Last month, Julie Nemecek was voted onto the national board of directors of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Nemecek, who attracted national media attention in 2007 for being fired from Spring Arbor University because she transitioned from male to female, has served on the PFLAG board in Jackson for three years.
Nemecek said PFLAG promotes support, education and advocacy. “I think all three of those things are so important,” she said. “Historically (PFLAG) has been more about support because that was needed for people coming out as LGBT, but increasingly the need to educate non-LGBT people and promote advocacy has moved to the forefront.”
Nemecek likes that PFLAG is open to working with other organizations, especially because she is on the advisory board of Trans Youth Family Allies and on the board of directors of Soulforce. “There’s networking I’d like to do to double their voice and clout and power,” she said.