Bering United Methodist Church

Mayor Annise Parker recognizes the Sinclairs at PFLAG

 

The Sincalirs

by Becky Jones

The Rev. Don Sinclair and his wife, Kathy, were honored by Mayor Annise Parker at the Houston PFLAG meeting on October 11, 2015, for 28 years of service.

Rev. Sinclair became pastor of Bering Memorial UMC in 1986 and began Bering Spiritual Support Group for people with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, and the dental clinic that continues to provide oral care to those living with HIV/AIDS.  In 1991, during Rev. Sinclair’s tenure, Bering’s congregation became Texas’s first Reconciling  Congregation.  Rev. Sinclair said, “Those were the best years of my life.”

The Sinclairs became involved with PFLAG when Paul Broussard’s mother, Nancy Rodriquez, came to address PFLAG.  In 1991 Broussard was murdered on a street in Montrose.  “We came to the meeting to offer  our home to Ms. Rodgriguez as a place to stay while in Houston,” said both Don and Kathy Sinclair.  The Sinclairs and Ms. Rodriguez shared a common bond:  their son, Stanley Sinclair, was stabbed to death on a Houston street in 1979.

Transgender inclusion into PFLAG came at the Sinclairs’ behest.  They were the Grand Marshals of the Houston Pride Parade in 2000 and they established the Human Rights Award for Bravery sponsored by PFLAG.

 

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