FFLAG meets South London Gays

Thank you to all the members of South London Gays who made FFLAG so welcome last week. We were invited to talkto the group on the work of FFLAG and to reflect on some of the experiences of parents today who have a gay or lesbian son or daughter.
There were some 35 members present, many of whom shared their thoughts and experiences in the Q and A session that followed the talk. The members were particularly interested to learn about relationships between gay sons and their fathers and between lesbian daughters and their mothers.There was also a lively discussion about the role of religion and early years education in influencing society's views of being gay or lesbian.
Many of the audience were older men who grew up when being in a sexual relationship with another man was illegal. It was humbling to listen to some of their experiences and to hear first hand of the secrets & half truths that they had to engage in simply to live their lives... and of the broken family relationships because they dare not tell a mother or father that they were gay. As one of the members said. - " I had my first relationship with a man when I was in my twenties in the late 1950s. I was terrified the police would come running up the stairs. I hadn't hit anyone. I hadn't robbed anyone - and yet I was being treated as a criminal just the same."
We all agreed that we have come a long way since those dark days, but much still needs to be done. Thank you again to all the SLG members for your warm hospitality and kindness.


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