September 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the September e-newsletter for PFLAG Gaston.

We hope you enjoy receiving and reading our newsletter each month.  PFLAG Gaston is a very busy and involved organization.  Through our newsletters, we will keep you informed of meetings, events, activities, and other items of interest.

PFLAG Gaston

Our Mission Statement:  Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families and friends through SUPPORT to cope with an adverse society, EDUCATION to enlighten an ill-informed public, and through ADVOCACY to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.  PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Our Mission:  to assist the greater Gaston County community in understanding and accepting their LGBT citizens.  We seek greater education, support, and understanding in our community.


PFLAG National

Founded in 1972, PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the U.S.  Made of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

PFLAG Gaston Speakers

If your organization would like to know more about PFLAG and its mission, we would be glad to provide a speaker for a meeting.  Please contact Ginger at to make arrangements.

PFLAG Gaston T-shirts

These can be purchased for $12 at any PFLAG Gaston meeting or special event.  Sizes are available from small-4x.


September 18—regular meeting, PFLAG Picnic in the Park, 6:00pm, Lineberger Park in Gastonia, bring your own picnic, drinks will be provided, program by Gastonia City Councilman Todd Pierceall and the reading and reciting of poetry and prose as presented at Gaston Pride

October 1—board meeting and retreat

October 4—Zombie Walk canned food drive in uptown Gastonia, we will have a booth and urge you to attend and bring non-perishable food items to contribute

October 16—regular meeting, election of vice-president, secretary, and member representative

October 17—2nd. Annual Queer Youth Conference, UNCC

November 6—board meeting

November 12—all-day fundraiser at Simonetti’s in Belmont, please put this on your calendar for breakfast, lunch, and/or supper/dinner

November 20—regular meeting

December 4—board meeting

December 5 & 6—One Voice Chorus Concert, Charlotte

December 18—regular meeting, 2nd. Annual Holiday Variety Show

August Meeting

Our August meeting was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, August 21, at seven o’clock.  The program, presented by Willow Carter, was on transgender issues.  The 22 people present enjoyed an interesting program, sharing, fellowship, and refreshments.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia.  In May and September, our Picnics in the Park are held at local public parks.

All those who support LGBT members, are LGBT, or are questioning their sexuality or the sexuality of a loved one, are welcome to attend.  We hold a confidential meeting with a different topic of discussion or program at each meeting.  For those who would like to share with us, know that we are there to listen and help in any way that we can. Our Board meetings are open to all on the dates on our calendar.


Donations & Dues

If you are interested in becoming a member of PFLAG Gaston, please let us know.  We welcome all who want to help make a positive difference for our LGBT community.  Please contact our treasurer Cindy Buckley at 704-854-8994 to join and/or make donations.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe on Facebook.  It can be found on our Facebook page and will be up until Monday, September 22, if you would like to contribute.  All donations are appreciated.


Simonetti’s Fundraiser

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 12, when PFLAG Gaston will have an all-day fundraiser at Simonetti’s restaurant in Belmont.  From 7am-11am, traditional breakfasts such as eggs cooked anyway, omelets, grits, hash browns, toast, bacon, sausage, and livermush may be ordered.  Also, they have corned beef hash, homemade pancakes, and breakfast pizza.  From 11am-9pm, their menu features appetizers, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and salads.  All of their food is delicious, including a wonderful variety of desserts.  We will receive a percentage of the profits for all 3 meals!  Please tell them that you are supporting PFLAG Gaston, so they will know that we’ve done the groundwork for a very successful day!  We really would appreciate you helping us by eating at Simonetti’s on November 12.  As a non-profit organization, any money we have comes from fundraisers and donations.  The money we earn will be used to purchase literature, brochures, and business cards to distribute at public events as well as supplies needed for our chapter’s projects and activities.

Items of Interest

PFLAG Gaston welcomes your participation in any or all of our meetings, events, and activities.  Through our programs, we provide support, education, and advocacy for the LGBT community and allies.  We encourage you to “like” PFLAG Gaston’s Facebook page.  If you would “accept” or “join” our events whenever possible, we would appreciate that, too.  We are very proud of our new website at, which is presented and designed by David and Karen Turner of Loray Media.  A special thank you goes to David and Karen!

Welcome to All

PFLAG Gaston hopes to make a positive difference for the LGBT community through our interest and activism.  We invite you to join our organization and attend meetings, events, and/or activities in order to help us take a stand for equality for all of our citizens.  We offer a special thank you to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for allowing us to use their facilities for our meetings and events.

Gaston Pride

Gaston County’s newest addition to LGBT activities is Gaston Pride.  Many thanks go to Robert Kellogg for “making it happen!”  Attendance was impressive for our first Pride, which included a Pride walk and reception, a roundtable discussion on advocacy, lunch for those interested in transgender issues, a prose and poetry presentation, dinner, Hymns and Beer, a drag show, and a family picnic.  This will be an annual event in Gaston County!


PFLAG Thoughts

We would like to encourage advocates, allies, and members of the LGBT community to speak out, write to the newspapers, and encourage others by word of mouth to support the work that is being done toward equality in Gaston County.  The people who are active are in the minority and need your help.  Please do not sit back thinking that “somebody else” will advocate and support.  We must lead by example until, and after, we are in the majority.


Have a safe and happy September!

Ginger Feimster, president PFLAG Gaston