YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Pflag Yuma has resumed in-person support group meetings this month for the first time since the start of the pandemic. It is the first and only organization for the LGBTQIA + community in Yuma, and provides support and other resources for LGBTQ + youth and their families.
Erica Hernandez, President of Pflag Yuma, knows firsthand how much an individual on the LGBTQ + spectrum needs, not only as a person on the LGBTQ spectrum herself, but also as a mother of a transgender child.
“Even though it was our family that needed support, we also saw everyone’s need. These were children who were here in Yuma, they were children at the children’s camp, who just needed help, guidance or advice, “Hernandez said.
The group meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Center for Spiritual Living on S Second Avenue in Yuma at 7 p.m.
“We’re still waiting for our approval for a 501c3 app, so it’s still ongoing – but it’s ongoing, and it’s exciting. We still have a long way to go, we still have to create a board of directors and look for leaders who are ready to help the LGBTQ community in any way we can.
The organization held its first in-person support group meeting last Wednesday, but it is still possible to attend virtually. The Zoom meeting link changes monthly, to ensure the gathering is a safe space for attendees.
Somerton’s 85350 Bar & Pizzaria will be hosting a pride event on Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m., and tickets will be $ 10. Several drag artists will put on a show along with other art exhibits and vendors. You can buy tickets for the event here.
For more information on the organization and how to get involved, you can visit the Pflag Yuma website website, or send an email to [email protected] There is also a dedicated Yuma Pride Web page currently under construction.