Meetings

Monthly meetings are free and all are welcome

PFLAG Princeton, serving all of Central New Jersey, meets on the second Monday of each month. Our meetings begin at 7:00 PM and generally run until around 9:00 PM. Starting with our April meeting we will meet virtually using the Zoom video conferencing service. More information about our virtual meetings can be found on our Virtual Meetings page.

Be reassured that this group is a safe place for you to express your feelings OR to just listen to what others have to say.  All conversations are confidential.  At each of our meetings, we begin by checking in with each of our members as well as new parents and friends who are attending for the first time.  Often, our entire meeting time is devoted to discussion and support group activities designed to encourage old and new members to discuss issues and events which are significant in their lives, and share their experiences with the others.

As we decide on speakers and programs for meetings, from time to time we will change the listings below accordingly so that you know what to expect.  We do include time for group discussion at every meeting, whether there is also a program or not.

Complete 2021 Calendar of Meetings and Events

  • January 11th – Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • February 8th – Join us to welcome Anthony (he/they), a Social Work major and volunteer with multiple South and Central Jersey based LGBTQ+ organizations, as well as serves on the Youth Advisory Board for the NJ Trans Youth Forum and presenting at the NJ GSA Forum. He will be discussing the importance of being an LGBTQ Ally and how this can be put into practice, as well as sharing his own story.  Following Anthony’s presentation we will have peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • March 8th – Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • April 12th – Join us to to discuss religion and the LGBTQ community from the perspective of NJ Rabbi Benjamin David.  Rabbi David is the senior rabbi of Adath Emanu-El in Mt Laurel, NJ, a Reform synagogue serving Burlington and Camden counties. A product of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He is a cancer survivor, runner, and writer, active in social justice causes on a local and national level. He is the proud husband of Lisa, who is the director of Camp Harlam. They are the parents of Noa, Elijah, and Samuel. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @RabbiBPD. Following Rabbi David we will have peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • May 10th –  Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • June 14th – Join us to welcome Brian Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, and Shaun Connors, PFLAG Northern Region Chapter Engagement Coordinator.  Brian and Shaun will discuss PFLAG’s advocacy efforts related to anti-transgender legislation, the Equality Act, and how we are continuing to further the work of PFLAG in NJ and around the country.  Following Brian and Shaun we will have peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • July 12th – Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • August 9th – Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • September 13th – Join us to welcome Jeannie Gainsburg, an award-winning educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship. She is the founder of Savvy Ally Action and author of the book, The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. The Savvy Ally is an accessible, humorous, and encouraging guidebook, loaded with innovative and useful tools for creating LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces and advocating for change. Recently featured as Teaching Tolerance magazine’s staff pick for spring 2021 in the category of professional development, The Savvy Ally will surely jumpstart even the most tentative ally. Visit her website and download free ally goodies at: www.savvyallyaction.com. Note: it is not necessary to have read the book to join us for the meeting.  In the second half of the meeting will will have peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • October 11th – Join us as we welcome back Lutheran pastor Serena Rice for a discussion of LGBTQ+ support within the faith community.  Her presentation will include exploration of the ways that the Bible offers support for diversity in gender and sexuality, as well discussion of how we can engage with members of faith communities that are not affirming, by understanding the world views that shape their resistance. Pastor Rice is ordained in the ELCA and earned her MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked actively to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, which includes her non-binary oldest child. The presentation will be  followed by peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • November 8th – Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.
  • December 13th – Join us for a presentation and discussion with a panel of Princeton University LGBT Center Peer Educators, who will share their stories, answer questions, and discuss LGBTQ+ life at Princeton, followed by peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.

Meeting Ground Rules

WE START AND END OUR MEETINGS ON TIME 
We try to arrive on time.  We end the meeting on time to be respectful of people’s time.  

WE KEEP CONFIDENTIAL ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION SHARED IN THE GROUP
What we share about our personal lives and experiences is to be kept absolutely confidential by all members.  We realize that meeting participants or the issues they discuss may not be out anywhere else.  What is said in the group, stays in the group. 

WE USE “I” STATEMENTS
We encourage all members to speak in the first person, using “I” statements, because we know that we learn when each of us shares our different experiences. 

WE DON’T GIVE ADVICE
We do not prescribe, diagnose, judge or give advice.  We offer peer support, not therapy or professional services.  Rather, we respect each member’s right to reach and make their own personal decisions. We listen, speak as to what has worked for us in similar circumstances, and help members to recognize and explore their options.

WE DON’T MONOPOLIZE THE GROUP’S TIME 
We are respectful of the need for all members to participate, by not talking for excessively long periods of time or talking too frequently. 

WE STAY POSITIVE 
Our group is here to support and encourage positive outcomes. 

WE HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO SPEAK 

WE DON’T INTERRUPT OR ENGAGE IN SIDE CONVERSATIONS 

WE TURN OUR CELL PHONES OFF AND REFRAIN FROM USING THEM DURING THE MEETING