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September Meeting Details

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

PFLAG & Parents’ Stories


Harriet Hancock, founder of the Columbia Chapter of PFLAG, will talk about PFLAG and its ongoing important role in the community providing assistance to parents of LGBTQ children. For almost three decades as attorney and activist Harriet has been a force for social and cultural change in South Carolina. She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ South Carolinians and their families. Harriet is a founder or co-founder of four state organizations that have made South Carolina a better place for gays, lesbians, their families, and people living with AIDS.

Sharon and Ken Watkins will tell their stories about their son and growing up in a conservative church environment. Dr. Ken Watkins is the Associate Chair and Graduate Director at the Arnold School of Public Health. Sharon Watkins has been a public school music educator for over 38 years with the past 17 being at Seven Oaks Elementary School. She has taught music in the public schools of Texas, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina.

Christian Chamberlain will talk about the evolving role of gay and lesbian parents as she and her wife are raising five children. Christian and her partner Brandi Condren have a blended family of four children. Christian is a paralegal specializing in estate planning and probate and Brandi graduated from Midlands Technical College specializing in cardiovascular sonography.

St. Andrews Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall
1416 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210

Meal: 6:00 pm
$10, payable in cash at the door.

Program: 6:30 pm


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