Evangelical support for gay families
Greater Boston PFLAG, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will hold a conference this week with priests, rabbis, and ministers from a range of denominations, invited to bring the language of faith into the coming-out conversation. In the past, Boston’s chapter has concentrated much of its work on bullying-prevention programs, said Deborah Peeples, the chapter’s president. But PFLAG leaders were moved by recent research out of San Francisco State University, which found that services for gay, lesbian, and transgender people often overlooks family relationships -- and that family acceptance, during the coming-out process, is critical to people’s mental health. Religious beliefs are often a huge, heartfelt barrier to that acceptance.