West Shore Community College’s Humankind series is pleased to host a meeting of Manistee’s local chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Arts and Science Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost. Light refreshments will be provided.

During this meeting, PLAG will discuss ways of supporting young LGBTQIA+ people. PFLAG was founded by parents and friends of LGBT people, and for 50 years has supported LGBTQIA+ people and their families through education and advocacy efforts. In this meeting, members of PFLAG will offer testimonials and advice for anyone interested in learning more about how to support LGBTQIA+ youth.

This event is a part of Humankind’s theme of the year, “Inclusion: Conversations Around a Crowded Table,” focused on building empathy towards those different from us in order to help everyone feel like they belong and have a seat at the table.

“This is an important event for anyone that wants to learn more about how to support LGBTQIA+ youth. These young people in particular are in great need of allies, to counter the continued negative effects of the daily discrimination they face,” said Dr. John Moore, associate professor of psychology. “LGBTQIA+ people continue to face discrimination and exclusion in many ways, and this can have a devastating effect on young people in particular. PFLAG can offer support and help those looking for more information on how to support the young LGBTQIA+ people in their lives. The presence of even one supportive adult in the life of a young LGBTQIA+ person can drastically improve their quality of life, leading to better social and health outcomes for them. You could be that person!”

Humankind is WSCC’s arts and culture lecture series that consists of presentations, workshops, film series, art exhibitions, performing arts events, and much more. For more information about other events in the Humankind series, visit westshore.edu or contact humankind@westshore.edu.