Shelley Argent steps down from PFLAG
PFLAG’s long serving National Spokesperson and Brisbane PFLAG president Shelley Argent is stepping down from her role as head of the Brisbane chapter due to health reasons.
Argent, who has been national spokesperson for the past seven years and lobbied tirelessly for almost double that time, will be passing the mantle of PFLAG President and spokesperson to Donna Goddard.
In a statement released to media, Argent described Donna as enthusiastic and passionate.
“I feel now that we have a new federal government it is an ideal time to pass the mantle to Donna Goddard who is a superb appointment and comes with fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm.,” said Argent.
“Donna is the new President of PFLAG Brisbane who, during this year has brought change and new ideas which are all further steps forward.”
Argent said she is proud to have been a part of an organisation that has helped bring about changes and benefits for the LGBTI community.
“I feel I have not only seen change in the last 14 years but have been part of bringing some of these changes for the betterment of the LGBT community and PFLAG.
“I am proud to have been part of gaining de facto rights with Peter Beattie as Premier, Surrogacy/ Parental Recognition and Civil Partnerships with Anna Bligh.
“I was also very proud to be associated with removal of Economic Discrimination when Kevin Rudd was PM, and bringing Marriage Equality to the fore while John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard were respectively PM. Not surprisingly, I am tired.”
Argent says she still plans to remain in the PFLAG community and thanked all those whom she had worked with or had supported PFLAG in her time as President.
“I plan to still be a vital part of PFLAG by continuing to do community education and general support. I also plan to continue my relationship with the transcommunity, again by supporting their families and the Gender Clinic here in Brisbane,” said Argent.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, I have made true friends and my life has changed for the better since 1998 when I entered the LGBT community in Brisbane.”