about PFLAG is that it is an instrument for social change, but in the most organic, gentle fashion. Telling your own story in a heartfelt, honest way is the best, and maybe the only way to overcome ignorance, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. We try to offer support to new people who are starting out on the same path we found ourselves on in years past.
LUKE | Board Member | He, Him pronouns
Lucas Scott Miller is a gay transman from the East Coast who has lived in WA for 13+ years. He is on the board of Mpowerment-WA, Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) and the Capital City Pride Planning Committee, as well as PFLAG Olympia. He is a facilitator for Pizza Klatch, president of the Trans* Advocacy Group of Olympia and host of the TCTV show “T-Time in Olympia”. He does advocacy work because, even in 2016, it still needs doing.
His favorite thing about PFLAG is that they actually have their s**t together.
GABI & ALEC| Website, Email & Newsletter | She, Her / He, Him pronouns
We are no longer on the board but continue to do the website, alert list and newsletter, and we are honored that we were invited to be included here. We first came to PFLAG after our son Bill committed suicide following a gay bashing in May of 1995, and we have been active members since. We served on the board for more than 10 years and have been gratified to be a part of PFLAG-Olympia’s growth and maturity in adapting to changes in society while never losing sight of our mission of support, education and advocacy.
Alec is a novelist and freelance journalist. Gabi is web/graphic designer, editor, counselor and co-manager of the Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund project. Her “day job” is office manager at Interfaith Works. Together we run Mud Flat Press and ClaytonWorks design, etc. company.
Our favorite thing about PFLAG, as so many have stated, is that it is family —family of choice. The love and support we have received over the past two decades from the LGBTQ community at large and from PFLAG in particular has been phenomenal.
KATHRYN | Social Media | She, Her pronouns
I was adopted as an infant and have lived my entire life in Olympia, Washington. I realized I was bisexual from a very young age, and due to my parents’ great love and acceptance, I never had a true “coming out” experience. We’ve always considered my bisexuality to be as commonplace as my eye color–it’s just another unique thing that makes me who I am. Because of this true blessing, I felt the need to give back, serving LGBTQ youth less fortunate, as well as misinformed families.
I joined the PFLAG Olympia board in December of 2010 and completed my final and third term in 2016. As of 2017, I currently serve as Social Media Manager, operating PFLAG Olympia’s Facebook page and adding occasional content to the website. I run a local digital marketing business, Fashionably Frank Marketing.
My favorite thing about PFLAG is that it is very much a second family. While my actual family is great, I definitely couldn’t have accomplished anything without my great friends and mentors within PFLAG. It is an equally fantastic feeling to know you are doing good and serving your community.
STEVE MAST | Board Member
In memory of Steve Mast. PFLAG supporter, dad and board member 2014. In 2015, PFLAG Olympia created an advocacy award in his honor. See more here.