Natalie Lukich, a psychology major at Purdue University Calumet, has formed the Munster Chapter of PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The first meeting is 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake County Public Library's Munster branch, 8701 Calumet Ave. The nonprofit group offers support, education and advocacy for gays, lesbians and transgendered people and their families, friends and allies. For more information, visit PFLAG.org, Facebook.com/PFLAGMunster or email PFLAGmunster@gmail.com.
"When my older brother came out 24 years ago, my parents didn't have any support at all and didn't know what to think," she said. "It would have been nice for them to have some sort of support." Lukich began the process of forming the support group four months ago and hopes it will provide encouragement and resources and support to many.
"The basic premise of the organization is to be there for support. Meetings will be membership driven to include guest speakers on topics of interest, videos on specific topics and one hour will be devoted to talking and discussing - but it will not be a counseling service. Meetings are open to all, everyone is welcome."
At Purdue Calumet, Lukich is named to the dean's list and is a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society. She will take five classes in the fall and graduate in May with a bachelor's in psychology. She and her husband, Michael, live in Hammond and have a daughter, Violet, 5.
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