In the spring of 1982, my younger brother Gerry came out of the closet to those of us in our family that he was gay.
At that time, he told me that it would be better if we did not allow knowledge of his sexual orientation to become public because he feared for his and our safety.
Youth who risk being open about being LGBTQQ2SA may face violence in their family and community and even expulsion from their home. PFLAG is Canada’s only national organization that offers support to all individuals facing problems because of their expression of gender identity or orientation, and to their families and friends.
For further information about PFLAG Canada, see the national website, or call the contact person for the Penticton Chapter, Ron Smuin, at 250-493-5530.