Bobbie McArdle has been a member of PFLAG Jersey Shore since 2013 when one of her children came out as transgender (FTM). In 2016, her other child came out as transgender (MTF) as well. After educating herself on what it means to be transgender, she set out to help other LGBTQ+ people and their families.
In 2015 Bobbie led her church, the United Methodist Church (UMC) of Red Bank through the process of becoming open and affirming to LGBTQ+ people. In her previous role as co-chairperson of the Greater New Jersey Reconciling Committee of the UMC, Bobbie has spoken at many churches and provided training to assist them in their quest to become open and affirming.
Bobbie began volunteering at PFLAG as the co-facilitator of the Transgender/Transfamilies Support Group in 2017 and was subsequently voted in as Vice President. She is a speaker for our Speaker’s Bureau as well as overseeing our educational speaking events. Bobbie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Rutgers University in order to continue her work as an LGBTQ+ advocate and to help other families with LGBTQ+ children. She is thrilled to be completing her internship at Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and education organization, working for their Health & Wellness Coordinator.
Bobbie lives with her husband and 24-year-old daughter. Her 21-year-old son is currently pursuing a degree in playwriting and screenwriting at Drexel University. In addition to her LGBTQ+ advocacy work, Bobbie enjoys sailing, scuba diving, and traveling.