Support for Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians :
PFLAG is our friend. Offering support, advocacy and education for gays, lesbians, bisexual, families and friends PFLAG works toward making the world a more accepting place for people of all sexual orientations. They are also active in fighting discrimination in our communities and homes.
How did PFLAG Begin?:
In 1972 Judy Manford watched in horror as her gay son was beaten at a gay rights demonstration in New York City while the police did nothing to interfere. Later that year she marched in New York's Gay Pride Parade with a sign that said, “Parents of Gays: Unite in Support of Our Children.” So many people came up to her to ask her to talk to their parents that she decided to start a support group. Approximately 20 people attended the first meeting and PFLAG was born.
What does PFLAG do?:
PFLAG is a national organization with more than 500 affiliates in the United States. They provide support to parents whose children are coming out and they do a whole lot more. PFLAG often provides education to schools, talks with churches, lobbies local governments for gay rights laws and provides information to people with questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. Oh, and they march in gay pride parades in local communities showing the world that parents do love and support their gay children.
Is PFLAG only for Family Members?:
No, many gays and lesbians are also members of PFLAG. They come for support, to volunteer and to help other parents understand their gay and lesbian children.
What has PFLAG done for Gays and Lesbians?:
PFLAG became a national organization in 1981. When they were mentioned in a “Dear Abby” column more than 7,000 people wrote requesting information. PFLAG publishes brochures for GLBT folks and their parents and families. In the early 1990s, PFLAG chapters in Massachusetts helped pass the first Safe Schools legislation in the country. They work with welcoming churches to show that many religions do accept gays and lesbians.
Is There a PFLAG in my community?:
Visit the national PFLAG site to see if there's a PFLAG in your community.