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PFLAG Chapter Begins in Jefferson County

A Watertown woman says a change in community attitudes towards gays and lesbians in Jefferson county has long been needed. Bobbi Petranchuk, the mother of a gay teenager is starting a Jefferson county chapter of PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. PFLAG has more than 500 chapters nationwide. The first meeting is tonight (7 pm) at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Watertown. Petranchuk says Indian River Central School will be the focus of the chapters educational mission. She wants to introduce PFLAG's safety and educational program, called "From Our House to the Schoolhouse", a partnership of families and educators. She told Todd Moe that her gay son, Charlie, was repeatedly harassed by other students until he dropped out in ninth grade.  Go to full article

Love Makes a Family

A critically acclaimed photo exhibit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their children goes on display this afternoon at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Called "Love Makes a Family", the exhibit of photos allows family members to speak candidly about their lives, relationships and the way they deal with the pressures of homophobia. Photos and text from more than 20 families are included in the exhibit, which was first shown last weekend in the Hosmer Gallery on the SUNY Potsdam campus. It's sponsored by a number of local groups that support so-called nontraditional families - PFLAG - Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays, Northern New York Families, PRISM, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Todd Moe caught up with the Reverend Anne Marsh, co-minister at the UU Church in Canton, yesterday afternoon, just as volunteers finished putting up the "Love Makes a Family" display.  Go to full article

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