PFLAG educates the community by speaking with community groups, distributing literature on GLBT issues, and staffing PFLAG information booths at local health fairs. With the sponsorship of the El Dorado Round Table on Human Rights, we have also shared an information booth for many years at the El Dorado County Fair.
Safe Schools Project
PFLAG has sought to improve conditions in area schools by creating the Safe Schools Project. The Safe Schools Project developed informational packets to help teachers and counselors keep GLBT students safe from harassment on campus.
The Safe Schools Project also worked hard to promote the showing of a play in area high schools, to help prevent harassment of GLBT students at school, and to teach students about tolerance. Called The Other Side of the Closet, this play highlights what can happen when students become aware of other students who are GLBT. Discussion with student viewers followed the play, to create a dialogue about the issues.
As an advocacy group, PFLAG also works against acts of hatred directed at the GLBT community. For example, a young gay man in El Dorado County had his car stolen, burned, and defaced with inscriptions of “FAG” across it. PFLAG provided support to the young man, and encouraged local law enforcement to recognize the crime as a hate crime.
Hate-Free Zone Proclamation
Anti-gay activity in El Dorado County has led PFLAG to mobilize recently, and work with local community groups, law enforcement, the business community, churches, area government leaders, and concerned individuals to advocate against discrimination and intolerance.
In January 2005, PFLAG, together with the El Dorado Roundtable on Human Rights, requested the City Council of Placerville to declare Placerville a Hate Free Zone. In February 2005, the City Council responded by issuing a proclamation that the “City of Placerville opposes any acts of bigotry and prejudice against any individuals and declares itself a hate-free and discrimination-free city.”
Friday, April 13, 2007 Placerville PFLAG made history by hosting the first ever GSA prom in El Dorado County. Held at Sequoia restaurant, “Gold Rush Nights” was an evening to remember. There was great music, fabulous food, and a photographer to commemorate the evening for all the students.