Greater Orlando PFLAG’s volunteers spent the weekend hosting a tent at Fall Fiesta in the Park, at Lake Eola. Our tent was located near the same location that we had during Come Out with Pride last month. This was our first time hosting a table at a non-LGBTQ related public event. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest and appreciation we received from guests. Some people donated before they even knew what PFLAG was all about!
It was a great experience. Some family members shared their stories, some parents encouraged their LGBTQ-curious child to pick the LGBTQ flag they liked. In at least two cases, we think the parent suspected their child is possibly LGBTQ+ and in both cases, they chose the bisexual flag. Many children and adults had lots of questions too. For the first time in a long while, we finally feel we’re connecting to the right folks who need our services.
We look forward to participating in this event in the future Fall and Spring seasons. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity for more volunteers to be involved and share this wonderful experience. Also, many thanks to the following volunteers who made this event happen: Jerry, Debbie, Susan, Barnett, Greg, Sue, Tom, Ann, Lupe. I cannot thank you all enough; you are a wonderful team.