Why We Support PFLAG Spartanburg

Organizations like ours rely on our community to get the word out and tell one another about the impact we make. Word of mouth and sharing stories goes a long way in growing our donor and sponsorship base. Without you, there would be no PFLAG.

This is a collection of stories from people about why they choose to support PFLAG Spartanburg. These stories come from PFLAG members, those who attended peer support groups and other who’s lives were touched in some way by our organization. If you would like to share your story you can use the form at the bottom of the page and we’d love to feature it here and on our social media channels.

Here are some of our stories.

PFLAG Communications Director, Heather Marie Schiefer

I support PFLAG Spartanburg because we need them. This group does so much more than organize support groups. They are working hard to collaborate with other organizations to move Spartanburg forward and reach out to LGBTQ+ people in need. As a bi-sexual woman who spent most of her life hiding my sexuality, I understand now more than ever that we must be visible if we want our children and grandchildren to see us as REAL members of their own community. Not just a concept or a cause.

Heather Schiefer, Director of Communications

PFLAG Vice President Deb Foreman

As the mom of a transgender son and a bi-sexual daughter I was naturally drawn to Pflag Spartanburg. I have served on the Pflag Board for a total of 3 years.
A Mama Bear fights for her Cubs and I will fight for my children and everyone else’s as a straight ally.
The Upstate of South Carolina is moving slowly in the area of lgbtq+ rights but things are changing and I want to be part of that change.

Debra Foreman, PFLAG Vice President

Why Dani Supports PFLAG

I became active a few years ago after meeting a guy that was transgender at PFLAG. I didn’t even know what transgender was until I met him. It didn’t matter to me one way or another but I wanted to learn more and learn how I can be an ally and a better friend.  After awhile he stopped going and encouraged me to stop as well.  I regretted it and started bringing my husband.  Why?  PFLAG Spartanburg has ALWAYS welcomed me with warm open arms.  As far back as I could remember I never felt quite like I fit in ANYWHERE UNTIL PFLAG.  This was the first place I actually felt I belonged and at home.  I feel so comfortable and so welcomed at all times.  They are my family. I was raised to fight for what I believe in. I believe in EQUALITY FOR ALL. We have come a long way here in the South, but still have a long way to go.

Dani Tornone

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