Regional: Convention date announced

Carolinas News Notes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — PFLAG will hold its national convention from Oct. 16-18 at the Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel, 600 Marriott Dr., in Nashville, Tenn.

Early-bird registration has now been extended through April 30. Rates are $150/member, $225/non-member, $150/student and $150/presenter.

The convention will be chocked full of workshops and plenary sessions. An awards ceremony will take place at the luncheon held at the end of the event.

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Educational sessions are broken up into three tracks: back to basics (foundation fundamentals), from the frontlines (transformation and activism) and PFLAG next (tackling inclusive issues).

Awards are presented to chapters who are engaged in “outstanding work to futher PFLAG’s three-part mission that includes support, education and advocacy.” Nominations will be accepted through May 30 online.

No convention is complete without the support of sponsors at various levels. Contact Stephanie K. Blackwood at sblackwood@pflag.org to learn more.

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Attendees will be able to explore the Volunteer State, such as the Music City’s Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, a replica of the Parthenon and more. Country music devotees will find a plethora of options, including the famed Blue Bird Cafe. Just a few short hours away, one can have fun at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge or head west to Memphis to visit Graceland. Tennessee is rich in history and has other options for travelers.

Room rate is $129 per night. Deadline for the special rate is Sept. 23. Reservations can be made online at bit.ly/1Pa1Acg.

info: pflag.org.

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