Paul Martin, the CEO of the LGBT Foundation, (seen above right) started off the discussions stating that all the parents groups had made a 'tremendous difference' but he was still concerned with what issues we had to address next. One area of great concern was for those people who come from countries who still state that having an LGBT identity was illegal. Many of the groups felt that they had received telephone calls from some people whose culture was that being LGBT was a 'curse' on the family.
It was extremely valuable to listen to the updates from the various groups from across the countries (England and Scotland!). FFLAG said that the number of calls on the telephone call line had decreased but the 'hits' on the website had increased suggesting that the need for information was still very much there. The Families Together Parents said that the work was predominantly inside the M25 but was starting to move outside there now. The Leicester parents were commended as they had initiated the work 27 years ago and recalled that EuroFFLAG were evident in the intervening years. The Manchester Parents Support Group had been very active even reaching out to York recently. The representatives from Leicester and the Jewish Parents support group also said of the involvement.
It was valuable for us to hear that so many groups were active and that parents across
the land had the necessary support available.
People need to break the silence to release those within the LGBT communities in those regions so they could be free to be who they really were.