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Activists Launch Layton PFLAG

Layton has become the latest of several Utah cities to start a chapter of the political, social and support group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

“I’ve decided to make a goal of starting more PFLAGs in more cities,” said activist Turner Bitton, who recently held a Rally for Equality this summer to address the suicides of several young gay Utahns. “There’s really nothing for people up north,” he continued. “Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County have so much support for people, but Davis and Ogden have no support.”

Bitton announced his intentions to several friends in Layton and the fledgling group met for the first time on Sept. 9 on Weber State University’s campus. Here, the 25 attendees voted to make Cynthia Stevens president and Barb D’Arco vice president of Layton’s PFLAG chapter. Bitton will serve as vice president of public relations, a title he also holds in Ogden’s group.

“I figure since the chapters are so close in proximity I’ll be able to do both at the same time,’ he said.

The group will now focus on filing paperwork with PFLAG’s national body to become an official chapter. They expect to hold their first official meeting in October. For now, the group is meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the main building of Weber State University’s Davis campus, room 306. The first meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14. A support group will meet in the same room an hour before official business begins.

For more information about Layton PFLAG contact Turner Bitton at [email protected] or 801- 814-3660.

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