WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ALLISON IJAMS SARGENT writer the scorching afternoon was cooling off into early evening. The lawn across from the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills (UUW) was being readied for the most ordinary of summer activities, a barbeque for area students. Some teenagers were setting up tables and bringing food out of the kitchen while others were setting up croquet and volleyball. An easy camaraderie draped over the proceedings. As kids were dropped off, a chorus of greetings enveloped the new arrivals. It's at check-in time, however, when an introductory circle of participants officially kicks off the evening's activities and the unique purpose of the meeting becomes clear. Besides asking an icebreaker question, participants are asked to state 86 their preferred gender pronouns. It is the start of the WAGLY weekly get together. WAGLY stands for West Suburban Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth. The genesis of WAGLY began approximately two years ago when the Executive Director of the Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) received two phone calls from Wellesley mothers who had sons who had recently come out. These phone calls proved providential when they were forwarded on to Reverend Jack Lewis, the newly minted Director of Religious Education at UUW, and a gay minister looking for a role in helping area LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) youth. "These mothers were WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013

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