The ongoing efforts at building local support for young people will be celebrated at two upcoming events.
The local black chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will celebrate its second birthday on Saturday, April 23 at the Local Lounge, 3535 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with a report on past successes in supporting individuals throughout the community and information on further ways to become involved with the organization. The night will include snacks and dancing.
A benefit to support the education of law students dedicated to fighting bigotry and discrimination within the community will be held Friday evening, April 29, at the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., in honor of the late Bill and Ann Shepherd, who co-founded the Portland chapter of the PFLAG.
Composer and soprano Theresa Koon will perform a 50-minute concert. An assortment of deserts from local Portland bakeries will be served.
PFLAG provides educational and emotional support to individuals in distress about sexual orientation issues.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For more information, call 503-286-1752.