Bobbie McArdle

Facilitator

Bobbie started attending PFLAG meetings in 2013 after one of her children came out as transgender (FTM). In 2016, her other child came out as transgender (MTF) as well. They are 18 and 22 years old now. After educating herself on what it meant to be transgender, she set out to help other LGBTQ+ people and their families. In 2015 she led her church, the United Methodist Church (UMC) of Red Bank, through the process of becoming open and affirming to LGBTQ+ people. From there she became co-chairperson of the Greater New Jersey Reconciling Committee of the UMC. In that role, she has spoken at many churches in New Jersey and provided trainings to assist them in their quest to become open and affirming to LGBTQ+ people.

She has also been on the steering committee of the Parents Reconciling Network, a national group for parents of LGBTQ+ children in the UMC. As the newest member on the PFLAG board, she is looking forward to co-facilitating the transgender/trans family monthly meetings.

Bobbie has degrees in Marketing/Finance & Insurance as well as being a certified special education teacher and enjoyed working in both of those fields in years past.

Today she is retired and in addition to her LGBTQ+ advocacy work enjoys sailing, scuba diving, hiking, and traveling.