A Naples group of "parents, friends, and family" of LGBT community members is celebrating a decade of promoting equality with an interfaith convocation on May 7, aiming to promote acceptance through sharing religious traditions and rituals.
The Naples chapter of the national PFLAG group (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbian and Gays) is gathering for its tenth annual convocation at Temple Shalom in Naples. Itself a recent target for an anti-Semitic vandalism, the temple will host clergy and lay people from more than 20 churches and synagogues across Naples and Fort Myers.
Friday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, PFLAG co-founder Ruth Dorfman and PLFAG member David Goldstein join the program to discuss the Naples chapter's work in Southwest Florida over the past decade, and how PFLAG offers "a non-judgmental outlet for feelings, questions and understanding" for friends and family members of LGBT individuals.
Also joining the program is Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger with the Unity Church of Naples, discussing the idea behind an interfaith convocation and why the group emphasizes praying together as a means of diminishing "discrimination, disenfranchisement, or stigma."