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Queen Creek-based foundation holds virtual forum for parents of LGBTQ+ children

Posted 9/3/22

In keeping with the Pride and Joy Foundation’s mission to prevent suicide in the Valley’s LGBTQ+ community, it will be hosting a “SAFE at School: What Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Need …

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Queen Creek-based foundation holds virtual forum for parents of LGBTQ+ children

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In keeping with the Pride and Joy Foundation’s mission to prevent suicide in the Valley’s LGBTQ+ community, it will be hosting a “SAFE at School: What Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Need to Know for This School Year,” a virtual event to support parents and adults advocating on behalf of their youth.

According to a press release, the aim of the event is to provide parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth with the knowledge to support their children and youth in three key areas:

  • Legal support: Learn parental rights and children’s rights in the Josh Covington of The Advocates Project will lead the panel
  • Emotional support: Discuss how to effectively support LGBTQ+ youth this school Jennifer Boudrye from Parent with Care will lead the talk.
  • Physical support: Learn ways to hold safe spaces in the home and at The discussion will be led by Mo Bailey.

"As parents of LGBTQ+ youth, we are very concerned about the safety of our children in their schools, this year in particular,” stated Elena Joy Thurston, the executive director of the Pride and Joy Foundation, in the release. “The anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has been loud and scary for our kids. The best way we can protect our next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders is to support their parents in learning how to be their child's first line of defense."

A Queen Creek resident, Thurston founded the Pride and Joy Foundation in 2020. She had been married for 18 years and a devout Mormon for more than 20 years before she came to terms with her sexuality. 

“SAFE at School: What Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Need to Know for This School Year” will be held on Zoom at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Visit www.PrideandJoyParents.com to register for the event.

It is free to attend this live virtual event, but a $10 donation is suggested. All donations go to the Pride and Joy Foundation. The foundation works to reduce the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community by fostering allyship, advocacy and creating opportunities to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people.

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