Messages of support at 'Coming Out 2013'

FLAG Patrons Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE and Baroness Massey of Darwen were unable to attend the 20th Anniversary Conference as they both out of the country. Their messages of support were warmly met by the delegates.

'Even as we celebrate FFLAG's twentieth year, it is more than a bit depressing that there should still be a need for the organisation. During the last two decades the law in the UK has at last ceased to discriminate against gay people young and old. But that still leaves confusion amongst many families about their reaction to gay children who want to be
open about their sexuality.
What is so important and almost unique about FFLAG is that its work is based in love and understanding. The world is a better place because of its work and has my full support now and in the future. I am sorry not to be at the conference and hope it is a great success.'
Ian McKellen
'Young people need all the help they can get in negotiating their lives. Young lesbian, gay and bisexual people may be particularly vulnerable to discrimination, misunderstanding, bullying and lack of support. Parents too need support to help their children.
It is sad that so many schools don't have adequate programmes of Personal, Social and Health Education to give young people confidence in their relationships and sexuality.
This is where FFLAG comes in. It is an organisation based on experience and commitments to the rights of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people to be values and respected. It recognises the concerns of parents and gives practical support. Good luck for the future!'
Baroness Massey
We were very sorry that FFLAG's Patron Deidre Sanders was unwell at the weekend and was unable to attend. We were so looking forward to hearing her speak. We very much hope that she is now fully recovered.


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