PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. We're made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies. Because together, we're stronger.
An estimated 500 PFLAG leaders, members, and supporters from communities across the United States will gather in Kansas City for PFLAG’s bi-annual national convention. Attendees will network, share best practices, and learn strategies to fulfill PFLAG's mission of LGBTQ+ support, education, and advocacy. This event has a significant influence on the work being done across the country by PFLAG members, volunteers who are consistently and passionately raising their PFLAG voices to share their stories at the community, city, state, and federal levels.
We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention will feature up to 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, and plenaries where leaders in the LGBTQ+ community provide insight, expertise, and training for advocates, organizers, and professionals in all fields. While attending the convention, participants will:
- Make valuable connections with experts and thought-leaders in the LGBTQ+ community
- Learn how to be an effective leader of a local PFLAG chapter
- Be equipped with the knowledge and tools to be better allies in their community
Workshop submissions for this convention should be focused on educating and empowering the PFLAG chapter network and its community of allies to achieve PFLAG’s mission of being changemakers who provide support, education, and advocacy in their communities and beyond. We encourage PFLAG members and partners (both known and undiscovered!) who are doing great work in their community to share their best practices so chapters in the network as well as community advocates can adapt and replicate these efforts. Workshops will be presented for all levels, from seasoned leaders to those just getting started. The last day PFLAG National will accept workshop proposals for primary consideration is April 28, 2019. All submissions will be reviewed by a team of PFLAG staff members and volunteers. Reviewers will consider the strength of the proposal, diversity of perspective, and overall value of the workshop.
PFLAG honors chapters doing outstanding work in their communities to show our appreciation for their extraordinary efforts. The 2019 PFLAG National Convention Awards provide the opportunity to highlight effective practices, share information about successful campaigns, and start a conversation about how grassroots efforts may be adapted in communities everywhere. All chapters in good standing are eligible for this award, so we encourage you to show your chapter pride and submit a nomination now.
Our best rates--$185 for members, $270 for non-members--are in effect right now. Get registered and take advantage of this early-bird offer. PFLAGers are the change in communities across the country. Now, like never before, we must build on our shared knowledge and needs, our shared challenges and triumphs.
We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention will provide major opportunities for networking, while offering workshops, panel discussions, and nationally renowned speakers to be motivated by and learn from. You’ll also enjoy our annual PFLAG National Awards ceremony during which we will honor those who are making a difference and from whose efforts we can learn--and mirror--in the coming year. In between sessions, you’ll have free time to enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer, whether you’re a foodie, a BBQ aficionado, a craft beer lover, a history buff, an art lover, or all of the above!
So take advantage of our Early Bird Registration pricing ($185 for PFLAG members and $270 for non-members). An incredible bargain for two days of learning new skills, building relationships, and gathering crucial information and resources that will support your efforts to be the change in your own community.
But don’t wait too long...early-bird registration will fly the coop on May 12, 2019!
After August 1, 2019 Convention registrations are nonrefundable and will be donated to the convention scholarship fund. Before August 1, 2019 50% of the registration fee can be refunded and the balance will be donated to the convention scholarship fund. If you need to cancel your registration please contact Jamie Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Our longtime partners, Marriott International, are once again setting the stage for a fantastic national convention, with a beautiful location, and a rate -- $163 / night -- that can't be beat!
Rates are available until September 2019 or until our room block sells out.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown welcomes you to Missouri with modern style, excellent service and a fantastic location. Our hotel is ideally situated just a short walk from the exciting Power & Light District - Kansas City's premier destination for entertainment and nightlife. Make yourself at home in your spacious, gorgeously renovated room or suite, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, pillowtop bedding, an ergonomic workspace and high-speed internet access. Elsewhere at the hotel, you can have a great meal at one of our on-site restaurants, which offer contemporary American cuisine and superb cocktails. Additional perks for your downtown visit include an indoor lap pool and a fully equipped fitness center. In addition to being near the Power & Light District, our hotel is moments away from Sprint Center, Arrowhead Stadium and more. Plan your getaway at Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
Once a trading post for pioneers heading to the Western United States, today Kansas City is a burgeoning metropolis with activities and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests.
