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About Linda & Christopher Drajem

Linda Drajem taught English for over 25 years to secondary students in the Buffalo Public Schools, and taught for nine years in the English department at Buffalo State College. In addition, she is a local writer, published in The Buffalo News, Trees of Surprise, and other publications, as well as in a recent volume of poetry, InnerSessions, along with two other poets. She continues to teach writing classes as a visiting poet to young people in local schools. The proud grandmother of four grandchildren, she travels often with her husband Robert to Seattle to be with her son Christopher, his husband Patrick and their children. In addition they also visit often their other son Mark, his wife Barbara and their children in Maryland. Every year the extended family tries to meet for an extended reunion since family “matters” to us all. Christopher Drajem currently teaches high school English in Bellevue, WA. He has been out to his parents since March of 1994. In January 2013, Christopher and the love of his life Patrick were legally wed in the state of Washington. This was merely a formality, as they had marked their commitment in a August of 2001 ceremony in front of family and friends, many from Buffalo and Long Island, their respective hometowns. In 2003 they adopted their daughter, and in 2007 the family was complete when they adopted a son. As a family they travel frequently from Seattle to the east coast for family vacations, birthday celebrations, funerals, weddings, and engagement parties. In the spirit of cementing the ties that bind, Linda & Christopher started working on this blog and are happy to have found a way to continue to strengthen their relationship and make sense of their modern family.

Where have all the PFLAG Moms Gone? Guest Blog

From time to time we share the essays and letters of guest bloggers.  This week, we are pleased to publish another post from Michelle Dooley.  Michelle is Vice President of PFLAG San Antonio and we met her in person for the first time this past October at the PFLAG national conference in Portland, OR.  She is also the mother of Matt Dooley.  Happy Mother’s Day Michelle, and all the wonderful PFLAG moms out there!

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PFLAG: We Are the Change

Mom and I just returned to Seattle after attending the PFLAG national convention this weekend in Portland, OR. On the Bolt bus down on Friday, Mom wrote about the important role that PFLAG played for her and my dad shortly after I came out, and I added my two cents about why I loved PFLAG when I came out and why I am a member of Bellevue-Eastside PFLAG today.    Enjoy! ~Christopher

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The Quiet Activism of Truth

Linda writes to Christopher on Father’s Day about the importance of vocal activism as well as how “telling the truth has it’s own important activism.” 

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