Ineka Estabrook, chair of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be honored as a PFLAG Hero at the group’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at St. Stephen’s Church, 414 SW 9th St., Newport.
Estabrook, who will be moving to Europe at the end of June, has been very active in the LGBTQ community in Lincoln County and across the state since her teen came out to their family and at school five years ago. She was recently honored as a Queer Hero of the Northwest in recognition of the work she has done with the schools and in educating the entire community.
Estabrook has had a large influence on the Lincoln County School District with the many LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 trainings she and high school students have presented for school a d m i n i s t r a t o r s , teachers and classrooms. The school
district implemented plans for transgender restrooms in each school following the students’ first Trans-101 presentation.
Under Estabrook’s leadership LGBTQ-101 and Trans-101 workshops have also been presented to the community’s health professionals, to Senior & Disability Services,
the Department of Human Services and other human service agencies.
PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of education, support and advocacy. PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation
or identity. For more information about the local group, call 541-265-7194.
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