Parents Reconciling Network (PRN)

Parents Reconciling Network (PRN) is a group of United Methodist parents blessed with LGBTQ children!

We believe that God calls us to support fellow parents and other family members of persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). For this reason, PRN has written the resources below. Feel free to share them.

When Your Child is LGBTQ
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Supporting our Trans and Intersex Children
Tips for Relating to LGBTQ Youth
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Nine Myths about our LGBTQ Children

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Helping Our Church Welcome LGBTQ Children

Affiliate organizations


Strong Family Alliance: saving lives and preserving families by supporting parents and children coming out.

PFLAG: an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.



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PRN Board 

Members of the PRN Board are available to offer help and support to parents of LGBTQ children. Feel free to contact them with your questions.

Blair Barbour — Oak Park, IL
JoAnne Carlotto —
Janet Dune — Austin, TX
Page Hines — Haslet, TX

Alanna Ireland — Norman, OK
Joy Leet — Stanley, NY

Audrey Myers — Elizabethtown, KY
Dave Nuckols — Minnetonka, MN
Carolyn Scott — Kerman, CA
Eric Swanson — San Diego, CA
Rexanna Swanson — San Diego, CA
Kevin Thomas — Tuscaloosa, AL
Cheryl Vaughn — Austin, TX
James Waugh — Grove City, OH

the History of PRN

PRN began  in 1999 when Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Hilton, both United Methodist pastors and parents of a gay child, brought parents together. They aimed to present a visible witness of parents in support of ending the denomination’s anti-LGBTQ stance and provide their LGBTQ children the same rights as cisgender, heterosexual United Methodists at The United Methodist Church’s 2000 General Conference.

Reconciling Stoles

Started in time for the 2004 General Conference, rainbow stoles have been a part of United Methodist Annual and General Conferences throughout the US, worn by those wishing to proclaim that they are committed to full inclusion of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer person in the life and policy of The UMC. Signifying the diversity of God’s ordained kin-dom, PRN volunteers have faithfully made over 7000 stoles for General Conferences in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and at RMN convocations in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. More are planned for GC 2016.


For questions regarding how to create these stoles, contact Anne at or leave a message at 206.329.3749


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