PFLAG to host speaker on guidelines for LGBT students in schools

MANISTEE — After many months of public discussion, the Michigan State Board of Education recently approved the Guidelines for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning ( LGBTQ) Students.

These guidelines have generated a great deal of controversy and debate from parents, teachers and other professionals who work with young people.

In seeking ways to inform the public and to support implementation of the guidelines in Manistee area schools, PFLAG has invited Tracy Hobbs to be the speaker for its next meeting.

PFLAG welcomes parents, members of the LGBTQ community, and interested professionals to learn more about these guidelines. The meeting is at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Holy Trinity Church, 410 Second Street, Manistee.

Hobbs served on the advisory group for the Michigan State Board of Education’s Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for LGBT Students.

Hobbs is a retired school psychologist who spent his 30 year career with the Lake Orion Community Schools. He is a long-term substitute for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.

For five years, Hobbs was the faculty advisor for the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) at Lake Orion High School.

A trainer and educational consultant for the Michigan Department of Education’s Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth Initiative, he also serves as a trainer for the National Education Association’s National Training Program on Safety, Bias and LGBTQ Issues.

PFLAG’s mission is to support, educate and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the community, their families and friends.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, call (231) 398-3340 or (313) 670-2613.

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