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FFLAG Conference

April 12, 2013

Coming Out 2013 — Parents, Families and LGBT Communities

Member Event

20 April 2013 – 10:30am


Thistle Hotel

St Chads Queensway Queensway

Birmingham, B4 6HY

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2013 sees the 20th anniversary of FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and to help celebrate this momentous occasion, the Trustees are organising a 20th anniversary conference on Sat 20th and Sun 21st April 2013 in Birmingham.

This celebratory weekend will be an opportunity for both organisations with a working knowledge of FFLAG, and for professionals who would like to understand more, to come together and hear from a range of keynote speakers (including Peter Tatchell and Professor Ian Rivers), share in a series of workshops and engage in important issues in relation to the work of FFLAG.

Professionals wanting to learning more about the work of FFLAG and its impact on a range of issues are welcome to register for the Saturday for a small fee of £30. Bookings for professionals can be found here.

For voluntary sector organisations affiliated in some way to FFLAG, the whole weekend can be booked here.

For more information about the event, please contact FFLAG on


Saturday 20th April

10:00 – 10:30  Registration & Refreshments
10:30 – 11:30  Opening Plenary
Welcome address from Sue Allen, Chair of Trustees, with messages from patrons Sir Ian McKellan CH CBE & Baroness Massey of Darwen
Keynote Speakers–Michael Cashman MEP CBE, Professor Ian Rivers
Question and Answers
11:30 – 12:00  Refreshments
12:00 – 13:00  Workshop Set 1 (Further details of the workshops can be found at the bottom of this page)
LGBT Homelessness — Albert Kennedy Trust
Parenting — Birmingham Parents Support Group
Trans issues — TBC
13:00 – 14:00  Networking Lunch
14:00 – 15:00  Workshop Set 2 (Further details of the workshops can be found at the bottom of this page)
Homophobic Bullying — Professor Ian Rivers
Youth & Education — 2BU Youth Group
Faith issues — Dave Tomlinson, C of E Vicar
15:00 – 15:20  Refreshments
15:20 – 16:45  Closing Plenary
Keynote Speakers–Diedre Sanders & Peter Tatchell
Introducing FFLAG’s new President
Question & Answers
Learning from the day

Sunday 21st April–For FFLAG Affiliates only

09:30 – 10:00   Refreshments
10:00 – 10:15   Opening of day 2–Jenny Broughton
10:15 – 11:45   Activities:
Parents Research Focus Group
Preview Showing of My Child
Visit to BLGBT Health and Well-Being Centre
Moving Forward; Actions for the Future
11:45 – 12:00   Closing Plenary with the Trustees
12:00 – 13:00   Networking Lunch
Bookings for professionals can be made here.

Booking for those affiliated with FFLAG can be made here.

Workshop Details

LGBT Homelessness — Tim Sigsworth, Albert Kennedy Trust
Tim Sigsworth is the Chief Executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust, a national charity supporting 16-25 year old LGBT  young people who are living in a hostile environment or have been made homeless because of their sexuality. This workshop will explore some of the homelessness issues facing young LGBT people.

Parenting — Birmingham Parents Support Group
Maureen Walsh, Margaret Evans and Helen Williams are all mothers of gay or lesbian children. They will be running a Parenting Workshop and will share some of their experiences of parenting and of running Parents’ Support Groups.

Trans issues — Larna Gallier
This workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about Transgendered issues with Larna Gallier. Larna is a Trustee of the Transgender social support group Outskirts and is an independent consultant and trainer.

Combatting Homophobia — Professor Ian Rivers
Ian Rivers PhD, will run the workshop ‘Parents and Schools: Working together to combat homophobia’. Ian is a noted psychologist, academic and author and is currently Professor of Human Development at Brunel University.

Youth & Education — Andrew Wilson from 2BU Youth Group
Andrew Wilson, who grappled ‘with not wanting to be gay’, runs a youth support group in Somerset. His workshop ‘Every Little Helps’ will explore how each of us can make a difference in the lives of LGB young people.

Faith issues — Dave Tomlinson, C of E Vicar
Dave Tomlinson will be leading a workshop exploring faith issues. He is Vicar of St.Luke’s, Holloway in north London and author of ‘How To Be a Bad Christian – And A Better Human Being’.
I am looking forward to going and will be presenting a workshop with Maureen from Birmingham Parents Support Group – Margaret

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