As we near the end of January and approach February, I am reminded that once again we are coming up on Valentine’s Day. My husband and I have been married almost 37 years and I suppose after this much time we’ve gotten kind of jaded. We think of it as a day created by Hallmark, See’s, and Kay to part lovers from their money or forever suffer a guilt trip if we don’t get just the right thing.
At this time of year we should remember that not everyone can share equally in the joy of showing their love and affection to that special person in their lives. They can’t kiss in public or hold hands walking down the street without feeling nervous that someone will take offense. PFLAG Pendleton (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is an organization founded on support, advocacy and education on behalf of the LGBTQ Community. If you are the friend of a gay person, or have someone in your family, or if you yourself are gay, we are here to offer you support and invite you to offer support in turn. Contact us at 541-966-8414.
Don’t let this Valentine’s Day go by without remembering not everyone has the luxury of being jaded.
Alice Hepburn, treasurer