SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis, Kate Crosthwaite (WFLAG Member), Lisa Arceneaux (SMUUF Liaison to PFLAG), Chris Hall (PFLAG Board Member), Jim Pendergast (PFLAG Treasurer), Mary Pendergast (PFLAG President), Amy Lou Cox (SMUUF Treasurer). Submitted photo
Unitarians donate to PFLAG and WFLAG
The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) recently took up a collection of $880 for PFLAG and WFLAG to be split 50/50 between the two organizations. PFLAG stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay — including Bisexual and Transgender. WFLAG stands for Wimberley Friends of Lesbian and Gay and also includes Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, says, “Each month SMUUF takes up a collection called Donate-the-Plate during our Sunday morning Worship Service to give to a local nonprofit doing good work in our community that aligns with our religious values.”
Mary Pendergast, President and founding Board Member of PFLAG says, “Our organization supports families, allies and people who are LGBTQ.” Pendergast continued, “We educate ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ. We advocate in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ.” Donations to PFLAG will be used to help fund an event open to the community to explore the concept of Gender.
WFLAG’s Kate Crosthwaite says, “WFLAG was developed with a desire to unite people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer with family, friends, and supportive businesses. WFLAG aims to strengthen community ties in all of Wimberley and the surrounding areas. In doing this, WFLAG strives to provide opportunities to educate, support, and develop strong networks for the LGBTQ community in an environment of tolerance, acceptance, and growth.” Funds donated to WFLAG will support the community that is created through gatherings that provide a supportive environment for the exchange of ideas and development of community connection.”
• Submitted by SMUUF