Fifth Convention of the “Asociación Internacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual”
June 27-30, 2013
Representatives of 23 COUNTRIES will attend: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, U.S.A., and Venezuela.
The goal of the convention is to promote and strengthen ways to support to persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). These persons are among our loved ones and they are also your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Workshops will assist participants to:
- Establish links and alliances with families that support their LGBT members and organize family support groups.
- Learn about how to support children and adolescents who do not conform to the hetero-sexist and gender-normative imperative.
- Learn to prevent hate crimes and develop skills to fight them.
- Learn about families headed by same-sex parents.
- Empower allies through the PFLAG program: Straight for Equality.
- Prepare the way for a presentation in your country of Dr. Caitlin Ryan to health providers, government, religious institutions, LGBT groups, and the media on How to preserve the mental and physical well being of LGBT adolescents and youth. Dr. Ryan’s study, Family Acceptance Project (published in Pediatrics, January 2009), is an effective guide to help advance the well being of LGBT adolescents and youth.
These disciplines will be represented in the convention: specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry, education, psychology, theology, sexology, anthropology and sociology.
The Convention was organized with the collaboration of ACCIÓNGAY in Chile.
More information and a registration form at www.familiasporladiversidad.org .
Consider attending even if you don’t speak Spanish (many of us attending can translate for you). The final day we walk in their Gay Pride parade and it’s awesome to have our PFLAG t shirts and be recognized by these kids because they watched “Prayers for Bobby”, we set an example for other parents there and give a lot of support to other countries that are very homophobic.