Arts and Culture
- Art in unlikely places in KC
- Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Arts
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Nerman Museum of Contemporary Arts
- Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- Quixotic Performing Arts
- Toy and Miniature Museum
- The American Royal Museum
- Cave Spring Park
- Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
- Kansas City Museum
- National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial
- Negro League Baseball Museum
- Shoal Creek Living History Museum
- Country Club Plaza
- Halls Kansas City
- Legends Outlets
- Made in KC
- Sandlot Goods
- West Bottoms Antiques
- Arthur Bryant’s
- Char Bar
- Jack’s Stack
- Joe’s Kansas City
- Jones’ Sisters
- KC BBQ Tours
- Black Dirt
- Bob Wasabi Kitchen
- Bristol Seafood
- Christopher Elbow Chocolates
- Columbus Park Ramen Shop
- Corvino Supper Club
- El Camino Real
- Jarocho Mexican Seafood
- La Bodega Tapas
- LaMars Donuts
- The Majestic
- Mesob Ethiopian and Caribbean
- The Peanut
- Pot Pie
- The Rieger
- River Market
- RM 39
- Stock Hill Steakhouse
- Town Topic Hamburgers
- The Westside Local
- Winsteads Steakburger
- Vietnam Cafe
- Thou Mayest
- Messenger Coffee
- Goat Hill Coffee and Soda
- Post Coffee
- Crows Coffee
- Second Best Coffee
- The Roasterie
- Oddly Correct
- Filling Station
Cocktails, Wine, Beer
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and some times may change.
Friday, October 25
Afternoon - PFLAG Gives Back Event
Evening - Welcome Reception & PFLAG National Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 26
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am Opening Ceremony & Plenary One
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session One
12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon & Plenary Two
1:30 – 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 3:15 pm Workshop Session Two
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 5:00 pm Workshop Session Three
5:00 – 5:10 pm Break
5:10 – 6:00 pm Regional Meetings
Sunday, October 27
7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 am Workshop Session Four
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 11:15 am Workshop Session Five
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Break
12:00 – 2:30 pm Awards Luncheon
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE: Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and some times may change.
We encourage PFLAG members and partners (both known and undiscovered!) who are doing great work in their community to share their best practices so chapters in the network as well as community advocates can adapt and replicate these efforts. Workshops will be presented for all levels, from seasoned leaders to those just getting started.
The last day PFLAG National will accept workshop proposals for primary consideration is April 28, 2019. All submissions will be reviewed by a team of PFLAG staff members & volunteers. Reviewers will consider the strength of the proposal, diversity of perspective, and overall value of the workshop.
Those who have submitted a workshop can expect to hear whether their session has been accepted, or not, no later than Monday, June 10, 2019.
We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention is a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of PFLAG members and supporters, all of whom are working nationally, in their states, and in their local communities to create change in service of a diverse and equal world. This year we are offering more opportunities than ever to interact with attendees, spark new ideas, and offer invaluable information to our participants.
As a part of our exhibit space, in a high visibility and foot-traffic area, we are offering a limited number of tables to nonprofit partners on a first-come-first-serve-basis for the low rate of $150.00.
PFLAG Chapters and Workshop Presenters
There will be shared space available at no-cost for PFLAG chapters, PFLAG members, and 2019 workshop presenters to display and distribute resources with convention attendees. This space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and no merchandise sales are allowed. We will share information on how to sign up and let us know that you’re bringing stuff in the fall.
For information about our exhibit space for corporate sponsors, please contact Maggie Ardiente at email@example.com or (202) 349-0788.
PFLAG has limited exhibit space available that is reserved for educational materials and informaiton sharing. We do not allow exhibitors to sell merchandise of any kind, though marketing and pricing information can be shared.
If you have questions about this fantastic opportunity, please contact Brooke Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 683-6455.
Details about shipping equipment, inventory, and supplies to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown will be provided in the fall.
Engage with a powerful network of 500-plus PFLAG leaders and members who are changing the world. Your company or organization's partnership of We Are the Change demonstrates your commitment to educational opportunities that help increase diversity, inclusion, and equality in communities across the country. Your partnership also provides a great opportunity for visibility among prominent leaders and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.
Partnerships also provide PFLAG the opportunity to offer scholarships for LGBTQ+ advocates and allies to attend the convention, supporting and inspiring the next generation of leaders for equality. Through the complimentary registrations that are part of your partnership benefits, your employees will learn how to better support a workplace environment of inclusion that they can take back to your company.
For more information about partnership packages, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at email@example.com or (202) 349-0788.
Thank You to Our 2019 National Convention Partners
PFLAG Gives Back Partners
The 2019 Convention Scholarship program will provide between seven and ten awards, totaling $10,000, to help LGBTQ+ people, their parents, family members, and allies attend We Are the Change: The 2019 PFLAG National Convention, to be held in October in Kansas City, Missouri.
By providing monetary support to those in need, our hope is to inspire and support the next wave of leaders in our fight for equality by increasing their access to learning opportunities facilitated at the convention. Scholarships will be awarded at both $500 and $1,000 levels.
We strongly encourage LGBTQ+ people, people of color, leaders of PFLAG chapters formed in the last three years, and folks from rural areas to apply.
Scholarship recipients are required to submit a short post-event report in the format of their choice (e.g. written, video, etc.) chronicling what they learned and how they plan on using their new skills to enrich their community/field of work/etc. Additionally, recipients will sign a release allowing PFLAG National to use the report provided for marketing and promotional purposes.
Questions? Contact Jamelle Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.